Archive for the ‘Brass’ Category

A Brass Section Of A Lifetime

Sunday, June 6th, 2010
Thursday night (June 6, 2010) was the “Lineup of A Lifetime” concert – a tribute to 30 years of composing and arranging by Moshe Laufer. To those of you who aren’t familiar with Jewish music, Moshe Laufer is one of the three people (together with Mona Rosenblum and Israel Lamm) who shaped Jewish music in the past 40 years. These days Jewish music sounds more like pop/rock rather than Klezmer, and Moshe wrote hundreds of tunes. The night was a night to remember as the biggest names in Jewish music from near and afar were on stage to honor him. Photographer Baruch Ezagui , shlager.net and thejewishinsights.com provided these snazzy pictures!
Brass Section Of a Lifetime

Brass Section Of a Lifetime

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Bringing the Brass Bling to producer Ken Lewis

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Ken Lewis cranks it to volume #11

Ken Lewis cranks it to volume #11

Ken Lewis of the production team The Skywalkers got in touch with yours truly for help in making his MIDIs sound “real”.

With at least 50 #1 hits under his belt, Ken is great at getting the sound he is looking for, and he needed an extremely fast turnaround time and lots of options. Trumpeter Tony Gorruso accompanied me to Ken’s home studio and the three of us arranged the tracks at top speed, aiming for a deep monster brass sound.

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All Figured Out – Nesrin Asli

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

“I basically sampled some of your samples (lol) and made brass ‘hits’ of my own” is how engineer Carole Wolf described incorporating the New York Brass free sample library into her recent work.

Carole did the pre-production at home, and the rest of it was polished and tweaked at The Loft recording studio in Columbus, Georgia. She thoughtfully emailed us a completed track.

All Figured Out –>

What you are hearing is the swooning Neo-Soul vocals of Nesrin Asli along with MC Cyryus, Kevin Lamar on drums and acoustic guitar by Marshall Ruffin. Oh – and brass comes from here – which Carole has layered-in with utmost delicate subtly.

I love how Nesrin’s electrified voice climbs up and down the easy the walking beat. We are please to have contributed to this fabulous sound.

Can you tell we forgot to take a picture during the actual recording?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Don Downs, Tony Gorruso and Your Truly recorded for Israel Lamm and Nochi Krohn on Friday aboard the USS Nimitz. Ha-ha. No really, it’s just my studio. We’re sitting in front of two personal mixers which are part of the studio’s really cool personal monitoring system that I’ll blog about in the near future.

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We look a little self-conscious here. Maybe it’s because none of us are wearing earphones as we would during an actual recording. I forgot to take a picture until we were nearly done, and said “look natural” on the ten-second dash back to my chair.

From here, Don left to play for La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway and Tony headed to West Side Story.

Bread-n-Butter

Monday, April 26th, 2010

When I’m not brassing things up at NewYorkBrass.com, fixing computers or inventing new microphones, every now and then I like to do this too.

How to make a trombone!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

If you have ever wanted to MacGyver your own trombone at home out of some scrap copper, shoe laces and a box of thumb tacks, this is your opportunity. I found this Discovery Channel documentary that is specially tuned so all you DIYers out there can participate.

Easy, No?

Steph Newton – Outta My Depth

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

R&B recording artist Steph Newton incorporated samples from our totally awesome free sample collection in a recent song “Outta My Depth.” You can find this track on her new EP ‘Everything You Need’.  Sounds great!

Have you used any NewYorkBrass.com free samples in songs? Tell us about it!

Listen to Steph Newton here:

New Two-Year-Old Brass Talent

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

About a year ago my (then) two year old daughter Maya came to the studio and decided to try out the trombone, sorry trumpet (“No Maya, It’s a trumpet” “yes trumpet”) .

I was shure she wont get any sound out of this, I was wrong, she has a natural talent for waking up the neighbors and reducing the real estate prices in the neighborhood. Apparantly, in the video, she suddenly decided to betray the family-business, and try the flute… to my great chagrin…

I videod it with my phone and forgot about it. Last week my memory card in my phone got filled up, and during the cleaning-up process, I found this cute clip:

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Ring ring … Hello? Pomegranate?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

We had a great time back in December recording the brass used in the commercial for the Brooklyn-based supermarket chain Pomegranate. (See below). Notable composer Yossi Green authored the basic track, Eli Lishinsky (platinum producer – Mary J Blige) arranged it in MIDI, and then it was shipped to Yours Truly at Newyorkbrass.com for final brass arrangement before laying down the vocals.

You know how you catch yourself humming and/or outright singing jingles and songs from TV and radio as you go about your day? This is something I do all the time,  usually with client songs :) … and yesterday I realized that the Pomegranate jingle has been the looping in my head for the past few months…

Here’s the portion without the vocals that I’ve been humming to myself:

Pomegranate NewYorkBrass Ringtone.mp3

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Nolan Jackson, EvanAL and NewYorkBrass….

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Last year we recorded Lipa Shmeltzer’a “A Pushiter Yid” album. One of the songs is called “Asher yotzar” and has become a huge hit better known as “Binyan Aday AD”. This song was produced by Eli (Ilya) Lishinsky who has under his belt (among other things) a platinum album with Mary J Blige. For those of you who don’t know Lipa is considerered the Jewish Michael Jackson. (Yes I know Michael is dead, but can u think of anyone else?  “He is the Jay Z of the Jewish world” Doesnt sound the same now does it… And anyway Michael is no longer recording brass… lol…)

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Wouldn’t it be cool to have one of these?

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

 

A. Where can I get one?

B. Anyone have info on who what when where this photo was taken? Awesomeness….

Sir Paul McCartney and Tony Gorruso

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Tony Gorruso and Sir Paul McCartny

Hey I think this is a cool pic! Tony Gorruso was recording for James McCartney’s upcoming CD.  Sir Paul was there assisting/co producing the production. The session was at the famous Avatar Studios at 441 W. 53rd Street in Manhattan and Rick Depofi did the horn arrangements. 

 At the intermission Tony asked if he could have his picture taken. He was lucky – seems Sir Paul tries to avoid taking pictures with the comoners. :) Now I need a picture like that too.

http://www.avatarstudios.net/