Kevin Winard, drums; Danny Janklow, alto sax; Mike Gurrola, bass; Jamison Trotter, piano.
We had a great session last month at Paul Tavener’s Big City Recording Studio in Chatsworth, recording three fresh Jamieson Trotter arrangements, as well as one of my all time favorite Ellington ballads. It was fun to record these beautifully crafted charts. No arrangements are needed for an Ellington ballad, just solid musicianship, feeling, and respect for Ellington, the master craftsman. Danny’s solo on it is beautiful. I’m currently rehearsing four additional arrangements and we will be laying those down soon. Paul Tavener is a great engineer, lightening fast, with a great ear and a real knack for recording singers.