Last Saturday, Vesperados headed down to the Performing Arts Technology Studios in Guildford to finally spend some time in the studio recording properly, nearly 18 months since we started playing together! With plenty of recent gigs in the bag, the tunes we were sounding pretty tight and ready to put some of our original tunes on record.
I’d been to the studios before, to record Churchill Jazz Band in 2011, and had been really pleased with the results. Click here to jump back and hear them again, including my arrangement of Chameleon.
Our engineer for the session was Joachim Fainberg, assisted ably by Will Gray. Arriving on a sodden morning after battling through bank holiday M25 traffic, our lives were immediately made easier by their preparedness and smiling welcome. With the mics already set up, we just needed to get our instruments in place and set a few levels before we could start cutting tracks. Since Derek and George were a little behind Alex and myself in arriving, we managed to put a take of my duo arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s beautiful ballad Lush Life in the can before they arrived – an added bonus.
We spent the period before lunch getting original swing tunes Dotty One [these links are to older live recordings] and Champion of the World down, followed after the break by the Latin- and Eastern-influenced Ave de Paso, Everywhere is East, and Mi Querido. Mixing and mastering is taking place in June, so keep an eye out on the band’s Facebook page or Twitter feed for news and the release!