Saxophonist Mike Tremblay releases his new CD, Live at GigSpace, this Sunday, October 18 at Trinity United Church. He recorded it with guitarist Tim Bedner, and bassist Ben Heard on June 19, before an enthusiastic audience at GigSpace.
“I wanted to see if I could put together a program and have the challenge of 'no second takes'. This is recording, and it's a live concert, and it's nice to be under that pressure,” Tremblay told OttawaJazzScene.ca in June, prior to the recording.
“When you're in the studio, you do two or three takes of full tunes and then you sit on them and listen for a while - 'Do we need to go back and record them again?' It's really nice to just go in and say 'Here it is'. And tapes don't lie. This is how you play,” Tremblay said, laughing at the time.
“This is 'old school' jazz recording. We just show up to the session and see what happens,” Bedner said in June, also laughing.
There was a lot more laughter during the performance and live recording by both musicians and audience, as aspirations met reality.
“I'm going to trust Mike that he knows what he's doing. But I am glad we're having a rehearsal,” Bedner told us before the recording.
Watch our video story to see how it worked out for Bedner and the other musicians and the audience, and see some of the wonderful music on the album being performed.
– Brett Delmage