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The Optimum Quantity And Frequency

from Best of Steve Lawson Pt3 (Solos, 2014​-​2021) by Steve Lawson



From the album "Hindsight"

This was my third and final gig in Italy this February. Organised by my dear friend Kev Cooke, who went to great lengths to get me a gig even though it was Carnival weekend. He worked connections with the Casa Della Musica to get me a gig, with the Bill Lee Band opening the show (Kev plays bass in the Bill Lee Band, who are really really great).

Anyway, the venue was beautiful, the people who ran it were immensely supportive and helpful, but I opted to use a mono monitor in front of me instead of my in-ears, and didn't realise quite how badly summing my signal to mono messed with the balance of everything - so out front it sounded just great, but for me it was all off.

On listening back to it, it's *probably* my favourite of the three gigs. Old Friends/New Friends is one of my favourite things I've done in YEARS. There's so much about this that I love, and a lot of it is owed to the slight hesitancy of dealing with the sound issues, that aren't apparent here because it's in stereo again now :)

What we also didn't know at the time was the that COVID-19 epidemic in Italy was just underway, and I arrived back in the UK to the unfolding panic here, to two days in seclusion and many hours on the phone to Public Heath England. But there begins a whole other story...



from Best of Steve Lawson Pt3 (Solos, 2014​-​2021), released August 18, 2022
Originally released April 22, 2020

Music, mixing mastering, artwork - Steve

Massive thanks to
Kevin Cooke
Bill Lee Band
Everyone at Casa Della Musica for taking such wonderful care of me
Andrea Nones for making the tour possible.




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