Pinch Recording Partnership 

John is proud to announce a partnership with Pinch Recording, a brand-new recording studio in Queens, NY.

"At Pinch Recording the music comes first and our studio was built with that in mind. 

Our naturally-lit live room features a unique 20' ceiling, providing the perfect sound for your acoustic instruments. Drums, vocals, wind instruments and strings are all at home in this rich-sounding room. 

We also provide a state of the art control room and 3 isolation rooms, including a large 2nd floor loft with natural light. All rooms are acoustically treated and separated by soundproof double walls and windows to provide the isolation you need to track multiple musicians at once. 

Pinch offers in-house engineering. Upon request, we also offer session musicians and production services. Outside engineers are always welcome. 

The studio is conveniently located in Long Island City, Queens, right by the Court Square subway station - a 5 minute ride from Manhattan, and a 10 minute ride from Brooklyn."


Article in Downbeat Magazine 

In the January issue of Downbeat magazine, John was featured in the "Woodshed" educational section of the issue.  The piece reduces and analyzes a big band arrangement from trombonist John Fedchock’s newest release, Like It Is (Mama Records, 2015).  Lake breaks down the chart on “You And The Night And The Music” into its primary themes, and discusses their development through the opening chorus. 
The article is available now in the online edition, and will be available in print in a few weeks.
Article in the online edition of Downbeat’s January 2016 issue:
Youtube link to the audio of John Fedchock’s new recording of the arrangement:

(links to iTunes)



slow jams from a thoughtful trumpeter 

A while back I shared my iTunes' Top-50 Most Played, since I first started using the program back in 2005.  I was inspired by some of my favorite slow jams on that list to create a YouTube playlist of some choice mellow tracks.  These are songs that got me in the headspace to write the most recent SHIRLEY album, different-sized cages, so I thought it would be fitting to include a couple of those tracks as well.  I hope you enjoy this video playlist.


a quick arrangement 

Here's an arrangement for 5 trumpets on one of my favorite old standards; Jay Livingston & Ray Evans's "Never Let Me Go."  Hope you enjoy!

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