jason cruz drums

Sidewalk Traveller by Thomas Willemsen

Hi all,

It’s been awhile. I hope you guys are keeping safe out there!

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the new album by singer-songwriter, Thomas Willemsen.

Like on his previous studio album, Sentimental Ride, which was his debut studio effort, it was highly enjoyable from start to end working with the same band. The bass, drums, basic keyboard and acoustic guitar parts were done in a single 8 hour session for 8 of the 9 tracks that had drums on it. We convened again some two weeks later to record the last track on the album.

Shout out to Tony Go of Greenroom Suite who did a wonderful job capturing the performances with a superb microphone selection, a classic analogue mixing desk, and his deft skills with Pro Tools. He truly brought brightness and clarity to the mixes in his own unique way. I can also truly say that I did some of my best recording work up to this point at his studio.

Hope you enjoy this album! This album is for sale at Apple iTunes and all proceeds go straight to Thomas himself.

Updates

Hi all, hope your Lunar New Year holiday and festive celebrations went well.

A couple of updates:

First of, my heartiest congratulations to my student. Advait, for scoring a distinction in his Grade 3 Trinity College “Classical and Jazz” Drumkit exam. His work ethic is nothing short of inspiring. To me, he almost always takes to learning new things on the instrument like a duck takes to water, and I enjoy the lessons with him very much. He is a very thoughtful individual who is never short of interesting questions to ask during lessons. I look forward to working with him to take his drumming and musicianship to the next level.

Secondly, in my last update, I shared about my experience recording the Sentimental Ride album by singer-songwriter, Thomas Willemsen. I have been invited by Thomas again to play on his second album along with the same group of musicians as on the last recording. Details to follow. I thank Thomas for giving me this opportunity once again to work with him as I truly enjoyed the process for the last album.

I’ve also completed 4 originals for my own music project and am in discussion with the musicians and engineer for the recording of these songs, as well as organizing rehearsals. Details to follow.

May this year be at least a slightly better one than last year for all of us.