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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! This Christmas 2020 will be even more digital than ever and the ultimate Christmas gift for keyboard players is of course this one below! Read more about it - the features, the background story, tutorials, testimonials, and so much more on this page - The Famous E Electric Piano

The Famous E Electric Piano program The Famous E Electric Piano program

Now available via Orange Tree Samples!

The "Famous E Electric Piano" is a sample library with all the beautiful sounds from the original "E" vintage piano often referred to as "the HOLY GRAIL" among electric pianos. The owner of that piano, George Mamalakis, and I have been sampling the sounds of the "E" for many years and finally the program is available via our business partner Greg Schlaepfer of Orange Tree Samples.

 

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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, compiling material for an upcoming documentary movie (or TV series) as well as for his autobiography, and his upcoming YouTube channel, so Santa won't be able to bring you JaR 2 this Christmas, but maybe a few other glimmering gems, like these below.

While waiting for the release of JaR 2 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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AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET - Remastered at 96k - available as a as well as a 96k digital download at Bandcamp

Airplay For The Planet -  - Remastered at 96k

 

  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 as well.

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 this page.

 

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Sometimes You Win

 

 

 

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!

 

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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 available at Amazon! - 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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JAY GRAYDON COMPILATIONS

Jay Graydon Works CD

JAY GRAYDON WORKS

Tracks:
  1. Bill Champlin - What Good Is Love
  2. Airplay - Stranded
  3. The Manhattan Transfer - Twilight Zone / Twilight Tone
  4. Earth, Wind & Fire - After The Love Has Gone
  5. Marc Jordan - I'm A Camera
  6. Boz Scaggs - Then She Walked Away
  7. Al Jarreau - Mornin'
  8. Dionne Warwick - For You
  9. Pages - Fearless
  10. George Benson - Turn Your Love Around
  11. Herbie Hancock - Paradise
  12. Kenny Rogers - This Love We Share
  13. Air Supply - I Can Wait Forever
  14. El DeBarge - Someone
  15. Airplay - Should We Carry On
  16. Valerie Carter - What's Become Of Us
  17. Peter Allen - Pass This Time
  18. Steve Kipner - The Ending
Released by Sony Japan in 2010.

  Jay Graydon Works II CD

JAY GRAYDON WORKS II

Tracks:
  1. Airplay - Nothin' You Can Do About It
  2. Boz Scaggs - Hollywood
  3. Harvey Mason - Till You Take My Love
  4. Marvin Gaye - I Want You
  5. Dionne Warwick & Johnny Mathis - Friends In Love
  6. Dane Donohue - Can't Be Seen
  7. The Waters - Throw A Little Bit Of Love My Way
  8. Donna Summer - MacArthur Park
  9. Bill Champlin - I Don't Want You Anymore
  10. Lou Rawls - Stop Me From Starting This Feeling
  11. Ben Sidran - Kiss In The Night
  12. Gino Vannelli - Where Am I Going
  13. Lance Jyo - The Best Is Yet To Come
  14. Paul Anka - Listen To Your Heart
  15. Andy Williams - Put Your Blues To Bed
  16. Tamara Champlin - Heart Of Glass
Released by Sony Japan in 2017.

Jay's input on each song is noted in the discography for each artist.

 

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Jay Graydon - BEBOP

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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On This Christmas Eve

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. Get into the Christmas spirit and let the velvety smooth voice of Joe Graydon caress your ears in this lovely ballad, arranged and recorded by Jay Graydon in a pop version (mp3 single). Since so many people have asked for this Christmas song over the years, having heard just a short sound bite of it on Jay Graydon's website many years ago, Jay has decided to make the whole song available as an MP3 download at AMAZON. The song is produced, arranged, performed, mixed and mastered by Jay Graydon. His father Joe Graydon sings the lead vocal. Background vocal by Bill Cantos and Jay can also be heard on the bridge.
JaR - SCENE 29

JaR: 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. Imagine Steely Dan meets Airplay and Pages in a blend of strong catchy melodies with subtle lyrical hooks, pop with jazzy flavors and superb performances with a touch of humor. Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum have worked together for many years and having written songs like e.g. GIVE IT UP for DeBarge, HAUNTING ME for Dave Grusin, PLEASURE OVER PAIN and HEART'S HORIZON for Al Jarrreau, LOST WITHOUT HER LOVE for El DeBarge and the super hit WHO'S HOLDING DONNA NOW for DeBarge, they realized they should become a band, to write more songs together and release on their own record label. So they formed the supergroup JaR and released their first album SCENE 29 in 2008, which received rave reviews for the superb songs and stellar production.

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Music From The Planet

PLANET 3 FEATURING JAY GRAYDON: Music From The Planet

The music style is adult contemporary pop with many strong melodies - power ballads mixed with tough 80s synth rock, in the spirit of Toto, Chicago and the like. Remastered by Jay and with a previously unreleased Planet 3 song - DREAMERS. All songs are written by the creative songwriters - Jay Graydon and his band partners Clif Magness and Glen Ballard, who also are the musicians and producers behind all the performances and instruments in all songs, under the band name PLANET 3. The ballad "I Don't Want to Say Goodnight" was included on the soundtrack for the film "Navy Seals".

Gems Unearthed

PLANET 3 FEATURING JAY GRAYDON: Gems Unearthed

A follow up album by Planet 3 with many previously unreleased songs as well as alternate versions of a few songs from the first Planet 3 album. This is an album that indeed lives up to its title! You will find fun and raw uncut diamonds with major energy like PUSH IT IN, blended with glowing precious stones like the beautiful ballad TONIGHT YOU'RE MINE. "Old" Planet 3 fans will love it and be happy that the second Planet 3 album is finally released and "new" Planet 3 fans will find this album to be a rare gem to discover. This second Planet 3 album opens up a jewel case of treasures for quality music lovers.

 

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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.
Past To Present - the 70s Crank Sinatra Surfers Drive Woodies

 

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Each one of the albums released on Jay Graydon's record label Sonic Thrust Records is available for online purchase via Amazon. All songs on the albums are 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 - remastered by Jay Graydon in 2018 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 2018 RemasterAirplay - AIRPLAY (2018 Remaster) State Cows - THE SECOND ONEState Cows - THE SECOND ONE State Cows - STATE COWSState Cows - STATE COWS
Pages 1981Pages - PAGES Steely Dan AJASteely Dan - AJA George Benson - TURN YOUR LOVE AROUNDGeorge Benson - TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND
Steve KipnerSteve Kipner - KNOCK THE WALLS DOWN Blue DesertMarc Jordan - BLUE DESERT Breakin' AwayAl Jarreau - BREAKIN' AWAY
JarreauAl Jarreau - 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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