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The Diamond Horseshoe creative team

2013 started off with three non-stop weeks of show production and recording – five different shows! I’ll try to re-capture some of the fun for you.

I recorded and mixed a score for Disney Land Tokyo’s Diamond Horseshoe Dinner Theatre. A Vaudeville show with a western flavor, composer/arranger Greg Smith wrote for a 10 piece band contracted by accordionist Jeff Taylor (The Time Jumpers, Elvis Costello) that featured a “western swing-horn band” with some killer players like guitarist Bryan Sutton, trombonist Barry Green and fiddler Matt Combs.

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orchestra for MTI's Miss Saigon

Orchestra recording for MTI's Miss Saigon

I am currently working on a new recording of Miss Saigon for MTI (in conjunction with Cameron Mackintosh). David Weinstein did the modified orchestration and conducted the orchestra during recording last week. Because of the pit-sized orchestra, I elected to record this project in layers here at my studio (rather than all players at once in a larger studio as I often do), tracking drum set, electric bass and guitars separately from the Strings, winds and brass.

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May 26th-30th, we recorded vocals for MTI / Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.

The cast was auditioned and conducted by Lori Casteel with production by myself and David Weinstein. The reduced length show is part of MTI’s extensive Broadway Jr. collection aimed at involving a new generation in stage performance.

I’m working for MTI (new York) on a recording of Stephen Sondheim’s broadway show “Sweeney Todd” for theatrical licensing. We’re using the original scores orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick in 1979 with some adaptation by Larry Lees of MTI. The score is unbelievably well written. Tunick’s use of the instrumentation to highlight the darkness and tension of Sondhiem’s music is still so effective 28 years later!

I recorded the 28 piece orchestra live at the Sound Kitchen here in Nashville. Mixing is being done at my studio, My Space recording. I hope to have some of it on my “web-pod” when we’re done.

Tim Burton’s film version of the show, starring Johnny Depp, is due out this winter.

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