Happy New Year from warm(ish) Palm Beach, FL. I’m down here with some great friends and musicians playing for the awesome Spencer Day. A couple of cool things to report on this month: the great saxophonist/clarinetist and all-around good guy Josh Rutner has released his first solo record. Josh spent 4 years working on this, largely by himself, and I am on a bunch of tracks on this album. EVERY track is incredible so listen to this whole thing. You can check it out here. I also tracked violinist Meg Okura’s new project down at the great studio Eastside Sound with engineer-extraordanaire Marc Urselli. Look out for this incredible record; a fusion of world music and jazz. It also features trumpet legend Tom Harrell.
A few months I had the pleasure of tracking a couple tunes with the great guitarist Ben Verdery and rapper/lyricist Billy Dean. The result of one of the tracks is represented by an incredible music video which unfortunately I couldn’t attend, but nonetheless both the music and video are great.
Finally, we tracked the Color Purple cast revival album featuring Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks last month at Avatar. The pre-order link is here. Stay warm!