Little Colored Boxes: Cool Guitar Gear in Musical Context

by Nick Jaffe

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Each of these songs was written, performed and recorded by me for a demo video of a particular pedal, guitar and/or amp. In each case my goal was to demonstrate the range and musical strengths of the gear in the context of what I hope is interesting and satisfying music that ultimately stands on its own. This made for an interesting creative constraint: the composition and playing had to serve both the musical and technical priorities fully. I didn’t want to make music that sounded generic, or like it was about selling a pedal; I wanted to make good music that is made more musically interesting by fact I am trying to use the gear demonstratively. My solution was to try and play things that were inspired by, or even dictated by, the specific characteristics of the gear. After all, the best guitar, amp or pedal is the one that makes you play differently than you would otherwise. I hope you enjoy the tracks. Thanks for listening! -- Just Nick

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released January 1, 2016

All songs written, performed, recorded mixed and mastered by Nick Jaffe except:
Paperback Writer: Song by Lennon-McCartney (licensed by HFA)
Wichita Lineman: Song by Jimmy Webb (licensed by HFA)
Emotional Rescue: Song by Jagger-Richards (licensed by HFA)

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Just Nick Guitar Learning Saint Paul, Minnesota

Just Nick (Jaffe) is a guitarist, recording engineer, producer and music educator in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He's performed with Common, Ice Cube, Estelle and Dwele, has done music for film and advertising, and performs with a wide variety of projects in and around the Twin Cities and other places. More information at nickjaffe.com and gear demos and lessons at youtube.com/justnickmusic ... more

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Track Name: Emotional Rescue (Coop Guitars T-Style)
Song by Jagger-Richards (This cover licensed by Harry Fox Agency)