We recorded 10 tunes in two days of live sessions on July 15 and 16 2009 at Livingston Studios in London. The group represented an auspicious meeting of awesome musicians that over the period of rehearsals and one gig developed an amazing chemistry and morphed my tunes into something representing this amazing new band by the time we hit the studio. The session was presided over by the great Gerry O’Riordan who also did the mix. Mastering is by Ben Turner at Finesplice in London. The CD was released 30th October 2009.
The band: Dudley Phillips on bass, Pierre De Bethmann on piano, John Parricelli on guitar, Nic France on drums.
The tunes we recorded were 9 originals and one re-interpretation: Elbow Room, I’ll Tell You Later, Full Circle, Smoke Signals, Built To Last, Lingua Franca, Blues For Obama, Fast Twitch, She’s Leaving Home and Get Real.
listen to Elbow Room – This tune was written a while back and has been in most of my groups’ repertoires since around 2005 but this is the first really definitive studio recording of it.
listen to Lingua Franca – Again from the 2009 CD. This time featuring the quintet which adds John Parricelli on guitar.
listen to Smoke Signals – The title track of the CD features the quartet of Greg on tenor with Pierre De Bethmann on rhodes, Dudley Phillips on bass and Nic France on drums.