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New JAM A-roll A-5 by John Farrell
By Mark Forer

Hi, MMDers:  I have just played my new copy of the late John Farrell's
latest A-Roll offering, JAM A-5, for the third time in two days.  John
left us a legacy of terrific piano roll transcriptions, both 88-note
and 65-Note nickelodeon material.  This offering just might be his
hottest yet.

It's pure delight to listen to the _clean,_ bright notes as they emanate
from your piano's tracker bar; truly a welcome breath of fresh air from
the usual stuff we've all heard too many times.  These tunes come out
of the gate just the way Quaker Puffed Rice once did: "Shot From Guns!"

All of the numbers are arranged at breakneck pace (the way John insisted
they should played), yet all are full of surprise runs, walking bass
and stop-tempo tricks that will leaving you playing the roll over and
over.  As I've mentioned before, this is the way your piano was meant
to be heard; we all enjoy the familiar Automatic, Clark and Capitol
stuff, but those arrangements really don't capture the feeling of a
true jazz wizard actually playing in your home.  Close your eyes and
you'd swear you were listening to live performance.

It's Fresh.  It's Clean.  Yet it's Down 'n Dirty!

You will swear there are more than 65-notes playing on your machine.
This roll is a necessary addition to the collections of buffs out there
who really love great jazz piano in general and hot automatic music in
particular.   This roll, along with JAM A-rolls #1 through #4, are
available from John Motto-Ros and Bob Billings: (John Mottoros)  [delete ".geentroep"] (Bob Billings) [delete ".geentroep"]

John Farrell Selection No. 5 on the JAM Label

1.  Kansas City Kitty
2.  Black Bottom Stomp
3.  Goin' About
4.  New Orleans Stomp
5.  Copenhagen
6.  Freshman Hop
7.  Never Swat a Fly
8.  Carolina Shout
9.  Rattlesnake Rag

You owe it to your piano (and yourself) to get a copy of JAM A-5 as
soon as possible, and hear for yourself.

Mark Forer

(Message sent Fri 21 Mar 2008, 23:07:32 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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