February 16, 2000
I've got to admit I feel pretty darn lucky right now. I'm sitting on the terrace of my hotel room overlooking the sea of cortez, watching the whales swim by. The weather's beautiful, life is good.
I'm taking a little time off in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico now that I've completed my new CD!!!
I think It's going to be called "Dangerous Curves". I'm really excited about it. I think it's the most "fun" to listen to of any of the CD's I've recorded. We rehearsed, recorded and mixed the entire CD in less than 3 weeks. This is fairly unheard of in this day and age but Bud Harner, who I co-produced the record with, wanted to capture the party atmosphere and spontaneity we achieve at our live shows and thought the best way to do that was first to cut the music with the band playing live, ( most of the musicians playing simultaneously instead of overdubbing each instrument separately as it's often done today), and to not leave ourselves a lot of time to second guess the music and change it, or add too much stuff to it.
As I said earlier, the result is a really fun record to listen to. When I listen to this music I can really feel what a party we were having jammin' in the studio that week and I think you'll be able to also.
As you probably know, Avenue Blue is a revolving group consisting of many different musicians who float in and out of the band. We recorded with just one set of players to add continuity to the project. With the exception of Luis Conte, on percussion you'll be familiar with all of their names from the previous recordings and live gigs.
Steve Ferrone - drums
Lincoln Goines - bass
Mitchell Forman - Keys
Dave Woodford - Sax, flute
Lee Thornberg - Trumpet, trombone
Luis Conte - percussion
Kevin Savagar - Hammond B-3
Peter White also came in one day and played a song with us that really came out great.
Rick Braun was hanging out with us from time to time playing everything but trumpet (additional keyboards, hand claps and all around good vibes).
As I said before, I'm very excited about this new CD and I can't wait to tell you more about it but right now there's a beach chair and a margarita waiting for me.
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