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Just found out these guys are playing my area next week.
I may have to go check them out.

simoncoil wrote:

Thanks for the heads up on the Mattson 2, they sound great! Here is another one, which even features a short glissando!

Atomic Mosquitos
Bug music for bug people is here!
Killers from Space

Joao Erbetta is a jazzy musician who made a very surfy record.
Got to see him perform several years ago in the Dc area, very cool!

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I learned guitar from this 1960 Album from the Ventures "Walk Don't Run"
on this album, they covered Duke Ellington's "Caravan" I was 13. The Blue Hawaiians did it on their "Live at the Lava Lounge" CD, I could not find that version on youtube, but, I did find another live version, really nice. JAZZ fer sure... Aloha, Kim

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I really like that Joao Erbetta material. That’s exactly what I shoot for in the band I belong to. The Guitar doing some heavy lifting, backed by a great drummer and a great bassist. It’s an open sound and there’s really nowhere to hide, but it keeps the guitarist very busy.

We’ve been recording some material for a band demo lately and it’s amazing just how fine the balance is, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My inspiration comes from Jazz and the tight sound of a Guitar/Bass/Drum trio. Jim Hall’s “Live!” from 1975 is a perfect example. I can’t afford to pay people to come and listen, and that’s about the only way you can have a reliable audience playing jazz, these days Smile so I’ve applied my Jazz interests to something entirely different, Classic Rock, Classic Country and Surf.

The earlier Frisell clips were quite interesting. Frisell was known among Denver musicians in the early ‘70s and I was introduced to him in 1972. He was quite good at the time, all of 21 years old and fairly shy, but a monster player.

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Another Texas band I need to recommend in this thread: The Gentle Grifters. The guitarist and bassist spend most of their time gigging in '30s style jazz and swing bands, lots of Django covers. This band is them taking that approach to surf, I really dig it.

Live show from this weekend:

Some demos at

The Spoils - FB - RN
Second Saturday Surf in Austin, TX - FB

A bit older thread BUT - does anyone have more to add to this?
I like it !

We did this a few years back.
We had/have more jazz influenced material that we haven't recorded yet.
Maybe someday.
I love Duke Ellington and Jazz inspired vintage soundtracks.
They often work wonderfully with twangy guitars.


I've always liked "Gotham." Jeff, how many songs do you guys have banked for some future release?

I really like jazzier instro tunes, especially the darker, cooler stuff I tend to think of as "noir" (which might be a genre I made up).

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Gotham kicks ass!

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That's a great melody you guys have there Jeff complete with some naughty chords!

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