MUSIC NEWS (last updated in February 2017) My newest and first solo jazz piano album entitled "Respectfully Yours" is scheduled for a release later this year and pays homage to my favorite jazz composers including Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, and Chick Corea.
This album has an undeniable vintage analog sound quality given its production concept as explained in the video presentation below. You can "czech" it out here:
DISCOGRAPHY Click on any of the CDs front page covers below to listen to free previews of each album. 2016 Jazz quartet/quintet CD album "Smile Baby Smile" with guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Zack Page, drummer Evan Martin, and percussionist Byron Hedgepeth has been released on AUGUST 04, 2016 in REDUTA Jazz CLUB, Prague, Czech Republic. This is my forth release on New Port Line. Thanks go to my producer Petr Marek.
order SMILE BABY SMILE (Paypal Secured) 2014 Jazz quartet CD album "Alternate Reality" with tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, bassist Mike Holstein, and drummer Marian Sevcik was released on New Port Line label. Available now via iTunes and Amazon World-wide or directly on this website:
order ALTERNATE REALITY (Paypal Secured) 2013 Jazz quartet CD album "Czechmate" featuring Brooklyn based master tenor and soprano saxophonist Joel Frahm, acoustic bassist Steve Haines, and drummer Bill Campbell was released on New Port Line label and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and via direct support here:
order CZECHMATE(Paypal secured) 2012 Jazz trio CD album "Live At The Grey Eagle: Jubilee Suite" with a legendary drummer John Riley and NYC based bassist Mike McGuirk. Click on the cover to hear a preview, or order a wrapped original CD below: order JUBILEE SUITE (Paypal secured) PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS Most of my latest sets can be found on my Flickr pages HERE. Since upgrading to Nikon D800 and printer to CANON pixma series with eight separate inks, I've been very happy with my current setup. My favorite lenses remain to be fully manual Voigtlander 125m f2.5 APO, Nikon 85mm f1.4 AF-S, and Zeiss 25mm f2.8 ZF. RECORDING ARTS NEWS I've been asked to mix and master the very latest Gustav Brom Big Band CD recording made in the Czech Republic by the Czech National Radio company. This group is the oldest functioning jazz big band in Europe (over 50 years in existence) and is now led by Mr. Vlado Valovic, former Slovakian cultural ambassador. The band features the most outstanding Central European jazz musicians of the younger generation (early 30s) and the music is all original written by the members of this ensemble. This will be a big project for me to work on after the Spring semester is over, but I'm looking forward to it nevertheless. Mixing and mastering big band project is always a big challenge for even the most experienced engineers.
I've been working on a tape mix of my studio quartet album featuring Rick Margitza on tenor sax, Mike McGuirk on acoustic bass, and Andrew Swift on drums. I'm very excited about this project. The guys played beautifully and the music ideas were flowing naturally. Very inspiring project to be part of. This should be released sometimes late 2017, early 2018 with a CD release tour of Central Europe pending in March/April 2018.
I've tracked and mixed to tape Bill Molenhof's Jazz and Latin drumming masterclass at WCU last December of 2016 with Zach Page on acoustic bass and yours truly on a nine foot Steinway piano. I think I finally figured out the best way to record drum set in the Coulter recital hall at my workplace. Beyerdynamic ribbon mics M130 and M160 in a mid-side setup configuration worked their magic on drum overheads... I will include 24bit/44.1kHz samples of two jazz standard tracks on this website and discuss the differences between analog and digital (in the box) mixing techniques and the advantages and disadvantages of both. Stay tuned!
Lastly, I'm looking forward to teaming up with my colleague and our CAT studio engineer Dan Gonko during another album recording project of mine at the Center for Applied Technology studio on campus of Western Carolina University this coming April, 2017. This project is still being worked on, however I can tell you that it will feature an outstanding female jazz vocalist as well as a world-class jazz drummer who I have worked and recorded before. Stay tuned!