Following the success of last year’s Blonde, Frank Ocean – one of music’s biggest and most critically-acclaimed stars right now – has recently released a string of surprise singles that have been praised as some of his best work. And of course, Vlado Meller was the one recruited to put the finishing sonic touches on all three songs.
The low-key “Chanel,” the Jay-Z and Tyler The Creator-featuring “Biking,” and the newest single “Lens” were all mastered by Vlado (with assistance from engineer Jeremy Lubsey), who also mastered Ocean’s groundbreaking 2012 album channel ORANGE. That album went on to be nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Congratulations to Frank on the success of the new singles! We always enjoy working with his music and with his team, including engineer Caleb Laven and manager Dan Gieckel.
They’ve been hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” (LA Times), invited by President Obama to perform at the White House for the 2011 State Dinner honoring South Korea, and worked with renowned artists like Pat Metheny, Michael Nyman and Mark O’Connor.
Now the classical-rooted Ahn Trio, comprised of sisters Angella, Lucia, and Maria, is set to unveil the first album on their own label, Ahn Trio Music.
Blue will be released this Saturday, April 22 to mark Earth Day and of course, they decided to once again enlist Vlado Meller (with assistance from Jeremy Lubsey) for his mastering touch, following his work on 2008’s Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac.
Here’s what the Ahn Trio had to say about working with Vlado this time around:
“Vlado Meller has done it again! After putting his magical touch on our last album Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac, he has once again sprinkled his magic on our new album Blue. We are so lucky to work with such an extraordinary master, and our music wouldn’t sing the same way without his final touches!”
Vlado himself is a big personal fan of the trio, calling their music a “beautiful interpretation of classical music in a modern and contemporary way,” and saying the “performances and arrangements on Blue are truly outstanding.”
For a taste of the Ahn Trio and Blue, check out “Insensatez”:
”I was extremely saddened to learn today about the passing of my friend Tom Coyne.
Mastering is a pretty solitary career, but Tom was always kind and collaborative. In 1980, when I was working for CBS, a producer had sought me out to work on the next Grover Washington Jr. record, but since CBS wouldn’t work with outside artists, I was unable to work on it in a traditional manner. So during my lunch break one day, I went out and walked to Frankford/Wayne Mastering to see if there was any chance they’d let me use their studio so I could master the album as a freelance project. Sure enough, Tom was incredibly accommodating, showing me the way around the studio and letting me master the whole album there.
The record ended up being Grover’s hit Winelight featuring the smash single “Just The Two Of Us”, and it exploded, going on to win multiple Grammys. If not for Tom and his generosity, I’m not sure I would’ve been a part of that record. After that project, we remained close as we moved throughout different studios and projects, often going out to lunch when he was at the Hit Factory and I was at Sony. Tom was a brilliant engineer, respected peer, and a compassionate friend, and he will be sorely missed.”
Monostereo & Red Bank Records have announced that the release of B.B. King – Remastered From The Archives will be exclusively available from Books-A-Million, and make its official debut on Record Store Day, April 22, 2017.
The limited-edition release will be pressed on 180-gram red vinyl, and will include liner notes and high quality download card for the tracks.
The album features newly-remastered recordings of the Blues Hall Of Famer from 1950 through 1960, taken from performances in Memphis and Los Angeles along with an all-star cast of sidemen, including drummer Jesse Sailes, saxophonists Richard Sanders and Solomon Hardy, pianists Lloyd Glenn and Ford Nelson, and The Count Basie Orchestra.
The platter is the flagship release for new label Red Bank Records, in Red Bank, NJ, home of the Count Basie Theater. The label is dedicated to remastering and restoring classic recordings from the early days of popular music. For distribution and label services, Red Bank Records has teamed up with Monostereo to bring its albums to market.
In turn, Monostereo connected Red Bank to its mastering partner, Vlado Meller Mastering of Charleston, SC, to remaster these classic recordings for this special vinyl release. Vlado Meller is a multiple Grammy winner whose credits stretch back over four decades and include releases Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, and many more.
Read here for more on Vlado Meller’s partnership with Monostereo.