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A music-lover's project to support - Adam Smale's CD of original, exciting Jazz music, featuring the amazing trio, Tri-Fi!

If you haven't watched the video above yet, please take the time to watch it now.
Thank you!

WHY I'M HERE

I have a very real passion and purpose.

I CAN'T DO IT! I JUST CAN'T DO IT, I TELL YOU! I cannot and will not be the person who never followed their dreams, their inner most desires! I refuse to be the person to have regrets when I'm old. "Did I Live?" I plan on that question answered "YES!"

I do know one thing: I can't make my dreams true without help.

I have written some great songs, performed them with an existing killer jazz trio this summer, and captured those performances on a recording which was engineered and mixed by a world class, Grammy nominated engineer/producer. I need your help to finish mixing, mastering, manufacturing and marketing of the next Adam Smale CD, Out of the Blue.

After having the CDs manufactured, the next step is to release the Out of the Blue CD to radio stations in the USA & Canada as well as internet radio stations like Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify. This is such an important step in the right direction to get the music heard.

The musical performances and overall sound quality of this CD is at such a high caliber it can't help but gain recognition in the music industry. My dream has always been to be a well known and respected guitarist, to compose and release original songs, and perform that music around the world. Now with this great platform at Kickstarter, my childhood dreams can come true with help from people all over the world. Please take the time to view all the great rewards offered and claim those rewards by making a donation right now.

HOW TO PLEDGE

To make a pledge to "Out of the Blue" CD by Jazz Guitarist Adam Smale, click the green "Back This Project" button to the right of your screen. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select the reward you want. You then will be prompted to complete the purchase with Amazon. If this project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when, and only when, the funding deadline is reached.

And there is a very real deadline: April 19th, 2:30pm

After that date it will be too late to take part in this great project.

Thank you so much for your time and donation!  I am deeply grateful for your support.

Adam Smale

Please feel free contact me if you have any questions at all or need help. adam (at) adamsmale-jazz (dot) com

HERE'S WHY I DO WHAT I DO

I remember quite vividly the day that I announced to my parents I wanted to be a professional musician. I was 11 years old and I had been playing guitar already for 4 years or so. At the time, the great Chet Atkins was my inspiration.

My parents stood by me and before I knew it, at age 12, I was in the Musicians Union and getting paid to play gigs! I know, right?

Several years later it was rocker, Eddie Van Halen, who was my hero. Man, I was really into his guitar work. To this day I still feel he was a bonafide virtuoso guitarist. Eddie inspired me with his innovative playing and contagious energy.

It was when I was a Van Halen connoisseur, that I discovered jazz in a rather indirect way. Eddie was always going on about this cat from England, Alan Holdsworth. If Ed thought he was the business then I had better check him out.

It brings a tear to my eye thinking of this. One day, my Mother, bless her heart, went out and ordered some Alan Holdsworth cassette tapes to surprise me. I'll never forget the beauty in that for as long as I live.

It was my Mother, who, out of love, brought these 2 cassettes home and set me on the path to really take music seriously. And I love her dearly for it!

As I listened to these tapes, my jaw hit the floor. "Oh my...what is this?" I didn't know music could be so fiery, intricate, advanced, and beautiful at the same time. I couldn't even fathom what I was hearing.

To say the least I was moved! I needed to know what this music was. It was like it came from another planet. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING! Thank you for that Mom!

I practiced everything I knew, and then some. I wanted to be good guitarist. No, I wanted to be the person at the top of the heap. I wanted to be amazing. However, I knew I needed help.

So I enlisted myself in college and learned from many great teachers and students. I GOT HOOKED ON JAZZ. I always improvised anyway, so I felt at home. You could carry on a music conversation without words.

And I practiced, and I practiced. And then when I got done practicing I would practice some more. And it hasn't stopped. I try to learn something new everyday.

I urge you to help me in reaching my goal by finishing the "Out of the Blue" CD and by having the music heard by people from Toledo to Tokyo. Make a pledge now to help in getting the momentum needed to make that dream a reality!

With much gratitude,
Thank You for your support!
Adam

To learn more about me, visit my website: www.adamsmale-jazz.com

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Some of the Songs:

"Blues to Yous" is the first song that appears in the video:

"Jazzenco is" the last song featured in the video:

Here is "Night Drive" which features the Ibanez Overdrive pedal. The 2nd track heard in the video:

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What This Funding Will Be Used For:

Your involvement and support will complete this CD and get the music out there to be enjoyed. We (you and I) are essentially creating our own record label to release this music.

Minimum Funding:
Photography...................................$1500
Publicity Campaign.........................$1500
Mastering.......................................$1000
CD Artwork.....................................$1000
Radio Promotion.............................$1000
CD Replication & Printing................$900

TOTAL...........................................$6900

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But Wait!

My dreams, my desires, are to have me and my music known worldwide. If we are blessed to receive funding over the necessary base amount of $6900 needed, here are some goals that funs will be used to make this project even more successful:

LEVEL I
Press Kit........................................$800
This item is an industry standard, a necessity. Having this will get you taken seriously by the Media, Festivals, Clubs, & Record Labels.
I want to be booked all over the world!

Minimum ($6900) + Level I ($800) = $7700

LEVEL II
Promotion to Jazz Journalists.......$1000
Along with grabbing attention with a fantastic Press Kit, the word about me will not be spread around the world unless you promote yourself to the top 300 journalists in the US, Canada, Europe & Asia.

Level I ($7700) + Level II ($1000) = $8700

LEVEL III
Promotional Video........................$3000
If I really, really, want to turn some heads, be noticed, a professionally produced Promotional Video is so important. Any "who's who" in the music world has a Promotional Video.

Level II ($8700) + Level III ($3000) = $11,700

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The Amazing People Involved:

Tri-Fi is my band. Well, at least on this recording.

www.tri-fi.com/about

Not only are these guys super talented, but they have played together so long they can read each others' minds and play off each other in a very magical way. Their performance on this CD was world class, they made the songs come alive! Plus they are just three of the nicest guys you ever could meet. Bonus.

Then there is my GRAMMY nominated Engineer/Producer, George Walker Petit.

www.petitjazz.com

The real thing that sets George apart is the fact that he is a musician first. He brought the best out of us on this recording.

George, acting as producer and/or mixing engineer and/or recording engineer, has also brought the best out of: Terrence Blanchard, Mark Whitfield, Anthony Wilson, Carl Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Dafnis Prieto, Don Alias, Donny McCaslin, Jeff Ballard, Drew Zingg, TRI-FI, Gene Bertoncini, Hans Glawischnig, Dave Binney, Seamus Blake, Donald Harrison, just to name a few!

Everything fell into place for this recording - exceptional musicians, amazing performances, excellent sound engineering and producing. Perfect timing! It is a thing of beauty. Now, it just needs to be finished and released to the world!

-----> Be sure to scroll down and see all the fantastic Rewards!

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Bigger View of the T-shirts:

You'll have a choice of this one, with flames....
You'll have a choice of this one, with flames....
...or this one, with the guitar.
...or this one, with the guitar.

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is important! Without YOU, this will not happen. We have to make the goal of $6900 in 30 days, or it won't happen. It's all or nothing. That is Kickstarter's platform.

If all of your amazing support fails to reach the goal, this recording will not get in the hands of jazz fans, jazz radio, and jazz talent buyers. This music is meant to be heard!

I have recorded great songs with amazing people and captured some fantastic performances. I have the drive and the experience to know what it takes to get this CD heard by the important people. Lets do it!

Make your pledge now and we can collectively make it happen.

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    A BIG THANK YOU! You are an official sponsor of the CD! And the world will know it! All official sponsors will be listed on my website.

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    Thank you! You will receive a FREE digital download of the entire album AND be listed on my website as an official sponsor!

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    Mucho thanks! You will receive a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD hot off the press + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD (my debut release that reached No. 9 across Canada in the national radio jazz chart for the entire month of September of 2000) + You will be listed on my website as an official sponsor!

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    Many thanks! You will receive a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD hot off the press + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD (my debut release that reached No. 9 across Canada in the national radio jazz chart for the entire month of September of 2000) + an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice + You will be listed on my website as an official sponsor!

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    Many thanks! You will receive a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD hot off the press + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD (my debut release that reached No. 9 across Canada in the national radio jazz chart for the entire month of September of 2000) + and TWO "Out of the Blue" T-shirts, one of each + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor!

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    GUITARIST'S SPECIAL! For you guitarists, or for a guitarist you know, in addition to a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD hot off the press + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD (my debut release that reached No. 9 across Canada in the national radio jazz chart for the entire month of September of 2000) + One (1) "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice + You will also receive the eBook version of New Approach to Scales for Guitarists: A Practical Modern Direction ($14.99 value) + You will be listed on my website as an official sponsor + A thumbpick, personally filed down and reshaped the way I use them!

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    Ahhh, the lush sounds of a chorus pedal! You can have my BOSS Chorus Ensemble (CE-5) pedal that has been in my pedalboard for the last 10+ years. It still works like a charm. I used it mostly to get a quasi organ sound. I'll even ship it to you, on me, if you live in the US + You also get a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor + I'll even add in an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt, FREE!

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    Rock on, man! You can have my Ibanez Tube Screamer Overdrive pedal that I used on the song Night Drive on the Out of the Blue CD. I'll even ship it to you on me! + You also get a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor + I'll even add in an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice, FREE!

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    Yo! Thank you! You will receive a 1 hour internet lesson via Skype. We can go over various topics that you would like to know about. Perhaps you're interested in the concepts in my book, New Approach to Scales for Guitarists: A Practical Modern Direction - which you will receive FREE in eBook form ($14.99 value). Chords, Improvising, how to build lines, whatever! + I will also send you PDFs of relevant material tailored specifically for you within 48hrs of your lesson, depending on the lesson if it is required + You will receive a FREE digital download of the entire album + Get an autographed copy of the CD hot off the press be listed on my website as an official sponsor! + If you want an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice, I'll give you a deal, please add $15 ($20 value) for each T-shirt.

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    GET YOUR FINGERS WORKIN'!! You will receive a 1 hour internet lesson via Skype. We can go over various topics that you would like to know about. Perhaps you're interested in the concepts in my book, New Approach to Scales for Guitarists: A Practical Modern Direction - which you will receive FREE in eBook form ($14.99 value). Chords, Improvising, how to build lines, whatever! + I will also send you PDFs of relevant material tailored specifically for you within 48hrs of your lesson, depending on the lesson if it is required + You will receive a FREE digital download of the entire album + Get an autographed copy of the CD hot off the press be listed on my website as an official sponsor! + an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice ($20 value).

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    THE CONNOISSEUR: A new batch of homemade cookies sent to your door, once a week, for four (4) weeks! (Or spread out anyway you wish) If the dinner at our place seemed appealing but you can't get to New York, maybe this is a great option for you. My girlfriend, Kate, makes two different awesome oatmeal cookies, and some great chocolate cookies for starters. If there was a way to ship her Red Velvet cake to you without getting destroyed we would (believe me, it's sooo good!). So cookies it is! + You also get a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor.

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    THE ELITE: Thanks! A one on one private lesson. You have to come to my place though (I'm in Manhattan) + You will receive the eBook version of New Approach to Scales for Guitarists: A Practical Modern Direction ($14.99 value) + Yep! You will receive a FREE digital download of the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor + If you want an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt, please add $15 ($20 value).

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    DINNER & DESSERT & DRINKS, ON ME! Bring your appetite! Oh yeah!! Come to my house for a dinner that me and my girlfriend will cook for you! Bring your significant other, too. I don't mean hotdogs & beans as the main course with Jello for dessert. Uh, uh. Between me and my gal, we can cook a pretty good feast. I make a mean pork tenderloin for example. (Please let me know your dietary restrictions and we certainly can accommodate) For dessert, how about homemade Red Velvet Cake? Or homemade Cheesecake? (Bailey's cheesecake is my favorite) My girlfriend can whip up a dessert for you that you'll be talking about for weeks! Come hangout with us at our place. You can check out my guitars, my effects board, my amps. Hell, we can jam a little if you play guitar, or play bass, or sing a little, or watch a movie, or just hang, whatever! + You also get a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor + I'll even add in an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice, FREE!

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    THE MUSIC LOVER: Awesome!! House Concert! I'll perform a 90 minute Solo House Concert at your place or venue of your choosing (YOU WOULD NEED TO INCUR TRAVEL AND LODGING EXPENSES) within 50 mile radius of NYC. Charge a fee if you want or just invite as many people as you want/can. The more the merrier + an autographed copy of the CD hot off the press + a FREE digital download of the the entire album + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD + One (1) "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor ++ If you would like to have extra T-shirts to sell at the performance, please add $15 ($20 value) per shirt.

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    THE AUDIOPHILE: Alright! You want a Guitar Effects pedal? This is not just any Guitar Effects pedal, but one built personally by me, a compressor pedal. It will also have a one of a kind paint job done by me. Yep, a ONE OF A KIND pedal built just for you! This Compressor pedal is very close to the infamous ROSS compressor, but with some extra knobs. One famous person who is a fan of the ROSS compressor, is Trey Anastasio, of the band Phish. "The Ross Compressor has long been admired as one of the finest compressors produced. Accordingly, it is also one of the most copied, cloned, and modified compressors out there." FuzzCentral.ssguitar.com + You also get a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor + I'll even add in an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice, FREE!

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    THE MUSE: Your own song!! It’s too late for this CD but guaranteed on the next! Your name will be in the title + You will receive special credit on the CD like no one else + a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + One (1) "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor

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    MUSIC GEEK: Thank you! Take a breath, cause there's a lot here. First, anywhere in the USA, I'll perform a 90 minute Solo House Concert at your place or venue of your choosing (YOU WOULD NEED TO INCUR TRAVEL AND LODGING EXPENSES). Charge a fee if you want or just invite as many people as you want. The more the merrier! Second, of course, you will receive an autographed copy of the CD for you personally + 5 FREE CDs you can sell to offset your costs, or give them away + a FREE digital download of the the entire album + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD + One (1) "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor + You will be listed on the CD as Co-Producer! ++ If you would like to have extra T-shirts to sell at the performance, please add $15 ($20 value) per shirt.

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    THE PLAYER: Dude!! Excellent. You want one of my guitars? It's yours at this reward level! It's a great guitar and it sounds really good. A Thinline Fender (Squire) Telecaster. Cool gold color. It has a rosewood fingerboard (kind of rare for this particular model), and the Seymour Duncan pickups are stock. I have used it mostly on non-jazz gigs and can be seen on youtube videos (search for Adam Smale, United We Tab). Shipped to you ONLY if you live in the USA or Canada. You also get a FREE digital download of the the entire album + an autographed copy of the CD + the eBook version of New Approach to Scales for Guitarists: A Practical Modern Direction ($14.99 value) + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor AND listed on the CD as Co-Producer! + I'll even add in an "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice, FREE!

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    THE MAESTRO: You, my friend, are just too much for words...ultimately, you ROCK! Anywhere in the USA, I'll perform a house concert at your place or venue of your choosing (YOU WOULD NEED TO INCUR TRAVEL AND LODGING EXPENSES) in a trio setting (guitar, bass, drums). Charge a fee if you want or just invite as many people as you want/can. The more the merrier + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor AND are listed in the credits in the liner notes as CO-PRODUCER + you will never have to pay to see me perform at a concert or club for 6 months + an autographed copy of the CD + 10 FREE CDs you can sell to offset your costs, or give them away + a FREE digital download of the the entire album + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD + One (1) "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice ++ If you would like to have extra T-shirts to sell at the performance, please add $12 ($20 value) per shirt.

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    IMPRESARIO - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: I'm blown away! Amazing! You could quite possibly be one of the most awesomist people anywhere!! I'll perform a house concert, anywhere in the USA & Canada, at your place or venue of your choosing with the one and only TRI-FI! Yes, the musicians on the "Out of the Blue" CD. (YOU WOULD NEED TO INCUR TRAVEL AND LODGING EXPENSES) Charge a fee if you want or just invite as many people as you want/can. The more the merrier + You will also be listed on my website as an official sponsor. But wait! There's more!! You will also listed in the credits in the liner notes as EXECUTIVE CO-PRODUCER + you will never have to pay to see me perform at a concert or club for the next year + an autographed copy of the CD + 20 FREE CDs you can sell to offset your costs, or give them away + a FREE digital download of the the entire album + a copy of "FUN CITY" CD + One (1) "Out of the Blue" T-shirt of your choice ++ If you would like to have extra T-shirts to sell at the performance, please add $12 ($20 value) per shirt. ***We are open to performing other places in the world, however, email me first. Performance fees may change. You would still need to incur travel and lodging expenses.***

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