- later, JP

: )

 

e-mail updates sent from drummer Jason Patterson regarding the recording sessions for the Chris Duarte Group album,"LOVE Is Greater Than Me".

He also sent the photos, too!

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e-mail #1: May 12th, 2000

...well the first day turned out to be pretty good. Chris brought in a new song that he had just written to just show me and John. We were running over it while they were getting sounds and tones and it worked so well with what we had going on soundwise that we ended up recording it first. As of now it is called “Untitled” but I am sure we will have a name for it soon. Tomorrow we start recording some things that we actually know! That will be nice for me, since I am under the microscope on these early tracks.

—later, JP : )

 

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e-mail #2: May 13th, 2000

...we got three tracks today. “Brand New Day” has been changed quite a bit and is way more rockabilly. When we play it we will all have to grease our hair back and roll cigs up our sleeves! “Metaphor” went down fairly easy today. Real straight-ahead and loud! Doyle said that the Blues Nazis will hate it. : ) “How Long” turned out really cool. We set up a big old bass drum and a snare and hats, put one mic out in front of it and made it sound as nasty as possible. Very Howlin’ Wolfish, so maybe the Blues Nazis will be satisfied and forgive us for doing a rock song.

—later, Jason : )

p.s. A Hendrix poster watches over us in the studio!

 

 

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e-mail #3: May 14th, 2000

...things went good today even though we only got two tracks down, “All Night” and “Paper Dolls”. We got hung up on an edit in “Paper Dolls” and ate up most of the late hours. We got a couple takes of “Soul Thang” and tomorrow that one should be no problem to knock out.

—later, JP : )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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e-mail #4: May 17th, 2000

Dude! I am done!!!!!!! It is finally someone elses turn to be in the hot seat!!! Everything is going right on schedule. Chris has already gotten someone to commit to a June 20th mastering date. So it will be (God letting) turned in for a 2000 release. Jared Tuten, the engineer, is just awesome! John was saying today how lucky we are to have him involved on the CD. I took a photo of John with his mouth taped shut. Not sure if he wants anybody to know why we had to tape it, so I’ll let him explain it in his always silver-tongued way! Took a pic of Chris’s mangled mess of cables! The boy needs a guitar tech bad!

—peace, JP : )

 

 

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e-mail #5: May 20th, 2000 (the recording sessions were interrupted with some Florida dates)

well the trip down to Florida was fairly uneventful. At the show some drunk chick came up to me and Chris right before we were going to play and asked us if we knew “Mustang Sally”! We were all pretty tired from the 25-hour drive down there. Mr. Jordan did his thing behind the wheel. A cup full of coffee and some jazz in the CD player and the man will drive forever!

—peace, JP : )

 

 

 

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e-mail #6: May 24th, 2000 (back in the studio)

...things are going really well. We had a friend of John’s come in today and play some tabla drums on the acoustic version of “Metaphor Song”. It just sounded amazing. The wide open version is good, too. We don’t know which one will make it and which one will end up as a B-side single. Anyway, the tabla drummer’s name is Erin Foster. Her tambourine had real snakeskin and mother of pearl inlay in it. I recut a new version of “How Long” today. I got a shot of John laying down the new bass part using his upright. Chris brought out his doubleneck and did some layering on “Metaphor Song” (Zeppelin who? Never heard of ‘em! LOL) Chris, with 15 minutes left in the session, decided to try laying down a basic rhythm on “How Long”. It sounded so good that it will be a keeper! We were just all sitting there watching him just kill this track! Doyle had a grin from ear to ear afterwards.

—later, JP : )

 

 

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e-mail #7: May 26th, 2000

...today was very progressive. We brought in a local percussionist named James Fenner. A longtime friend of Chris’s and a very respected musician in this area. James played on two tracks: “Paper Dolls” and “Azul Ezell”. We could have kept him there all day, but we wanted to make sure that we didn’t put too much on there so it would sound different live. The stuff he played was great and added just enough to help the tracks move and groove a bit better. I sent a pic of Doyle with his ever-present Nokia and notepad, making all those executive decisions (or just ordering lunch!)

—later, JP : )

 

 

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"Love Is Greater Than Me", click on...

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