Here is an unashamed and very proud plug for my sister, Jacintha Abisheganaden, who has just released her 13th studio album. Fire & Rain is a James Taylor tribute album recorded in the audiophile genre.
Singer Jacintha’s first new album since 2007 features a fabulous selection of hits from the James Taylor catalog including: “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Walking Man,” “Fire & Rain,” “Shower The People” and several other popular choices. Here are the rest of the notes from Acoustic Sounds:
Jacintha’s first popular vocal album represents a striking change of pace from this Singaporean audiophile favorite.
Several of the best LA-based musicians associated with James Taylor during his lengthy and stellar career appear on this album: Lee Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums), Jim Cox (keyboards & currently touring with JT), and Dean Parks (acoustic guitar & currently touring with JT). All songs are arranged by Tim Pierce (Vanessa Use Me and Vanessa When The Levee Breaks) who also plays acoustic guitar on several tracks.
The entire album is recorded 100% pure analog at The Henson Studios in Hollywood, formerly know as A&M (and the original location of the Charlie Chaplin film studios). In 1999, A&M Records was sold to Universal Music. Subsequently the studio location, including all the recording studio facilities and equipment, was purchased by The Jim Henson Company. Henson Recording Studios was established in 2000 and continues the legacy of technical expertise and excellent service founded by A&M.
The album is tracked to 2-inch multitrack analog tape running at 30 ips and mixed down to 1/4 inch tape also running at 30 ips. All tracking and mixing is done at Sunset Sound by recording engineer and co-producer Michael C. Ross.
The album is mastered and all vinyl cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering using the 1/4 inch 30 ips master and on the all-analog cutting system at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
I am really enjoying this album, her most accessible in years. The quality of the recording is magnificent, and captures her strength, and vulnerability, in her amazing voice.
(Yes, she is my real sister. It’s not all horses in this family!)