Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, the Neville Brothers and Joss Stone were working with Sheffield's Remote Recording (Phoenix, MD) audio truck in New Orleans to record a high-definition release for Bottom of the Ninth Productions…Jazz pianist Michel Camilo was at New York City's Avatar Studios recording a self-produced solo record in 5.1/DSD with Rob Friedrich at the board and Peter Doris assisting. Meanwhile, producer Arif Mardin was working on Queen Latifah's latest album with engineer Michael O'Reilly and Brian Montgomery assisting…Masque Sound Recording Studios' (NYC) John Kilgore mixed composer John Adams' memorial to New York City and those lost in the 9/11 attacks called On the Transmigration of Souls. The CD will be released on the anniversary of the attacks, and was written for performance by the New York Philharmonic…Jive Records artists had heavy presence at Sound on Sound Recording Studios (NYC), pairing rap artists Petey Pablo and Ciara with producer Lil Jon, Mobb Deep with engineer Steve Sola, Twista with engineers Nick Cannon and Brian Stanley, and Rasheeda with producer Shondrae and engineer Stanley.
Gloria Estefan, husband Emilio Estefan and world music engineer/mixer Sebastian Krys were in at Crescent Moon Studios (Miami) tracking and mixing her newest album, Unwrapped, using the studio's new ATR-102 analog recorder, bought specifically for the session. The project was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering (Portland, ME)…Country group Diamond Rio were at Cartee Day Studios (Nashville) with production duties handled by Mike Clute and engineering by Mike Hanson. Missy Elliott was in to tape for an upcoming TV show, while Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant and .38 Special's Donnie Van Zant were in tracking with producers Blair Daly and Tom Hambridge; Ben Fowler engineered…Quad Studios (Nashville) hosted enduring country artists The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to finish overdubbing and mixing their latest release for DualTone. Behind the board were John Macy and Marc Lacuesta…Singer/songwriter Moe Loughran was in with producer John Pisciotta, engineer Patrick Kelly and assistant engineer Ben Terry at the Sound Kitchen (Franklin, TN) working on her new album, Songs From the Barbwire, to be released this summer…Roots-rockers Carbon Leaf were at Kitchen Mastering (Chapel Hill, NC) making final tweaks to their Vanguard release, Indian Summer, with engineer Brent Lambert. Drummer and former member of Ben Folds Five, Darren Jesse, finalized the debut release with his current band, Hotel Lights, while Durham, N.C.-based bluesman Cyril Lance was in mastering his live CD, Live From the Outskirts, with Lambert at the board.
New York-based indie pop quartet The Damnwells (Epic) were in at Chicago's Million Yen Studios working on follow-up material for their 2003 release, Bastards of the Beat…The Chicago Recording Company (Chicago) hosted director Steven Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub in Studio 4 to shoot scenes for the upcoming film Ocean's Twelve. The session included actors Don Cheadle and Andy Garcia, and studio engineers Dennis Tousana and Mat Lejeune, who were on-camera as extras.
In at West L.A.'s The Village were Slipknot tracking and mixing their latest release, Vol: 3: The Subliminal Verses, with producer Rick Rubin (the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash), engineer Greg Fidelman and assistant engineer Dan Monti. Meanwhile, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were in with Usher to work over tracks for his now chart-topping CD, Confessions.
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