Singer, Songwriter Regan On Tour With Almost Home

Apr 1, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Rising star Jon Regen put his trust in Neumann microphones on his new seven-song EP Almost Home and it paid off with a very special recording.

For the EP, Regen, who most recently toured and recorded with legendary vocalist Jimmy Scott, assembled a new band featuring electric bass phenom Jonathan Sanborn (son of legendary saxophonist David Sanborn) and dynamic drummer Eric Addeo. The trio is fast establishing itself as a powerful new voice in modern music.

Almost Home features music and lyrics penned by Regen. In the tradition of singer/songwriters like Randy Newman and Billy Joel, the recording finds Regen singing, playing piano and Hammond organ, and assuming production duties as well. As on his previous, critically acclaimed release Tel Aviv the new recording showcases the unique strengths of Neumann microphones.

"The initial demos for the new record were recorded in a stripped-down way, with just me, my Neumann KMS 105 and my Steinway Grand," Regen says. "I cut the songs live into my home Pro-Tools rig, attempting to capture the essence of the songs. Later, after I formed the new band with Jonathan and Eric, I tried to find a balance between the sparseness of the demos, and the fully-realized, arranged sound that the band could bring to the music."

For the Almost Home sessions, Regen chose industry veteran and friend Daoud Shaw at Radio Active Productions in Philadelphia. "Daoud is one of the few engineers out there who not only has musical ears, but can also respond with lightning precision to any given situation," Regen says. "He brings a tremendous sense of history and honesty to the control room. The result is a sonic environment that packs a modern punch, but at the same time captures the magical quality of records from the past. His recordings have both detail and warmth--a rarity in today's times."

Regen relies on Neumann microphones both in the studio and on tour. "We cut the vocals on Almost Home on a vintage Neumann M269 tube microphone," Regen notes. "It has a presence and immediacy that matched the story I wanted to tell on this project. On the road, I continue to use and be amazed by the KMS 105. It has a clarity and detail that is unmatched. After spending years singing through whatever microphone a venue would supply, having a KMS 105 with me has elevated my live shows to an entirely new level. Every syllable comes through in the mix. As a singer, that kind of freedom and support is irreplaceable."

Regen will soon launch a world tour in support of Almost Home with initial dates planned for New York and London. "Wherever we go, you can bet that the KMS 105 will be close at hand," Regen says. "It's like another member of the band, working hard every night to make each show a success."

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