“All Is One”
Jazz album release 4th September 2015
from Merrimack Records
A man of passion and letters, Steve Loza has a list of credits that runs quite long: composer, musician, recording artist, scholar, and UCLA professor of Ethnomusicology. Now, the mind behind such albums as Red Car Blues and Rebel With a Cause is back in the studio working on something new and innovative for Merrimack Records, which will bring together music and traditions from around the world to form a unique and exciting Jazz sound.
The album, All Is One, to be released this summer, is an “eclectic kind of album”, according to Loza. “There will be some Latin numbers, some straight-ahead stuff, a ballad.” Steve will sing lead vocals in English and Spanish on “Hasta Luego”, a track written by Joe Melnikas and Michael O’Neill, previously recorded and released as a single under Merrimack Records earlier last year with O’Neill behind the mic. “For this version, we brought in musicians to play the track live together in the studio. It will sound even more fresh,” said Loza. “I’ve invited Eric Reed and Justo Amario, Clayton Cameron, Simeon Pillich, Alfonso Smith and Bob Sheppard to play on some tunes, as well.” Steve will also lend his talents to the Pop-Calypso number, “Half Moon Bay”, likewise written by Melnikas and O’Neill, along with Loza.
“The Unsaid”, Loza’s single off the record, due to drop next month, is a straight-ahead, minor Blues. Originally written nearly 40 years ago, Steve has some of L.A.’s best, most renowned Cuban musicians playing on the track, including Jimmy Branly on drums and Carlos Del Puerto on bass, the latter of whom is currently on tour with legendary Jazz and Fusion pianist and composer Chick Corea. Venezuelan pianist Otmaro Ruíz also adds his masterful playing to the mix.
Notably among the tracks slated for the forthcoming album are a number of songs which incorporate World music and eastern traditions with Jazz melodies and arrangements for what Steve refers to as “intercultural improvisation”. Combining Chinese and Persian instrumentation with Latin percussion, cello, and viola, Loza grounds the entire ensemble in a Jazz aesthetic for an unexpected tapestry of sound. It is an inventive musical concept that Steve first developed during his years in the Ethnomusicology program at UCLA.
“Since these instruments come from different musical traditions, they have different scales and intonations. Eastern instruments play notes that don’t exist in Western scales. So, when they play a melody together, from the Western perspective, there is some dissonance,” explained Loza. “Most would want to correct the notes played by the eastern instruments, but I say, why don’t we correct our notes? If you just leave it alone and let each instrument play in its own natural intonation, you end up with something that is truly one of a kind.”
Steve Loza’s album, All Is One, will be released this summer from Merrimack Records the single, “The Unsaid”, is out now. The album was recorded and mixed at the world famous East West Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
Excerpt from the East West Recording Studio Webpage ~ http://www.eastweststudios.com/history/
“The 1920’s – 1950’s
No other studio in the world has a story like ours…
Originally constructed as Cash Is King grocery market in 1933, the recording studios have a history that spans over 80 years.
Cash is King was at its time the largest market on the West Coast (you can still see some of the meat locker doors from this time). The market survived the Depression years until 1942 when it was converted into Madame Zucca’s Hollywood Casino. Madame Zucca’s entertained World War II soldiers with its wild burlesque shows and not-so-legal gambling. Over the next couple of years, the name was changed to the Cotton Club and then again to the French Casino in attempts to get around new liquor and gaming laws.
By 1950 the casino had closed and the building was converted into a radio broadcast center. First calledWest Coast Productions, the main stage was where Studio 1 stands today and produced hit radio shows like the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. In 1954 the name was changed to Radio Center Theatre.
In 1957, Don Blake acquired the building and it was renamed Western Recorders. Soon, Blake would go on to sell Western Recorders to an engineer named Bill Putnam – Frank Sinatra’s personal engineer – who kept the name, but started the process of transforming the space into the recording studio we know today.”
From Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones, Studio 1 has produced some of the most celebrated albums in music history. Spanning over 61,000 cubic feet with a vibrant sound that’s unparalleled, Studio 1 is perfect for any session – from single voice to 70-piece symphonic orchestra. This iconic studio comes complete with a spacious isolation booth and a beautiful Bechstein D-280 Concert Grand Piano and private artist lounge.
Frank Sinatra recorded such hits here as “My Way”, “That’s Life”, & “New York, New York”, while Elvis Presley revived his career with his 1968 Comeback Special and Barbara Streisand recorded her smash “The Way We Were”. Since then, a who’s who list of music royalty have left their mark here, along with famous themes from film and television – including Mission Impossible, M.A.S.H. and The Godfather.
Studio 1 features an 80 channel Neve 8078 Console, the largest in the world, which was originally commissioned for Michael Jackson’s best-selling album, Thriller. The control room is equipped with Meitners (available upon request) and ATC300A house monitors with NS10/ProAc speakers and are set up with Pro tools HD. Studer 827 & Ampex ATR102 (1/4 inch & 1/2 inch) Analog recorders are available on request.