I miss the days when music would be released on Tuesdays. Nostalgia can be a toxic impulse, but this is more a reminiscence of my high school and college days. Making $40 on a gig and then spending it all on a Miles Davis box set or the latest Brad Mehldau. But industries change, Tower Records locations close, and we are where we are today.
Since the last newsletter, I officially released the Votre Toast video (and thank you for all the wonderful feedback!), The Quiet of Rage single, and now the full Londelius EP. Since liner notes have become a relic in our new streaming age, I wanted to recognize everyone involved in making this album.
Londelius was recorded on January 22, 2019 at Big Ego Studios in Long Beach, CA. The producer Chris Schlarb helped organize my idea of shooting video based on content from an upcoming LP. From there, we decided to delve further into the saxophone with organ trio concept with new music.
We secured Grant White to make the video you saw last month as well as a "Marmaduke" video to be released in the near future. The ensemble, featuring Jeff Parker on guitar, Carey Frank on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer, and Tina Raymond on drums, as well Anna Butterss on bass for the originals, was formed. And on the day of the session, Devin O'Brien engineered with assistance from Jason Chavez. Once Chris completed the mixing, we sent it off to JJ Golden and Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA. Finally, Michael Wysong generated the album artwork you see above as well as the layout for the CD version.
The album has two natural halves, one that is a suite of my original music and a second that are my arrangements of two songs I love. This latter half will make an interesting juxtaposition once a different version of Votre Toast and Marmaduke are released on the LP.
Londelius is now available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify and CDs are currently in production. I will have more on that release in the July newsletter.