Heard Instinct CD Notes

Heard Instinct CD by Kenny Wessel and Bruce Arnold

Heard Instinct CD Notes

Heard Instinct CD Notes

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In general Bruce is on the left side and Kenny is on the right side of the mix, but they are not panned all the way, so even knowing that, it’s a bit hard to hear who is who. Here are some tips while you listen.

NOTE: Times are approximate to within one or two seconds:

Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Three and Fro” by Bruce Arnold

“Three and Fro” is based on a 1/2 and a minor 3rd. Bruce plays melody while Kenny plays bass notes for the head which repeats at 0:35. The they both solo together at 1:00 over what is basically a long form blues. Then they play the head out at 4:03, same arrangement as opening.

“Three and Fro”

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Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Pete’s Mistake” by Kenny Wessel

Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Pete’s Mistake” by Kenny Wessel

Bruce and Kenny start out improvising together over the A section of the tune. Then Bruce plays the head at 0:45 (form is AABA). Bruce solos at 1:33 and then Kenny solos at 3:52. At 6:10 we improvise together over the form. At 7:00 the head out is played by Kenny, and then at 7:46 we start trading 4’s.

“Pete’s Mistake”

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Heard Instinct CD Notes for title cut “Heard Instinct” by Bruce Arnold

Bruce starts out playing harmonics while Kenny comps; then Bruce plays the head at 0:30 and Kenny solos at 1:00. Bruce solos at 3:00, then at 4:45 the head is played by Bruce with a tag ending.

“Heard Instinct” by Bruce Arnold

Guitarist Bruce Arnold’s “Heard Instinct” is a showcase for his formidable melodic compositional chops. It also recalls the wide open spaces of his native South Dakota. The head is a delicate reminiscence segueing into a solo admirably played with petal soft sensitivity by Kenny Wessel. Bruce Arnold takes the solo into flashier territory before bringing it back to its tender conclusion. “Heard Instinct” is a song with a simple melody, and a haunting emotional core.

“Heard Instinct”

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Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Unstrung” by Kenny Wessel

Kenny plays the melody of the head which repeats at 0:25, then Bruce solos at 0:45. Kenny solos at 2:13. The head is played out at 3:42, which repeats at 4:00 and then at 4:29. They both tag the ending and solo together with a very interesting free improv.

“Unstrung”

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Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Once” by Bruce Arnold

This is an AABA form which has a written part for both guitars for the head. It is basically structured as a counterpoint. Bruce plays the melody by himself (A) then at 0:16 Kenny enters with counterpoint (written) and Bruce continues by repeating the A head. The bridge appears at 0:32 and Kenny switches to melody. Then 0:48 is the last A where Bruce plays the melody. At 1:04 Kenny solos over the form. At 2:05 Bruce solos, then at 3:15 he plays the melody. At 4;15 the head is played out, 3:55 is the last A with a tag ending at 4:07.

“Once”

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Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Sunset” by Kenny Wessel

Kenny plays the melody free while Bruce comps. The bridge comes in at 0:25 to approximately 0:35, then the melody is restated. 1:08 starts Kenny’s solo. The soloist cues each chord during the solos. 1:48 Kenny plays parts of the melody then continues soloing. Bruce solos at 4:25, again free soloist cueing each chord change. At 6:19 Kenny comes back in with melody. At 6:58 they start trading and playing together. Each soloist plays the chords in order but changes the speed at which the chords change creating a random collage and hopefully not playing over the same chord at the same time.Thus the soloing gets more and more free until 8:15 when Kenny comes back to the melody to the end.

“Sunset”

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Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Somewhat Likely” by Kenny Wessel

This composition is composed using the chord changes for “Like Someone in Love.” Kenny plays melody at the top, then at 0:52 he solos. At 2:30 Bruce solos. Kenny plays the head at 5:00 and at 5:43 tag end played by Kenny.

“Somewhat Likely”

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Heard Instinct CD Notes for “Dakota Gumbo” By Bruce Arnold

This is a Blues based on a 1/2 and a minor 3rd: A written intro is followed by the melody which starts at 0:15 played by Kenny. The head repeats at 0:43 then Kenny solos at 1:06. Bruce solos at 2:23 with some of that South Dakota twang. At 3:38 both guitarists solo together. At 4:47 the head out is played by Kenny. The outro starts at 5:12.

“Dakota Gumbo”

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