Co Produced with Elliot Scheiner, CIAS is a set of songs that reminisce, flirt and empathize where the music and stories are the muse.
Circle in a Square
Circle in a Square picks up where Avalon left off. I love this collection of songs. I feel it merges successfully my perspective on life as a jazz artist, but not a jazz purist. I have always expressed my musical ideas in a nonlinear, nonconformist fashion. After 25 years of developing this voice, I believe Circle in a Square sends the most complete and evolved message about who I am as an artist and as a person.
Where Avalon was about the transition from adulthood to married with a child, Circle takes a deeper look at that and the world around me. I'm always pushing myself to create provocative music in partnership with gorgeous musicians. However, it's also good to not take things so seriously, so I had fun with metaphors, winked at some old structures and then turned them inside out. That’s really what this CD is all about; enjoying myself, reminiscing, getting serious and then getting over it!
I’m partnering with the incomparable Elliot Scheiner to co-produce, record and mix this baby. I worked with Elliot on my debut CD, Hardly Blinking, in 1998 which was produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti and Rob Mounsey. It was an incredible learning experience working with all of them and the end product is something I'm still proud of to this day. I'm calling for a replay by collecting many of the musicians I've worked with over the years and entrusting this to Els. I'm a Lucky, Lucky Girl!
Our goal is to capture the trio in two days, giving it that earthy live sensibility and texture. Who, you might ask, is the trio? Well, I’ve got the luscious Andy Ezrin on piano for starters. He’s my all round favorite pianist who can easily shift from traditional swing to Steely Dan, B3 organ to delicate ballads, and then take a solo that is unforgettable. My dear friend and co-producer on Avalon, Ben Wittman, will hold down the drum chair. He’s the most musical drummer I know and he always knows exactly what to play and say. I'm very excited to have bass Jedi Knight warrior Will Lee join us on the electrified tracks. I'll try to remember to sing while listening to the groove. And for the first time, I’ll be working with Dave Finck in my solo setting, though I have worked with him numerous times with New York Voices and JaLaLa. His sound is fat and gorgeous, and that's just what you want from the bass man.
Paquito D’Rivera, Randy Brecker, Romero Lubambo, Donny McAslin, Peter Eldridge and Ada Rovatti have already pledged their voice to this recording which is very exciting. My budget of $17,000 will cover the 2 days of basics and 3 days for vocal overdubs and special guest appearances. It won’t cover, however, the additional horn section and string quartet session that I’d really like to include on the CD, so I’m really hoping that we can raise more than the asking budget! This would allow us to commission say.... Rob Mounsey to do another one of his miraculous string arrangements for my Donny Hathaway inspired song, “Another Hill to Climb.” More money would allow me to commission a horn arrangement for my groove soul tune, “I’m lookin’ for that Number” which is just screaming for that drama. And raising more than the projected budget would get this bad boy a marketing and promotion kitty to use so we could really make some noise out there.
I’m commissioning visual artists to depict each of the songs on the CD to incorporate in the Book of Sheet Music and Art Work - which will make a lovely Look Book on your coffee table, I might add. Especially if your order the Limited Edition hard bound version. You can add on to your shopping cart to get that special item.
I will be video taping much of the recording process and promise to upload snippits for your viewing curiosity. Who knows, there may even be a "Making Of" DVD that comes of all this....
I will be donating 5% of the overall budget to Hurricane Sandy Relief. I live on the coast of Long Island and know first hand of the ordeal.
So thank you for your consideration. And if you so choose to participate, thanks for taking this ride with Elliot and I.
See you in the Studio!!!
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I am honored to have your your confidence and support of my project. It's going to be an incredible process.
I have been producing my music for over 25 years, so the production is not so much the challenge as the timing issues that can arise and making the money last. I am lucky to benefit from the musicians working in the confines of this budget, but I want you to know that I have lent myself out many times over to do the same thing for other people's projects. That's what we do. I believe in the creative process. And I know that financial gain is not the single motivator to getting musicians to the recording studio, but the quality of music and the atmosphere one creates. That's the church I belong to and I can promise it's going to be a good time for all.
I am thrilled to have such major artists as Paquito D'Rivera and Randy Brecker agree to play on the recording. And there are still other artists I hope to reach out to if the budget can stretch beyond the projected amount of $17,000. In today's market, you can produce a CD for that amount, but Elliot and I want to record it in one of NY's best recording studios. We want to get the highest quality of sound and best performances from all the musicians involved.
The goal is to get this project recorded, mixed and mastered in a short timeline so that it has the spirit of a live recording. However, my busy New York Voices touring schedule could potentially throw a curve ball into meeting that exact deadline. I'll do my best to honor this priority, and I promise to deliver the best possible artistic statement to your awaiting hands and ears.
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