Sypro Gyra is still going strong 35 years after its debut album, and September will find the venerable act releasing A Foreign Affair, a new collection that incorporates different world musics into the band’s trademark smooth jazz. While most of the world has been retreating to recording in small, private studios, the group found itself bucking the trend when it recorded the self-produced album, says band leader Jay Beckenstein: “For this record, unlike the last two, we really decided we needed a big studio with all the gear, with all the help, so that we could all set up together and really create some music the way we used to a little bit.”
The “big studio” in question is The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY, where the group worked with engineer Paul Antonell and assistant engineers Eli Walker II and Connor Milton. Built in 2000, the studio, based in the Hudson Valley region north of New York City, is dominated by a Neve 8058 MKII console (28 mic/56 line), and has been used to record such albums as Linda Rondstat’s Hummin’ To Myself and Fountains of Wayne’s modern-day classic, Welcome Interstate Managers.
If you find yourself gawking at all the studio’s gear in the video, you can get a full run-down at its website, www.clubhouseinc.com.
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