Thanks for that. Some good thoughts in there.
I think I’ll stick with the length after all. (Not sure what I was thinking when I mentioned trimming out 8 bars. It’s effectively built on 16-bar passages, so trimming 8 from any 1 section would the feel out.)
Good to know it works for an interested audience.
You’re right about the sax coming in kinda unexpectedly during the intro build. It could probably work like that, but later. I think it’s good, but it might work better on a breakdown later in the track, once there’s some momentum (and the general energy level is higher).
Going to a higher octave means potentially entering octaves where the Auxy sax samples start to sound a bit cheap. I think they’re based on a limited number of key samples, with higher notes seemingly being lower samples reused at higher keys, rather than a fresh resample. And all the breathiness is lost.
I tried the sax on some of the lead melodies, but again, it meant straying upwards into notes where these sax samples don’t sound so convincing.
Good call on adding swing. It could help take the edge of the quantisation just a little.
Thanks for the thoughtful feedback. Really appreciate it.