Ella On Our Mind (2020)

Gershwin, Porter, Carrack, Ross, Adler, Strayhorn, Fischer, Lane

The L.A. Network

Ella On Our Mind is the second release by The L.A. Network from 2xHD Mastering and Resonance Records. As with the L.A. Network's first release, this is a new Analog Jazz Recording.

It was recorded 'off-the-floor' in 2 Track Analog at 15 ips with no overdubs or edits. Using the purest audiophile analog techniques, this recording of Ella Fitzgerald's favorites captures the dynamics of singer, composer, and trombone player Aubrey Logan and composer, pianist, and singer Bill Cantos and friends from the L.A. Network's outstanding pool of jazz musicians and singers.

Ella On Our Mind is available in Stereo DSD (up to DSD 512) and Stereo DXD at the NativeDSD Music Store. It is a DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.

NativeDSD Music also has The L.A. Network's first album, Dave Brubeck Redux, at the store (linked below). 

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Aubrey Logan

She’s a singer. She’s a trombone player. She’s a songwriter. She’s a performer.

?It would have been a lot easier if Aubrey Logan would have just picked one. But she’s never been one to be pigeon-holed. She lives her life outside the box and that makes her difficult to define. And that’s OK with her because she purposely defies definition.

?Her Top 5 debut album in 2017 helped establish her as one of the premier young singer-instrumentalists in the country. Her participation in Dave Koz’ #1 album, Summer Horns: From A to Z in 2018 helped cement her position. But it was her own #1 album in 2019 that really helped Aubrey Logan become a household name with music aficionados around the world. Because it was that album, Where the Sunshine is Expensive, that showed the depth of songwriting that she’s capable of.

?In between her recording commitments, Logan finds time to share the stage with Alabama Shakes and Meghan Trainor and Pharrell Williams and Josh Groban and Dave Koz and The Commodores and Boston Pops at venues as diverse as Ronnie Scott’s famous jazz club in London to the expansive Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. She’s appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and the Grammys’ Award Show and ABC’s The Goldbergs. She’s recorded a duet with her childhood hero, Gloria Estefan. She’s won multiple awards at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She’s beloved by not just the dedicated fans of Postmodern Jukebox, but she considers the creator, Scott Bradlee, and her colleagues within the collective her true friends. And she loves performing. But it’s in her writing that we find out who Aubrey Logan really is.

Her title track, LA revealed to the world just how difficult it is to be an artist living in the biggest entertainment town on the planet. She opened up her soul in the song, Understand. She gave us songs that told us how much travel takes its toll and songs that tell us what’s truly important in a world that glorifies superficiality. She even takes us back a few decades with some retro songs that ask us to remember what it was that first captured our imagination on the radio.

But mostly, Ms. Logan has finally given us a glimpse into the complexity of the mind of the artist. She’s still known as a world-class singer-instrumentalist. But she’s revealed that there’s so much more.

Aubrey continues to headline sold-out shows and festivals. She continues to wow the crowds at symphony dates all over the world and she touches us in those rare intimate club shows. And with her latest album, we now discover that “The Queen of Sass” has depths to which we would never have imagined.

photo: from website www.aubreylogan.com

Bill Cantos

The music and lyrics of Bill Cantos have been recorded by artists spanning the worlds of pop, jazz, theater, gospel, and world music: Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Clay Crosse, Helen Baylor, Mark Winkler, and many others. He has written songs (with Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Mari Falcone) for the new musical Chasing Mem*Ries, which recently premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in LA.

Since 2008, Bill has collaborated live and in the recording studio with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, contributing to six albums including the Grammy-winning Steppin’ Out. He also performs regularly with Burt Bacharach as a keyboardist and featured vocalist. He was a backing vocalist on three world tours with Phil Collins and has also toured with Diane Schuur, David Foster, Deniece Williams, Debby Boone, Freddie Hubbard, Vikki Carr, and Rita Coolidge; the artists with whom he has recorded include Elton John, Leon Russell, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Bob Dylan, Brian Bromberg, Jay Graydon, Andrae Crouch, Clint Black, and Kirk Whalum.

Bill sang and co-wrote the main title song “All Right Day” for the film Home Run Showdown. He has sung on the soundtrack of over 60 films including Sing, Star Wars: Rogue One, Wall-E, Rio, and Rio 2, and contributed to the music for the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. He can be seen performing with Dick Van Dyke in the 2017 HBO film If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast.

?Bill was a member of the cast (singer/pianist) of the world premiere production of the Cy Coleman, Alan & Marilyn Bergman musical Like Jazz at the Mark Taper Forum. He also has a deep love for Brazilian music and has worked extensively with some of Brazil’s best-known artists, including Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Gal Costa. In addition, he has produced albums for Lisa Ono, Steve Amerson, Tony Guerrero, Deniece Williams, and Lillias White.

Bill has recorded six solo albums. Growing up in San Diego, Cantos received a Masters in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied piano with Fred Hersch. In 2011, he received their Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Ella On Our Mind (2020)

Gershwin, Porter, Carrack, Ross, Adler, Strayhorn, Fischer, Lane

The L.A. Network

Analog Recording Equipment: Nagra-T Tape Recorder
Cables: Siltech
Digital Converters: 2xHD Analog to Digital Converter; Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 "EC" Modulators
Mastering Engineer: Rene LaFlamme at 2xHD Mastering - Analog to DXD Transfer; Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Lab - DXD to DSD 512 Transfer
Mastering Room: Nagra Audio HD DAC X - Digital to Analog Reference Converter; Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 (DXD to DSD 512 Transfer)
Producer: George Klabin
Recording Engineer: George Klabin
Recording Location: Recorded Live to Analog two-track 15 ips tape at Resonance Studios in Beverly Hills, CA on November 5, 2019
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

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