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News from the year: 2003-2004     2002     2001     2000


2005-2017 back to top

We apologize for not updating on a regular basis. The Studio is still going strong after 20 years! We average 50 commercial releases per year. Our most recent projects can be heard on the following labels: Albany,Summit, Delos, Naxos as well as the many vanity labels created by our esteemed clients. If you want to talk about what we have done lately call Rick at 704 576 0793.


2003-2004 back to top

There have been lots of great things going on in the studio so it has taken us a few years to add this new page. We have experienced unsurpassed growth in the last two years including recording over 60 new CD releases, adding a new recording room to the studio, and producing some exciting new artists.

A few of the highlights:

We recorded tracks for the upcoming Batambira CD by the great ethnic percussionist Michael Spiro and mbira artist Mike Williams. The CD features singers from Cuba and Brazil as well as tons of percussion and etnic flutes. See the Audio Page for clips.

We have four new releases produced by John Snyder of Artist House Records. They include the Steve Haines Quintet, Pianist Jim Stack, and two releases from the UNCG Big Band.

We also did a live recording with saxophone great Dewey Redman that is soon to be released.

Rick produced a beautiful new CD from trumpeter and singer Jon Thornton. This CD is getting lots of airplay on XM and Sirius radio. See the Audio Page for clips.

Pianist-composer Clair Ritter finished up work on a new CD entitled Greener Than Blue.

Jazz saxophonist Johnny Alexander released Debt To Heaven, recorded over the span of two years.

Anne Trenning released All One World. This was also produced by Rick and features members of the Charlotte Symphony.

We recorded tracks with trombone great Fred Wesley for a Steve Haines release.

Former Elvin Jones bassist John Brown came into the studio to record his new quintet featuring Ray Codrington.

We have a new CD with the award-winning Winthrop Jazz Choir that is soon to be released.

Our Charlotte Symphony Recordings were broadcast over WDAV national public radio as well as a live chamber music concert from St. Peters Church.

Jazz saxophonist Maxwell Snyder recorded a new CD entitled The Moons of Jupiter. It features Chip Crawford on piano, Steve Haines on bass and Rick Dior on drums.

We worked with Native American artist Jeff Brown on his new CD entitled Native American Flute Music.

Amy Blumenthal and the National Flute Choir recorded 3 new CDs.

Percussionist John Beck recorded new music for his Shared Spaces CD, which has just been released.

We also recorded a new percussion ensemble release with the Winthrop University Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michael Williams.

We recorded vocals, mixed and mastered singer/songwriter Mike Lassiter's new release.

The acoustic ensemble Without Borders recorded a CD of original works by composer David Crowe which has just been released.

We recorded some tracks for Beth Chorneau's new release, which was produced by Jim Brock

We also added a new room to the studio and we call it the Theatre. It is a great sounding large room with a 13 foot ceiling. It is killer for live drums and also works nicely for horn sections and small choirs. Here is a picture of trumpeter Ray Codrington in the room. See the Studio Page for photos from the construction of the Theatre.


2002 back to top

Our most productive year to date, 2002 has seen the recording of over 30 CD projects, the construction of a new mixing/mastering room and the installation of a state-of-the-art digital recording system (see below.)

A few of the highlights:

Pianist Jim Stack recorded a quartet CD that was produced by the one and only John Snider. Snider has produced many jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Paul Desmond. He was a major force behind the Artist House label that released many great jazz recordings in the 80’s and 90’s. The CD is slated for release in the fall.

Last fall the Chad Lawson Trio recorded a new CD called Dear Dorothy. It is a very creative jazz tribute to songs from the Wizard of Oz. It is in stores now on the Summit jazz label.

Producer Cedric Thompson has been busy in the studio working on projects for Twinkie Clark (Verity Records) and Arrested for God.

Jazz bassist Steve Haines is recording a hot jazz CD full of original compositions. Look for a release in the fall.

Pianist Anne Trenning is working on a follow up to her successful debut CD. It is being produced by Rick Dior.

Charlotte Symphony violinist Paul Huppert is recording a new CD of piano and violin pieces.

Producer Jason Bailey of Baifam Records was in the studio to mix and master their latest release. It’s by Spokken and the title is Lyrical High. The CD is available in stores now.

Jazz Saxophonist Johnny Alexander is recording a CD of contemporary hymn arrangements which has already seen radio airplay. His CD “You Need Dis” was recorded here last year and has received rave reviews.

Jazz singer Liz King has recorded a CD that will be released shortly.

Flutist Teresa Beaman and pianist Mary Lou Paschal recorded a duo CD called Flute Flora that has received much critical acclaim.

Acoustic Mobility recorded all of the Charlotte Symphony Classics Concerts that will be broadcast on WDAV this coming year. Some of these recordings were featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio program “Performance Today”.

Acoustic Mobility recorded a percussion ensemble CD with the Winthrop Percussion Ensemble.

Mobility also recorded a new release from Temple Beth El in Charlotte. It features cantor Andy Bernard and is due out in September.

On a sad note, the great composer and pianist Loonis McGlohon passed away this spring. Loonis was a great friend who recorded over a dozen CDs with us. He was truly a wonderful man and we will miss him greatly.
Loonis McGlohon and his lovely wife, Nan

Equipment News:

We have opened a new mastering and mixing room across town that will handle these duties when the main studio is booked. It is very similar to the beautiful Acoustic Barn control room and will be manned by engineer Bob Rydel.

We also installed a brand new state of the art recording system called the IZ Radar. This high- resolution machine sounds incredible and is capable of recording 48 digital tracks at 24bit resolution. We can now also record 24 tracks at 24/96 or 12 tracks at 24/192!!! This new system will give us the capability to produce Audio DVD’s in surround sound. To our ears the Radar system sounds better than any digital system in the world. For more info call us (704-567-5728) or see the IZ web site.


2001 back to top

This past year has been extremely busy for our studio and mobile recording enterprises. We recorded 26 CD projects, many which have already been released.

Acoustic bassist Ron Brendle and jazz pianist Frank Kimbrough recorded two CDs. A duo CD entitled "Autumn" and a trio CD (with Al Sergil on drums) entitled "Here". Both contain a mix of original material (by Brendle and Kimbrough) as well as selections by Ornette Coleman, Loonis McGlohon and Thelonious Monk. Both CDs have been released.

Pianist Jim Stack recorded two CDs (Standards and Show Tunes) which will soon be released.

Pianist/composer Clair Ritter finished up work on two new CDs (one is a collection of solo piano material) which will be released this fall.

Jazz saxophonist Johnny Alexander recorded original material for two CDs to be released later this year.
Saxman John Alexander

Saxophonist Todd Wright and pianist Frank Kimbrough recorded a duo CD.

Contemporary jazz singer Toni Kantu and producer Big Moe mixed the great single "Chamomile" featuring Tom Brown on Trumpet.

Jazz pianist Chad Lawson recorded a trio CD with new arrangements of songs from the Wizard of Oz. Chad tells us that this CD has been picked up by a major jazz label. Stay tuned for release info.

The jazz quartet Second Sight recorded a CD of original material to be released sometime this year.
Kerry Brooks, bassist for Second Sight

Jazz singer Ladianne Mandel recorded a jazz CD that has been released.

Saxophonist David Regan flew in from Switzerland to record a sax and drums duo CD with Rick Dior on drums.

Amy Blumenthal recorded a new Christmas CD and material for a double CD to be released in the fall.

Acoustic Mobility recorded all of the Charlotte Symphony Classics Concerts that will be broadcast on WDAV this coming year.

Acoustic Mobility filmed and produced a percussion instructional video for NC School of the Arts instructor John Beck.


2000 back to top

A lot has been going on this summer in the studio and on the road with Acoustic Mobility.

Don Edwards' Southern Fried Jazz Band recorded and released a great CD called It's What's Cookin'! It's a hot seven piece Dixieland band recorded live in the studio.
From left to right -- Jim Calabrese, clarinet; Don Edwards, trumpet; Joey Lee, trombone

Contemporary Gospel Artist Brian McCrimmon Recorded and released his single Run On and is getting great response from some major labels.

Great Jazz/Blues Singer Fred Jackson recorded a Christmas CD that was released in September. Sadly, Fred passed away in November after a battle with cancer. This great musician will be missed by all.
Fred Jackson

Larry Lapkin, Jazz Vocal Instructor at University Of Miami and vocal jazz arranger extraordinaire recorded four tracks for his upcoming children's CD. It features a Jazz trio with a great vocal quartet, which includes Tim Cashion and Barbara Lewis.

Guitarist Mark Bodnar was in the studio to record six tracks for his upcoming CD.

Jazz Pianist/Composer Clair Ritter mixed and mastered her new CD (to be released this fall), which features the great bassist Steve Swallow.

Pianist/Composer John Clark recorded solo piano tracks for his Compact Disc "Space Across The Edge". It was released at the end October.

Jazz artist Greg Williams mixed and mastered two songs for his upcoming CD. Poet produced the session.

Loonis McGlohon recorded a new trio CD which is a tribute to all the great singers he has worked with. Loonis has done a dozen recordings at Acoustic Barn and we feel this is one of his best.
From left to right -- Rick Dior and Loonis McGlohon


Acoustic Mobility 2000 Projects
This has been one of the busiest summers ever for our location company.

We recorded, mixed and mastered the Charlotte Oratorio Singers' first CD recording which will be released this fall/winter. It was recorded at a wonderful church on the campus of Davidson College.

We recorded, mixed and mastered a CD for First Baptist Church in Greenwood, South Carolina. It will be released in September.

We recorded the entire Brightstar music festival, which featured musicians from the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony. It will be broadcast on public radio station WDAV in the fall.

Acoustic Mobility has also been invited to record the Pittsburgh Symphony some time next year. Stay tuned.

For more information, contact us by email or by phone at (704)567-5728.

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