Colorado drops for Cavanaugh & Lanzbom

coloradoJazz banjo pioneer Ryan Cavanaugh has a new album coming out later this year with guitarist C Lanzbom. Titled Every Note the Heart Can Play, it features original compositions by the two noted instrumentalists, engineered and mixed by Lanzbom at his Sherwood Ridge Studio just outside New York City.

A debut single, Colorado, has been released for download purchase, with a number of other track releases expected before the album hits.

Ryan said that they are expecting a good bit of attention from the jazz and mainstream music media for this project, and he’s excited to see if it generates some buzz for the five string.

Ryan Cavanaugh“C and I basically produced one another, and it really extracted some banjo styles and playing that I may have never explored on my own. There is a lot of uncharted territory for the banjo that we covered on the record. I’m very happy C asked me to make it with him.

I’m playing acoustic banjo on the entire record. We used two AEA microphones, which are exact reproductions of the famous ribbon microphones RCA made in the early 20th century. We experimented with a variety of vintage compressors and mic preamps, to explore a variety of cool tones for the banjo.”

Here’s a sample of the single, which is now available for download from all the popular digital media sites.


Much of the full album includes music similar to this first single, according to Cavanaugh, along with “some blues, jazz, and even some flemenco type stuff.”

A release date for Every Note the Heart Can Play has not been announced.

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