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05-08-2007, 04:57 PM
Have a solo gig coming up and they would like me to add some carribean flavored stuff. Any ideas on where to get some backing tracks? half dozen songs would do

05-08-2007, 06:13 PM
There are a few versions of Sonny Rollins "St Thomas" about on PlayAlong, including the Aebersold and the Hal Leonard Rollins books.

I really like Rollins' tune "The Everywhere Calypso" and got Skip Peck to record me a backing track. I paid him something like $20 and it turned out great with a really nice feel. I think he charges more for the first recording, which is fair enough, and then sells existing tracks for a lot less.

You could try dropping Skip an email at or look at his website

Looking at his website just now, it has changed a lot and it isn't obvious that he's still doing backing tracks. Maybe he found it wasn't worth the money he was charging.

Sometimes you find that you can make a "reasonable" backing track from an existing recording by using audio software such as SoundForge to mask the lead instrument if it's recorded in the centre of the mix or panned right over to one side.

I'd be really interested in other Calypso backing tracks like "Don't Stop the Carnival" and "Brown Skin Girl".

All the best