San Francisco Composer Works with Top Producer and Session Players
Pictured during sessions at Studio Trilogy are (L-R) Ray Obeido, producer; Billy Johnson, drums; David K. Matthews, piano, arrangements; Marc van Wageningen, bass; Tom Graf, composer; and Justin Lieberman, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin.
Popular jazz composer Tom Graf has completed his new album “Smokin'” at Studio Trilogy in the heart of San Francisco. Graf steps out on his own after writing for groups such as Con Funk Shun and Angela Bofill, catchy radio commercials, and music for the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack. The album was produced by jazz guitarist Ray Obeido, who has worked with Herbie Hancock, Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E, as well as releasing five successful albums on the Wyndham Hill Label.
Graf’s new album is garnering steady national and international airplay. “This album was a real joy to record at Trilogy,” remarked Graf. “My solo career started out as a vanity project of jazz tunes that I had written over many years and decided to record. They were coming out so well that the musicians were saying ‘Hey, you need to release this.’ I said OK, and then started getting great airplay on the jazz stations.”
Graf elaborates on the new album: “David K. Mathews, currently with Santana, arranged the compositions with help from, and overall production by, Ray Obeido. This is the way smooth jazz used to sound when played by the likes of Freddy Hubbard, Milt Jackson, and Wes Montgomery. The musicians on my album expanded the compositions, added a sense of groove and delivered beautiful improvisations to create music with all of the verve and integrity I imagined from the very beginning.”
Trilogy chief engineer Justin Lieberman commented on the sessions, “I always love working with Ray Obiedo and Tom’s project was no exception. He assembles the best musicians around and it makes my job super easy. All of these musicians are so good at controlling and catering their tone for what they are playing that I just follow their lead.”
“We really enjoyed working at Trilogy,” added Graf. “The vibe is very cool, the facilities are impeccable, and the people are bright and really take care of you. They also have a really fine grand piano.”
Learn more about Tom Graf and “Smokin'”: http://www.tomgraf.com
ABOUT STUDIO TRILOGY
Located in the creative heart of San Francisco, Studio Trilogy is a full-service recording facility that provides music recording and audio post-production services in a World Class recording environment. Designed by John Storyk of WSDG, Trilogy’s 8800 square foot facility houses three state-of-the-art control rooms, music and voice recording studios, multiple lounges, and a lush garden/bbq area. An on-site 1200 sq.ft. luxury apartment with media lounge and chef’s kitchen is also available.
Learn more at: http://studiotrilogy.com