The long-awaited for albums are both complete and available online! Last summer, the Jimmy Stahl Big Band recorded two albums over two days at the state-of-the-art Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken, Ontario. It was a jam-packed two days of recording, but we were in the very capable hands of a multi Juno Award-winning team, senior recording engineer Darren Magierowski and Jill Zimmermann. They really did an outstanding job of capturing the “Live Off The Floor” sound of the band. Then came the mixing and mastering which was done by Brandon Walker, a musician and soloist in the band who received his training in Hollywood California, and just so happens to have worked for both Capitol and Cherokee Records. The engineers were an absolute dream to work with and did an incredible job on the recording and post-production work. In my experience, your choice of studio and sound engineers can either make or break a project. But you also have to have something special to start with, and that something special is every single member of The Jimmy Stahl Big Band and these two fabulous entertainers, Geneviève-Renée Bisson and Michael Vanhevel. Together they all create a magic that you can hear and feel on both of these albums. They have truly caught the feeling of sitting in a live performance.
“I Just Found Out About Love” with The Jimmy Stahl Big Band features Geneviève-Renée Bisson and is a tribute to the Ladies of Jazz. Every song on this album is a show stopper and features various hits from leading ladies such as Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole and Shirley Bassey. We mix up the styles including ballads, swing and blues using the original arrangements from Bob Foster, Nelson Riddle, Ralph Carmichael and more. Geneviève-Renée performs beautifully on this project and you will fall in love with her talent. Be prepared to be musically seduced by this songstress.
“Swinging On A Star” with The Jimmy Stahl Big Band features Michael Vanhevel and is a tribute to Frank Sinatra and The Great American Songbook. This album features some of Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits using original arrangements from Nelson Riddle, Ralph Carmichael, Ralph Sharon and other greats. Michael Vanhevel is one of the finest up and coming young crooners in Canada today. You will be mesmerized by his smooth velvety style. Be prepared to be transported back in time when Big Bands ruled the airwaves!