What a spectacular day! Went with Cheryl Pawelski and her dear dear Audrey (Bilger) to meet with legendary Ron McMaster at Capitol Records to watch Ron make the final master for Omnivore's Art Pepper set of 3 LPs, NEON ART -- which will be released on the same day as Unreleased Art Pepper Volume VII from Widow's Taste. You can hear a little bit of it below.
Ron told me that he had created the Art Pepper Blue Note LP masters a long long time ago.
I SAW this building going up when I was in my teens back in the early fifties, and I've been inside on business but never really inside like today. Maybe the record business isn't dead after all? It's just been waiting for vinyl to come back? No, no, don't worry fans, I'll keep on making CDs. But wow, what a day!
Me, Ron, Cheryl in the studio
My original tapes were first remastered by Wayne Peet, and then mastered for vinyl by Ron. They sound AMAZING.And HERE'S the lacquer being cut (and a little taste of the music)...
and finally, Ron inscribed the master (and this will be right there on every copy of Volume Three). I told Ron to carve out the phrase Art liked to write when he was asked to signed our book, Straight Life. He wrote, "Keep Swingin'"
Audrey, me, and Ron inscribing....