Recording

Some of the new charts beings recorded...

Some of the new charts beings recorded...

We are at the beginning of recording 15 new compositions for my Brazilian jazz group O Som Do Jazz. The prep work for this kind of project is massive and involves carefully checking chord progressions, form and arrangements. Then, you prepare the printed music so that all of the previous elements are clear to read for the performers. Following that, you must have a few rehearsals to clear up any problems and ultimately make this new music sound comfortable and familiar to the group.  Before the recording sessions, Pro Tools sessions need to be prepared with MIDI realizations (so the rhythm section can follow the form) and click tracks with correct tempos and meters.

At this point, we are recording the rhythm section in two days. When that is finished, I will edit playlist tracks to create composite tracks. When those are solid, we then bring in other musicians to the studio to lay down their tracks, as well as send mp3s to extra musicians in Miami and Rio de Janeiro where they can add their tracks.

Alejandro, Mark and Melissa setting up for a session.

Alejandro, Mark and Melissa setting up for a session.