Hip hop maven Jay-Z and producer Bink camped out at Sound on Sound Recording (NYC). The pair were in finishing up some mixing duties for a future Def Jam release. Doug Wilson engineered the sessions with Richard Furch assisting. Also at Sound on Sound, but on the other side of the pop music spectrum: teen idol and Columbia Records' multimedia empire Jessica Simpson and producer Allstar were laying down some tracks with engineer Wilson and assistant Bojan Dugich…Russell Crowe and his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (Artemis Records), took a break from their sold-out tour to stop in at Indre Studios (Philadelphia) for a Y100 radio broadcast. This session was engineered by Michael Comstock with Mike Richelle assisting.
Gravelvoice (Seattle) vibrated with the reggae sounds of the legendary Winston Jarrett recording his new song “Man of Peace.” The session was engineered by Scott Colburn and Julian Martlew…Producer/engineer Tucker Martine worked on albums with Sanford Arms, Tony Grasso, Orbiter, Mount Analog and Mike Dumavich out at Flora Avenue Studios (Seattle)…Sessions at Rainstorm Studio (Seattle): industrial outfit Contingence were in to remix a few tracks with engineer Paul Speer mixing and Steve Carter on Pro Tools. Singer/songwriter Marvin Glover tracked overdubs and did the mixing for his new full-length release with Bruno Modolo producing. Speer mixed the album with Carter assisting. Producer Bryan Richardson brought singer Bridget Shaw into Rainstorm for vocal overdubs with Carter handling the engineering.
HardLine Studios (Salt Lake City) hosted the California Guitar Trio along with King Crimson bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto. The musicians were in preparing for their 2001 national tour. The band concluded rehearsals with two concerts for a lucky crowd of 150. Both nights were filmed and recorded; chief engineer Henry Miller is set to edit and engineer the project for a DVD release next spring.
Artist Robben Ford is laying down guitar tracks for the next Charlie Musselwhite record with engineer Jeff Evans at Zircon Skye Studios (Ojai, CA). Also at Zircon Skye, award-winning traditional flute master Kevin Locke (Lakota-Sioux) is recording his next album with producer Jim Deerhawk and associate producer/musical arranger/director Jimmy Calire, with Evans engineering…Scott Storch (Dr. Dre, The Roots) has been in Studio A at Enterprise Studios (Burbank) off and on all summer tracking beats and vocals for Christina Aguilera, Brandy and new artist Sarari with engineer Wassiem Zreik, Pro Tools tech Oscar Ramirez and assistant Scott Whiting. Korn bassist Fieldy has been in Studio J working on his solo hip hop record, Fieldy's Dreams, with engineer Greg Edenfield and assistant Brian Douglas…Vanguard recording artists Quetzal recorded their second album with producer Greg Landau and engineer John Chamberlin at Mad Hatter Studios (Silverlake).
Down south at SoundMixers Recording Studios (Hollywood, FL), UTP Records artist Juvenile is mixing his upcoming CD release with Mac “Silencer” Jones engineering. International mastering whiz kid Trace and Marilyn Manson co-founder Sara Lee Lucas are at SoundMixers overdubbing tracks for their forthcoming Electro Shock Therapy release with studio owner Warren Damian Mazur engineering. Also at SoundMixers, Warren and Jason Sterling are busy tracking and mixing VP Records artists Sanchez, Fiona and Mikey Spice with Lloyd Campbell and Bobby Digital producing…Seventeen Grand (Nashville) favorite Dolly Parton was tracking in the Neve room for a slew of upcoming movie projects with her producer Steve Buckingham, engineers Neal Cappelino and Gary Paczosa, and assistant engineer Thomas Johnson. Producer Scott Rouse was also in working on a project for Charlie Daniels on Daniels' Brave Recordings label. Paczosa mixed with the help of assistant engineer Johnson. Also at Seventeen, hammer dulcimer virtuoso Craig Duncan tracked an upcoming self-produced album for Intersound. Bil Vorndick engineered with the assistance of Chris Scherbak…Spring Theatre Studio (Tampa, FL) had Willa Ford laying down tracks for her new remix of “Did Ya Understand That.” In the studio with Willa were producers Lamar Young, Dre Lewis and engineer Danny Blaszczak. The song is for her new video to be released sometime this fall…Incubus performed at Southern Tracks Recording (Atlanta) for a future 99X radio broadcast. The session was engineered by Ryan Williams and Karl Egsieker. UK import Craig David also spent some time at Southern Tracks: Atlantic Records threw the up-and-coming artist a little meet and greet soiree with some lucky fans.
At Pogo Studio (Champaign, IL), prog rock legend Starcastle are tracking with engineer Gary Strater. After a 20-year hiatus, they are recording new music for an upcoming Sunsinger Recording Co. release. Also at Pogo, producer Mark Rubel tracked Chicago's own Morris Minors with Travis Grimes assisting…Epic recording artist Bliss 66 stopped in at MPA/Pearl Sound (Canton, MI) to lay down an acoustic version of their single “Sooner or Later,” which was originally recorded by producer Glen Ballard. The new cut was recorded by senior engineer/producer Chuck Alkazian.
Producer Don Fury (Quicksand, Helmet, Civ) has opened Cyclone Sound, a new studio on Coney Island beach in New York City. The new room features a 44-input Amek analog console, TL Audio valve EQs and Tube Tech compressors…Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles) has recently installed a customized API Legacy Plus Recording Console. The new board replaces the Cherokee/Trident A Range console inside Cherokee's famed Studio One.
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