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    Jim Cox

    This is a new thread for information about Jim Cox. He came up on the end of the thread about Sampled Guitar Survey.

    http://northernsounds.com/forum/show...t=47944&page=4

    OK now you are asking how this is relevant to a discussion of samples.

    Quote Originally Posted by artsoundz
    Many many moons ago.(15-20years or more) keyboard mag had a spotlight on a cat that had a rep for spot on emulations of acoustic instruments. One of these was a pedal steel. This was before samples had any real foothold, therfore it was an analogue based sound. I remember being blown away by the realism. If my memory serves me he was based in Nashville (maybe L.A.) Does anyone else remember this or have info?
    Quote Originally Posted by js33
    YES! It was a soundsheet in a 1986 issue, I believe, of Keyboard magazine. Jim Cox did a version of Shenandoah with him playing all the instruments. It is ingrained on my brain. I had a copy of it on a cassette tape that I tried to digitize and I listened to it once but then the second time I went to record it the sound on the cassette vanished. It was a 20 year old cassette and the first playing of it must have wiped all the iron off the tape.

    Anyway I think I still have the soundsheet but it is inserted randomly in one of my old 300 some vinyl records in the closet so it will take me awhile to find it.

    He created steel guitar, lead guitar, harmonica, and horns emulations with a Prophet 5 synth back in the day by using different patches, amplification and of course monsterous chops. It is really convincing.

    I'm jonesin' to hear it again myself. Franticially searches through 300 album jackets to find it.

    That was one of the first recordings that convinced and inspired me that one guy really could create an entire band and I've been at it ever since.

    Quote Originally Posted by artsoundz
    Hey that's just Great! Yeah it was Jim Cox. His thing was so impressive I can remember his name now after over 20 years. It would be very cool to get that Keyboard recording. I think it came on a vinyl inside the mag. Anyway-thanks for everyones memory!
    I'm going to see if I can find my soundsheet recording of "Shenandoah" by Jim Cox. In the mean time here are some links and some of the many people Jim has played with. So even though its been 20 years we have all heard him in many places over the years whether we knew it or not.

    Here's a picture of Jim Cox on the B3.



    Jim Cox is one of the world's most gifted and sought after keyboardists. His touring and recording credits include Albert Lee, Elton John, Barbara Steisand, Aerosmith, Pink, Henry Mancini, Neil Diamond, Ringo, George Straight, Linda Ronstandt, Rodney Crowell, Chad Wackerman, Aaron Neville, and B.B. King.

    He has also been involved with the following movies. He is credited as part of the crew as a musician. He definately played on the Majestic soundtrack so I assume he plays on the soundtrack and/or incidental music for the other movies.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0185085/

    # A Dirty Shame (2004) (musician: piano)
    # The Majestic (2001) (musician: piano)
    # Bowfinger (1999) (musician: keyboard)
    # Hurlyburly (1998) (musician: organ and piano)
    # Wag the Dog (1997) (musician: keyboard)
    # Metroland (1997) (musician: keyboards)
    # Grace of My Heart (1996) (orchestrator)


    Links
    http://store.artistdirect.com/nad/mu...1,00.html#more
    http://www.stephencollins.com/
    http://homepage.eircom.net/~albertle...hy/gagged.html
    http://www.united-mutations.com/c/ji...ndom_notes.htm
    http://www.chadwackerman.com/info.html
    http://www.amazon.com/Majestic-Vario.../dp/B00005TQ52
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

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    Thanks JS33. Awesome.

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    Believe it or not I just found out most of this today. I always wondered what became of Jim because ever since I first heard that soundsheet I always felt "Man this guy just has so much talent it can't be held down" and indeed it wasn't.

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    that's so funny. Same here. I have thought of that guy and that recording for 20 years. I can't thank you enough for your efforts.

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    I've worked with Jim a few times and he's truly gifted and fun to work with.

    One of the things we used to do with Jim in the days before the Internet, was to call him up and ask him any question about the top 100 hits of the last 50 years and he could tell you everything about it....year, producer, label, all the editions, who sang it, publisher, etc.....he's like a human encyclopedia!

    :-)

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    Do you know how to get in touch with Jim? If so, perhaps you could ask him to visit this thread?

    Did you ever see the Keyboard magazine article about Jim in 1986? It came with a soundsheet of his version of Shenandoah. Do you know anyway to get a copy of that soundsheet or maybe there is digital version of it. I have contacted Keyboard magazine a few times and they never responded. I searched through my 300 some album jackets tonight because I stored soundsheets in album jackets to protect them. I did find several other 20 year old soundsheets but couldn't find the Jim Cox one that I thought was in there somewhere.

    I read your profile, very impressive, and saw that you used to work for Roland. My first synth was a Juno 106. What do you think of the new Juno G?

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    Hey Im a steel guitar player and that soundsheet impressed the heck out of me it actually sounded real Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectrum
    I've worked with Jim a few times and he's truly gifted and fun to work with.

    One of the things we used to do with Jim in the days before the Internet, was to call him up and ask him any question about the top 100 hits of the last 50 years and he could tell you everything about it....year, producer, label, all the editions, who sang it, publisher, etc.....he's like a human encyclopedia!

    :-)
    And your,sir,are right there alongside him,

    We should retitle this thread memory lane. I was at one of the first midi seminars sponsored by Roland. Mr. Persing was one of the "Young" demonstartors. Midi was baffling then. All new and daunting. But it was an interesting seminar. Then later I was to see Eric's rise to fame helping the likes of Chick Corea and everyone else.

    Good lord! After all these years both my brain cells still have something in them. Ow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff4h
    Hey Im a steel guitar player and that soundsheet impressed the heck out of me it actually sounded real Jeff
    Yes and the "steel guitar and the lead guitar" parts on that soundsheet were played on a Prophet 5 synth.

    If anyone has access to that soundsheet let me know. I am still trying to find a copy of it. I had it recorded on a cassette but it didn't stand the test of time and I can't find my copy of the original soundsheet.

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    Re: Jim Cox

    Quote Originally Posted by Spectrum
    I've worked with Jim a few times and he's truly gifted and fun to work with.

    One of the things we used to do with Jim in the days before the Internet, was to call him up and ask him any question about the top 100 hits of the last 50 years and he could tell you everything about it....year, producer, label, all the editions, who sang it, publisher, etc.....he's like a human encyclopedia!
    He's also got the biggest (oldest) record collection of all time.

    I've know Jim for a long , long time. I'll call him and tell him to log onto this site (in case no one else already has).

    AC

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