The Chris McDonald Jazz Orchestra

The Chris McDonald Jazz Orchestra

It is with great pleasure that I share the release of a new big-band jazz album from composer/arranger Chris McDonald. The album, which I co-produced and engineered, features a burning hot ensemble of many of my friends and colleagues and was just a blast to create.

I recorded the album at my studio, The Tracking Room, and Ocean Way Nashville and mixing was done at my studio (that console re-furb was money well spent!!) Noteworthy mics for the sessions were the c-12’s and U47’s on the saxes (I like the bite they deliver without too much harshness) and the fantastic AEA stereo Ribbon on the brass room. I captured the string section in OceanWay A with a decca tree of M-49’s and U67 spots.

Jazz Times has said No Pews Required is “some of the most powerful and exhilarating big-band music you’re likely to hear anywhere… and the emphasis is first, last and always on jazz.”

Here’s the EPK video from the sessions

You can hear a couple of the tracks on my work page, and you can buy No Pews Required by The Chris McDonald Jazz Orchestra here, or on iTunes and

No Pews Required - Cover

3 Responses to “No Pews Required-Chris McDonald Jazz Orchestra”

  1. Davi Alves says:

    Este CD, esta Mavilhosa Obra Musical “No Pews Required” do Maestro Chris McDonald ficou simplesmente excelente no quesito:


    Meus ouvidos sempre agradece uma grande produção musical para ouvir#&

    Congratulations Conductor Dan, God Bless you !

    Sao Paulo / Brazil

  2. Dan Rudin says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Davi. Glad you like the record!

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