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It's easy. Just send me your song in MIDI file format and I will create a 'natural' feeling and personnalised rhythm track using a full set of pads.
I specialise in swing, latin, and funk, but will also work on anything that's creative.
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CYBERjazz...(All tunes here were done using the NET. Benjamin Lewis is in Chicagoblewis@wwa.com, Wade Culbreath is in Los AngelesMalletCat@aol.com, and I'm in St. Eustacheoverload@videotron.ca. Each one would receive an unfinished version and add to it. We never met yet we shared a lot.)

7 Steps To Heaven............FULL version**
Composer: Miles Davis...........A nice 'salsa' arrangement by Ben of Miles' classic Seven Steps To Heaven. The drum solo at the end is dedicated to my idol, Tony Williams............Personnel: BEN LEWIS piano, MalletCAT (Wade Culbreath) bass, 'pans', OVERLOAD (Rene Amesse) drumzzzz & percs....................GM midi file format. Size:75K

Bluesette............FULL version
Composer: 'Toots' Theileman............ Originally in 3/4, it was re-arranged by Ben Lewis from the Jazz MIDI Network and I completed the percussion tracks. This was our first collaboration..........Midi file format. Size:80K

Island Blues............
Composer: Benjamin Lewis............Who says sequenced music is 'cold' and 'stiff'???? Check out the 'in-yo-face' solos by Ben and Wade on this latin escapade. Their feel and musicianship will blow you away............Personnel: BEN LEWIS piano, guitar, flute, MalletCAT bass, 'pans', and drums OVERLOAD congas, timbales, misc. percs............GM midi file format size:

Alone Together............
Composer: ?????............This is a HUGE arrangement by Ben. The tune evolves from a 6/8 latin feel head to an up tempo swing for Ben's piano and guitar solos. Then it's back to a 6/8 feel for a great bass solo. Ben has to be one of the BEST jazz-midi pianists on the WEB today............Personnel: BEN LEWIS piano and all instruments, OVERLOAD drumzzz and percs...........GM midi file format size: 100K

Invitation............
Composer: ?????............This one was given a light Brazilian jazz type samba feel a la Airto. Ben stretches out plenty on both the piano and the guitar. A nice tune for a cold Montreal or Chicago january winter night ;-))............Personnel: BEN LEWIS piano, guitar, bass, OVERLOAD drumzzz............GM midi file format size: 100K

Moorea............
Composer: MalletCAT (Wade Culbreath)............A nice moody and haunting melody. Written arranged and performed by the MalletCAT himself. Wade had already completed the rhythm tracks, he's a percussion graduate from the Eastman School of Music btw now working with the L.A. symphony, but I was hearing something different there, so I did my own rhythm tracks............GM midi file format size: 42K

A Night In Tunisia............
Composer: Gillespie/Paparelli/Hendricks ............Dizzy's "signature" tune was performed and arranged by Montreal based pianist Daniel Mercure. Though we've never actually worked together, a mutual friend sent me the uncompleted midi and I did the rhythm track.............GM midi file format size: 45K


Originals...(All tunes in this section are compositions of mine. I played and sequenced ALL instruments.)

Swing-a-Ling
Composer: Overload............This tune swings through many moods and tempos. I wanted to prove to myself that it was possible to lay down a jazz feel using midi. I think I succeeded, what do you think? Actually, I broke the rule here. A year after the tune was finished, I had Ben Lewis replace my original piano track. I wanted to hear someone else's interaction. He blessed me with a 'jem' of a solo. Thanks man............Personnel: OVERLOAD all instruments (except elec. piano, which was done by Ben Lewis)............GM midi file format size: 62K

LaBOUMBA
Composer: Overload............ This is an original number I wrote a while back. It's a mix of latin, funk, and jazz. It was originally sequenced for my full studio set up but here it's been 'modified' for playback on the Sound Canvas (SC-55). Enjoy!............Personnel: OVERLOAD all instruments............GM midi file format size: 121K

Funk n'yo Face
Composer: Overload............Here's a composition of mine that was originally sequenced using nothing else but an old ESQ-1 (...it just won't die) and it's built-in sequencer. You'll even hear some 'funky-flamenco-clappers' do their stuff. Re-mixed for the SC-55...........Personnel: OVERLOAD all instruments............GM midi file format size: 88K

Let Me Dream
Composer: Overload............ This is a tune that I wrote for my son Nicolas. It started out as a lullabye and evolved into a 9 mins. 'suite' that goes from bossa to funk to salsa. The main theme was heavily harmonized using the canvas' synth patches, so for accurate reproduction of the mix try and use at least a G/M compatible module......."Let the children dream"............Personnel: OVERLOAD all instruments............GM midi file format size: 110K

URBAN'ometry
Composer: Overload............ "And now for something completely different" (as the 'Pythons' would say) I wrote this using mostly the FX bank on the Sound Canvas which is made up of 'urban' sound effects. I'm always amamazed by the amount of rhythms that surround us daily. Mixed for the SC-55...........Personnel: OVERLOAD all instruments............GM midi file format size: 52K




Covers*......(Tunes that I have sequenced AND/OR re-arranged)

Chameleon
Composer: Herbie Hancock............ Herbie Hancock's Chameleon. This is one was re-arranged by myself. I also recorded all of the instruments. I've always been a devoted fan of Herbie.........G/M Midi file format. Size:162K

Spain......
Composer: Chick Corea............A Chick Corea original I 'found ' on the Web. I re-did the rhythm tracks, and added some string lines to the intro. I'm sorry, but I don't know the names of the people who originally sequenced this file. In any case, they did a great job...........G/M Midi file format. Size: 48K

Snakes
Composer: Marcus Miller............ Here's a Marcus Miller composition from David Sanborn's album 'UpFront'. I did all the instruments myself on this one. I've re-arranged it 'cause hey there's no way I'm gonna 'sound' like these guys. Hope you enjoy it...........GM midi file format size: 166K




OverDRUMZZZ......(Midi files, mostly from Roland, that I have re-done the rhythm tracks using my TD-E Pads)

St. Thomas
Source: Roland Jazz Series............ A nice arrangement of an old classic merengue. I've simply 'spiced' it up a bit with a dash of calypso, a teaspoon of brazilian samba, and a generous portion of free-funk. .........G/M Midi file format. Size:79K

Antonio's Theme
Source: Roland Jazz Series............This tune has such a nice strong rhythmic melody. I played a sort of half-time funk feel to it on the set and then added some percs. .........G/M Midi file format. Size:51K

Silver Bells
Source: Roland Christmas Jazz Series............ Man, Christmas music wasn't this much fun when I was a kid. Deck the halls and make it funky fa la-la-la-la .........G/M Midi file format. Size:80K

Lazybird
Source: Roland Jazz Series............ A Charlie Parker classic. Check out the solos. These people really know how to 'simulate' original instruments both in sound and feel. .........G/M Midi file format. Size:72K

Softly As A Morning Sunrise......
Source: Roland Jazz Series............The pianist on this track is one 'dangerous' individual. I was told this version is from a Dave Wekl album. It starts with a 'free' intro, then it breaks into an all out swing. Midi wise, this was very challenging because midi-drumming is so 'detailled' and 'acurate'. You have to be 'loose' yet 'precise' at the same time, and try to swing through all this. Anyway, I had fun trying. .........G/M Midi file format. Size:72K

.More to come soon.


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