It's interesting, a decade and a half later,what has changed and what hasn't. Steeplechase records two CDs per studio day, so we usually don't expect more than 5 hours to make a 60 minute CD. It's a bit on the pressure side of things, but after years of doing Cds this way, I'm accustomed to it. It's a different mentality; it's nothing like doing pop recording, where you piece stuff together and spend hours trying to get the perfect take and so forth. It's almost like a live gig: whatever comes out is what goes on the recording. I like to try for one take if possible. It's actually a somewhat pure, honest way of recording. My first CD took 5 or 6 hours, probably because I was nervous. Now, 15 years later, I try to be done in 2 to 3 hours if possible.
"Living For The City", recorded in December of 2010, is a snapshot of a working trio; I've done a lot of gigs with Ginsburg and Strickland over the past few years. I picked music that was simple and spontaneous, music that we could just play and get a vibe. Good thing, too, because I was really sick while recording this. I think I had some kind of food poisoning, in addition to a bad cold, and it wasn't helped by the fact that my son Liam still wasn't sleeping through the night. I was taking a lot of Nyquil in order to sleep, and I had been out the night before recording with Greg Tardy(his new CD is called "Monuments", also available on Itunes). The studio was in New Jersey, and I and my family were staying on the Upper East Side. Josh Ginsburg was supposed to pick me up, and I slept through my alarm and Ginsburg's phone calls. Finally, somehow, I woke up, ran down to Ginsburg's car, and we made it to New Jersey just in time for the start of the recording.
I'm happy with how the CD came out. If you'd like to get a preview of what this trio sounds like, here are a few youtube links. I hope you'll be motivated to download the CD from what you hear on these clips.