2015 has been busy with new projects. At the beginning of the month we recorded The Abstract Truth Big Band under the direction of Joerg Achim Keller at Abbey Road studio 2. It was a thrill to have 2 days in this wonderful studio with a dream band. Everyone got thoroughly stuck in to Joerg’s exciting recreation of Oliver Nelson’s Blues and the Abstract Truth album. In spite of Graham Harvey breaking the Steinway in the first 10 minutes! Lucky there was a Yamaha concert grand the other side of the room…. (Steinway 0-1 Yamaha!)
We recorded to Protools and the studio wizards did some great editing work when we finished early on day 2. The problem is I have had to learn Protools (I’ve been on Logic) since then to enjoy the benefits of this, so I’ve had a lot of extra homework.
I’m going to take my time mixing this to really do it justice. We recorded all close together in the same room with no cans - so we could blend together naturally, interact and swing. We had all the vintage mics out - room and section mics will hopefully give us the most authentic image, but everything’s been covered!
There’s no better way to learn a new system than create a project from scratch with it, so I recorded the latest project at JVG’s on Protools - a five saxes + piano trio. Alan Barnes & I made good on our threat to write, arrange and record for this line-up. We had a great session the other day with Karen Sharp (bari), Sammy Mayne (alto) and Judith O’H (tenor) with Robin Aspland, Adam King and Sebastiaan de Krom. We hope to have it released in time for our Grimsby Jazz Festival date in June.
Now it’s Feb the gigs are starting again, so it’s time to crawl out the darkened studio and get back on the road...