Recording Session Extravaganza

First off, I would like to thank everyone who came to or watched my recital on the 12th.  It was an awesome experience to play for all my friends and family.  I along with the rest of the band had a great tie feeding off of the energy in the room.  Plus it was cool to try out UStream– at one point there were 20 people watching the recital live and after we finished, I got calls and texts from people who were streaming it.

photo by Mike Cali, design by Ken Ott

Here is a clip from the recital.  Chris and I are performing a Daft Punk Tune.  It was one of the more difficult tunes we played because I had to worry about all the electronics involved with the effects rig I was working with.  Despite the challenges, I knew that it would be something very different from my normal quartet playing, plus Chris is a  breathtaking beatboxer and I had to utilize his skills while we were still at school together.  I simplified the groove a little bit to make it 4 bars long and we extended the improvised section.

And now to the extravaganza from last weekend.  Last friday night I went to Ohio University with five other OSU musicians.  My friend Jon’s cousin was a sound recording major, and had lots of free studio time.  By the time we got all set up and recorded 1 track, it was already midnight.  We were going to be up late recording for a few more hours so we decided it would be a good idea to go out and get some coffee before shops closed up for the night.  We entered the studio at about 6pm and I didn’t notice it then, but when I think back- we passed by quite a few 30’s of nati ice (OU students gearing up for a night of consuming copious amounts of alcohol).  So we walk out of the studio and are met with an apocalyptic scene: A portly man is pushed over a garbage can into the street and is fighting some other incoherently drunk guy, a pickup truck passes by us with at least 8 people drinking in the back who were yelling at us.  The first alley we turn down to get to the coffee shop is blocked by a guy puking and his catty girlfriend yelling “Keep Walkin’!” at us.  As we made our way through the crowds, we passed at least 5 couples fighting where both were obliterated and the girl was balling her eyes out. Luckily, we got our coffee and made it back to the studio in one piece.  The reason I’m sharing this with you is because the track I’m about to show you was recorded just after we experienced the lawlessness of Athens, Ohio on a friday night (we saw 1 cop as we were moving our cars at 4am).  So here it is- A Jon Lampley original.  Lamps calls it Sweatin’…

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The next day, we recorded a few more tracks and then Jon, Chris and I went up to Chicago to audition from the Disneyland Band (Chris was in it last summer).  When we got to our hotel, we were bored so we streamed a ronnie foster tune called Mystic Brew (you can watch it here).  We’ll be posting future streams here and last-minute ones on my Facebook Page

Recent Recommendations: The King of Limbs-Radiohead, Voodoo-D’Angelo, Freaks and Icons-Dzihan & Kamien, Sonny Side Up– Sonny Stitt

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About danwhitemusic

Dan White is and artist whose music has two distinct, yet interwoven concepts: This logic is clearly displayed in Between The Lines (March 2011). White has a deep respect for acoustic Jazz, but he is also is driven to explore uncharted territory: Playing music that cannot be defined or pigeonholed. Both sides of his music create a synergy effect: the tradition of America's classical music helps build the foundation from which he explores and experiments, while the experimentation gives way to more individuality. Music has played a large part in Dan's life since he was young. The saxophonist comes from a musical family: his grandfather a jazz bassist and music teacher, his uncle a music teacher, and four of his cousins are currently studying music. He grew up just north of Buffalo, New York, where he started playing piano at age eight, and saxophone at age nine. A few years later he got his first real taste of improvisation and composition. After hearing Joshua Redman in concert with his father, White was instantly hooked on the link between composition and improvisation. White states, "My music is an extension of my personality. I am influenced by many, and my goal is to merge these influences into refreshing and creative music that acknowledges the tradition that came before and progresses the art form."
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