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Mel Carter raises the bar
on “The Other Standards”

Mel Carter raises the bar on “The Other Standards”

Vocal legend Mel Carter (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”) was so thrilled with the our recording of his previous release, “The Heart & Soul of Mel Carter,” that he returned to Theta Sound Studio to record, mix and master his latest album, “The Other Standards.”

Featuring an all-star cast of L.A.’s top talent, “The Other Standards” was recorded with both a core quartet (John Rodby – Arranger, Piano, Keyboards; Grant Geissman – Guitar; James Leary – Bass; Quentin Dennard – Drums) and a full-out big band (Jon Papenbrook – 1st Trumpet; Nolan Shaheed – 2nd Trumpet; Brandon Phillips – 3rd Trumpet; Duane Benjamin – Trombone; Denis Jiron – Bass Trombone; Fred Jackson – Lead Alto Sax; Rastine Calhoun – 2nd Alto Sax; Charles Owens – Tenor Sax; Adam Schroeder – Baritone Sax).

Mel’s selection of material and his musical vision for the arrangements, admirably executed by John Rodby, resulted in an album that’s sure to take the listener on an emotional journey. As always, Mel Carter’s performances are second to none. This is definitely an album you’ll want to listen to often, and after doing so, Mel’s extensive catalog awaits…

Listen to the music of “Mel Carter – The Other Standards” here.

Mel Carter giving his all for "The Other Standards" at Theta Sound Studio

Mel Carter giving his all for “The Other Standards” at Theta Sound Studio

Grant Geissman and John Rodby during Mel Carter's "The Other Standards" recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

Grant Geissman and John Rodby during Mel Carter’s “The Other Standards” recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

James Leary on bass in the Control Room for Mel Carter's "The Other Standards" big band recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

James Leary on bass in the Control Room for Mel Carter’s “The Other Standards” big band recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

Quentin Dennard in the drum booth, laying it down for Mel Carter's "The Other Standards" recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

Quentin Dennard in the drum booth, laying it down for Mel Carter’s “The Other Standards” recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

Nolan Shaheed on 2nd Trumpet, Jon Papenbrook on 1st Trumpet, Brandon Phillips on 3rd Trumpet, Duane Benjamin on Trombone and Denis Jiron on Bass Trombone comprise the brass section for Mel Carter's "The Other Standards" big band recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

Nolan Shaheed on 2nd Trumpet, Jon Papenbrook on 1st Trumpet, Brandon Phillips on 3rd Trumpet, Duane Benjamin on Trombone and Denis Jiron on Bass Trombone comprise the brass section for Mel Carter’s “The Other Standards” big band recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio

Adam Schroeder on Baritone Sax, Rastine Calhoun on Alto Sax, Fred Jackson on Alto Sax and Charles Owens on Tenor Sax comprise the woodwinds section for Mel Carter's "The Other Standards" big band recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio. Also pictured: guitarist Grant Geissman and arranger/pianist John Rodby.

Adam Schroeder on Baritone Sax, Rastine Calhoun on Alto Sax, Fred Jackson on Alto Sax and Charles Owens on Tenor Sax comprise the woodwinds section for Mel Carter’s “The Other Standards” big band recording sessions at Theta Sound Studio. Also pictured: guitarist Grant Geissman and arranger/pianist John Rodby.