Producer Linda Perry and mix engineer Bernd Burgdorf dropped by Bernie Grundman's (Hollywood) place to master a Kelly Osbourne track for Sanctuary Records…Chalice Recording's (L.A) overflowing studios included Latin Grammy winners Alejandro Sanz, with producer Lulo Perez and engineer Rafa Sardina, and Luis Miguel, with engineers Dave Reitzas, Benny Facone and Sardina. Congratulations to producer Robb Cavallo and engineer Doug McKean, who bravely tracked vocals for Paris Hilton's new solo album. Producer/songwriter Walter Afanasieff was in recording a Kenny G duet album with guests Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Eric Bonnet, Chaka Khan, Daryl Hall and Richard Marx…Henson Studios (Hollywood) reports recent sessions with The Wallflowers and The Offspring, both in with Brendan O'Brien and engineer Nick Didia; Bon Jovi recorded with producer John Shanks and engineer Jeff Rothschild…Longwave tracked their forthcoming album with producer John Leckie and engineer Stephen Rhodes at Cello Studios (Hollywood), which recently installed an API Legacy Plus in its Western Studio 3. Other visitors include Motley Crüe with producer Bob Rock, the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Rick Rubin and guitarist Larry Carlton, recording a “terrifying rock ‘n’ roll record” with engineers Csaba Petocz and Joe Chicarelli.
Ex-Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan wrapped up a long stint in Chicago Recording Company's Studio 5 to record and mix his solo debut. Bon Harris, Brian Leisegang and Matt Walker tracked; Alan Moulder mixed. Chris Shepard mixed an Elvis Costello concert in 5.1 for DVD release; Kanye West occupied Studio 4 to shoot a Boost Mobile commercial featuring Kanye and Ludacris; and Jeff Lane tracked vocals with Def Jam artist Syleena Johnson…Marimba composer Don Skoog tracked and mixed his new album, also featuring the Rosewood Trio, at Shantyville Recording Studio (Homewood, IL); Nick Eipers engineered…Mind Ignition (New Lebanon, OH) welcomed Rounder act Dry Branch Fire Squad; also, Bill McCarthy and Alex Lusht created a laugh track and recorded score for the Saucom film, Black Wine…Tahoe singer/songwriter Darin Talbot tracked and mixed songs for his fourth CD at Aberdeen Recording (Aberdeen, SD), home to “the only Neve 88R between the coasts.” Bradshaw Lambert produced and chief engineer Tim Andersen engineered.
Guitarist Jeff Bigelow finished his debut solo album, Big Trouble, with Adam Rossi producing, engineering and mixing at ARA (Palo Alto, CA) and Trakworx (San Francisco)…Paul Stubblebine Mastering's (San Francisco) Michael Romanowski wrapped up projects for Green Sphere Records, Carl Wheeler, Josh Fixx, Firecracker and Ghostride, produced by Enrique Gonzalez. Engineer Josh Greenham mastered albums for Babatunde Lea, local Garrin Benfield, The Falcon and Keith Varon…Nettleingham Audio (Seattle) got its share of black metal when engineer Kevin Nettleingham mastered several releases for Moribund Records and PDX band Engorged. They relaxed while mixing/mastering the first in a series of nature CDs for the Musical Sea and during a Carnegie Hall recording by Mary Anne Rees.
Columbia, S.C., band Tokyo Joe finished basic tracks in Tree Sound’s (Atlanta) Studio 11. Pictured L-R, back row: Engineer Chris Green, Steve Rhinehardt, Drew Parker, producer Don Dean Maracle and assistant Jonah Merrll. From left, front row: Dale Burgess and Greg Bickley
Silent Sound Studios (Atlanta) hosted mix sessions for Mariah Carey and Ludacris (producer, The Neptunes; engineer, Phil Tan), tracks for 112 (producer, Mario Winans; engineer, Vernon Mungo) and mixes for Donell Jones (Fish & Chips produced; Tan engineered)…Urban Mystic finished mixing his album with Niko Marzouca at Circle House Studios (Miami).
Elvis Costello & The Imposters recorded an exclusive set for Apple iTunes at Avatar (NYC) with Chris Shepard engineering. Robert Friedrich engineered a new John Pizzarelli release in 5.1 with producer Curt Frasca, and producer/engineer Jason Corsaro christened Avatar's new Studio G, mixing indie artist Sampsonic…The Three Irish Tenors and a full orchestra gathered at Bennett Studios (Englewood, NJ) for a pre-concert rehearsal. The studio also welcomed The Billy Strayhorn Project, a forthcoming documentary shot in HD video featuring Elvis Costello and the Diane Reeves Trio, among others, and recorded and mixed by owner/chief engineer Dae Bennett…Boy George and producer Rick Nowels visited the Cutting Room (NYC) with engineer Chris Griffin, and Spanish funk band The Funk on Me tracked and mixed their new record, which features Parliament Funkadelic's Fred Wesley.
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