LMO have recently completed a 30 track album project named Portrait of my Love with Russian artist Alexander Kogan at Abbey Road studios.
The schedule started with an LMO Big Band recording classics including Can’t take my Eyes off You, Smile and Something in the Way She Moves, subsequently moving onto great Sinatra hits such as New York, New York, Fly Me to the Moon and I’m a Fool to Want You. The Band comprised 5 saxes (2 alto, 2 tenor and baritone), 4 trumpets and 4 trombones for 6 sessions over 3 days in Abbey Road studio 2 and the engineer was Jonathan Allen. Pat Clahar (tenor Sax), Simon Gardner (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Pete Beachill (trombone) also contributed improvised solos on several of the tracks.
LMO then moved to Studio 1 at Abbey Road with engineer Andy Dudman for orchestral overlaying on the Big Band tracks, string charts and other orchestral introductions, endings and effects. The orchestra comprised 40 strings (12 first violins, 10 seconds, 8 violas, 6 celli and 4 double basses), 2 flutes and alto flute, oboe, 2 clarinets and bass clarinet, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 tenor and bass trombones and harp. Rita Manning led LMO and recorded several violin solos and Caroline Dale contributed cello solos. Extensive percussion overdubs were recorded by Frank Ricotti.
Andy Brown conducted all the sessions and they were produced by Los Angeles based Sony songwriter / producer Lee Horrocks.
Portrait of my Love was released on a major record label this year.