On Feb. 12, 2017 we entered Tonic Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with engineer Doug Kasper and crew, with an 8 hour block of time to work. We had been talking about this recording for a while and we had been having the opportunity to play the material a lot live. Zamir Zahavi, owner of The Park House, a pub on the north side of the city, has been so gracious to us to give us a slot on the calendar each month. We played, and continue to play there one Tuesday a month. We had complete musical freedom to explore this material and get it real tight and in front of an audience as well, and these gigs along with a hand full of other shows got us in shape for the studio.
We wanted this album to be live as much as possible, meaning that there would be as few overdubs as possible; just straight raw playing. I should say that we weren't even sure if we'd get an albums worth of material recorded and certainly not in one session; there was some talk of making this a "solid EP" .
The set up took 3 hours, getting all the instruments mic'd and sound checked, setting up room mic's, checking various levels of volume and tone, etc. We then had 5 solid hours to play, and thank G-d we just went for it and got down 10 tunes in 40 takes total. It was a very cool feeling, kind of like running a marathon and having an endorphin rush, but from playing music! All vocals were added in later sessions; but the music was all captured live with no overdubs, we picked our favorite takes of the 40 we captured that sunday.
We're so proud, happy, grateful, and blessed to be able to share with you our first album JEWISH SOUL STEW
Our CD Release show is June, 8th which is also the online release date
Our first single can be found there, at the band camp site as well for free streaming or purchase; it was mixed and mastered by our good friend, multi/instrumentalist and producer Brian Fitzy who also added hammond organ to the track "Universe in Miniature"
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