On the brink of another new year…. I’m helping my wife produce an ambitious big band recording project, under the title The Abstract Truth big Band. We’ve got a great team together for 2 days in the famous Abbey Rd Studio 2 to record the music of Oliver Nelson. We’ll be under the direction of Jorg Achim Keller (MD of NDR Big Band in Hamburg) who has written original arrangements of all 6 tunes on the seminal Blues And The Abstract Truth album, including scored out harmonisations of a couple of Eric Dolphy solos! We are intending to record old school, with no headphones.
We have a warm up gig the day before we go into the studio at the 606 Club, Chealsea Sun 4 Jan 1pm - it would be nice to see a good crowd there to spur us on, so please come down if you can.
Also over the xmas break I’ll be writing some 5 sax + piano trio material for a recording teaming up with old buddy Alan Barnes: the idea was hatched over a couple of pints whilst putting the world to rights, so it should be a good one!
Meanwhile the harmony papers for marking are stacked high, so not much respite before the LCCM January term!