Finally….an update: New CD is finished and out now!
Far too much time has passed since I’ve posted anything new here. The days have come and gone, nights have slipped away, and my poor little site has been left in the dark, like the ill-fated step child. What a shame.
However, I must admit I have a good reason… I’ve been doing what I love the most: learning, playing and recording music!
I finally took some time to put up new things on the shelf, so I’m hoping you all will enjoy watching and listening. The most recent news is about my new profile CD, that I was so blessed to be able to put together with a financial support of Animal Music.
Ignorance is bliss, but not for long: It hurts to find out how much you don’t know about something you thought you understood. Recording this CD was an extended class in everything I had (and still have) yet to learn.
When I accepted an offer to record for Animal Music, I knew right away what I didn’t want the CD to be: pure jazz, which is the only kind of recording I had ever made. Since moving from my native Europe to New York in 2009, I’ve become absorbed in gospel and r&b music — while still playing jazz in clubs — and I wanted this CD to represent all the styles I’ve been so fortunate to explore in America.
What my eager self failed to realize was, having never recorded anything but organ jazz, I had no clue how to do anything else. So, yes, it started out blissfully enough: I wrote a few songs, plus new arrangements of some great r&b songs I love playing, booked the studio for early October and called some of the greatest musicians that I know in NYC.
Then came the hurdles. I quickly realized that writing vocal charts was, for a jazz instrumentalist, like learning another language. I was just getting my head around that, when the drummer I planned on using, announced he would be going on world tour with Alicia Keys, and three of the five singers I had booked told me they’d just landed a national tour with Wynton Marsalis. I got all that news in one day.
I’m not easily discouraged, but suddenly it seemed like a really good idea to just call off the whole project. It was my friend Dmitry, who plays some amazing bass on this CD, who convinced me to stay with it. I’m really glad he did. In the end everybody extended kindnesses, adjusted their schedules, and we all of us — totally sleep deprived — spent a few great days (and nights) in the studio.
For me, this recording became a life-changing experience, and the bliss was in the learning. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to the music as much as I enjoyed making it with my friends.
Peace and love,