New Beginnings began with a two day recording session at the 25th Street Recording Studio in Oakland CA May 4-5th 2016. Sound engineered by Peter Labberton. Celso Alberti on drum set, Willie Garza on hand percussion, and James Eric Robinson II (James Robinson Sr. son) on bass. Suzi Humbert also on hand for photography, videography, and food/coffee/cookie provider!
Over the next three years, James Robinson took the bass/drum/percussion tracks from the original session and crafted melodies and lines that became New Beginnings. James became inspired to write music on various instruments, including his debut recording of mandolin and bouzouki. James credits his family for instilling in him his deep love of all music styles. These influences are greatly noticeable in New Beginnings with the number of different stringed instruments and music styles blended into his guitar virtuosity.
January 2018: Photoshoot for album commenced with Dave Lepori shooting photography, and trying very hard to not get run over in the middle of the street! Thank you Dave! You ROCK!
Mixing & Mastering: Summer 2018
James was connected to Marc Daniel Nelson, the protégée of Ken Caillat, and Marc mixed and mastered New Beginnings.
Pre-Release: Winter 2018
Physical Copies were picked up Nov. 26th 2018... stay tuned for a video picking up the album from New Cyberian Systems in San Jose CA (https://www.newcyberian.com/) Thank you Jet!
Official Release: Feb. 8th 2019 at the wonderful Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz CA.
Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets here.
This album is dedicated to
my love Suzi, my hummingbird.
All of us are looking forward to New Beginnings in 2019. Hope to celebrate with you! Give a shout out and tag us when you are listening to James Robinson New Beginnings.
James Robinson II
Art photos © 2016-2019 Suzi Humbert
Other photos © 2016-2019 James Robinson