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Joe Coughlin in the Studio

September 11, 2012

Joe Coughlin and Miles Black rehearse at the start of their August recording session.

In August I had the privilege of dropping in on two recording sessions with jazz vocalist Joe Coughlin at Electric City Sound here in Victoria. The two-time National Jazz Award winner invited west coast piano sensation Miles Black and Toronto’s Mark Eisenman to join him in the studio for something he’s never done before – record an album of standards with piano and voice only.

Black played for the first two days and then Eisenman, who was on the coast performing with saxophonist Campbell Ryga at MusicFest Vancouver, did the next two. All told they recorded 31 tracks, drawing heavily for material from the legendary duo albums Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded in the 1970s.

The results were sensational. Coughlin has never sounded better, with his warm, rich baritone beautifully reproduced by a vintage AKG tube mic on loan from Joby Baker. And with eight mics on the piano, every nuance of the gorgeous Steinway grand provided by Tom Lee Music came through.

Coughlin is busy selecting and mixing the material. Stay tuned for news of an album release.

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