i am starting to begin work on an album which will basically be a tribute to gene harris, ray brown, and jeff hamilton.  it's going to be authentic and hopefully a good listen.  gene is my favorite musician of all time.  my drummer is a special person and is leading this project with me.  we are very excited about this and we have been preparing for it for two years now.
i have asked a lot of questions over the years and studied various things, and i think it has all come together to a point where i feel comfortable doing this project.  it's not easy playing in gene's style, it's physically very demanding and technically, well, let's just say i'm not even close.  but this is just the beginning.
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best of luck

i can't wait to hear it! it's really exciting. so are you gonna run the whole production yourself or are you going with a recording studio?
i have a feeling you'll  learn a ton from this experience. i'm sure it'll be great.

all the best!
we will probably go with a recording studio.  we considered doing it ourselves, but the equipment costs make it unreasonable, and all that mixing and mastering is not our specialty.
we recently recorded a piano trio with vocals, so we learned a lot from that.  houston person helped us out for a couple of tracks when he was in town last year.  my drummer led that project and he learned a hell of a lot more doing that than i did.
we are still looking for the right bass player.  we tried a few out this past year, but they didn't work out.  we need that big pounding bass that ray did with gene and jeff hamilton.  i think we are going to have to hire one of our favorite pros around la.  maybe jeff's own bass player.  we have some other guys we might be interested in also.

but first, i have to learn and come up with some arrangements in the style of gene.  that's going to be tough.  he was so good!
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