Just joining the forum, saying hello.....here's a bit about me:
I'm really fortunate...music (playing, writing, recording, arranging) is all I do for a living...
My instrument is guitar, but I compose at the keyboard, play drums and bass (started as a drummer)......and arrange professionally for just about every instrument......
My main musical styles are fusion, jazz, prog, blues...but I play just about everything, not to limit myself...
My guitar influences are very diverse, but fusion being the main thing:
Scott Henderson, *Mike Landau, Pat Metheny being the main ones...
My fusion composition influences range from Russell Ferrante, Billy Childs, Chick Corea, Scott Henderson and Gary Willis, Weather Report, Brecker Brothers...
My progressive rock composition influences are Planet X, Dream Theater, Virgil Donati, Vai...
I taught guitar and theory privately for 4 years from 1992-1996, going to students homes...
In 2002, I was very fortunate to have my CD “released” on Allan Holdsworth's label, Gnarly Geezer Records...
From that release, I received some great feedback from Steve Vai, Brett Garsed, Derryl Gabel, Shane Theriot, Greg Koch, Rusty Cooley...
In 2003, I switched labels and was officially signed to Progressive Arts Music, and re-released the C.D. in October 2003.
For this re-release, I went back into the studio and wrote 3 bonus tracks, and beefed up the guitar parts and the overall mix, making it a much better disc...(I also enhanced the C.D. with about 80 minutes of bonus mp3s in CD-ROM format, and 3 live video clips)
My C.D. "Freedom", was on the official finalist's list of potential nominees for a Grammy this year for Best Contemporary Jazz Album: .pdf LIST HERE
Didn't make the final, but hey there's always next year!
Something in which I did make the finalist list was Guitar Player Magazine's "Discover the Next Guitar Hero Competition 2005". A playing contest whereby 10 finalists were chosen by the editors of GP magazine, out of 3000 submissions. The finals were held at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with judges Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani and others. So, didn't win, but I'll take top ten out of 3000. In addition, the final 10 are in the Oct. 2005 Guitar Player magazine (with Yngwie on the cover). .pdf article HERE
There are some clips below, but here are some from my current C.D.
ORIGINAL FUSION (from my C.D. “Freedom”)
Give It Time
Scott Jones © 2003 Freedom PAM-1022
ORIGINAL FUSION (from my C.D. “Freedom”)
Scott Jones © 2003 Freedom PAM-1022 ...I'm playing acoustic drums on this track, as well as guitar, I sequenced the bass part. This is an ALTERNATE TAKE from the actual release.
I was very fortunate to have released this new version to some very encouraging reviews...
Here are those reviews:
I'm fortunate to have been in Keyboard magazines Discoveries column, Recording magazine's Reader's tapes, Music and Computers magazine's Spotlight column.
I have recently confirmed my line up for my next C.D. "Convergence", to be released in 2006 :
...Dave Weckl's keyboardist Steve Weingart
...Steve Vai's and Planet X drummer Virgil Donati
...as well as Planet X bassist Rufus Philpot
...and Tribal Tech bassist Gary Willis
...OHM and Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland
will be doing a guest solo on one track,
As well as:
...Scott Henderson, Scott Lerner, Guthrie Govan, Ron Thal, Greg Howe, Joel Hoekstra
...Bassist Gerald Veasley
will be doing a duet with me on one track.
...legendary Nashville Bassist Keith Horne
will be playing one track.
Producer/engineer Anton Pukshansky, is aboard also...Anton is a Grammy award winner for his work on Santana's "Supernatural".
Here's a Flash Intro I'm having developed for the new release:
Anyway, here are some other clips, not released, though I'd like to share them with you; I like to play in a bunch of different styles and these reflect that best:
STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ
Sjones-GIANT STEPS 2004
my take on the Coltrane tune
Sjones-44 Seconds with Virgil Donati
(an unreleased jam I did over one of Virgil's solos from his CD "Stretch")
GYPSY / DJANGO-STYLE
Sjones-All of Me
My take of the jazz standard "All Of Me", played from a Django-esque approach. I did the backing track also and produced it to sound "old".
a bit of Beck, Henderson and Holdsworth on this...
Sjones-COUNTRY PICKIN TUNE
Sjones-Sanborn Smooth Jazz Jam
MORE STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ
Sjones-Softly As in a Morning Sunrise
a C minor blues-based standard with a cool set of turn-around changes. Fun to play over.
TAPPING-GIANT STEPS (JAZZ)
All completely tapped...no picking...more of fusion, Holdsworth-ish approach than my other takes.
O COME EMMANUEL
Sjones O Come Emmanuel
PERFORMED LIVE AT MY CHURCH (my arrangement with a "Matrix" and "Evanescence" feel...this is totally based on the soundtrack of "Revolutions" and an Evanesence song) I'm the arranger/orchestrator/director/guitarist, electric sitar with choir, orchestra (horns, strings), full contemporary rhythm section; - (there is a tapping solo around 5:00)
A jam I did in the style of Wayne Krantz.
Sjones-Brecker Funk Jam
OLD SCHOOL HENDRIX-STYLE SOLO GUITAR
Sjones-Hendrix-ish Solo Piece
MORE TAPPING (ROCK)
Rock based solo, mostly tapping on this one, more like Hallebeek than Holdsworth.
JAZZ SOLOING FROM THE STYLISTIC APPROACHES OF SCOFIELD, METHENY AND HENDERSON
My take on the Miles Davis tune. I played it as three different approaches, one solo after another in the same track: as Scofield; as Metheny, and the last one as Henderson (with a bit of Landau)...the reharmonization and chord voicings are in the Holdsworth approach.
SOLO JAZZ GUITAR (JOE PASS-LIKE)
Sjones-arrangement of Jobim s Wave
in the style of Joe Pass
BRECKER FUSION (w-BASS SOLO)
Sjones-Brecker jam with guitar and bass solo
GUITAR: I recorded the guitar solo first; BASS: I recorded the bass solo
second; (no pick, by the way), the rest of the part was already part of the backing track...
Sjones - on the Way Down
Sjones© 2002 (an original Modern Rock song written with my co-writer and vocalist Mindy back in 2002)
SOLO JAZZ GUITAR (NYLON-STRING)
Sjones-arrangement of Days of Wine and Roses
-the jazz standard written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, on my nylon string, no pick, no backing track.
PLANET X-LIKE TUNE w-VIRGIL DONATI
(an unreleased song I wrote over three of Virgil's solos from his CD "Stretch"....I'm playing guitar, bass and keys)
Thanks for the opportunity to share.....glad to be a part of this forum!!
I'd love to hear from you guys!