Days grow shorter and the fog rolls in as Big Red stays busy tracking and mixing projects for Anne Weiss, HannaH’s Field, Tom May, Brian Hall, Rudy Lopez and OCP, Cam Newton, Philip Boulding, Johnny Martin, Shoehorn and Jody Peterson.
Clients often take breaks to enjoy the sights from the hill behind Big Red Studio and frequently see deer right outside the windows while recording.
Top photo: Sunrise at Mt. Hood as seen from hill behind Big Red
October was filled with fun as we tracked the “gypsy reggae” sounds of HannaH’s Field. Singer-Songwriter HannaH and (hot on the Djembe) Andy A are the heart & soul of the group. Their CD: “Warriors of Love ” will be released in Spring 2008
HannaH’s Field were joined by friends singing choral parts on two cuts.
Website: HannaH’s Field
Singer/Songwriter/bassist Belinda Underwood creates new songs and sounds for an upcoming release with Benny Green at the piano & Martin ZarZar (Pink Martini) on drums & percussion.
Top Photo: Mel with Benny Green
Platinum recording artist/rapper Young Buck created and tracked new vocals over some incredible beats recently at Big Red, Nick Moon and Zack Meyers engineering.
Photo: Young Buck tracks at Big Red Studio
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Isaac Simons locked out Big Red for most of two weeks, tracking with an excellent cast of Northwest artists for his “Eyes Awake” CD project. His blend of Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica is quite unique and has had the sub-woofer at Big Red working overtime.
Engineers Tim Hochstedler and Producer Zack Meyers utilized the Studer 2″ deck synched up with Pro-Tools HD, capturing the best of both analog and digital sounds.
Photo: Drummer phenom Anthony Jones
Big Red’s Trident TSM (40 input, 32 monitor, 24 bus) was hand built in England and first belonged to Jose Feliciano.
Shortly thereafter it became the centerpiece for San Francisco’s legendary recording studio: The Automatt.
With David Rubinson, Fred Catero and the gang , it was used on countless Gold and Platinum records including those by Santana, Herbie Hancock, The Pointer Sisters, Journey, Con Funk Shun, Jefferson Starship, Sister Sledge and many more. Later, it migrated a few miles north to Tarpan Studios where Narada Michael Walden made hit after hit (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey et al.) on it.
The sound is big, warm and very analog. It was meticulously maintained by Doc Shaffer in the bay area and was commissioned at Big Red Studio May, 2000.
It is now maintained by Alan Garren Waltzing Bear Audio
Singer/writer /DJ/producer/engineer Brian Hall brought these amazing musicians together to Big Red for tracking his unique blend of classic Reggae grooves with cool modern influences.
Photo: Brandon Hutson, Brian Hall, Steve Smith, Dennis Dove, and Donavan Itawe Cunningham
Greg Earl: Blues with New Orleans flavors. Legendary musicians.
Photo: D. K Stewart, Greg Earl, Reinhardt Melz, and Edwin Fontaine, Jr.
Blues singer/guitar wizard David Jacobs-Strain (Northern Blues label) and producer/bassist Kenny Passarelli [Elton John, Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills, Otis Taylor, et al.] were mixing and tracking with Billy at Big Red this week. Amidst hard work, the camaraderie was great. David will be releasing a new live and also a new studio CD later this year.
David’s web site is at: http://www.davidjacobs-strain.com
Also, for some interesting reading, try Googling “Kenny Passarelli.”
A few of David Jacobs-Strain guitars
Top photo: David Jacobs-Strain and Kenny Passarelli
About 12 years ago I was at the Oregon Country Fair where I play violin with a crazy modern vaudeville troop every July. From a distance, (the fair is set on 200 acres of forests, paths and meadows), I heard the sound of a drum.
I followed the sound about 20 minutes to its source and found Jarrod Kaplan playing his Djembe with a unique and melodic style. I introduced myself and we fast became friends. Jarrod soon after found a wonderful Senegalese Djembe for me, ever since a fixture at Big Red. And Jarrod became a regular session player, providing great sounds and playing on many of my productions. For each session, Jarrod would bring a van full of percussion instruments and would set up a “kit” consisting of a Djembe, 2 dumbeks, shakers and bells on his ankles, splash cymbals, bell trees and a large orchestral bass drum.
What a sound!
Jarrod began his creative life early, as a childhood actor in New York. He was in the cast of “The Guiding Light” soap opera and appeared in numerous commercials. He left acting and went to music school. Since moving to the west coast, Jarrod founded and toured extensively with Trillian Green, Hanuman and Taarka, three distinct and well-known high energy jam bands. It was great co-producing 3 CDs for the latter two.
Anyway, Jarrod auditioned for and received a call to be a member of the band for a new production of Cirque de Soleil. He left Oregon this New Years Day for two months of rehearsals in Montreal to be followed by two years of world tours.
I am happy for Jarrod’s deserved success and look forward to seeing him when Cirque de Soleil comes through Oregon.
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“This place is a temple for music. Thank you.”
Belinda (Beliss) Underwood
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“Billy, you are a fine master of your art and it is a pleasure working with you.”