Familiar Faces: The Lane Jazz Band

(Has it really been forty years?)

In the fall of 1980, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the recording sessions for Familiar Faces, the Franklin K. Lane Jazz Band album, which was later released in the spring of 1981. As far as I know, it was the first project of its kind in the history of the New York City schools, a complete album recorded in a genuine recording studio. As a lower freshman at Lane, I was the newest member of the band at the time, and certainly the least seasoned. The sessions for this album made an enormous impression upon me.  It was my first real studio experience, and to this day still serves as the inspiration behind my drive to continue recording as much as possible. 

As a tribute to this remarkable project and the extremely talented people who made it happen, here is a digital copy of the entire album; you can listen here or download the zip file.  I have not changed the original mix in any way, instead choosing to preserve the work that the original engineers did to make it sound as good as it did. While my original copy was played to death, I had another copy, unopened, that I used for this project.  


Here it is, 40 years later: Familiar Faces.  It still sounds great. Please download it for free.


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