NYJO was at Angel Studios– the renowned state of the art recording and mixing complex in Islington – on May 30, recording a new album – The Change – alongside famous guest musicians drummer Mark Mondesir and saxophonist Tim Garland .
The session was extremely successful. A total of eleven tracks were recorded – two featuring Mark and three featuring Tim. Both guests played on Tim’s newly-commissioned piece – Agro Alegria – which premières at NYJO’s BBC Proms Concert at The Royal Albert Hall on Friday August 10.
Members of the band played superbly throughout the session and not only thoroughly enjoyed, but also benefited from, the experience of working in a world-class studio – especially one where everyone plays wearing headphones – good grounding in an essential professional discipline.
Music Director Mark Armstrong (far left) oversaw the recording process, really lifting the band to perform to their best. NYJO’s sound man Miles Ashton (centre) was, as usual, cool and composed in the control room and his experience was invaluable in making sure the day went well.
The plan is to release The Change – titled after baritone sax chair Chris Whiter’s original composition, which received its debut earlier this year at the band’s Ronnie Scott’s residency – in August, to celebrate NYJO’s on-going transformation and ground-breaking appearance at the Proms.
A full track and personnel listing for the new album will be published in due course – along with all the details you need for ordering your copy!