Playing with Strangers Session No. 7
Keys/Samples: Steve Fisk, Pel Mel, Pigeonhed
Vocals: Jaz Lund, The Monday After
Electric Piano: Nick Shadel, The Bluebird, Spectacle
Drums: Christian Heilman, The Bats of Ballard
Bass: Mike Sebring from When Giants Fall
Steve Fisk was at Soundhouse for a session and I asked him if he’d be interested to come participate in a PwS Session … and he said yes!
Steve brought Nick Shadel along on electric piano and I thought Jaz Lund, the vocalist for a band I’d recorded and mixed at Soundhouse – The Monday After would be a fantastic choice for this session. I also invited a drummer that I had met years ago at a Wandering Infinity night and really like the way he played. Unfortunately, he had to cancel on the Monday before the session and I was left scrambling to find someone worthy of these musicians! I called Steve Turnidge, whom I knew to be connected to the Players Lounge. Although he had invited me out to play at one of their jam sessions, I’d never been, but had heard that it was a group of musicians that gathered and jammed and improvised. He asked around for me and gave me a couple of names – the first of which was Christian Heilman. I’d met Christian and knew he did live sound at the Triple Door and was known as “Mixerguy” but had never heard him play. He agreed to do it – but it was an unknown. I put my faith in Steve’s opinion of him and was not disappointed!
He was a fantastic addition to the team and brought a unique style that was fun to play with (check out Warm Me Up).
On Friday night we grabbed a rough two track board mix so that Jaz could listen and work on some lyrics and melodies in the roughly 12 hours before Saturday’s session. I put those mixes on a CD and listened to that for weeks!
released November 20, 2018
Steve Fisk (Pel Mel, etc) :: Samples/ Keys Sounds
Nick Shadel (Lets Get Lost) :: Electric Piano
Jaz Lund (The Monday After) :: Vocals
Christian Heilman :: Drums
Mike Sebring :: Bass
Recording Engineer:: Jack Endino
Mixing Engineers :: Christian Heilman (all non improvised songs except The Dirge) and
Mike Sebring (The Dirge and all improvised songs)
Assistants :: Chris Chesnutt and Erik Hulslander
Produced by Mike Sebring