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Recording tides take us to Malibu for this month's studio spotlight. We drop in on three masters who detail the production of Titanfall.  Learn how one band goes MultiViral and meet new A&R managers at Atlantic and Sony Records.  Pacific Jazz sounds are making waves and one artist tells us how to ink a publishing deal with a major and more...
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In This Issue
California Dreamin' at Malibu's Woodshed
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ATCs 4 Three Masters
New CD - MultiViral by Calle 13
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The Hammond Corner
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New CD - Pacific Jazz from The Clare Fischer Big Band, Directed by Brent Fischer


   California Dreamin' at Malibu's Woodshed Recording 



When we think of Malibu, it's surfing and water sports. Now think Recording! Welcome to Malibu's Woodshed Recording where you can find privacy and serenity with functional recording. Located on a one and a half acre compound, producer Richard Gibb's facility offers a  separate large four bedroom house perfect for destination recording projects.  "The Woodshed was built to be first and foremost a creative environment," says the owner, film and TV composer, music producer, session player, and former Oingo Boingo keyboardist Richard Gibbs (right).
Who has recorded here?
Kanye West, Lorde, Pink, U2, Ryan Tedder, Barbra Streisand, Foster the People, Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Richard Page, Metallica,  and Sting, to name a few.  The Woodshed has also hosted numerous film and game projects such as 10 Things I Hate About You, Barbershop 2, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, and Guitar Hero/ MC5.

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 ATC SCM20PSL Passive 2 Way Monitors in studio G, Brooklyn where Puss N Boots perform "Don't Know What It Means" was recorded live  


For the latest info on ATCs contact  Brad Lunde at  702-365-5155 



AES NEWS!  Meet Drawmer 1973




MSRP: $1,825.00
The Drawmer 1973 is now shipping.




Ivor Drawmer, maker of classic analog, and now digital, pro audio signal processing equipment, drew on his thirty-plus years behind the soldering iron to create the Drawmer 1973, a three-band FET stereo compressor. Drawmer's longtime distributor, TransAudio Group, will distribute the 1973 in the USA. Three features set apart the Drawmer 1973 from other multichannel dynamics processing solutions. First, the all-analog 1973 sounds noticeably better than the wide variety of multiband plug-ins popular with mixers. Second, the 1973's controls are sensibly selected and intuitively laid out to get quick, effective results for an impressively wide range of dynamics problems. Third, Drawmer has priced the 1973 aggressively, matching the price of its best-selling full-band tube stereo compressor, the 1968.

The Drawmer 1973's features include three independent compressor sections with two variable-frequency 6dB/octave crossovers to separate them into low, middle, and high frequency compression sections. Each section contains familiar threshold, gain, attack, and release controls, along with gain-reduction metering. Moreover, each section can be independently muted or bypassed for confusion-free setup and monitoring. The low section possesses a "Big" switch for enhanced low-end, whereas the high section possesses an "Air" switch for enhanced high-end. The three sections are recombined to form the "wet" signal, which can be mixed to variable degree with the dry signal for easy parallel compression. Illuminated VU meters make monitoring compression and output intuitive and, yes, fun.

"Certainly, the Drawmer 1973 owes some of its sound and functionality to Ivor's experience designing the classic Drawmer 1960 and 1968 compressors, as well as to the Drawmer S3 signature series multiband tube compressor," said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. "But it also has a sound and operation all its own. It is capable of solving problems single-band compressors simply cannot, such as compressing only the low end, raising its average level relative to everything else, and giving your mix a bit more bass without changing the overall level. It has a sound quality that cannot be matched by other analog processors, never mind plug-ins. It will be popular among mixers and EDM mixers alike. The 1973's layout is impressive. Unlike most other multiband compressors, the 1973's controls are easy to understand at a glance and work to inspire creative use. The real news here may be the 1973's affordable price. Those in need of stereo multiband compression with Drawmer's quality can have it for the cost of Drawmer's famous single-band stereo tube compressor, the 1968."



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Production Power Trio Tackle Titanfall Gaming OST with ATC monitoring 

Titanfall is the latest gaming blockbuster from one of the co-creators of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare. Sold pectacularly over 14-million copies to date, its score is by composer Stephen Barton.  A British �migr�, Barton headed for the Hollywood Hills back in 2002 to work as an assistant to fellow Brit composer Harry Gregson-Williams, (The Chronicles Of  Narnia, the Shrek movies, and the Metal Gear Solid franchise).   Today Barton works out of his own well-stocked studio setup in a leased room within Lurssen Mastering (a full-service mastering studio on the famous Hollywood Center Studio lot, a location steeped in over 80 years of entertainment history). This is precisely where the Titanfall composition success story began as the piece is skilfully and sympathetically mocked up on an all-singing, all-dancing DAW. Here the composer hears exactly what he needs to, thanks to a revealing pair of ATC SCM50ASL Pro three-way active monitors.
Outside Lurssen mastering, the orchestral music scoring and mixing sessions at  Abbey Road Studios fell upon the seasoned shoulders and exemplary ears 
of Alan Meyerson (extensive credits including the majority of Hans Zimmer's movie music). 
"Alan also uses ATCs, and it's just been a case of coincidence that this amazingly huge project was done down the line on these speakers," adds Lurssen. Coincidence or otherwise, according to Barton's finelytuned 
musical mind: "The translation across the entire range made the entire workflow incredibly smooth. On mix down there were maybe 
two or three cues out of 30 or 40 for the IMC (Interstellar Mining Corporation) - one of the two factions in the game - that needed small 
tweaks. The majority of them were perfect straight out of the gate. Obviously a major part of this is down to awesome mix talent, but I think 
the fact that we weren't adjusting to an entirely new monitoring approach meant that it was a much more cohesive process without any 
of those 'I didn't think that sounded like that' moments. That's especially true in important aspects of the frequency spectrum for a game 
like this, which is generally in the low end. Crucially, the translation to the game is superb. We did a direct shootout between the 25s and 
150s whilst mastering Titanfall and it was stunning how consistent the sound was. All of these monitors simply tell you what's there, and that's 
a rare quality that's vital, whether composing, mixing, or mastering." 
"We all came to these monitors from different paths - writing, mixing, and mastering, which I think is testament to their (ATCs) versatility as a range."
- Stephen Barton (Composer, Titanfall) Film and video games composer Stephen Barton, music scoring mixing engineer extraordinaire Alan Meyerson, and Grammy� award-winning mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen professionally pooled their formidable resources and talents to complete the recently released Titanfall original soundtrack album using an all-ATC selection of reference monitors

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October 9-12, 2014  
AES137 Int Convention
Los Angeles Convention Center
located in the revitalized L.A. Live entertainment district
For Exhibits-Plus Badge (free) and the All Access Badg Register October 19-22
Forbes Under 30 Summit & Music Fest
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
An extension of Forbes magazine's annual "30 Under 30" list - which features 30 game-changing entrepreneurs under 30, in 15 fields, as judged by some of the greatest minds in each category.
Music Festival curated by Questlove 

Trans Audio Group & studioexpresso at HotZone, NAMM
Anneheim Convention Center

2014 HotZone presenters hosted by studioexpresso & Trans Audio Group 

Sat. January 24, 2015   (before Tec Awards)

Panel I

1pm - 1:50
Production: Studio/Stage to TV/Film 
Grammy-winning Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Placido Domingo, Calle13), Grammy-winning Brent Fischer (D'Angelo, Clare Fischer Big Band, Elvis Costello & The Roots),  more TBD

panel II
3 pm - 3:50  
Getting a Killer Drum/Percussion
Kenny Aronoff (The Smashing Pumpkins,  Bob Dylan, Chickenfoot, Mick Jagger), Teddy Campbell ( Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Idol), Alex Acuna (Randy Newman, LA Phil), more TBD



Exec Promotions

Aaron Bay-Schuck has been promoted to svp, A&R at Atlantic Records.

Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman along with chairman and COO Julie Greenwald made the announcement, describing Bay-Shuck as "an A&R talent in the great tradition of Atlantic Records, who has artist development in his blood" and "an integral part" of the label's success.

Bay-Schuck, who is based in Atlantic's Los Angeles office, started at the label in 2004 as an A&R assistant. He has since signed Grammy winner Bruno Mars, whose debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, has sold more than five million albums and over 45 million singles to date, and generated two No. 1 Hot 100 hits.

Said Bay-Schuck: "I look at the chance to do A&R not as a job but as a privilege -- an even greater privilege is getting to do it at Atlantic Records where the history and tradition of great songs and career artists is so deep-rooted.  Craig and Julie have been extraordinary mentors and have given me every opportunity to pursue my passion of making records and cultivating talent. I could not be more excited to begin this next chapter."

Watch Bay-Schuck talk about how he broke Bruno Mars

In related news, earlier this year, DJ Drama, Born Tyree Simmons, was appointed A&R at Atlantic. Based in Atlanta, he oversee recording projects, signs new talent and contributes to the artist development process for existing talent on the Atlantic roster. In addition, DJ Drama's newly established Means Street Studios in Atlanta has become the studio base for Atlantic artists.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced the promotion of Jennifer Knoepfle to the role of Senior Vice President, Creative, based in the company's Los Angeles office.
In her new position Knoepfle will be responsible for all of Sony/ATV's West Coast A&R activities, including signings and the development of new and established songwriters on the roster, and will jointly run the L.A. office with Jonas Kant, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs. 

Knoepfle, who was previously Vice President, Creative, takes up the role with immediate effect, reporting to Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV. Her new role follows the promotion last year of Amanda Berman to Vice President, Creative, while Sam Taylor is newly promoted to Vice President, Creative with both reporting into Knoepfle and Jonas Kant
Martin Bandier said: "Jennifer is an outstanding A&R executive with excellent taste in music and this new role will allow her to build on her already close relationships with our songwriters and artists and deliver new opportunities for them and Sony/ATV. I know our West Coast office is in extremely capable hands under her and Jonas Kant's management and this gives us great flexibility going forward as we plan for the future.
Jennifer Knoepfle said: "I am so thrilled to have been given this opportunity here at Sony/ATV. We have an incredible roster of songwriters and I look forward to working with them more deeply in my new role.
Knoepfle joined Sony/ATV in May 2009 in the role of Senior Director of Creative and has gone on to sign acts including Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost of the band fun, Clams Casino, Foster The People, The Preatures, Rome, Smallpools, Bleachers, Broods and Lord Huron. She has also worked closely with many of the writers on Sony/ATV's roster, including Charli XCX who co-wrote and performed on the Iggy Azalea hit "Fancy", which spent seven consecutive weeks at No. 1 this year on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than 3 million downloads in the U.S. alone, while she has since made the Hot 100 Top 10 in her own right with "Boom Clap"
Prior to joining Sony/ATV Knoepfle spent four years as Senior Director of Membership at ASCAP where she brought in a number of top songwriters to the organization, including The Killers, Lana Del Rey 

and Greg Kurstin.


New Trans Audio Group Rep For Southern Cali 

TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of the world's best high-end studio recording equipment, has hired engineer, educator, and salesperson Zach Winterfeld to serve as its Southern California Rep. In that capacity, Winterfeld will represent all of TransAudio Group's professional lines, including ATC monitors, Bettermaker, Bock, Drawmer, and Tube-Tech, as well as ATC's hi-fi loudspeakers. Winterfeld's diverse industry experience includes freelance engineering and positions with Mercenary Audio, Boston University, and Berklee College of Music.

"TransAudio Group President, Brad Lunde has assembled an amazing line of products and manufacturers," said Winterfeld. "It is important to remember that we work in an unique industry. Our products serve to help people capture their artistic vision. Exposing dealers and, ultimately, end-users to products that will help them with their artistic vision is incredibly rewarding. I will continue the wonderful support TransAudio Group has given its dealers and will expand this in the L.A. and Southern California market."

"Zach has extensive studio experience," said Lunde. "He worked at Cello Studios (now East West Studios) and The Mix Room, and thus knows what great equipment can do for a project. As 'Head of All Things Digital' at Mercenary Audio, Zach got a premier dealer's-eye-view of the industry that will serve him well at TransAudio Group."






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Gerald Wilson Award Winner Next Gen Composer Matt Wong  

Since 2005 the Next Generation Jazz Festival offers high school students the opportunity to win the Gerald Wilson Award (named after the late legendary composer, arranger and trumpeter) and cash prize for Big Band Composition. Judged by college-level music faculty, the winner also gets to perform on the Jimmy Lyons Stage at the annual Monterey Jazz Festival by the all-star student band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. This year's winner is 16-year-old pianist, composer, and arranger Matt Wong. A senior at the Independence High School in San Francisco, California, Wong began playing piano at age six. He lists  Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane, and Chick Corea, among his musical influences. Wong is currently a member of the award-winning SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Jazz Orchestra and Combo; and the Jazzschool's Studio Band in Berkeley. Matt regularly performs with the Matt Wong Trio, and with other ensembles in venues around Bay Area, San Francisco, Oakland and the East Coast.  


(L-R) Tim Jackson, 2014 Gerald Wilson Award winner Matt Wong, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Bobby Hutcherson at the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival, 9.21.2014


Matt's 2014 achievements include being selected to the GRAMMY� Jazz Session Combo; winning both the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and Berklee College of Music's Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition & Arranging Contest; a DownBeat Student Music Award for Original Composition; and a Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2014 Next Generation Jazz Festival. Matt was also selected for the 2014 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, California and apprenticed with Los Angeles based composer/arranger Brent Fischer this summer. Wong's composition "Prima Luce" was performed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21.  Congrats to Matt and his parents. We can't wait to hear more from Matt Wong!




Sony/ATV signs Ella Henderson 
to a worldwide publishing Deal

The long-term agreement follows the release of her chart-topping debut single "Ghost" and comes ahead of first album "Chapter One", on which Ella has collaborated with some of the world's most successful songwriters.

Sony/ATV UK A&R Manager/UK Songplugger Jacqueline O'Leary said: "Ella is one of the most successful artist breakthroughs of the year and she is quickly showing everyone that not only is she an incredible vocalist, but a gifted songwriter, too. We are thrilled at Sony/ATV to be part of this exciting new journey for her."

Ella Henderson said: "When I auditioned for The X Factor it was because I could sing an original song and I hoped it might get me a foot in the door. I've always said that all I want my music to be is real, raw and honest and that has to come from me. I'm so happy to have been given the freedom and creative control to write my debut album, working alongside other writers and producers I have looked up to and admire. I am so happy to sign my publishing deal with Sony/ATV and am excited for what's to come! To be able to call this my job is a dream come true!"

Mark Hargreaves, CEO of Crown Talent & Media Group, which manages Ella Henderson, said: "One of the things that first attracted us to Ella was her songwriting ability, which she first showcased on X Factor...Ella has the potential to have a long-term career not only as an artist, but as a stand-out songwriter of her generation. We are delighted to be working with Guy Moot, Jacque and the team at Sony/ATV Publishing."

Ella Henderson first came to the attention of the world as a finalist on the 2012 season of The X Factor where she wowed the judges each week and won widespread acclaim for her performances, including from superstars such as Adele who said she was "absolutely incredible" and Cher who described her cover of "Believe" as "so touching" that it brought tears to her eyes.

Since the show she has swiftly established herself in her own right and hit the ground running with the release of first single "Ghost" in June. Co-written by Ella, it became one of the fastest-selling singles of the year in the UK with 132,000 copies sold week one to send it straight to the top of the chart, where it stayed for two consecutive weeks. It has since spent more than two months locked in the Top 10 and is the year's sixth biggest-selling single with around 700,000 sales, according to the Official Charts Company. It has also gone on to be a hit overseas, including in Australia where it reached the top three and went platinum.

Next single "Glow" will be released on October 5 and will be followed a week later by her first album "Chapter One", whose standard version will feature both singles as well as 11 other songs, all co-written by Henderson. Her songwriting collaborators on the album include Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (Beyonce, Madonna, Pink, Whitney Houston), Camille Purcell (Jessie J, Little Mix, The Saturdays), Salaam Remi (Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Nas), Steve Robson (One Direction, Take That, Olly Murs), Jamie Scott (One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Christina Perri), Al Shux (Alicia Keys, Tinie Tempah, Plan B), Ryan Tedder (Adele, Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic), TMS (Emeli Sande, Olly Murs, Little Mix, The Vamps), Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears) and Noel Zancanella (Maroon 5, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic).

Congrats to SESAC affiliates Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Thompson Square and songwriter Rob Hatch on garnering nominations in the upcoming 48th Annual CMA Awards. Lady Antebellum garnered nods in the categories of Group of the Year and Video of the Year for "Bartender" and Thompson Square scored a nod in the category of Duo of the Year.  Zac Brown Band landed a nomination in the Group of the Year category and songwriter Rob Hatch received a nomination in the prestigious Song of the Year category for "I Don't Dance," a No. 1 hit for Lee Brice.  In addition, SESAC writer Cary Barlowe contributed the song "Back Porch" to Dierks Bentley's Album of the Year nominated project, Riser.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will again host the awards for the sixth consecutive year  which will be televised live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on ABC-TV on Wednesday, November 5. CMA Award Nominees 


RIP David Anderle
July 9, 1937 - September 1, 2014
David Anderle, the A&R executive who worked with Frank Zappa, the Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow and Aaron Neville during a 35-year career, died of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 77.

A classmate of Herb Alpert and Lou Adler at Fairfax High School, Anderle served his longest stint at Alpert and Jerry Moss' A&M Records, where he worked with Rita Coolidge, Blues Traveler, Chris De Burgh, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Amy Grant and others. Anderle retired in 1999 when he was A&M senior VP of A&R. As the manager of Van Dyke Parks, Anderle became ensconced in Brian Wilson's world in 1966 at the time of Pet Sounds and helped the Beach Boys create their own record label, Brothers Records  As a producer, Anderle worked with a diverse collection of artists, among them Kris Kristofferson, Booker T. Jones, the Circle Jerks, the Swimming Pool Q's and Delaney & Bonnie. While at A&M he became VP of Film Music in 1984 and worked as a music supervisor on the films Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Scrooged.  In later years, Anderle became an accomplished and exhibited portrait artist (self-portrait above). 



Emmy For Kramer
Last month we meant to Congratulate Eddie Kramer for taking an Emmy Award for his outstanding sound mixing for nonfiction programming for his work on PBS series American Masters.  Legend goes that Hendrix originally wanted to own a nightclub in the Greenwich Village space, but Kramer convinced him to create a recording studio instead. Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios was a state-of-the art studio built by architect and acoustic designer John Storyk.  


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Calle 13

Label: El Abismo


Review by Carly Price    


The Puerto-Rican export, Calle 13, is topping the charts this year as it leads Latin Grammy nominations with their new album entitled "Multiviral". This  is Calle 13's fifth studio album. Renown producer and 14-time Grammy-winner Rafa Sardina is listed among the producers: John Blais, Olimpia Calderón, Ryan Gilligan, Phil Joly, Adolfo Martínez, Ramón Martínez, Kevin Mills & Carlos Velázquez.  

Stepbrothers Ren� P�rez Joglar and Eduardo Jos� Cabra Mart�nez alongside their half-sister, Ileana Cabra Joglar, formed Calle 13. The trio's success has led them to win nineteen Latin Grammy Awards in addition to two Grammy Awards.

One does not have to know Spanish in order to enjoy the band's high-energy and refreshingly original sound. From "El Viaje" to "Asi de Grandes Son las Ideas", the 15-track album is composed of songs that feature a variety of different musical styles.  "MultiViral" and "Fuera de la Atmosfera del Craneo" showcase the band's fusion rock and Latin styles. Each song  tells a unique story. Expect plenty of political and/or social commentary within the lyrics. Then the band strikes a poetic chord with "Ojos Color Sol" where they likens gaze of a woman to that of the bright sunlight, hence the song title: "Sun Colored Eyes". The songs open a window on everyday life in Latin America while providing both Spanish and non-Spanish speaking listeners with a  eclectic sound.

Musically, the tracks are complemented by hip hop/ reggae tone beats  throughout. In Interludio - Stupid Is as Stupid Does , Calle13 pokes fun at the media (the only track in English).  The stars are lined up for Calle 13 at the 15th Latin Grammy Awards where a record-breaking 10,000-plus submissions were received over a 12-month

eligibility period (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).
Final ballots will be mailed on Oct. 1 to the voting members of The Latin Recording Academy, and they are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Oct. 22, when they will be tabulated  and the results will be revealed on the Latin GRAMMY telecast.This year, for the third time, The Latin Recording Academy and Spotify will work together to offer voting members and

all music fans the opportunity to listen to nominated music for the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. More details will be announced. or more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit

"The ATCs are nothing short of phenomenal," Barton says. "There's nothing out there that equals them to my mind in terms of clarity, lack of fatigue over long-term listening, and truthfulness, which is the most important quality of any studio monitor. I've been using them for nearly seven years now, so, when I started working out of Lurssen Mastering a few years ago, the fact that Gavin was using the bigger brothers to those in my setup was actually a big influence, and a great indication that we were like-minded in our listening approach." 
"I have a strong relationship with Stephen Barton, who got me on board Titanfall. When you're dealing with orchestral music - beautiful stuff like this that was done in Abbey Road, it clearly falls into the high standards and practices of what we normally do - creating a total spectrum of balance that's going to translate into all consumer listening environments, which includes mobile devices with little
earbuds all the way through to audiophile listening environments." 
Lurssen's listening environment is equipped  with larger ATC SCM150ASL Pro three-way active and smaller ATC SCM25A Pro three-way compact active monitors at its heart:
Larsen talks about his introduction to ATCs.  "I was working at another mastering facility and a client came in with a pair of ATCs so that they could complete 
a project. Within seconds of hearing them I knew that something magical was happening and also knew that when the time came to open 
my own place that's where I'd turn to. So when it happened eight years ago their US distributor hooked me up with the 150s and I've 
used them ever since. There's no doubt in my mind that they're the only thing that I can use to create my audio balances. They're smooth 
and not fatiguing, and, somehow, make digital sound like analogue. I can sit in a room all day long and not burn out," says the Grammy� award-winning mastering engineer Lurssen.  




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Clare Fischer Big Band Directed by Brent Fischer 

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The Clare Fischer Big Band released their 54th album, this month titled Pacific Jazz.
Thirteen original compositions and arrangements by the late and great Dr Clare Fischer, his son, Brent Fischer, Duke Ellington, and Lennon/McCartney are all beautifully recorded featuring 40 of the world's finest musicians who come together to cross various genres: jazz, funk, blues, fusion.

The featured players are Bob Sheppard, Don Shelton, Alex Budman, Carl Saunders, Ron Stout, Steve Huffsteter, Scott Whitfield, Francisco Torres and Andy Martin.
Matthew Brownlie helmed the recording sessions at Conway Recording Studios.      

Producer, Brent Fischer who directs the Clare Fischer bands (also credited for his orchestration work on numerous pop/R&B artists to include D'Angelo, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Michael Jackson) takes us on a musical journey with deep respect for tradition while paving the future in grand Fischer style. "New Thing" demonstrates how use of current technology can reinvent a timeless song. The track was originally written for a quartet in 1990; however, Brent's use of music notation software gives the song a modern twist with unique rhythms. Alex Budman, Ron Sout, and Quinn Johnson are featured soloists on alto sax, flugel, and keyboards. 
You could say "Sad About Nothing Blues" redefines blues. First the light-hearted tune takes you back to the  sound of a record player era. Then expert solos by Scott Whittfield, Carl Saunders, Kirsten Edkins, and Lee Callet are sprinkled throughout.  Wait for the surprise duet towards the end! Singer/Songwriter Darlene Koldenhoven offers the laid-back lyrics that tell story of finding joy in every shade of blue or every moment of life.  Call it the jazzy version of Pharell's "Happy."    

"Blues Parisien" concurs and depicts the elder Fischer's unique take on blues by having an unexpectedly upbeat rhythm. "Son of a Dad" was written by Brent. Don Shelton is featured on alto sax along with Rob Verdi on contrabass sax, Francisco Torres on trombone, Ron Stout on trumpet and Teddy Campbell (Tonight Show, American Idol) on drums.  Tackling classics like "Eleanor Rigby" is not for the faint hearted. Brent Fischer pulls it off by re-orchestrating and rearranging it here for the Clare Fischer big band. Another one of the changes to this high-energy piece (easy to imagine a 007 action sequence) includes adding a contrabass trombone, expertly played by Steve Hughes.
"I chose this tune in honor of The Beatles first half century in the U.S.," says Brent Fischer.   

Music on Pacific Jazz spans over seven decades. Dr Fischer wrote "Passion" when he was only 16 years old. "This work is significant in several ways: it shows that Dad was a fully formed composer as a teenager, and even though it has timeless beauty, it is definitely a period piece with that 1940s ethos (and we thought we'd never find another gem from that era). The band did a brilliant job of respecting performance practices of the day and creating a rich sound that modern microphones can capture," says the producer.   

Brent Fischer also credits 14x Grammy-winnner Rafa Sardina for doing : "...a magnificent job of mixing Passion to create the feeling that you are in a grand dance hall with great acoustics."   With two Grammys and 11 nominations, the Fischers are due for more! Join the Clare Fischer Big Band for the official album release event at Typhoon on Monday October 20 at 8pm. Call 310.390.6565 to reserve today!


2014 Latin GRAMMY� 

Winners will be revealed on Nov. 20 when The Biggest Night in Latin Music


airs live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas




Album Of The Year


3.0 - Marc Anthony

Tangos - Rub�n Blades

Multiviral - Calle 13

Elypse - Camila

Canci�n Andaluza - Paco de Luc�a 

Ra�z - Lila Downs, Ni�a Pastori y Soledad

Bailar En La Cueva - Jorge Drexler

Fonseca Sinf�nico - Fonseca

Somos - Jarabe De Palo

M�s + Coraz�n Profundo - Carlos Vives


Record Of The Year:

"Donde Est� El Amor - Pablo Albor�n Featuring Jesse & Joy

"Cambio De Piel" - Marc Anthony

"Respira El Momento" - Calle 13

"Decidiste Dejarme" - Camila

"Universos Paralelos"  - Jorge Drexler Featuring Ana Tijoux

"Llegaste T�" - Luis Fonsi Featuring Juan Luis Guerra

"Bailando" - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona

"Darte Un Beso" - Prince Royce

"Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar" - Carlos Vives Featuring Marc Anthony

"El Mar De Sus Ojos"- Carlos Vives Featuring ChocQuibTown


 Song Of The Year:

"A Bossa Nova � Foda" - Caetano Veloso, songwriter; performed by Caetano Veloso

"Bailando" - Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona, Enrique Iglesias, songwriters; performed by Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona

"Cambio De Piel" - Yoel Henr�quez & Julio Reyes Copello, songwriters; performed by Marc Anthony

"Corazones Invencibles" - Manu Moreno & Aleks Syntek, songwriters; performed by Aleks Syntek

"Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar" - Andr�s Castro, Carlos Vives, songwriters; performed by Carlos Vives Featuring Marc Anthony

"Darte Un Beso" - Andr�s Castro, Guianko G�mez, Juan Riveros & Prince Royce, songwriters; performed by Prince Royce

"Decidiste Dejarme" - Mario Domm, Lauren Evans & M�nica V�lez, songwriters; performed by Camila

"Mi Tesoro" - Jesse & Joy, songwriters; performed by Jesse & Joy

"Ojos Color Sol" - Calle 13 & Silvio Rodr�quez, songwriters; performed by Calle 13 Featuring Silvio Rodr�guez

"Universos Paralelos" - Jorge Drexler & Ana Tijoux, songwriters; performed by Jorge Drexler Featuring Ana Tijoux



Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Amor En Portofino - Andrea Bocelli

Tiempo - Linda Brice�o

Or�genes: El Bolero Volumen 2 - Caf� Quijano

Fonseca Sinf�nica - Fonseca

Gracias Por Estar Aqu� - Marco Antonio Sol�s



Best Urban Performance

"6AM" - J Balvin Featuring Farruko

"Adentro" - Calle 13

"Bailando" - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona

"Pura Vida" - Don Omar

"Que Viva La Vida" - Wisin



Best Rock Album

Palosanto- Bunbury

Ama-Zonas - Doctor Kr�pula

Don Tetto - Don Tetto

El Final Del Mundo Vol. II: Nada Es Imposible - Luz Verde

Agua Maldita - Molotov



Best Alternative Music Album

Romantis�smico - Babas�nicos

Fruta - Caloncho

Los Cafres - 25 A�os De M�sica! - Los Cafres

El Vuelo Del Pez - Siddhartha

Aquelarre - Sig Ragga



Best Salsa Album

3.0- Marc Anthony

D�jame As� - Maite Hontel�

Mis Mejores Recuerdos - Tito Nieves

First Class To Havana - Aymee Nuviola

50 Aniversario - Mario Ortiz All Star Band 



Best Norte�o Album

Amor Amor- Conjunto Primavera

XX A�os- El Poder Del Norte

En Tus Manos - Los Rieleros Del Norte

Por Ti - Pesado

Cl�sicas De Ayer Y Siempre - Polo Urias Y Su M�quina Norte�a


Brazilian FIELD

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album

Calma A�, Cora��o Ao Vivo - Zeca Baleiro

De Gra�a - Jeneci

Inventario Encontra Ivan Lins- Ivan Lins

Verdade, Uma Ilus�o - Marisa Monte

Caymmi - Nana, Dori E Danil



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