New York, NY (September 26, 2006)–As one of NYC’s most legendary recording facilities, Avatar sees its share of legendary artists, but the most recent sessions report from the facility shows a particularly good end-of summer run. Artists checking into the West 53rd Street facility for one reason or another included Nile Rodgers, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and Lucy Kaplanski, while engineers including Elliot Scheiner, Michael Bishop, Kevin Killen and Jay Newland were working the Avatar control rooms.
Outside of session news, Avatar has completely refurbished its Studio E, a Pro Tools suite, and will re-open the room on October 2. Now, check out the schedule–studio by studio–below:
Studio A hosted some jazz sessions, including jazz singer, pianist and composer Tony DeSare recording for Telarc with Michael Bishop engineering and Elaine Martone producing. Jazz bass player Rodney Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen recorded together in Studio A as well, for a Mack Avenue Records release, with James Farber engineering and Allen producing with Al Pryor. Peter Doris assisted on both the DeSare and Whitaker/Allen sessions. Elliot Scheiner and assistant Brian Montgomery engineered two projects in Studio A as well–recording jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, with producer Jorge Calandrelli, and Grammy-award winning percussionist and songwriter Ralph MacDonald. MTVU also booked Studio A, which is equipped with a vintage Neve 8068, to film live performances for “Live Leak” featuring The Roots. Avatar’s Anthony Ruotolo engineered, MTV-U’s Joe Buoye produced.
Meanwhile in Studio B, which houses an SSL 9000J console, Nile Rodgers was working with Interscope hip-hop artist Lanz, with Ruotolo and Montgomery engineering and Justin Gerrish assisting. Matt Pond PA was in doing overdubs with producer/engineer John O’Mahony, and producer Steven Endelman recorded music for the film Home of The Brave, featuring music by Sheryl Crow, engineering by Gary Chester. Chad Lupo assisted on the Brave sessions.
Producer/engineer Kevin Killen booked Studio C to work on an Elvis Costello track for a Joni Mitchell Tribute album. Studio C, with its Neve VRP72, also hosted sessions for Universal France artist Juliette Greco working with Jay Newland and Gil Goldstein, and Lucy Kaplanski, cutting a new album with producer/drummer Ben Wittman, and engineer Roy Hendrickson. Also in C, producer Scott Healy worked with Max Dedalus, with Jan Folkson engineering and Peter Doris assisting.
Studio G regular Rich Costey mixed upcoming releases in the SSL 4000 G+ room for Brand New, Mumm Ra, Strata, and The View, with help from assistant Jim Keller. Studio G also hosted sessions with Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson. Crow stopped into sing on a duet with Nelson for a June Carter Cash Tribute album, produced by John Carter Cash, and engineered by Ruotolo.
Avatar’s Kevorkian Mastering was the site of completion for a couple cool new records–Fred Kevorkian mastered Live at Fenway Park, Boston MA by Dave Matthews Band and New Magnetic Wonder by The Apples in Stereo.