Monthly Archives: December 2011

RE: It don’t mean a thing…

Charlie and I had a blast recording my arrangement of Gershwin’s classic Summertime. At times it was hard to believe that I had a legend of New Orleans standing next to me but he was so humble and generous that it never seemed to be relevant. I have to say it was one of the easiest recording sessions I have ever had as he knew exactly what I wanted. Oh and did he swing!!!

Vocals and clarinet by Charlie Gabriel. Here he discusses his early years and mentors…

“RE: It dont mean a thing…”. Youtube.com. Uploaded by on Dec 13, 2011 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWLO3WV5Opk>.

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The world is my recording Oyster!!

While compiling the album credits today, it occurred that this album would have been impossible for me to do just a few years ago. Audio technology that is affordable and powerful enough, literally in the palms of your hands. So far on the album we have…..

Neil Conti – Drums – Montpellier – France

Dennis Elliot – Banjo – Virginia – U.S

Kurt Baumer – Fiddle – Texas – U.S.

Manu Delago – Hang Drum – Bern – Switzerland

Mike Stevens – Harp – Ontario – Canada

Shay Goodwin – Drums – L.A – U.S.

Lester Foster- Tap – New Orleans – U.S

Paul Oreilley – Guitars – P.D – Malaysia

and eventually Metropolis Mastering – London – U.K.

…… all via tinternet from the comfort of my home :0)

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RE: Finding Lester “Happy Feet” Foster

After a year looking for a tap dancer for the album, I finally tracked a busker down in New Orleans via YouTube with the help of Mike from Nola Studios. The intriguing thing is that these kids tap using crushed soda cans tacked to their soles and boy can they Hoof!!

Here is the moment when Mike actually spotted Lester “Happy Feet” Foster…

“Finding Lester “Happy Feet” Foster”. Youtube.com. Uploaded by on Nov 30, 2011 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BGnc3wF-xE>.

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