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METAlliance Makes Tracks at Capitol

Industry legends provided hands-on instruction for the next generation of pros recent at the METAlliance Academy sessions weekend at Capitol Studios.

Los Angeles, CA (April 2, 2018)—During the METAlliance Academy sessions weekend at Capitol Studios in Hollywood recently, the organization’s founding members recorded more than 20 songs.

Featured artists Tierney Sutton and José James performed with their bands and recorded tracks for all attendees to witness and enjoy. Recording enthusiasts, both beginners and seasoned pros, got to mix songs, witness great performances, ask every question they could think of, and meet leading musicians, engineers and acclaimed producer Don Was.

One of the featured artists at the March event was jazz singer and eight-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton. For more than 20 years, she has fronted The Tierney Sutton Band, featuring pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker.

Sutton commented, “All of the members of the band have had the pleasure of recording with Al Schmitt on various projects over the years, but this was the first time, after 25 years together and 11 studio albums, that the band got to work with Al and his fantastic team.”

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Blue Note recording artist José James and his band recorded with engineer Ed Cherney and producer/bassist Don Was. Often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation, the New York City-based vocalist combines jazz, soul, drum ‘n’ bass, and spoken word into his unique brand of vocal jazz. “We worked on tracks for José’s new Blue Note album for the entire weekend,” said Cherney. “And the band was incredible.”

Concurrent with the live sessions in Studios A and B and mixing in Studio C, George Massenburg and Frank Filipetti set up shop in the spacious Capitol lounge for a weekend emulating an in-the-box home studio set up, with critical listening analysis and exploration of advanced mixing techniques.

“We love working so closely with such a diverse group of students, pros, educators and recording beginners,” commented Filipetti.

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