FALL 2009 EDITION
Hope your Summer went well!
The Fall has already held some interesting surprises:
We recently heard from Everett
Bradley and Greg
Parratto, producers of "Listen" a CD to benefit
Time Theater Company. "Listen" is nominated
for Grammys in several categories! This includes Category
91, Engineered Album, Non Classical, Nomination # 147
(hint to all you NARAS
members), a category for all the engineers, including
myself, who worked on the CD.
It was my privilege to record
a number of singing actors for this project, including
Cerveris (Tommy, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, pictured
Testa (Xanadu, 42nd St.), Adam
Pascal and Anthony
Rapp (both from Rent, original cast) and Mandy
Patinkin (Falsettos, The Secret Garden, Sunday in
the Park with George), as well as assisting on a session
Rene Scott (Ursula in The Little Mermaid).
Other engineers on the project
include such luminaries as Roy
Hendrickson and Michael
Brauer. I am honored to be in their company.
JG and actor Michael Cerveris
Photo by Mikiodo
I wanted to note the passing
of Mary Travers, a true original in the music of this
country. I first learned of Mary when my much hipper
older sister started bringing home folk records, much
to my bewilderment and consternation. Years later, in
the late 1970's when I was a journeyman guitarist, I
toured as part of the band for Mary's solo act.
In Peter, Paul and Mary, she
had been instructed to say nothing onstage, as part
of her mystique. In her solo act, Mary turned out to
have quite a bit to say indeed! Feisty, talkative and
charismatic, glamorous with her trademark sweep of white-blond
hair, Mary was always exciting to be around. I got to
travel all over the country with her, playing at many
interesting venues. "Follow Me" and "Leaving on a Jet
Plane" are now pretty much indelibly etched in my mind,
as we played them every show.
After awhile, Peter Paul and
Mary began a heavy schedule of reunion appearances,
which did not involve me, while I got busy with the
Tycoon project for Arista Records. We drifted apart.
I saw Mary once years later, when we were both in line
at the Bottom Line. We exchanged pleasantries and moved
Few performers get to be iconic
symbols of an era in the way that Mary did. She carried
that honor and burden with grace and humor. I am proud
to have known her and thrilled to have worked with her.
Changing Planet CD is mixed and mastered, and will
be in production shortly. I am looking forward to this
release, as it represents a truly superlative effort
from all involved.
Joachim is back in the studio making the final push
to complete his new CD, "Hidden Symphony". At the moment
we are prepping tracks to go to producer/drummer Joe
Mardin, who has kindly consented to play drums on
I recently mastered a CD for
Alstrom who, among other things, is the organist
at Yankee Stadium. Here, he performs a burning set of
organ trio tunes entitled "Oofah!". I have to say I
have rarely heard a Hammond B3 manhandled with such
drive, funk and dexterity.
Recent visitors to Jon Gordon
Music have been pleasantly surprised to be greeted by
a new face: intern Whitney Faucher. Whitney is an engineering
student at IAR.
She has been putting in time at JGMP since the summer.
We are pleased to have her aboard!
INSTRUCTION, PRO TOOLS TROUBLESHOOTING
Increasingly, musicians, composers
and producers are creating significant parts of their
work in home studios, under sometimes less than optimal
conditions. Responding to a number of requests in this
area, I am now available to instruct and troubleshoot
on a private basis. Call or email for availability and
We are always interested in new recording projects!
We can provide a wide range of audio and music production
related services, both creative and technical, and can
tailor our approach to your needs. Studio tours, consultations,
budget estimates, etc. are available free, on request.
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