Hotel Orchestra

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℗ © 2013 2xHD THE HOTEL ORCHESTRA TOLD BY PRODUCER/ENGINEER ANDRE PERRY It was 1969 when I purchased my first synthesizer, the Moog. Mine was the first Canadian studio to own one. It was a huge, bulky instrument from which sounds were selected by inserting cables from every direction into a patch bay to obtain the desired sound. It looked like a series of large, black upright boxes, laced with spaghetti. It was the new, new thing and everyone in the industry was afraid it would replace musicians. Soon it became clear that not only this would not be the case. Instead, keyboard players would be busier than ever before. As the new crop of synthesisers mushroomed and multiplied, I met a talented multi-faceted young musician from New York, called John Lissauer with whom I worked on several recordings. I soon decided to create a dedicated synthesizer project with him which we called The Hotel Orchestra. The goal was to reproduce as closely as possible, a swing orchestra of the ‘30s and ‘40s, evoking the Tea Dance events so popular at the time. Instead of recording a full orchestra, we wanted to use a combination of real instruments complemented by synthesizers. We went to a lot of trouble to find authentic old instruments in pawn shops and musicians’ cherished private collections (the drum kit we used was an old set with calf skins, from the ‘30s), and to find the right players. In our desire for authenticity, we contacted Gene Krupa to perform his famous drum solo on the Sing Sing Sing cut but unfortunately he didn’t make it on the album as he passed away the week prior to the session. He was replaced by Joseph Caccuzo. Trombonist Sunny Russo had played with many of the famous big bands (Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Tito Puente). Trumpet player Marvin Stamm had done much studio work with some of the great jazz artists (Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson). Guitar & banjo were played by Jeff Layton and of course, John Lissauer played the various synthesizers and keyboards and made it all come together. As it was a big band configuration, the first trumpet was played live but the second, third and fourth trumpets were synthesized. Same formation for the Trombones but the tuba and all the saxophones were done using synthesizer exclusively, as was the case for the keyboards and upright bass; It worked so well, that it was somewhat difficult at times to detect that the bulk of the instruments were reproduced using synthesizers, so we decided to send little cues here and there to allow people to notice that these were not all traditional instruments. Hotel Orchestra was released in Canada where it achieved gold status in sales. This High Def. release is a re-mastered version of the original analog tape of the album that was recorded in 1973. 2xHD Mastering Process: Mastered from the original 96kHz/24Bits files by Rene Laflamme and Andre Perry at Fidelio Technologies’ mastering lab, using the 2xHD process. A SSD drive power by battery with a modified high-end dCS Vivaldi clock with silver and gold cables was used to create a very transparent sound.