The three of us got together tonight for a rehearsal. Initially, we just sat around and chatted. We talked for a bit about the current name of the band: Fire On Ice. It's a good enough name, and God knows it's hard enough to get a bunch of people to agree on a name for a band, but I suspect that we can do a bit better.
The three of us are a pretty odd combination. Shahin is a guitarist who plays Flamenco, Gypsy and Persian style. Brett plays straight ahead, Latin and jazz style. I play jazz, funk and some straight ahead stuff for the most part. Three pretty board styles that probably shouldn't work together, but they do. I think they work out pretty well.
I'd love to add a fourth to the group, though. The ideal would be a female keyboardist who could sing in any language that wasn't English (like French, Spanish, Urdu, whatever). I don't know if we can find such a thing, though (anyone got any suggestions?).
After we talked for a bit, we started to work on one of the newer tunes. A few weeks ago, Shahin and I worked out the rough outlines for a song called Roho. When we revisited it tonight, we couldn't remember what we had agreed upon a few weeks ago, so we had to fumble through things for a bit. In this case, we noodled around for a while, and Brett added drumlines here and there.
Eventually, things started to come together. Brett settled on a 3/2 clave beat, I changed my line to fit with his work and Shahin simplified out his part to be more rhythmic during the B sections (as opposed to melodic). We added some Cubano stop breaks in the middle and alter the solo sections. This one really moves; I hope that it will get better. We might add a scat vocal line to some of the verse/chorus as a counterpoint to the rhythmic guitar work, but we'll have to see what happens.Posted by Casper at May 27, 2004 10:20 PM