Yah I know...I'm hopelessly out of date. I STILL think "album" sounds cooler than "CD".
Anyway....we're in the later stages of doing a recording that's been in the planning stages since the summer of 06. In Jan. 07 I did some things at Stark Lake Recording in Orlando, Florida. The people involved in that session included Richard Drexler on bass, John Jenkins, drums, Jeff Rupert, tenor, and John Allred on trombone. (is Allred the finest player today? I sure couldn't argue the point.) Jeff Rupert sounds just marvelous on "Quintessence" and the whole quartet cooks on "One By One". John and I did several piano/bone duos that will make it onto the album. There will also be a couple of solo piano things.
Skip to late March of this year and we finally did the second session...this time at Manfred Knoops GREAT studio in Jersey....it's really one of the HOT studios for jazz recordong now. He has a WONDERFUL Hamburg Steinway that just SINGS...a great instrument! For this session I wrote a couple of tunes as well as did some arrangements for 3 horns and rhythm. Pulling from the awesome NYC pool of players, the session features Frank Basile on Bari (Vanguard Band...Michale Buble), John Allred once again...and Jim Rotondi on trumpet...what a great player! The rhythm session includes Todd Coolman on bass (Marion McPartland, James Moody) and, of course, the truly astonishing Vinnie Colaiuta (virtually EVERYONE) on drums. I played with Vinnie years ago and it was just a total BLAST to have this musical (and otherwise) reunion. It's no wonder he's commonly considred the finest drummer today. His fans will LOVE this album....they will hear him in settings he seldom gets to play in. Highlights of this session include my Afro Cuban arrangement of Sonny Rollin's "Airegin" and a great original by Producer Scott Elias called "SweetBop".
Finally, next week we conclude recording in Nashville with singer Jimmy Hall. Jimmy has been the MD for Hank WIlliams for some time now and was the voice of Wet Willie. He has a wonderful "Blue Eyed Soul" kind of thing going on that will be great on the things we have planned. We have a swinging arrangement of "Down Here on the Ground" for him......as well as a kind of suite of music having to do with New Orleans (where I lived for 5 years and still consider my second home).
Then it's back to Orlando for mixing/mastering, etc. It's been a very exciting project and I am anxious to hear the finished product. I think it's going to be good...real good (and I'm not usually one to say that!).
I'll update progress as we go along. The albu....err......CD....should be out later this summer!
Thanks for reading....talk to y'all later!