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A Band On Fire

I wanted to scream. Our playing was on fire and so deeply swinging in a kind of old-school way even though it was still in a very chromatic harmonic language.

As the energy diminished, we came to the end of my solo and Jack then took his drum solo.

Jack is so smart and experienced. He started his solo with just the cymbals. And what did he do next? Jack increased the tempo! Remember that I brought us down to a medium tempo from the original up-tempo. Jack increased the tempo faster than it was originally!

I was just listening and looking around not believing what was going on with my tune.

Jack played a phenomenal drum solo. He exploded. It sounded like the sun going supernova. Enormous.

Even though Jack is strong when he’s playing in the rhythm section, when he plays by himself, he can get so much louder. But it wasn’t too much. It was virtuosic. And of course, his solo acted as a climax–as an architectural climax to the whole piece.

Now, remember there were no CDs in 1978. You had only 22 minutes on each side of an LP. And Manfred was very strict because the more music you put on the disk, the more degraded the sound became. So Manfred told us to record no more than 22 minutes.

The Snow Leopard was timed to be around six minutes. We were already up to 10 minutes but I didn’t care. I knew we had gold.

So Jack played his phenomenal solo and the observer in me thought that I should cycle back to play the head out as planned.

But that little voice inside me said, Don’t go back to the head. You already played the head going into the bass solo. That’s enough.

You become inspired and create something special never before played when you’re playing with people at that level under extreme recording pressure.

So what happened next?

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Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180 bpm
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm

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