NATURAL JAZZ RECORDINGS (2013)

J. Sklair, F. Crawford, Bunch, Lewis, James, Robinson, Leftwich, O'Neill, K. Knowles, R. Mitchell, Verdieu, A.C. Jobim, V. Moraes, Chapottin, Redding

Josh Sklair, Sekou Bunch, Vickie Leigh, Toolbox, KAREN KNOWLES, Louis Verdieu, Kate Mc Garry, Nengue Hernandez, vocal Ramon Estagnado, bass Bobby Rodriguez, Oscar Brashear, trumpt Karen Briggs, violin Mike Turre, saxophone, flute Nengue Hernandez, bata itotele Bill Summers, bata iya Munyungo Jackson, percussion

My dream has always been to record the sound of silence, and in silence to find the breath of life. To record the feelings and the emotions of people, as nearly as I can. The problem is not how to capture the space or the depth or the source of the sound, all this of course is fine and provides emotions, but is not in itself moving. To portray the smell of the concert hall, or the concentration of both performers and listeners, that is what is moving. If we believe that recording means portraying truth by following objective, absolute criteria, then we have completely missed the point. When I record, I follow all my senses, which means not only what I hear, but more importantly the feelings that come into the soul and to the heart. For me, placing the microphones is something of a sacred ritual, almost a mystic art. I have to find, and I know that it exist and is waiting to be found, that pocket-handkerchief sized space of air where the whole atmosphere can be felt. I measure the dimension with eyes and ears, I evaluate the materials, and, as an instrument-maker would, I ‘tune’ some gigantic structure like a church, a theatre or a music salon. And if the public are present, so much the better! Like an extraordinary acoustic trap, the bodies and the faces of hundreds of people make the sound more linear. If I could, I would record the bodies! And after, two, three, four microphones higher, lower, to the right, no, to the left... each time the conditions change and everything has to be discovered again, even the “emotion centre”.
The microphones are eventually exactly there where they should be; I must be aware of everything, the beautiful women, the musicians, their state of mind, and remind myself of the flavour of the occasion... and then, draw everything together at that “centre”. Reality on its own does not exist, it only exists in our own feelings. In truth, I record my own feelings, fonè is my gift to music and to all music lovers. 
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Sekou Bunch

Born and raised in New York, Sekou Bunch began pursuing his creative talents at an early age. One of his first paintings was put on display at the Museum of Art in New York when he was just seven years old. At this time, Bunch also began dancing in local talent shows, often taking first prize. He later became one of the original break dancers in the Bronx, where he often attended the famed "DJ Kool Herc" parties. At age 15, Bunch picked up a bass guitar and, with the help of his Uncle Ralph, found his true passion. Three years later, Bunch recorded his first professional record, Funkin' for Jamaica, an LP that eventually went gold. While honing his skills, he completed two years of college at St. Francis College and Glendale Community College.
Currently a professional jazz musician, Bunch continues to tour, record and act. He plays electric bass, double bass, clarinet, guitar and piano. He has recorded and performed with Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway, George BensonQuincy Jones, Coolio, Michael Jackson, Liza MinnelliLuther Vandross, Roger Daltry, Paul AnkaAnita BakerWayne ShorterRay Charles and Ice Cube, among others. He co-wrote the Tom Browne single, "Thighs High." He appeared in the feature films "Coming to America," "Wild Orchid" and "Byrd." He has also played on numerous commercials and soundtracks, having most recently recorded the bass for the feature film "The Fast and the Furious 3." He can also be seen in the upcoming feature film "Dreamgirls." In addition, Bunch will release a new CD of his own entitled The Next Level in December 2006.

Bunch enjoys gardening, painting, drawing, reading and writing. He also enjoys basketball, racquetball and lifting weights. He is most proud of obtaining his first Gold Record Award when he was just 19 years old.

Bunch currently resides in Los Angeles. He has three children, Brandis, Brooke, Shalonda, a step daughter Kai, a fiance'e, Toi, and is a proud grandfather to Carlos and Shelby 

KAREN KNOWLES

KAREN KNOWLES' success is well known to Australian audiences, having received a gold record while still at high school with her smash hit single “Why won't You Explain?” . She followed it with platinum-selling album “You Are The Reason”. Shortly after, “Loves Us All”, her second album, was released gaining gold status , making her one of the most successful Australian female artists of all time.
After a period spent overseas honoring her talents, Karen returned to Australia in 1988 to star in the hit musical “Big River” before joining the legendary Australian group, The Seekers, further consolidating her reputation as one of Australia's leading contemporary artists. She recently announced  her decision to leave The Seekers to concentrate on her solo career.
Karen has often been a guest singer with the Australian Symphony and Pops Orchestras, and maintains a very busy and varied live performance schedule. She Has been a well known personality on national TV in Australia throughout her career and has consolidated a strong following by appearing in two of the most long standing Australian TV programmes; “Young Talent Time” and currently with her regular weekly appearances on Bert Newton's “New Faces”.

Kate Mc Garry

With 5 critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD to her credit, Kate McGarry is recognized as an international jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song she sings. The Wall St. Journal has called her music, "...austere and elegant...an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz."
Raised in a large Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts, Kate and her nine siblings were surrounded by diverse musical influences and spent many nights singing together. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Afro-American Music and Jazz and spent a decade in Los Angeles practicing her craft before moving to NYC. - See more at: http://www.katemcgarry.com/index#sthash.woaRSO3i.dpuf

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NATURAL JAZZ RECORDINGS (2013)

J. Sklair, F. Crawford, Bunch, Lewis, James, Robinson, Leftwich, O'Neill, K. Knowles, R. Mitchell, Verdieu, A.C. Jobim, V. Moraes, Chapottin, Redding

Josh Sklair, Sekou Bunch, Vickie Leigh, Toolbox, KAREN KNOWLES, Louis Verdieu, Kate Mc Garry, Nengue Hernandez, vocal Ramon Estagnado, bass Bobby Rodriguez, Oscar Brashear, trumpt Karen Briggs, violin Mike Turre, saxophone, flute Nengue Hernandez, bata itotele Bill Summers, bata iya Munyungo Jackson, percussion

Analog Tape: AGFA Type 468 Tape at 200 nano-Webers, run without any kind of noise reduction.
Cables: VTL Quad Double Screened
Mastering Engineer: Transferred from Analog Master Tape to DSD by Giulio Cesare Ricci using the Signoricci System with Valve (tube) electronics
Mixing Board: Manley Reference
Producer: David Manley
Recording Engineer: David Manley
Recording location: VTL Studio, Chino, California (recorded live to 2-Track Stereo Analog Tape)
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD64

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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BEYOND WORDS
J. Sklair,F. Crawford
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PASTELS
Bunch
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THE SKY IS CRYING
Lewis,James,Robinson
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DARK AND LOOSE
Leftwich,O'Neill
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ESPRESSO
K. Knowles,R. Mitchell
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INDIANSONG
O'Neill
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AFRICA
Bunch,Verdieu
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A FELICIDADE
A.C. Jobim,V. Moraes
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ROMPE SARAGUEY
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