Oh Lucky Man!

The recording of 'Into The Woods' is nearing completion, and I'm surrounded by sheets of music: I'm busy creating, checking, amending and printing parts for two upcoming sessions at The Playroom. 

On Tuesday 9th April, we will be recording the flutes of Anne Whiteside, Kate Hogg, Jo Luckman, Martin Passauer and Andy Pickett on two tunes: Muito Obrigado and S/Pulse. We will also record the trumpets and flugelhorns of Martijn Van Galen, Gabriel Garrick, Martin Bradley and Steve Lawless on S/Pulse. On Thursday 11th, we are going to record the trombones of Ellen Campbell, the French Horn of Jonathan Harwood and Steve Lawless on Tenor Horn! We might also be treated to the sounds of Gabriel Garrick on Bb Serpent and Mike Saunders on Eb Helicon!

There is still some editing to do on some of the tracks, but most of the music has been recorded now, and everything sounds great, with wonderful ensemble playing and marvellous improvising on all the new tunes. I'm looking forward to next week, and to hearing the tracks with the missing brass and woodwind.

I sometimes fret about the precarious nature of my life as a musician, but I love the variety. Last week, I spent a few days in the Orchestra pit in Leatherhead with Andy Bassett, Duncan Lamont Jr. and eight more fine musicians performing Legally Blonde. On Sunday evening, I was with Andy Panayi at The Dolphin in Eastbourne. Tonight (Friday 5th April), I’m at Chichester Jazz Club with Christian and Gabriel Garrick, and on Sunday I’m playing with Liane Carroll at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings as part of Beatles Day, an annual fundraiser for MacMillan Cancer. 

Next week, it’s back to Trees, with a rehearsal on Monday and sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. I think I’m very lucky.