4/2/07

Autumn Nocturne session

Sorry about not following up on questions and comments. I've been engrossed with a new CD project that I just recorded last week. A few weeks ago I heard that Alan Jones,one of my favorite drummers, was coming back from Bavaria for some gigs in Portland. Even though my last CD project 'Oasis' hadn't even pressed yet, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to record with Alan because there is no one else in the area at his level. We recorded with pianist Randy Porter and a 17 year old tyro named Jeff Picker on bass.
Before the session I went through about a hundred boxes of reeds to find something playable. Luckily the Rigotti Golds came through and I found a couple of decent reeds. I don't know about you, but I've never been much of a morning person and the session started at 10a.m. When you start to record in the morning you don't even have time to warm up before you start tracking. It took two hours to get set up so we only had four hours to record and entire CD. It usually takes me at least a couple hours of playing to warm up, so by the last hour hour I was actually warm and feeling loose. We got through nine tunes, not too shabby. With 54 minutes of music it was about enough for a CD. I even considered the possibility of recording a duo tune with Randy at a later time to add a couple more minutes. This session was also the first time I would ever bring my tenor into the studio on one of my own projects.

I have already mixed about four tunes my Sean Flora, the engineer who recorded and mixed my last project. Like a flash the new tracks are already on my MySpace page for the world to hear. Take a listen and let my know what you think.

2 comments:

William said...

So Dave. Does this mean you'll now be recording 4 albums a year? Or is it a reed and mouthpiece dependent situation :-}

cheers, bill

David Valdez said...

I have a lot of lost time to make up for. It will take a lot of reeds though!