Sessions and Projects – Page 2

Magos Herrera

6/12/2009

Really nice piece on NPR the other day about Magos Herrera’s new CD “Distancia” here.

Mixed this CD a few months ago – it’s a really nice project co-produced by saxophonist Tim Ries, and includes some great musicians and some beautiful music.

Chris Minh Doky May 2009

Spent the last two days doing the basic tracks for bassist Chris Minh Doky at Threshold Sound in Santa Monica. Band was Minh on acoustic bass, Larry Goldings on piano, and Peter Erskine on Drums.

The Metropole Orchestra is going to add strings arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza.

Beautiful songs (mostly by Minh, with one or two by Vince I think…).

We had a pile of DPA mics on this date – in particular we were using the large diaphragm 4041 tube on the bass in addition to an ORTF pair of 4021s – I really liked the 4041 on bass, and the new wide-cardioid 4015 sounded especially good on snare drum.

Only had time for a couple of snaps, and couldn’t get any good ones of Larry (lousy light in the piano booth).

Billy Childs May 2009

Just finished 4 days in the studio tracking basics on the new Billy Childs project – an *incredibly* ambitious project; over 70 minutes of essentially through-composed music for jazz sextet, string quartet, and (on one piece) wind quintet.

The core band was Billy on piano, Scott Colley on bass, Larry Koonse on guitar, Carol Robbins on Harp, Bob Sheppard on reeds, and Antonio Sanchez and Brian Blade on drums. The string quartet was the marvelous Ying Quartet from Rochester, NY – everyone sounded fantastic!

We recorded at LA Sound Gallery in Burbank – a really nice sounding very large room (it used to be the famous Evergreen studios).

Here’s a few snaps:

May 2009

5/21/09

A nice orchestra date over at Warner Brothers Eastwood Stage yesterday. I think around 60 pieces, and a huge choir at the end of the day. Didn’t get any pics of the choir alas…

Tinkerbell 2009

4/2009

Finishing up the initial tracking for the score for Disney’s Tinkerbell 2 movie – a day at Conway with a great celtic band, 4 days of orchestra varying in size from about 30 to 85 pieces on the Sony scoring stage, and a couple days at Glenwood Place tracking Máiréad Nesbitt (of Celtic Woman) on fiddle. Here’s a few snaps from the sessions so far…

March 2009

Just got back from Chicago – recording a CD for pianist Ryan Cohan. A very nice project which features Lorin Cohen on bass, Kobie Watkins on drums, Geof Bradfield on sax and woodwinds, and Joe Locke on vibes. We recorded at Chicago Recording Company’s studio 4, and it was like stepping back in time 15 years – I used to record at CRC frequently after Universal Recording closed up shop and I was still living and working in Chicago. This is a nice room with good sightlines and flexible iso. Ryan brought a nice Fazioli 7′ piano in for the session.

Bob Florence “Legendary”

3/2009

Finally finished mixing the Bob Florence big band CD, “Legendary”. This was a labor of love for everyone involved. Before Bob’s passing last year he had written all the material, but the sessions were postponed several times due to Bob’s increasingly fragile health, and finally Bob was never able to hear this material recorded.

The band went in to Capitol A and recorded it over a couple of days last October. This is a really special recording, and one I hope Bob would be proud of – the band is excellent, and features amongst others, Peter Erskine on drums, and the wonderful Alan Broadbent on piano.

Every moment of this record reminds me of Bob, and I truly miss him – his sense of humor and elegance come through in every note – I enjoyed working with him so, and wish he was around to hear this one – I think he’d be happy with it…

This will be released by Summit under the newly resurrected MAMA name.

Here’s a few snaps:

Ivan Lins / Vince Mendoza

2/2009

Delivered a new Ivan Lins CD this week. It features Ivan singing and playing keys on about 10 songs with the Metropole Orchestra. The project is co-produced by Vince Mendoza, and features a number of Vince’s arrangements, and Vince conducting the Orchestra. It’s a mix of mostly live material from a concert in July of 2008, and a few studio recordings. Great songs, great arrangements, great playing from the orchestra – really a nice project! I don’t know when the release is, but I’ll post more when I hear.

July 2008: Charlie Haden, Tinkerbell

Just finishing up mixing the new Charlie Haden CD. Charlie’s made a bluegrass/country record, and what an amazing group of musicians he’s assembled! Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Sam Bush, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, Stuart Duncan, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, Russ Barenburg, Elvis Costello, Dan Tyminski, Jack Black, John Leventhal, the Haden Family, etc… No doubt I’ve forgotten a few… Anyway, it’s an amazing CD! Don’t know the release date yet, but it’ll be on Universal / Decca.

Expertly recorded in Nashville by Bil VornDick, Produced by Charlie and his wife Ruth Cameron, with help from Steve Rodby and Mark Fain. It was a real pleasure to mix this! I’ll post more when there’s release info.
(note: It’s been released under the title “Ramblin’ Boy” and was nominated for a 2008 Grammy)

Also been slaving away this last month mixing a score for the new Disney “Tinkerbell” movie. Beautiful orchestral score by Joel McNeely – recorded at the Sony and Fox scoring stages. Some nice shots of the sessions at the scoringsessions.com website here.

May 2008

The new Yellowjackets CD is out on Heads Up. It’s called “Lifecycle“. Awesome CD!

Alex Cline – “Continuation”

This is not the most mics I’ve ever put on a drum kit, but it’s close… From Alex Cline’s CD “Continuation” recorded at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank during April of 2008. A lovely CD, it’s available on Cryptogramophone records.

February 2008

Currently working on the new Yellowjackets project. It’s a collaborative project with Mike Stern on guitar. We recorded at a great studio in the Westchester, NY area called BiCoastal Music. They have a very nice Steinway D and a beautiful sounding live room. As always, great tunes, fantastic playing, and a nice hang – what more could you want? This project will be released by Heads Up in the spring, and there will also be a 5.1 and SACD release.

January 2008

Last year was an incredibly busy and rewarding one – so much great music, and I feel so fortunate to be making a living working with such incredible musicians.

Highlights from the last 5 months include:

Mixing a live concert DVD of the Killer – Jerry Lee Lewis! The video includes some very nice interview footage with Jerry and his sister that was really informative, and very tender too…

Just finished up mixing a project of Vince Mendoza’s. Vince has been one of my favorite artists ever since I heard “Start Here” in the late 80’s and listened to it non-stop driving from Chicago to Los Angeles. This particular project is a collaboration with the German WDR (radio orchestra), and features a sort of Gil Evans-ish ensemble – 3 brass, 3 woodwinds, string quartet, vibes, harp, and a rhythm section featuring Peter Erskine and the amazing Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Li. The music is *GORGEOUS*, and it was so great to finally work with Vince on something. The CD will be titled “Bluesounds”, and will be released by ACT records – maybe in the spring?
(note: It’s available under the german title “Blauklang” on ACT and was nominated for a grammy in 2008)

Also just finished mixing a project for saxophonist Bennie Maupin – a recording done in Warsaw of his Polish quartet (piano, bass, drums, and sax). Beautiful playing from a really stellar group, and a wonderful setting for Bennie’s austere approach. This CD will be out on Cryptogramophone in the spring, and I don’t know the title yet. Great to spend some time with Bennie and hear him talk about so many of the pivotal jazz groups he was an integral part of.