Plug-in, kick-back, and Spring into Summer with this upbeat Nu Bossa from the composer of “Mad Men”. Coming out March 20th, 2022.
“Bossa Sixteen” is an upbeat Nu Bossa that’s plugged-in with electronics driving the production. Built around a traditional a jazz sextet, but with 70s style electric piano with contemporary digital effects. It features traditional nylon string acoustic guitar and trumpet as soloists. Inspired by my love for great trumpet players, especially of the 60s and 70s such as Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell and Miles (of course), this is the first single release from the upcoming album “Back to One”.
Growing up listening to music from the late 60s and early 70s such as Quincy Jones’ “Waling In Space” and Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay”, I appreciated the amount of production that went in to those recordings, both from CTI Records. Other CTI artists such as Hubert Laws (“Morning Star”), Stanley Turrentine (“Sugar) and Art Farmer all influenced me as well, so thank you, Creed Taylor. Those productions may not have had to please the “purists” but to my ears it was inspiring as the culture was growing accustomed to more and more technology in every aspect of life, so why not in the studio? For this reason, I referred to this new project as my rewinder project.
“Bossa Sixteen” also comes directly out of my work for the television series, “Mad Men” and has direct linkage to tracks “Hotel Bossa”, “Bossa Du jour Mantovani”, “Bossa Nuevo”, and “Birthday Bossa”. Recorded in Los Angeles using many of the same session musicians as my score to Mad Men, but unlike those tracks, confined to a “period” television series, “Bossa Sixteen” breaks out and becomes something different.
With this track, I recorded the live players at a small studio in Van Nuys, California (Ben Burget’s Studio 260) and took the track back to my studio where I edited, added, and remixed it in Ableton Live. I then delivered it to my mixing engineer, James T. Hill, for the mix. Of course, there was more back and forth between all three studios, but since I was not in a rush, it was quite enjoyable. After more than a year, I brought this track and some others to Robert Vosgien for mastering at Capitol Mastering in Hollywood. All was well!
Now, in early 2020, I was designing a live system for performing the tracks, having all mics and inputs pass through my Ableton Live setup. That composed of six midi controllers for driving the pre-recorded percussion and keys, as well as controlling any effects on the inputs. The first rehearsal with the rhythm section, keys, six horns, and Ableton driving it all went really well. Also I was seeking a performance venue large enough to present 16 musicians, which would have included a small string section, but could lock nothing in when the Pandemic hit. So I sat on the project, not releasing any of it as the pandemic dragged on.
So now that we’re in 2022 I think it’s time to release, and I happy and proud of the all the performances and the work that went into all the tracks, and “Bossa Sixteen” is just the first to come out of it.