This Week At MusicBox Studios [9/18/18]

Jeff RussoMusic Box Recording

This week we stepped back a few decades to record a jazz trio in attempts to recreate sultry and enigmatic sounds from greats like Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans. It’s amazing how quickly the live room walls faded to grey revealing a candle-lit smokey ’60s lounge with the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Paul Newman sipping on old fashioned cocktails.

With the right combination of engineering expertise, adaptive mic technique, and musicianship, music can transport you through decades. The recording engineer worked with the mixing engineer to dampen sounds, select the right drumset, isolate instruments, and create the perfect tone for that era. The language of music is powerful and it’s especially pertinent in live jazz improvisation. Check out some photos from the session below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legion Cover Album Released: It’s Always Blue

Jeff RussoTelevision

Lakeshore Records released It’s Always Blue: Songs From Legion digitally on August 17, presenting cover versions of classic songs featured in the critically-acclaimed drama series performed by EMMY Award-winning composer Jeff Russo (Fargo, Star Trek: Discovery) and Peabody Award-winning series Creator/Executive Producer Noah Hawley. Noah literally named one of his characters Syd Barrett and cited Dark Side of the Moon as one of the creative influences for the show. Hence, the show is full of cover versions of rock songs he wanted to showcase for thematic reasons. Reimagined tracks, such as “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More” showcase Hawley on lead vocals and Russo on harmony vocals in addition to playing all other instruments, including the Moog Synthesizer IIIc. Legion is set to return to FX for a third season in 2019.

Check out a full tracklist below: 

White Rabbit 3:54

White Room 5:11

Burning Down the House 4:37

Don’t Come Around Here No More 6:18

Change the World 4:01

Superman 2:56

Behind Blue Eyes 3:14

Nothing in This World 3:45

Cornflake Girl 3:43

Listen/Download Links:

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This Week At MusicBox Studios [8/6]

Jeff RussoMusic Box Recording

This week, you could say we made history at the Star Trek Convention in Vegas. Jeff arranged a musical suite including music he wrote for the most recent Star Trek: Discovery franchise that culminated with an updated version of the original Star Trek’s Main “Courage” Theme composed by Alexander Courage back in the mid ’60s. Much to the delight of the surprised convention attendees, Ayana Haviv performed soaring operatic vocals accompanying the Nevada Pops Orchestra conducted by Jeff. The audience went wild celebrating this rare resurgence of historical music that shaped the lives of so many dedicated fans.

“Star Trek had to open with some kind of something or other. Little did I know when I wrote that first A-flat for the flute, that it was going to go down in history somehow. It’s a very strange feeling.” — Alexander Courage

Check out clips of the show below:

This Week At MusicBox Recording Studios! [7/30]

Jeff RussoMusic Box Recording

Catch Jeff at the Official Star Trek 2018 Convention at The Rio Suites Hotel in Vegas this weekend!

He’ll be conducting the Nevada Pops Orchestra performing a world premiere of the Star Trek: Discovery score featuring guest vocalist Ayana Haviv. In addition, fellow composers Michael Giacchino and Dennis McCarthy will be conducting original works Saturday (Aug. 4) evening at from 9:00-10:30 pm. The entire 90-minute concert is priced at $50 for General Admission, with ticket purchase available at the Ticket Booth in the Gala.

Jeff, Michael, and Dennis will also be participating in a Behind the Music panel Saturday afternoon starting 1:30 pm in Rio’s Pavillion.

Grab your last-minute tickets here, and don’t forget to bring along your favorite Nemesis uniform! Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of the Star Trek: Discovery score recording below!