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These are the original pre-studio demos that I prepped for reference before hitting the studio with the full band.
I tend to do a lot of production work in advance as part of the compositional process, including track sequencing, so I know how things will sit as a narrative. It's kind of my way of 'storyboarding' an album.
They generally don't feature solos but I include the space they will occupy to get a sense of pacing.
Some deviations from the above include :
Pausing for Breath - this was improvised live in the studio but I initially wondered whether it was too long between tracks. Here's an unused shorter edit.
The Shrug - A version recorded with the band Monkey's Uncle from 2005. I always loved this but didn't quite feel it captured the vibe as freely as I imagined it could be. Wonderful solos though from Otto Caretta on Tenor and Jesse Molins on Guitar.
Hope you enjoy this as a behind the scenes look at my process!
released March 30, 2023
Al Swainger - Bass, FX, Keys, Programming
Jon Clark - Drums on 'The Way Back'
All tracks recorded at Other Compass Studios between March 2020 and May 2021
The Shrug (Original 2005 Monkey's Uncle Recording)
Otto Caretta - Sax / Jesse Molins Guitar / George Cooper - Piano / Al Swainger - Double Bass / Gary Evans - Drums
Recorded at Depot X by Rick Wolkers 2004 / Mixed by Tim Morris 2005