Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Touring maniacs Grace Potter and the Nocturnals took a little break from their crazy summer touring schedule to come into the studio in July to record theme music for the new "Vermont Edition" which will air on Vermont Public Radio. It was their first time in the area since we had the pleasure of recording their show at The Lebanon Opera House, back in May. It was great to see them, and we highly recommend checking out their new release on Hollywood Records, entitled "This Is Somewhere," which officially goes on sale Aug. 7th!
Jazz trombonist/composer Dan Silverman was in recording his new CD of original material in early June with the help of sax legend Joe Lovano, and Dan's sister, singer Judy Silvano. Rounding out the lineup was guitarist Nick Cassarino, drummer Jeff Salisbury, and bass player, Clyde Stats. Look for this release in the very near future!
Zimbabwean singer/songwriter "Chiwiniso" recently spent the month of June recording and mixing tracks for her upcoming release on Cumbancha Records. With the expert help of producer Keith Farquharson from Capetown, this promises to be yet another amazing release on Jacob's new label.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
We have a new partner at Charles Eller Studios!! His name is Jacob Edgar and he recently left his position as the Vice-President of A&R for the highly successful world music label, Putumayo, to start a sister company, Cumbancha, which is now headquartered at our Charlotte location. This huge move is putting Charlotte on the map as a destination for musicians from around the world.
World Music superstar, Habib Koite, from Mali, spent a week recording at Charles Eller Studios. His latest CD, his first in almost 7 years, is slated for release on Jacob's Cumbancha Record label later this year. Habib is not only known for his original songwriting, vocal style, and superb guitar work, but also for his collaborations with pop musicians such as Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne. A gifted and soulful person, it was a treat having him with us in the studio!
Three and a half years ago Grace Potter and her band, the Nocturnals, approached us about doing their first CD. The moment I heard them I knew that with the right recording and production, they could be headed for greatness! After doing several critically acclaimed CDs with the band, a High Definition television special, a DVD, and recording their entire "Bringing It All Back Home" tour, we had the pleasure of watching the band sign a historic record deal with Hollywood Records! Our congratulations to Grace and the Nocturnals! We love you guys!
As some of you may know, Chas Eller has lived a "dual life" for the past twenty-five years, simultaneously performing with successful groups such as The Unknown Blues Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elisabeth von Trapp, and of course Kilimanjaro while at the same time recording and producing 100's of successful CDs for numerous talented artists at his studio in Charlotte. While earning his wings as a recording engineer for the Philo Records label in the late 70's, recording folk icons such as Dave van Ronk, Chas was approached by guitarist Paul Asbell, who had written some very catchy jazz tunes and was looking for a keyboard player to join forces with. Along with bassist Tony Markellis and drummer Bill Kinzie, that band became Kilimanjaro and with the backing of Philo Records, the band vaulted to national recognition when their debut album got up to #3 in the national Jazz Radio Airplay charts. Their second album went to #5 in the country which led to three U.S. tours and appearances at some of the most world's most prestigious jazz festivals. Now, 25 years later, the band was recently commissioned by the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival to work up some new material for the 2006 festival. The response was phenomenal, with the show selling out quickly enough that the festival had to add a second show. The group has begun to record that new material at Charles Eller Studios and hopes to be releasing a new CD sometime this Spring.
Cape Verdean singer, Maria deBarros was in during the month of December with producer, Danny Luchansky of Argentina, who now resides in L.A. Her band of amazing players are the perfect compliment to her breathtaking vocals which can be heard on her upcoming release for Cumbancha Records. A superb singer in her own right, Maria hails from the vocal tradition of Cape Verde popularized by Maria's godmother, the great Cesaria Evora. And, Maria's talents aren't just limited to the stage. While her band was busy cutting basic tracks one day, she cheffed up an incredible Cape Verdean feast for the "staff" that was truly memorable! Thanks again Maria!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Electronic musician and composer Kento Masuda came to the studio this winter to mix his newest release on The Globesounds label. Kento is an artist as well as an incredible craftsman at writing highly imaginative music that defies categorization in a good way. The music has extremely lush textures that work by defining intricate themes that evolve throughout each spellbinding composition. It ended up being a huge job, requiring that we combine both of our Protools HD3 systems in order to accommodate the 80 channel mixes!! Kento's label, which is based out of Burlington, VT is a story in itself. The label along with it's publishing company, JPMC, which among other things holds the publishing on the entire Parliament Funkadelic catalog, is owned by Swiss-born entrepreneur, Jane Peterer. For more info about Kento, please visit his website. For info about purchasing his CDs and other great music please check out the JPMC website.