i've spent the last couple of days re-listening to all the midi files in the old site midi files room and picked out (what i consider to be) the very best of them.

this should spare many of you the tedious chore of separating the wheat from the chaff.

my choices are purely subjective (of course), but here are the criteria i worked by:

1. not being a huge fan of ballads, you'll find most of these numbers are more or less up tempo.

2. there had to be a  cool solo in the piece. there were some great harmonizations of heads that i didn't include because there was no solo (notably numbers by jb - who is not me btw).

3. they had to be what i consider imho to be "real" jazz.

so once scot has made it so that i can upload files to this room, you'll have some incredible music to listen to all created by members of this site. people like scot ranney (of course), sid thomas, nor eddine bahha, ryan cullen,  jono butterfield, and bernard chinn ...

later, i'll begin re-listening to the midi files that are found all over this "new" site here and begin including them too. you'll get masterpieces by doug mckenzie, barry dallman, and many other greats who are kind enough to share their art with us here on this site.

one thing you won't get though is any midi files by me. if you want to hear my faves of myself, drop by 7's heaven any old time.
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