II.MY CD ALBUMS NEWS Click on the CD front covers to listen to free previews:
2014 Jazz quartet CD album "Alternate Reality" with tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, bassist Mike Holstein, and drummer Marian Sevcik was released on New Port Line label, Prague. Available now via iTunes and Amazon World-wide or directly on this website: order ALTERNATE REALITY (Paypal Secured):
2013 Jazz quartet CD album "Czechmate" featuring Brooklyn based master tenor and soprano saxophonist Joel Frahm, acoustic bassist Steve Haines, and drummer Bill Campbell was released on New Port Line label and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and via direct support here: order CZECHMATE (Paypal secured).
2012 Jazz trio CD album "Live At The Grey Eagle: Jubilee Suite" with a legendary drummer John Riley and NYC based bassist Mike McGuirk (New Port Line, recorded live to two track in 2006) is available on iTunes, Amazon, or via direct support here: order JUBILEE SUITE (Paypal secured). III. MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL NEWS
A. You can view a few duet videos from my MAR/2015 recital with a fine alto saxophonist Jacob Duncan:
B. You can view a preview of my first jazz piano solo album (to be released in 2016). This video footage features some of my Appalachian photography as well:
C. You can view a few trio videos from my JAN/2015 concert with a legendary Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan and Asheville based bassist Mike Holstein:
PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS Most of my latest sets can be found on my Flick pages HERE. I've been working with Nikon D800 since August 2012 and although it took a while to get used to its very sensitive 36.4 MP sensor I'm glad that I've upgraded from the previous model of D700. I've also upgraded my printer to CANON pixma model, which does 19x13 prints on artistic rag paper. It makes great looking prints, which last up to 200 years!
RECORDING ARTS NEWS A. I'm very excited about my latest recording (April 2015), which features a World-class saxophonist Rick Margitza on tenor, Mike McGuirk on bass, and Andrew Swift on drums. Stay tuned as a preview of it will be available this coming Fall of 2015...
B. My first solo jazz piano album entitled "Respectfully Yours" was recorded and engineered over the course of DEC 2014 - JAN 2015 in the comfort of my own home. Recorded on our Steinway and Sons certified Boston piano, which I have tuned myself. Using a pair of vintage Sony c37a tube microphones and Telefunken/TAB V76s tube preamps and mixed to 1/2" analog tape, it renders a unique vintage sound not heard on any records today. This one is very special to me as I've recorded mostly standards of other composers, including Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter as well as a few oldies. A video preview can be accessed on my Youtube channel. C. My last year's studio recording has been mixed to GP9 tape via analog means. It features wonderful playing by NYC-based guitarist Paul Bollenback, Asheville based bassist Zack Page, and Waynesville based drummer Evan Martin. Scheduled for release in early 2016, this one features a few songs by Paul as well as several of my originals as well as arrangements. Stay tuned for the release date.
All my album productions have been recorded using hand selected vintage tube microphones and preamps by Neumann, Sony, Telefunken, AKG, Royer, Sennheiser, and Coles as well as world-class converters by SSL C200 and Prism Sound ADA8-XR. The mixing stage consists of both digital (protools) and analog processing exclusively utilizing tube and solid state outboard gear by both vintage and modern manufacturers such as Manley, Tube-Tech, Neumann, Studer, Summit Audio, Pultec, and Neve. The final mixes are then run straight into 1/2" reel to reel tape, which in my opinion still renders the best sonic results, mainly due to natural compression and saturation of an analog tape. This process can NOT be substituted for using virtual plugins....