Clark Germain Records Jazz Legend and Stellar Vocalist
Pictured (L-R) in Studio B are Clark Germain, engineer/co-producer; David Benoit, artist/producer, Jane Monheit, vocals, John Clayton, bass; and Clayton Cameron, drums. Photo by David Goggin.
Celebrated jazz composer, producer and pianist David Benoit has recorded his new album at United Recording with jazz vocal luminary Jane Monheit and longtime engineer/collaborator Clark Germain. For this offering Benoit and Germain are sharing the producer helm. Musicians featured include John Clayton and David Hughes on bass; Clayton Cameron and Jamey Tate on drums.
“I am always thrilled to work in studio B,” commented Clark Germain. “My history with B goes back to 1979 when I first applied for a job there shortly after Allen Sides had taken over. I can remember standing in that room and just soaking in the history of all the music that had bounced off of those walls. After returning from a few years in Italy, I found myself on staff at Ocean Way in the mid ’80s and continued my work in both A and B with the incredible microphone collection that Allen had amassed. To return there now that they have resurrected the United Recording name, with all of the vintage consoles, mics and outboard gear, makes me feel at home and truly facilitates my record making process.”
Jane Monheit is a familiar figure of the jazz world and has collaborated with artists such as Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings. She has released nine albums and two DVDs, and has appeared as a guest artist on many others. She has also been a featured performer in the nationally televised “Christmas at the White House,” the “Capitol Fourth of July Celebration,” and “The National Memorial Day Celebration.” She has appeared on numerous television shows including Emeril, Ramsey Lewis’ “Legends of Jazz,” Letterman, The View, and The Today Show. Monheit spends most of the year on tour with her band, which currently includes Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass, and Rick Montalbano on drums.
David Benoit has charted over 25 albums since 1980, and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. He is also music director for the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and the Asia America Youth Orchestra. In 2000, after the death of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, Benoit released a memorial album entitled “Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years.” Collaborators included the chorus group Take 6, guitarist Marc Antoine and trumpeter Chris Botti. After the death of Vince Guaraldi, the original composer for the “Peanuts” TV specials, Benoit also composed, produced and performed music for many of the ensuing “Peanuts” specials.
About United Recording
United Recording was founded in 1957 by the legendary recording engineer and electronics inventor Bill Putnam with the backing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The studios were acquired and renamed Ocean Way Recording in 1977,
and after acquisition in 2013 by Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., were re-launched under the original name in 2014. United Recording, one of the world’s most recognized music recording studios, with more awards than any other recording enterprise, is responsible for record sales of more than one billion units.
Learn more at: http://www.unitedrecordingstudios.com/