The Flea Flicker

Former user wrote on 12/1/2015, 5:02 PM

Hi Fellow Residents!

For some reason, the jumpy, fast-paced chords, phrasings and riffs in this tune reminds me of a pesky flea; something that one would "flick".  But, like a flea, it is a hard creature to rid.  I know it sounds crazy as hell, but then again, that's how my mind sometimes work. <lol>

I wanted to try and set a persistent rhythm backdrop (drums & percussion) against a strong piano lead.  Adding a "brassy" flair to add an extra layer of flavor to the mix.  Not too much bass with this piece; just a few fleeting riffs here and there.

The piano is a Kontakt instrument, "The Grandeur".  It is sampled from a legendary concert grand, and has a rich and versatile sound.

Thanks for the listen, good folks!





gospelbj1 wrote on 12/1/2015, 5:56 PM


That pesky little flea sure had to go through some jazzy and funky flicking...and that's a good thing.

This is such a great piece.  You truly outdid yourself on this one.  I love the nice rhythm and beat that flows throughout the song.  And man, your chords and rhythm patterns on the piano are "Off The Chain."  I really need to take some pointers from you!

This is a masterpiece, and I am impressed...without a lot of words to express how I feel about this song.  My hat's off and I bow to the master of Jazz. 

Outstanding.  5***** and an add to my faves.


gerrycix wrote on 12/1/2015, 6:16 PM

Hello Griff,
Remarkable floor ... high class as you know you do!
You make everything so simple .... and listenable! friend !

Ciao David

tgfmusica wrote on 12/1/2015, 6:33 PM

Pezzo bellissimo, bella batteria, mi piace, 5* da tgfmusica, Gianfranco, ciao

ballabarr wrote on 12/1/2015, 6:51 PM

Hi griff nice one i'm not a big jazzfan as u know but this is god 5***** + 200 for the drums

tak care and i hope u r ok  bye 4 now

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Im from sweden 55 year's young play 4 instruments,(Drums is my main instr) guitarr,keybords,and some bassand im learning to play faceorgan (Harmonica) I make my musc self.I love icehockey and soocer,bean to cooking school,bean a sailor for 10 years,but not anymore hade my last ship 1993 and i miss that job  (cargoship) see the world and get pay'd for it,that's nice

(Pleace wright in english if u can no requirement just a wishes)

Nickillus wrote on 12/1/2015, 10:06 PM

Hey Griff,
It's not making me think of a flea, because those critters are irritating in the extreme.  This is the antithesis of that, invoking pleasure of the highest order.  Your fingers (injured or not) dance across the keys with such assured playfulness, that they encourage the other instruments to join in the fun (all as brilliantly played as the master piano).  This is just soooooo plain right.  An absolute stunner.  The sounds are all thoroughly convincing (top notch vst emulation?), but no less than your virtuosity demands.  It sounds like a studio recording of a live performance.

The constant rhythm works for me because it simply acts as a framework over which you paint your masterly performances, retaining the human touch that ensures you listen and enjoy from the first to the last note.  I love it.  I hope you are pleased with how it has turned out.  You certainly well ought to be.  My mouth is curved in a fixed grin for the rest of the day now - and will be every time I relisten.


TrishM wrote on 12/2/2015, 2:20 AM

Griffster,good buddy

I have no words with which to express my thoughts about this piece of yours.  But i'll think of some cuz I can't stop there. Give me a moment to comtemplate..................................

OK.  Out of he hundreds of songs I have listened to in the past and will listen to in the future in this community,  this sucker is tops.  It belongs at the apex of the heap of tunes and I seriously doubt it will be surpassed unless it's something even more stunning by you. The complex rhythms you play on the piano are enough to put this song over the top.  I mean WAY over the top!  I listen to a station on Xirius (sp?) radio called Watercolors and this is better than a majority of what I hear on that station (and it;s a great station).  

I'm in awe and my respect for you (which was already sky-high) as a musician has just sky rocketed out into oblivion. And as Brenda said....."my hat's off to you" (if I wore one)


Former user wrote on 12/2/2015, 2:29 AM

I would say that this is a sign of pure jazz, as always your compositions in this style are beautiful, you can really feel that this music is in your blood.
sounds of the piano and horn veramenre intense and quality
great performance


GBTraveller wrote on 12/2/2015, 3:06 AM

Hello Erol,
which is again a very impressive job of yours. I am an absolute friend of music, which is supported by the instruments. Everything rotates in perfect harmony.
Your praise for me, is based on reciprocity.
The next track, please send me a note my friend.
all the stars go to NY.
have a good time.
Greeting Freddy

Former user wrote on 12/2/2015, 6:00 AM

Hi Griff,
music jazz  of the highest quality 'and of great ability' music.
I really appreciated.


NorbertSN wrote on 12/2/2015, 11:57 AM

Hey Griff,

Now that flea is one that I would let stay on my skin...

What a lovely jazzy piece of music with great instrumentations - love the piano work and the drums in general (whilst they "only" support, they give this flea a great jumping ability).

Another wonderful proof that knowing what you do helps in bringing out the greatest results.

Love it - 5 jazzy stars and into my favorites with immediate effect.

Many thanks for this piece of music, mate!



HellRaiser wrote on 12/2/2015, 2:01 PM

Wow, this is a perfect piano jazz tune! Also the sound is brilliant *****

Piazzini wrote on 12/2/2015, 2:28 PM

Hoi Griff

Great jazz music.

Very nice work with the keys and the percussion. The winds were set entirely appropriate.
Outstanding Griff ..... a real treat my friend.

en liebe gruess vom


martinheeremans wrote on 12/2/2015, 2:51 PM


I am lost for words!!! And that doesn't happen much!!!

THE GRIFFSTER brings it home with a dynamite Jazzy tune, modern distinctive Jazz at its most beautiful. So evocative.

How do you all do this, It's just a piano, yet you make it sing, you give it sophistication but most of all, especially in this piece, you give it style.

The brass is so sweet, so well thought out, so well placed within this piece. I love the way it rolls on with the piano.

Those drums, they're in the mix just right. I don't hear it all the time like it's the front instrument (I love the snare/bongo/hi hat work. Good idea and it brings great rhythm), but when you want me listening to em, I am!

The, I think they're called marakas, are very well played. I didn't expect to hear them but there addition added a bit of extra to the track which I most definitely enjoyed.

Your mixing work, EQ work, your everything work.... It's spot on, it's perfect!

The guitar work is limited, but it is so smooth. Smooth yet somehow also boucy with the beat.

I'm still bouncing around here, I am yet to finish my coffee. When I can stop dancing!!!

4exjohn wrote on 12/3/2015, 5:27 AM



Pretty good work.

Very smooth.

I like it very much.

Cheers John.

SpriteBat wrote on 12/3/2015, 9:20 AM

Wow, nice! This is what I like about instrumental music - there is a great rhythm to it, and I think even if you took out the drums/percussion, that rhythm would still come through strongly. I'm not saying you should take them out, just that you don't rely on them as someone with less skill might. Anyway, this is outstanding! The main theme is about as good as it gets. 

One of the movies I would always watch growing up was 101 Dalmations, and for some reason this reminded me of a more upbeat version of the piano playing in that. It doesn't necessarily sound very similar, but just has such a cool style and character to it.

Maboe wrote on 12/3/2015, 1:44 PM

One more jazzy tune, perfectly played and mixed professionally. "The Grandeur" sounds beautiful because you´re playing it.

I´ve enjoyed this piece soooo much!


TetleyAnderton wrote on 12/6/2015, 4:32 PM

Hi Griff ....   I really enjoyed your Flea Flicker ...  You really do have a great piece here.   And it shows off how much talent you have in music.   I am adding this baby to my fav's for sure, buddy.  



stuallan wrote on 12/6/2015, 7:50 PM

Hi Griff,

This flea has chops! Smooth, smooth, smooth. Loved the keyboard riffing, dancing around the horns just like a flea.

Super percussion, really drives this baby. You've got a great one here Mr. Griff. Into my fav's, fleas and all!..

Best Regards,


Farstom wrote on 12/7/2015, 7:01 AM

very nice music

yes Griff is back

well done

i like it

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I know nothing about music. Only listened .. Using technology also makes possible for me to be able to make music.

  I am also into photography amateur.

I'm not here for stars score but coment with advice for improvement of my music.

at my coment on music of others, I remain honest. this must be mutual .

I give my voice just as public and not as someone who knows something from music.

 I'm open to all criticism. I want to learn something



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TrishM wrote on 12/7/2015, 9:25 AM

Hi Griff

I forgot to give stars the first time around so I'm back for seconds.  I wanted to say again how fantastic I think this song is.  It deserves additional accolades and laudatory praise and should be Numero Uno on the charto.  Just sayin' 


PS I see no stars to click on.  Well, I would give it more than 5 if I could

MuggeMaker wrote on 12/9/2015, 12:21 AM

This is great my friend! 

The Grandeur is really a pretty nice piano .. I also have that in my library.

Amazing work!!

jjnicholls55 wrote on 12/9/2015, 7:49 PM

Yeah ! thats cool man. Just enough bass to support that awsome drum/perc rythm. Nice vibe. 5 stars, if it worked. I dont see stars either ?



pinodisola wrote on 12/12/2015, 4:36 AM

Amico mio mi mancava la tua musica ben ritrovato ci sentiamo in privato ciao e tantissimi auguri di buone festre 

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