I disdain bios.

How do you encapsulate a lifetime of making music into a neat little list?

Being a musician today requires a big tool box of skills.

In a way, my career mirrors all the the changes in how music is conceived and created in all the various forms and genres music is a part of.

I began like most musicians - sitting in room with an instrument and shedding for hours,days,years.

Studies with genius teachers. Played with incredible musicians.

And shed more hours,days,years.

Just out of high school and beginning to make some sessions - drum machines appeared. So I bought one (all of them over time actually) and learned.

Sampling arrived - shed that.

Mac’s and sequencing - shed.

Became an audio engineer - more things to shed.

Studied composition and arranging with legendary teachers and - yup, shed.

Built a private project recording studio before anyone used the term. Which led to owning a commercial studio. (tons of fun but its not going to buy you a vacation condo in Maui) and was an early adopter of digital audio and workstations (before “pro tools” became a verb)

None of which occurred because I’m a genius - but because it was inevitable and I just happened to be trying to make the most music using the new tools that were arriving.

All of this is pretty much the normal process for musicians nowadays but in retrospect, its was a drastic departure from the “old” way of doing things.

And now the speed of these changes is increasing yet again.

I’m on it. In it. Determined to use every skill acquired in a lifetime of shedding to simply make better music.

That’s the gig.

Make better music.

Compose better, Play better, Produce better, Engineer better, Mix/Master better, Dream bigger.

Below are the types of lists that I hate but seems required.

Apologies if it seems self-agrandizing a bit.

It’s not. It’s just that I’ve been at it a long time and my passion is undiminished.

More better, bigger music to come.

Artists played/recorded with :

in no particular order -

Stanley Clarke

Lenny White

George Howard

Warren Hill

Brain Mcknight

Special EFX

Stevie Wonder

Vanessa Williams

Natalie Cole

Reba Mcintire

Bernadette Peters

Eartha Kitt

the Soul Survivors

Billy Paul

Kristen Chenowyth

Michael Urbaniak

Ernie Watts

Mulgrew Miller

Rick Braun

Gerald Veasley

Chieli Manucci

(will add to list as my brain begins functioning again)

Broadway/Theatrical :

b’way chairs held -

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Promises, Promises

Drowsy Chaperone

Sweet Charity

Fame (nyc run)

Annie Get Your Gun

Dream Girls (pre b’way- didn’t make it in)

Annie (20th anniversary run)

Grease! (first national)

artist :

Solo recordings on the Telarc/Concord label, Shanachie records, Farenheit records.

Both “planet jazz” and “path to the heartland” charted in the top 5 on Gavin/R&R charts.

The single “grey day” spent two years as a top recurrent track on the contemporary jazz charts

Studio owner/engineer/producer :

Founding owner Studio Crash (phila).

It’s impossible to list all the incredible artists to bring their art to our studio over nearly 15 years.

Suffice to say that it was a privilege to record  all of you.

So much talent. So much great music.

One of the last new clients to work with us before we sold the studio was a very talented guy, who booked afternoons to get a better rate. Always made great sounding tracks and had his business side together.

Talent, brains, drive ........

Those recordings led to his record deal.

Two years later he was on stage accepting the grammy for “best new artist”.

- John Legend.

Studio crash is still up and running under the ownership of our former head engineer (and genius) Mike Harmon. If your recording in Philly - CALL HIM. He absolutely top shelf.

photo : debramina falciani

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