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Jay Graydon Music For Christmas!

No stress, no hassle!!! Make it easy on yourself this Christmas and treat your loved ones to some really outstanding music - just a few clicks away! Apart from working hard on the mixes of JaR 2 - CODE, Jay has been very busy these past months on several projects with e.g. writing new songs, and doing interviews, videos, and doing gigs with his new live band - B3PIO, so Santa won't be able to bring you JaR 2 this Christmas, but maybe a few other glimmering gems, like these below.

Regarding the JaR 2 album, we are anticipating a 2018 release. Meanwhile you can check out this very cool sneak preview of the title song - CODE - posted in the official Jar channel on YouTube!

 

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NEW in 2017 - AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET - Remastered at 96k - available as a physical CD on CD Baby and a 96k digital download at Bandcamp

 

  AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET - Remastered at 96k is available as a digital download at Bandcamp and and since we have been getting so many requests for a physical CD of this remaster, we have released and since the 2002 version of the physical album has sold out, we have decided to make the 2017 remaster available as a physical CD at CD Baby.

So, this remaster is derived from a source with more enhancement and with new artwork, and slightly new liner notes.

Here are a few comments from Jay on the various releases:

Please note that all but two tracks were recorded on a modified MCI 24 track analog recorder. I used the analog mix files to start with. The first CD version released in Japan used the analogue mix files and recorded to 44.1k 16 bit digital for CD. The mastering was fair at best. The next release in 2002 used the digital files and I tweaked EQ as to make sound better using the ADAT EQ, which does not allow automating the EQ.

So this remaster is a completely different story and I am getting into more detail on the CD Baby page.

 

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JaR - SOMETIMES YOU WIN

A delicious ballad with smooth captivating harmonies in the classic Westcoast music vein.

Jay Graydon: First of all, please note, it seems iTunes and maybe other digital services as well, have listed 2 different bands with the same name - JaR - (with different spellings) in their database and blended all songs for downloading, as being released by one and the same band. So please make sure you are actually downloading the correct titles! Our song titles are all correctly noted on CD Baby, as well as on our own websites.

Back to the song: Randy and I have been writing songs together for many years. We wrote and demoed the song - SOMETIMES YOU WIN - during the era of the Alesis ADAT's. When I record demos, most of the time I record the songs as masters, which is what happened in this case. At the time, we wrote and recorded as to pitch songs for other recording artists. When mixing the song, I was reminded of the midi instruments we used at the time and dug the fact the sounds are good!

Read more about this song at CD Baby and how Jay and Randy created it.

 

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JAY GRAYDON ALL STARS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

The Japan/Scandinavia Tours 1994 and 1996 with documentary bonus material. A Region Free 4 DVD box set, having a few flashbacks from the 1994 and 1996 actual concert footage, a fun and informational band reunion hang at Garden Rake Studios 20 years later, filmed by Todd Homme, and a lot of bonus material, such as for instance a complete explanation by Jay Graydon on how to play his "Peg" solo, as well as a very cool jam session in Jay's garden from 1989 with great musicians, including Steve Lukather, and so much more. This Region Free 4 DVD box set is now available at CD Baby! - Worldwide shipping!

Check out our dedicated page Jay Graydon All Stars - 20th Anniversary Edition with many cool photos from the the band reunion at Garden Rake Studios, 20 years later! Watch the trailer and read Jay's comments about this 4 DVD box set ...

The 20th anniversary 4 DVD box set is finally available! Here’s the link to buy it JAY GRAYDON ALL STARS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Kerstin worked so many hours on the video editing, etc.! I did my best as to make the audio sound as good as possible.

During all of the work, every time I have watched to check edits, etc., the humor in the documentary is still funny. I'm glad the video from my 40th surprise birthday party has survived as you will hear jamming with Luke, Sherwood Ball, Jim Cox, Ralph Humphrey, Sterling Ball, and me. Sterling Ball headed up roasting me and some very funny stuff. It's so cool to see the Late Tommy Tedesco roasting me and the stories we get into. David Foster is involved in the roast as well as some of the other guys.

Note the bowling segment is kind of a joke so skip over it if you are not into bowling.

I finally did a full explanation of the Peg guitar solo for the guitarists that care to learn the solo.

When I hear the music from the concerts in Japan and Sweden I am reminded of how well everyone played! In the documentary we note how the guys learned their parts and the idea I came up with as the way to rehearse the songs. All of the original parts and vocals that were recorded on the Airplay For The Planet CD were played on the concerts hence the reason for 9 musicians and singers. I could have used less musicians but I really wanted to not leave any parts out or cheating with using pre-recorded tape.

The bottom line is if you are into West Coast Pop and want to hear stories about how all of this went down, some really funny humor, get insight to the guys in the band and how relationships formed from then on, I think you will enjoy the near 4 hours of video. - Jay

 

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For a totally different side of Jay's versatile music style, check out this extremely well produced straight-ahead instrumental bebop jazz on the - BEBOP - played by top-notch pro musicians - Brandon Fields, Dave Carpenter, Dave Weckl, Bill Cantos, and featuring Jay Graydon on guitar.

Here is a video of one of the tunes from the BEBOP album

Read all about the making of BEBOP during one night's intense recording at GARDEN RAKE STUDIOS ...

... and how about finally getting down to playing that jazz guitar you have been planning for so long ... listen to the original BEBOP tunes with Jay Graydon playing and then try to do it yourself. The BEBOP album is ...

 

... also available as a "Jam-with-the-Band" book/CD package - which is a book with the sheet music and a CD with the BEBOP music minus guitar as to play with the band released on Hal Leonard.

This is a rare opportunity for aspiring jazz music students to perform with a real bebop band. Since Jay could mix the BEBOP album leaving out one instrument, he did a few versions in that fashion. Get your own copy of the package with the minus one CD and the accompanying book with all the charts from your local sheet music retailer or directly online from Sheet Music Plus.

 

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Only a few copies left of the exclusive Jay Graydon instructional video AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET - the video".
This DVD is partly based on the much sought after Japan only instructional video (VHS format) Guitar Play For The Planet from 1995 and is released in an extremely limited edition so make sure you won't miss out on this rare item.

Here you will find a taste of what is on the DVD.
 
Jay & Joe 
Graydon: On This Christmas Eve

Add some glistening Christmas feeling with the wonderful ballad ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE - a song that Jay Graydon recorded together with his dad Joe Graydon in 1996. This song has been requested by so many people over the years and now it is finally available as a digital download at CD BABY.

 
JaR (Jay Graydon & Randy Goodrum): Scene 29

Share with your friends and family the sensational sounds of SCENE 29 by Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum as the supergroup JaR. The album is getting rave reviews and is the perfect gift for the discerning quality music lover... also available as an MP3 download...

Jay and Randy are currently hard at work on the 2nd JaR album... so stay tuned!

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This is the album that has all of the songs featuring the solos in the instructional DVD noted above ... and some more... AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET.
Classy music with some of the best musicians in the world today. Awesome guitar solos by the king of westcoast music - Jay Graydon.
 
Planet 3 featuring Jay Graydon: Music From The Planet

"In this era of many great plug-ins for Pro Tools, re-mastering a CD can sound so much better! I decided to re-master the Planet 3 - MUSIC FROM THE PLANET CD - and it was worth the effort! The CD sounds fatter and more open sounding. Note the re-mastering is only available in the CD format sold through CD BABY, so no downloads exist of this version." - JAY GRAYDON

 
Planet 3 featuring Jay Graydon: Gems Unearthed

GEMS UNEARTHED is the second PLANET 3 album and the songs are written and recorded by the stellar song writing trio Jay Graydon/Clif Magness/Glen Ballard AKA Planet 3. They wrote these songs during the same period of time as the first Planet 3 album - MUSIC FROM THE PLANET.

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... but wait... there's more... or how about Jay's PAST TO PRESENT- the 70s - album with songs from the AIRPLAY era, or an mp3 track with Jay's experimental take on a jazzy Sinatra tune - Day In, Day Out - as the unbelievable one-man band CRANK SINATRA also featuring the amazing vocal chords of Sherwood Ball. Or how about riding the surf waves with RAKE and the Surftones, alias Jay Graydon and a host of the best session musicians in the world. Enjoy genuine surf music in the 60s vein! Here you will find more info and a video from Jay's surf party in Malibu.

Jay Graydon: Past to Present - the 70s
 
Jay Graydon with Sherwood Ball: Crank Sinatra
 
RAKE and the Surftones: Surfers Drive Woodies

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Sonic Thrust Records Direct
Each one of the albums released on Jay Graydon's record label Sonic Thrust Records is available for online purchase at list price of only $16.00 directly from our distributor CD BABY without any middle man additional costs! All songs on the albums are now also available as digital downloads!

Sonic Thrust Records at Retail Stores
If you would rather buy from your favorite cd store closer to home, all of these albums are now available to order at retail stores all over the world via CD BABY's partnership with one of the largest one-stop distributors in America - Super D One-Stop. Their database is sent to over 2400 retail stores around the world. Look for YOUR closest store.

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A Few Christmas Gift Suggestions - Some Oldies But All Goodies!

... ranging from smooth melodical ear caressing love songs to funky rock/pop tunes... e.g. a reissue of the original AIRPLAY album - the 30th Anniversary Special Edition - remastered by Jay Graydon in August 2010 and with liner notes written by Jay, who is reminiscing the song concepts, stories and recording sessions. Go listen - a feast for your ears!!! A re-release in November 2015 of BREAKIN' AWAY with bonus tracks e.g. GIRLS KNOW HOW, from the movie NIGHT SHIFT.

Here below a handful of top Westcoast albums on which Jay has played and/or produced and written songs. For more info, please, check out Jay's extensive discography and song catalogue which both are constantly growing. You will be amazed!

Airplay - AIRPLAY 30th Anniversary EditionAirplay - AIRPLAY 30th Anniversary (2010) State Cows - THE SECOND ONEState Cows - THE SECOND ONE State Cows - STATE COWSState Cows - STATE COWS
Steve KipnerSteve Kipner - KNOCK THE WALLS DOWN Blue DesertMarc Jordan - BLUE DESERT Breakin' AwayAl Jarreau - BREAKIN' AWAY
JarreauJarreau - JARREAU ExtensionsManhattan Transfer - EXTENSIONS Mecca for ModernsManhattan Transfer - MECCA FOR MODERNS
Friends in LoveDionne Warwick - FRIENDS IN LOVE Rhythm of the NightDeBarge - RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Through It AllBill Champlin - THROUGH IT ALL

 

You will find more details on these albums and others in Jay's discography. There is soooo much more to discover!!!

 

We wish you Happy Holidays with lots of time to spend with your near and dear
enjoying great music!!!

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