The Start of a New Album (Reality Becomes a Dream)

It was late September, 2015. I had that exhilarating feeling I get when I’m ready to begin writing new music. Then, it happened.

When you take a tropical vacation, you take a calculated risk regarding the weather you will experience. Even with advanced forecasts, things can change quickly...



I am a composer/guitarist from Ottawa, Canada.

My music is…

*carefully composed/arranged and not “jam” based
*often evocative of the tropics fusing Caribbean/Latin/World/Jazz
*real instruments & real players
*frequently guitar-based but not always
*word-free
*not Boom-BAP-Boom-BAP

Take a listen.

I have received considerable airplay on CBC across Canada, Stingray Radio's Smooth Jazz channel, formerly Rythme FM 97.1, Jazz.FM91, The Jewel, and many other radio stations across Ontario.


My instrumental releases and reviews are available via the artwork icons below. Older releases can be found through the "Music" drop down menu above. Thank you for visiting and listening.

A special thanks to those who have purchased my music!



Brian Asselin putting in the last piece of a large puzzle--this album!



Martha Mazzoleni in Kiki Martinez' Toronto studio playing her
Paraguayan harp!



Mixing and then mastering with Philip Shaw Bova. In the home stretch!



Finally getting to some acoustic guitar--with mood lighting to boot!



Laying down some guitar work. Feels good to be nearing the end of tracking!




Nick Dyson getting ready to add some awesome trumpet work!


Jeff Asselin warming up before laying down sweet drum tracks!



Raphael Weinroth-Browne adding some much needed cello!



Great drum work from Kobo Town's Rob
Milicevic on two more tunes!



Norm Glaude on acoustic bass...



Terry, René and Dean--with "Island shirt" madness



Dean Watson of Gallery Studios taming the waves.



René adding timbale action to my cha-cha-cha.

 

 

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NEWS!

August 15, 2017

I swear I'm going to sign off on the master this week and say it's done. The same for the artwork. Really. I am. You believe me, don't you?

August 6, 2017

Nearing completion of the album master and getting artwork in place for my new release. Patience, my friends. Be sure to read other album blog posts at my BLOG link above!

July 1,
2017


Happy Canada Day!
150 years young!



June 19,
2017


Great to have Brian Asselin in today to close out the album's performances with some tasty tenor sax!


June
16, 2017

I'm so happy to finally have some lovely Paraguayan harp on one of the tunes for my new album. Thank you to Martha Mazzoleni!


May 18, 2017

Nearing the end stage of mixing and mastering will be soon after. Also busy preparing artwork for my album. More details to follow soon!

April 11, 2017


After some delays, today I began editing and mixing my new album with Philip Shaw Bova. We've got a great start on things!

March 21, 2017

Had a fun promo, photo shoot today with Alan Dean and Andrea Cochrane of Alan Dean Photography. Hard to believe it was the second day of spring!



February 23, 2017

One tune on my project needed an acoustic lead and rhythm part.
Today was the day to get that done!





February 16, 2017

I added some extra guitar parts today. Except for one tune which requires Latin harp, most of the tracking is done and we'll soon be starting to mix some of the tunes. I can't wait!

January 27, 2017


Ottawa’s trumpet man, Nick Dyson, put his stellar playing on three tunes, adding some nice tropical vibes.


January 20, 2017

Local and hugely versatile drummer, Jeff Asselin, was in today and laid down perfect parts for two tunes. Professional, well prepared and a pleasure to work with. Jeff’s the man!



January
13, 2017

We had a great session today featuring a talented, young cellist named Raphael Weinroth-Browne. He played beautifully on a piece from my project that’s meant to convey a walk through the jungle. With January’s bitter weather, a jungle sounds pretty good right now!



2017




December
22, 2016


Today we had the final session of 2016 with local piano player and trombone man, Mark Ferguson. He added some great playing to five tunes on my project. What a talented and nice person to work with!



December 15, 2016

Rob Milicevic, the drummer for the cool band, Kobo Town, came in last night for our quickest session so far. He did an excellent job on two pieces; one calypso and one reggae-ish tune.


December 10,
2016


Norm Glaude laid down some beautiful acoustic and electric bass parts on two bossas from my new project.



December 3, 2016

We have completed the percussion parts for eight pieces. René F. played a nice variety of instruments; udu, timbales, caxixi, guiro, claves, cha-cha bell, maracas, woodblocks and even a pair of sandpaper blocks that my wife reminded me we owned. I can’t believe that I wrote so many percussion parts!



November 19,
2016


Today marks the start of tracking for my new, full-length “Tropical” album, just ahead of our first major snowstorm. We’re recording at Gallery Studios here in Ottawa with Dean Watson. For our first session, “Congaman” René Fortier laid down some great conga and bongo parts. We’re hoping to have our following percussion session late next week. A great start!




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