Bright Size Life (trio version)


Silver Member
Hey guys.

Recorded this last week in our hall. Let me know what you think. Particularly interested in ideas for the B section of the head and any solo ideas you think would work over the tune.





Platinum Member
I think the opening should be a little more relaxed. Overall, seems a little rushed. The reprise seems more in spirit. The tune, for me, has a push and pull quality about it, kind of like Nardis. it also has a drifting quality. The bass is doing that well, listen to him/her.


Silver Member
Yeah. I feel like I push the B section consistently.

I've got a better idea of what to do, looking to re-record it next week and try out some new stuff.

Drummer Karl

Sounds good!
I like the vibe of you three...very good sound and great ideas!

Though I`d like to add something:

The appearance of this tune is rather mellow, soft, least the guitar and bass puts it like this. I wouldn`t add too many notes to the whole thing, don`t try to play all the notes the guitar is playing on the drums as well. An example are the 16th notes on the ride cymbal, it just makes it sound very busy. Try to keep it more relaxed at some spots. I like your why not expanding this?

For a B part you could either take a little break to breathe from the straighter rhythm you`re playing in the A part (crashing your cymbals here and there, keep it calm to support the mellow character)...or playing a straight rhythm. The difficult thing when doing latter is make up the contrast without breaking it in two halfs.

My ideas...anyway, nice job...I dig it!!!



Platinum Member
I liked it. Metheny's music, and specially this tune swims in Lyle May's torrents of spacious piano arpeggios so therefore to play it without a keyboard and have it sound this good is an accomplishment.

I like all your ideas on the drums too, very sophisticated, but perhaps too many of them at times?

The tune also sounds best when you are riding the cymbals and the accents/fills are more blended into the comping rather than jumping out of the mix. My 2 cents.

The recording doesn't do justice to what you guys played, so better luck on the next one.

good stuff.