Stephen Cropper, official photographer for Ronnie Scotts, and a great fellow collaborator over the years, arrives and welcomed with beaming smiles :) After a long stressful journey, he quickly and politely removes himself for his "tea and cigarette" fix to get in the zone.
First tune of the day, and Sahra steps into the booth for the first time adding lyrics to a multi-layered song I've been working on for years. A special song for me, which deeply connects with environmental themes close to my heart. A tough call asking Sahra to soar over the heavy instrumental revolving textures; whilst in other sections improvising live at the time with the band, pushing through to new territory in every take.
A few takes in, its sounding good, but not quite connecting, so we took a short break and had a chat about the song and about really going for it! (what's the worst thing...
After checking out, Sahra and I head down to the studio first, to get the vocals set up - getting in the mood on the ride down with Earth Wind & Fire blaring from the roof tops, dancing and clapping along, and singing the harmonies (Sahra's were at least in tune!) Perfect morning workout!
Lastly putting on a bit of McCoy Tyner as we approach the studio, to bring us down. and into the zone.
10th November 2017 - Spice of Life, 6 Moor St, Soho, London W1D 5NA
Delighted to be be invited to play for the renowned man in jazz, Paul Pace, for his night at the Spice of Life for the London Jazz Festival, alongside Pixel all the way from Norway. Set to be a great night....