The recording sessions of the EP 'During the Hours' took place in November 2009 at the studio of Nolan Shaheed in Pasadena and were produced by the composer, producer and guitarist Greg Porée and myself. The musicians had not heard or read the poems prior to their studio arrival. I wanted them to respond to the reading as if they were at a live jazz gig, improvising on the spot which was exactly where I saw their greatness.
Each piece was recorded live, with the individual instrument in dialogue with my recital of the poem: The atmosphere was electric and invariably my concept was achieved within two to three takes.
I found the perfect match for ‘Songs of the Soul’ in Zane Musa on tenor saxophone. Zane is unique for blending middle Eastern melodies with intricate jazz improvisation. He is an incredible live performer so I was proud that we had captured that side of his playing as well. The piece ‘Songs of the Soul’ mirrors musically, technically and emotionally the highs and lows of musical performance and the conflicts of creative angst.