KEVIN FIGES QUARTET – CHANGING TIMES
Kevin Figes is a multi-instrumentalist and composer hailing from the vibrant Bristol jazz and improv scene. I worked with him to craft this fascinating album which we recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth (where, amongst many other amazing credits, Queen wrote Bohemian Rhapsody). “…a mind-expanding feast for the ears…” is how the 4 star Guardian review described it, I can’t really put it any better than that!
JOHN LAW – CONFIGURATION
I have worked on several albums for pianist John Law now. This latest one is a new project for him and a departure from his previous recordings, encompassing electronics, rock and more varied production than a regular piano-led jazz album. This was recorded at Chairworks Studio, and mixed by me at the Green Room at Real World Studios.
Among many glowing reviews, this album has made it onto BBC Music Magazines “Best Jazz Recordings Released in 2020” list.
JOHN PEARCE – JUST FRIENDS
John Pearce is a virtuoso violinist from Bristol, we worked together with his exceptional band to create his first studio album. John effortlessly moves between the classical and jazz worlds, he wanted to create a recording that reflected this and had the warmth and depth of those great jazz recordings from days gone by.
The album was lovingly captured in the Coachhouse at Rockfield Studios, mixed in the Green Room studio over at Real World and mastered at Metropolis in London.
BRAVE COLOUR NATURE
This lovely close-harmony group came to the studio to record a 4-track EP and to capture some promo video at the same time. I really enjoyed working on this project, we captured everything live in the room and did just a little bit of post production to enhance the magic.
THE DUVAL PROJECT
This was one of my first location recording gigs, and what a great band to capture live. These 2 tracks were recorded at The Tunnels, Bristol Temple Meads, (read the blog post if you want to know more about the process behind this recording)
Bristol Reggae Orchestra – From The Heart Of St. Pauls, Bristol
The Bristol Reggae Orchestra recorded their first album in 2017 and asked me to master it for them. This is a fantastic project bringing together musicians from across the diverse Bristol communities, great music with big arrangements for a full orchestra. Here’s an excerpt from the 2nd track ‘A Better Man’
Vocal Works Gospel Choir – Fourteen
I worked with VWGC (Vocal Works Gospel Choir) to produce their 5th album, Fourteen. The recording was split between Studio Wij for the rhythm section, and the main room at Real World Studios where we tracked the 50-piece choir to the already recorded rhythm section tracks. We hired in a load of Silent Disco wireless headphones for the choir, which meant everyone was able to have decent monitoring without having to use monitor speakers and the associated issues of spill that go with them. The audio clip is an excerpt from the track ‘Oh Happy Day’.
Pete Josef – Travelling Song (live)
Isobel Holly – Eyes
This talented singer songwriter brought her band to Studio Wij to record her EP, Sensibilities. The audio snippet here is taken from the lead track, Eyes.
Azhaar Saffar and Global Wave – Original Love
Violinist, vocalist and composer Azhaar Saffar brings together jazz, funk, soul and latin music with a seriously groovy band. I engineered the recording of the rhythm section at J and J Studios, Bristol, and we did vocal and violin overdubs at Studio Wij.
Newton Country – Set Sail
This up and coming band from Bath got in touch with me to mix stems that they had already recorded. Country music is not something I’ve done before but this was a great track to work with, well recorded, well written and structured, with great performances all round. One challenge was that the lead and backing vocals were recorded together on one mic, making balancing them a little more tricky, however the band had carefully positioned themselves and the mics, so it made life a lot easier.
TIMBATERRA feat. James Lambeth
This track was recorded, mixed and mastered by myself, I also did the arrangement in conjunction with Raimundo ‘El Nene’ Fernandez (who plays piano and soprano sax on the track). Some great musicians on this one, including the fabulous vocals of James Lambeth (he had never sung over a salsa track before), Rory Francis the one man percussion power-house, and Michel Padron playing both the trumpet and trombone parts. That’s me on bass too…
YES SIR BOSS
The album A King in a Rocking Chair was recorded and produced by Pete Bernard and mixed by Wij Produtions and Pete Bernard, mastered by Loud Mastering
GREG CORDEZ PAPER CRANE
This album was recorded at Fieldgate Studios in Cardiff, then mixed at Wij Productions in Bath. This was an interesting and lovely album to work on, I particularly enjoyed doing some sound design for the outro of track 8:23 as well as noise rock production for a couple of the other tunes.
Classical pianist and violinist Emily recorded a short showcase of her classical compositions, making use of the Knight upright piano in the studio.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Wij Productions, produced by Wij Productions and Emily Blacksell
Aji Pa Ti – A Las Mujeres Como Yo
Great track from this Bristol based latin outfit, fronted by the wonderful Indira Roman. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Wij.
JIM BLOMFIELD TRIO
Jazz trio (featuring myself on bass)
Captured in the lovely acoustic setting of the Chapel, Royal High School, Bath.
Location recorded, mixed, and produced by Wij Productions, Mastered by Pete Bernard
Bristol-based jazz quartet, recorded at Fieldgate Studios, Cardiff, mixed by Nick Dover and mastered by Wij Productions, here’s a track from the album Call Of Mind