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Inside a recording session

Singer Denise Brigham recently released her major album, Hotel Lafayette. A collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, the album is excellent. Brigham’s deeply smokey voice gives a new twist to classic standards like At Last, Fly Me to the Moon and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning. I particularly enjoyed the second track, The Cincinnati Kid, the title song from the Steve McQueen movie about a young, hotshot, poker player in New Orleans, out to challenge “the Man” played by Edward G. Robinson. The theme song in the movie was performed by [ta-dum] Ray Charles. Normally I am not in favor of newer singers taking on an iconic performance. But Denise does a great job of making the song her own, and it is a treat to hear this gritty tune updated.

The album is available from cdbaby.com which we always recommend as a great source of music, especially new talent.

Recorded  at Tone Zone Studio of the Chicago Recording Company, Hotel Lafayette features terrific production values, and you can get an insider’s look at how the producer, singer, musicians and sound engineers collaborated to create this very enjoyable album. Carey Deadman, a highly acclaimed record producer, arranger and musician produced all the tracks. the video of the recording session, broken into three parts, shows instrumental tracks being laid down, Deadman’s coaching of Brigham on the mood and feel of a song and other aspects of a modern, mutli-tracked recording session. There are informative text overlays to explain what is happening and how pieces are eventually integrated into the final cut. Listen for the electronic metronome.

Take a look at how recorded music really happens:

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About thejazzmonger
Music fan. All types of music but, especially Jazz, Big Band, Swing & Oldies from the 50s & early (pre-Beatle) 60s.

2 Responses to Inside a recording session

  1. The newest issue of Chicago Jazz magazine has a glowing review of Hotel Lafayette. here is a small sample:

    This impressive disc features a seventy-piece orchestra, most of whom were part of the show Wicked. Normally I list the musicians who play on a recording but there isn’t enough space to name them all! This music is a collection of standards, show tunes, and movie themes, all of which feature stunning arrangements by trumpeter/arranger/producer Carey Deadman.

    Read the full text here:

    http://www.chicagojazz.com/cd-reviews.php?SEARCH=review&REV=65

  2. fred says:

    well jazz monger you have been duped! this is acase of a VERY BAD karaoke singer using all the trickery a recording studio has tooffer these days.Went and saw this “singer’ live and she SUCKS with a cap S. talked to one of her musicians after the concert, to find out she spent $50,000 and 3 months to clean up her vocals. Shame on everyone involved for fooling the public!

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