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JAR: Scene 29


Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum have worked together for many years and having written songs like e.g. GIVE IT UP for DeBarge, HAUNTING ME for Dave Grusin, PLEASURE OVER PAIN and HEART'S HORIZON for Al Jarrreau, LOST WITHOUT HER LOVE for El DeBarge and the super hit WHO'S HOLDING DONNA NOW for DeBarge, they realized they should become a band, to write more songs together and release on their own record label. So they formed the supergroup JaR and released their first album SCENE 29 in 2008, which received rave reviews for the superb songs and stellar production.


LATEST NEWS from Jay Graydon - November 9, 2014!!!

It's been like 4 years since Randy and I started working on the upcoming JaR CD. We take JaR very seriously and dealing with the programming in the best fashion as to make sound and feel good takes major time. The ironic part is the song writing process went quickly. After the programming was complete, the overdubs began, which take time as well as to find fresh parts. I spent much time trying different guitar techniques like playing single notes to shape chords. In some cases, you will think I am playing steel guitar, which is not what I did. Instead I bent strings along with other tricks. All of that grunt work paid off as you will hear.

I should be starting to mix in like a month. That may take like 3 months since I will get very picky and Randy's input as to the mix will constantly be in play.

The difference of the mix on this CD compared to the last JaR CD is the new CD will be bigger sounding in general.

So much more to note when we are finished.

As with the last CD, we will not use bus compression that will hurt dynamics. We refuse to get into the level wars that pop music does for one major reason — on a stereo system, there is a control called a volume control to make the playback as loud as you want.

Of course we will recommend buying the CD as it will always sound better than MP3 files BUT as to iTunes downloads, we are considering compressing those files since when playing on a computer without outboard speakers, the compressed level is needed to get the level loud enough.

Again, the compression will destroy dynamics.

So we need input from our fans. If you will not buy the CD and will be playing in iTunes (or the like) without outboard big speakers, we ask you give us feedback regarding compressing the download version. The majority will win so please note if you will buy the download, do you want it compressed or not?"

Please e-mail us your thoughts regarding compressing or not compressing the download version. - Jay and Randy



How are things going with the new JaR album you might wonder ... HELLO??? ... What's happening??? ... Nobody around at Garden Rake Studios???

Garden Rake 

Phew!!! Here they are, still working hard on the new songs and having fun. As you may already know, Jay broke his right arm in August 2013, while power walking in the surroundings of his beach house. A difficult elbow and shoulder fracture with painful consequences, as noted by Jay on his website. However, Jay is slowly healing and having rehab and will get back to studio work as soon as he possibly can, so rest assured, the 2nd JaR album is coming along nicely, even though the release date will need to be pushed forward to next year.

NEWSFLASH!!! Jay is back! He is working in the studio with guitar solos and more for the second JaR album, which is now in the home stretch and you will not be disappointed, that's for sure!

Jay and Randy composing at 
Garden Rake Studios Jay and Randy composing at 
Garden Rake Studios

Randy: We have several songs that are just a tidy-up from being finished. Some that are, actually, finished. We, however have a few wonderful tracks to tackle. We're on it, but we're obviously not speed demons.

Jay: I have been working on other projects and we will post details as things unfold. The way JaR works is Randy and I had written all of the songs a while back and we record all of the tracks first with most of the overdubs. We are now at the stage in which we sing the songs, play solos, and do some other overdubs. Since we are doing other projects as well, it is taking time to finish JaR and we work on it when we have the time.

Photos © Denise Marie Luko.

While waiting for the new album, you will surely find Inside Musicast's interviews with these two music master minds very interesting and entertaining...


You have just unlocked the door to another dimension, unveiling an astonishing world of creativity - the NEXT STEP in the quest for intelligent, urgent, innovative, no-compromise music.

You have entered into a wondrous land of amazing new sounds and fresh ideas by lifelong friends and exceptionally gifted colleagues in music - Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum - working together as the supergroup - JaR. Their first album SCENE 29 is available from CD BABY as a physical album, a full album mp3 download or a digital download of individual songs. Read all the RAVE REVIEWS this album is getting from happy music loving buyers all over the planet!


The JaR song ESQUIRE from the album SCENE 29 is featured in the Summer 2009 issue of JAZZIZ in the ON DISC section.

JaR - SCENE 29 is also featured on a 4 CD compilation - CALIFORNIA GROOVE - with 75 of the best songs within Westcoast AOR music over 40 years, released exclusively for France in April (Virgin Megastores plus a few others) where the song CURE KIT is chosen to represent the NEW style of classic Westcoast AOR, taking the genre to the next level, or as Bill Champlin says about the SCENE 29 songs:

"That's what I've been calling "The New Music". I consider JaR to be the flagship
of that "Movement".
- Bill Champlin


Live interview podcast with Jay Graydon at Inside MusiCast!!!

"You guys have taken the torch from Steely Dan
and have run miles and miles ahead"
- Steve Lukather


"JaR's new album, Scene 29, is gonna' be one of those albums that you can gauge your "I'm Hip" quotient by how much earlier you've heard it than your friends. I think this album will eventually be considered the flagship of the new music. The new music is what is created after the "suits" gave up on the "biz". Anyway, I've known these guys for years and I had no idea that this stuff was in there. Well, now it's out here and we're all happy about it. Man, it's rare to play an album and still have your heart racing an hour later, especially someone else's album. Good work, guys." - Bill Champlin


"This is what Steely Dan wants to be!"
- claskew1


This is the stuff a formal contemporary jazz student should be studying (and probably does!).

- Ronald Jackson of smoothvibes.com.


"I use to compare everything recorded in the past 20 years to Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly". Now there's a new industry standard for music, and it's called ... "JaR"! Jay's astounding guitar wizardry and Randy's stunning keyboard prowess is the crux of a project filled with brilliant complex harmonic compositions, ear candy smooth vocal performances, and thick transparent sounding mixes.
This is soon to be "legendary" recording!"
- Tom Hemby


"I just got my copy of Scene 29 and absolutely love it! Great music is hard to find, great music well produced is even harder, great music produced well by great people is rare indeed. I am happy to be able to tell the world - all the good music isn’t gone, it’s just moved to the JaRZONE!"
- Mike Hedden www.danleysoundlabs.com

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Latest update November 9, 2014.

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