NRG (L.A.) welcomed Dave Navarro and Brook Burke, hosts of CBS' new reality show, Rock Star, to oversee filming. Eric Sarafin mixed Pete Murray's forthcoming release; and producer Don Gilmore and engineer Mark Kiczula worked on a song for The Veronicas…The Game dropped by Chalice Studios (L.A.) to record vocals on a remix for Mary J. Blige's forthcoming album, produced by Dre & Vidal, Rich Harrison, Kendu and Chris Puram, among others. Producer Jazze Pha assembled tracks for Dr. Dre's “retirement” album with engineer Oscar Ramirez. Chingy recorded his next album with producer Kwame and engineer Brian Sumner. Nick Lachey recorded vocals with producers Soulshock and Carlin and engineer Mike Schoffell, while Jason Cupp produced/mixed the new Finch album…Mark Endert mixed The Fray and Anna Nalick's respective debuts at Scream Studios (Studio City). David Bianco mixed songs for Smash Mouth; producer Desmond Child and engineer Rob Jacobs mixed the forthcoming American Idol comp; and producer George Drakoulias and Bianco mixed Rhett Miller's new album…Ross Hogarth teamed with producer John Fields at Track Record (L.A.) to record new tracks for Val Emmich.
Final Mix Studios (Campbell, CA) chief engineer Don Budd produced and engineered Drist's latest. Budd later tracked/mixed San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's debut rap album, Training Day…San Francisco Bay Area pianist Aileen Chanco finished her latest at Hollcraft Studio (Pleasant Hill, CA), which was recorded/mastered by Ed Hollcraft and produced/edited by Carol Greenley.
Ambient Digital (Houston) reports activity from Sparrow/EMI act Dizmas with producer Brian Garcia…Indie band Modulator recorded a single at SugarHill Recording Studios (Houston) with co-producer/staff engineer John Griffin. Carolina Bedetta completed her debut with SugarHill president/producer Dan Workman…Blues Traveler camped out at Texas Treefort Studios (Austin) to track/mix their new album with Wilco's Jay Bennett producing and Jim Vollentine engineering.
Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin returned to Doppler Studios (Atlanta) to mix his latest with producer Kevin Bond and engineer Ralph Cacciurri. Patti LaBelle sang via ISDN for the Diary of a Mad Black Woman soundtrack, engineered by Rick de Varona. OutKast's Big Boi added vocals to a new Santana track; Matt Still engineered. TLC stopped in with producer Jazze Pha to track vocals for a new Jive Records release; Mike Guidotti engineered…Tree Sound (Atlanta) welcomed Phish's Trey Anastasio, who recorded/mixed his 70 Volt Parade project; Ken Lanyon engineered…MC Breed enlisted Leslie Brathwaite to mix two songs at Patchwerk Studios (Atlanta); house engineer Mike Wilson mixed four more, all produced by 7:30…Catalyst Recording (Charlotte, NC) hosted My So Called Band, who were in remixing their debut CD…In steamy New Orleans, John Mooney tracked, mixed and mastered his next release with engineer Mark Bingham and mastering engineer John Fischback at Piety Street Recording. Charlie Sexton produced Shannon McNally's latest, which was mixed by Trina Shoemaker at Piety; Bingham also had a hand in Morning 40, Mary Flowers and Dr. John's forthcoming albums.
Mick Guzauski is mixing the Cream reunion shows for CD and DVD (5.1) release at his own Barking Doctor Recording (Mt. Kisco, NY)…Jay Newland is mixing Louise Setara's debut at BiCoastal Studios (Ossining, NY)…Sound on Sound (NYC) hosted Paul Shaffer, who was in mixing with engineer Harvey Goldberg; Labba mixing with Brian Stanley; Kem mixing with Ray Bardani; and Thwak! Music tracking a Trojan spot with Tony Verderosa and Teddy K…Kittyhawk tracked their upcoming release at HarariVille (Weehawken, NJ), which was produced by Pier Giacalone and engineered by Rob Harari…Producer David Kahne brought The Strokes and engineer Rob Brill to Allaire Studios (Shokan, NY) to record their next album, while producer/Counting Crow David Bryson and producer/engineer Brad Wood recorded Working Title…Avatar (NYC) hosted Windup Records' OmniSoul, in with producer Gregg Wattenberg and engineer Greg Gordon; Donald Fagen overdubbed with engineer Brian Montgomery; pianist Makoto Ozone recorded a Sony DSD project with engineer Joe Ferla; Al Schmitt recorded pianist Taylor Eigsti; and Roberta Flack lent her talents to a Mr. Rogers tribute, engineered by Roy Hendrickson…Producer/engineer David Maurice worked on N'Sync's J.C. Chasez's new Jive Records release at Sear Sound (NYC)…Joan Osborne visited Coyote Studios (Brooklyn, NY) to sing on Vivian Campbell's new Sanctuary Records album (produced by Tor Hym, engineered By Michael Caiati).
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