WINTER 2008/09 EDITION
As I write this it's nearly
Christmas, and there's a blizzard outside. I hope that
your year, for all the dramatic changes in the world,
has been a good one. Here's our latest:
THE TWO TENORS
We were very pleased to have,
in short succession, Mark
Rivera and Andy
Snitzer in to play on sessions (Mark for Barry "Kip"
Kaplan, and Andy for Eytan
Mirsky). To the few of you who don't know, Mark
and Andy are two of the preeminent tenor sax sidemen
in the business today, with resumes to die for! I was
only able to squeeze in a few of the highlights:
(Billy Joel, Elton John, Peter Gabriel)
(Rolling Stones, Sting, Paul Simon)
might add that many lifetimes ago, Mark and I were bandmates
in "Tycoon", a band that made two albums for Arista,
and landed a single, "Such a Woman", on the Billboard
FOR OUR TIME THEATER
Bradley and Greg
Parratto of Envision
Music Design, in conjunction with Our
Time Theater Company, are in still in the process
of recording a number of well known Broadway actors
for their upcoming CD project. Most recently they have
brought in Mary
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), pictured below:
L to R: Greg Parratto (EMD) Taro Alexander (Our Time)
Mandy Patinkin, Everett Bradley (EMD)
photos from these sessions are on our website or
will be shortly!
LAURA HAIM FOR
PARADOXAL, CANAL +
News reporter/commentator Laura Haim has been in recently
to record voiceovers and mix audio for two TV news features:
"Obama" and "No Access" for the French network Canal
+. Production was supervised respectively by Antoine
Manceau and Eric Pellerin, of NYC based Paradoxal
ALLISON SCOLA "A
Scola's new CD, "A Braver Kind" is now in production,
with a release party scheduled for 1/31/09 at Drom.
This CD represents nearly a year's effort by myself
Barnett producing; Allison, and a host of great
musicians and singers too numerous to list here.
I just completed mastering a
really nice CD of traditional and bluegrass music for
County Strings. Mandolinist/vocalist/leader Brad
Einhorn also sells exceptional guitars and mandolins.
Christophersen, whose CD "Hell
and High Water", I mastered earlier this year, came
back in the other day. This time, Bill had guitarist/mandolinist/banjoist
John Saroyan in tow, and they were recording traditional
duets for an ongoing project.
Monroe has the charming tradition of recording a
winter song every year about this time. I've had the
pleasure of doing a few of them. I was pleased to record
this year's song, a cover of Jesse Winchester's "Wintry
Noted icon of ironic power-pop,
Mirsky, has been recording songs for a new, as-yet
unnamed project. Among the players enlisted so far are
Andy Snitzer (see above) and drummer Warren Odze (Shrek
the Musical). Warren is a veteran of several of Eytan's
CD's. Eytan's song "She's Looking Better", which can
be found on the linked page above, should be mandatory
listening, unless of course you are no longer among
Paris came in to record harmonica for Amy Madden.
Jon is an old friend, and an amazing musician. Catch
him most Monday nights at Lucille's Lounge @ BB
King's. On the same project, I had the pleasure
of recording former Wings drummer Steve
Holley. We tracked at Shelter
Island Sound, Steve Addabbo's excellent studio,
which happens to be just down the hall.
Joachim has been back in the studio developing songs
for a new CD project. This time out looks like it's
going to be a distinct departure from his more folk-based
Westoo came by to record guitar and vocals for his
new CD in progress. Somehow, this resulted in me making
a totally unprecedented appearance playing bass with
his group, Latvian Radio, at Arlene's
Grocery. Now I can say I've done it all.
I just received a copy of Ellen
Woloshin's new CD "Water into Wine", produced by
Bents, and partly recorded here. Ellen has a rich
pop alto, reminiscent of Karen Carpenter. Although low-key,
her delivery is very affecting, and is used beautifully
on this lovely set of songs.
This is getting to be my favorite section of the newsletter!
Last time, we asked what the acronyms "SCUBA" and "JATO"
stood for. Credit for fastest response is a tie between
Zucker-Pinchoff and Ronnie
Lawson, who both shot back the definition for SCUBA:
Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. However,
full marks and the coveted EZ-Travel slide rule go to
Dorsch, who got both SCUBA as above, and JATO: Jet
This time, we are moving on
from acronyms to ANAGRAMS. An anagram is a word made
by rearranging exactly the same letters as another word.
For example: TAP, APT and PAT are all anagrams of one
another. In the holiday spirit, we accept slang and
foreign words if they are in reasonably common use.
With that in mind, how many anagrams can you find for
the word PIRATES?
We are always interested in new recording projects!
We can provide a wide range of 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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