Learning from the experts: acclaim for QE teacher’s recording work

QE Music Technology teacher Tim Adnitt has won acclaim for his work as a professional recording engineer on a recently released Robin Jones and King Salsa album.

The CD of Latin music, entitled Sabroso Mambo, was largely recorded in QE’s recording studio in the Music Block. The studio has state-of-the-art equipment including a Pro Tools HD system, a Midas Verona 320 console and Neumann and AKG microphones. Mr Adnitt, who was at the School as a pupil between 1988 and 1995, recorded, mixed and co-produced the CD.

Sabroso Mambo has been released to very positive reviews in the music press. “It’s always a joy to receive a new CD from the UK’s Godfather of Latin music – percussion maestro Robin Jones,” wrote the reviewer in bluesandsoul.com. “A special mention must go to the recording and mixing, which really enhances the strong songs, taking them on to another level.” Similarly, Jane Cornwell, writing in Songlines magazine, praised it as “a record that pulses with energy and experience”.

Bandleader Robin Jones is well known in UK Latin music, with a playing career that includes working with Charlie Palmieri, Machito, Mongo Santamaria, Alfredo ‘Chocolate’ Armenteros, and Arturo Sandoval as well as jazz stars Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Sonny Stitt and Lalo Schifrin. King Salsa features a cast of international stars including Bosco De Oliveira (Brazil), Carlos Fuentes (Chile) and lead vocalist Enrique Bringas (Cuba), as well as a driving rhythm section and five-piece brass section.

Sabroso Mambo pays homage to many of Robin Jones’ influences and friends, including legends of the Latin scene such as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto and Moises Simons, as well as introducing new charts written by Chris Kibble, Gavin Broom and Bosco De Oliveira.

In addition to teaching the School’s Music Technology course, Mr Adnitt is a composer, sound designer and audio engineer. He recently co-produced and mixed the Loose Tubes album, Dancing on Frith Street – Jazzwise’s Archive Album of the Year 2010 (Critic’s Choice).

Weave Records, the record company which released the album, is one of QE’s Music Department sponsor companies.