[JPL] Ray Charles with Count Basie Orchestra

Jeff Turton jturton at comcast.net
Mon Aug 28 20:40:22 EDT 2006


Kyle,

I'm not sure I'd agree with your comparison. Arturo's talking about  
putting folks together who no longer live and breath. Besides being  
wrong, it just seems creepy. Even Natalie's collaboration on tape  
with her Dad was weird. Musicians who don't record collaborations in  
the same studio are completely different. First of all the major  
reason for doing it is scheduling. Also most of the time once the  
tracks have been recorded by a musician in a remote location, there  
is generally some degree of recording that goes on to alter and adapt  
to that performance, so the process is still an organic one. Also  
with current communications technologies it is actually possible for  
the musicians to monitor and adjust what is being recorded as it  
happens. A Producer and artist in LA can be listening to a surround  
sound mix coming from any part of the world with just satellite  
delay. The technology is pretty straight forward and it's not cost  
prohibitive.  It's done dozens of times every week with major  
sporting events. Yes it's ideal to have everyone in the same room but  
it's just not always possible. Dead musicians collaborating via Pro  
tools or any other piece of modern recording software is just weird.

Jeff turton
WFNX Jazz Brunch

On Aug 28, 2006, at 7:31 PM, Kyle Warren wrote:

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> This isn't much different than individual artists recording  
> separate tracks
> at various locations across the world only to have them mixed  
> together by an
> engineer in yet another location. This is done with far more  
> frequency than
> the "resurrection" recording process we're talking about below. And  
> yet,
> when its done well, its nearly impossible to tell.
>
> Without a doubt, I'd prefer to see all the musicians crammed in a  
> single
> recording studio. But let's see what these people come up with. It  
> may just
> surprise us.
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> Arturo wrote:
>
> I read with disdain the current Jazz Week magazine's article that  
> there will
> be a new recording featuring the voice of Ray Charles accompanied  
> by the
> Count Basie (ghost) Orchestra due to the electronic coupling of  
> both. I am
> not a fan of these synthetic creations like Nat and Natalie and  
> others. I
> ask myself what's next, Shirley Horn and Duke Ellington, Louis  
> Armstrong and
> Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, Peggy Lee and Artie Shaw?????
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