New York, NY (June 17, 2005)–Dolly Parton and Norah Jones were in the studio together this month at Avatar, recording a duet for Parton’s upcoming release. Parton was in the producer’s chair, with Matt Boynton engineering and Aya Takemura assisting on the sessions, which took place in the legendary Neve 8068-equipped Studio A at the Midtown Manhattan facility.
Pictured in Avatar’s Studio A control room are (l-r): Norah Jones, producer Steve Buckingham and Dolly Parton.
John Mayer also stopped into Studio A to cut some tracks for his upcoming release with producer/drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Charlie Hunter. Dave O’Donnell engineered for Mayer, assisted by Anthony Ruotolo. In another Mayer/Avatar session, the singer/songwriter laid down some tracks for a BB King Tribute record, with Avatar’s Ruotolo and assistant Peter Doris engineering,
And, Donald Fagen recently camped out in Avatar’s SSL 9000 J-equipped Studio B doing various overdubs with Avatar engineer Brian Montgomery, assisted by Chad Lupo. Also in B, producer/engineer David Bendeth mixed a track for Hollywood Records’ Breaking Benjamin, while also assisted by Lupo.
Studio C saw action from Windup band Omnisoul, who took over the Neve VRP 72 room to record and cut overdubs for their debut release, with producer Gregg Wattenberg and engineer Greg Gordon. And Studio G, equipped with an SSL 4000 G+ console, was the choice spot for engineer/mixer Chris Shaw, who mixed a track for Moistboyz and Domino Records’ band Sons & Daughters in the past month. Lupo served as assistant on these sessions. Also in G, producer/mixer Rich Costey recorded overdubs and mixed the upcoming Franz Ferdinand album. Costey was assisted by Claudius Mittendorfer and Jim Keller.