Pictured (l-r): Clark Germain, engineer/co-producer; David Benoit, artist/producer; Jane Monheit, vocals; John Clayton, bass; and Clayton Cameron, drums. Photo: David Goggin.
Hollywood, CA (February 12, 2015)—United Recording recently hosted jazz composer, producer and pianist David Benoit, who was recording his new album with jazz vocal luminary Jane Monheit and longtime engineer/collaborator Clark Germain.
Benoit and Germain are sharing the producer’s helm on the project. Musicians featured include John Clayton and David Hughes on bass; Clayton Cameron and Jamey Tate on drums.
“I am always thrilled to work in studio B,” commented Germain. “My history with B goes back to 1979 when I first applied for a job there shortly after Allen Sides had taken over. I can remember standing in that room and just soaking in the history of all the music that had bounced off of those walls.
“After returning from a few years in Italy, I found myself on staff at Ocean Way in the mid ’80s and continued my work in both A and B with the incredible microphone collection that Allen had amassed. To return there now that they have resurrected the United Recording name, with all of the vintage consoles, mics and outboard gear, makes me feel at home and truly facilitates my record making process.”
United Recording, founded in 1957 by the legendary recording engineer and electronics inventor Bill Putnam, with the backing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, was acquired and renamed Ocean Way Recording in 1977. After acquisition in 2013 by Hudson Pacific Properties, the facility was re-launched under the original United Recording name in 2014.
Benoit has charted more than 25 albums since 1980, and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. He is also music director for the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and the Asia America Youth Orchestra. Monheit is a familiar figure of the jazz world and has collaborated with artists such as Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings. She has released nine albums and two DVDs, and has appeared as a guest artist on many others.