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STRIPMALL BALLADS Wins a WAMMIE!!!

March 29, 2021

Big ups to my good buddy Phillips Saylor Wisor of STRIPMALL BALLADS for his well-deserved Washington, DC WAMMIE for 2021 Folk Album of the Year. I got to mix this one and it was a thrill!

My interview with PostGenre.org

September 3, 2020

Thanks very much to Avery Logan and Postgenre.org for running this interview with me about the making of the two Analog Players Society records, TILTED, and Soundtrack for a Nonexistent Film.

LOWER POWER and STRIPMALL BALLADS: New 2/20 releases from House of Cha Cha

February 14, 2020

So excited that these two records are finally being released as I mixed them both in 2018. First up is Lower Power‘s One Planet at Time. This is some political hard rock for hard times. Excellent, excellent singing and songwriting from Pat Daugherty. Full disclosure: not only did I co-produce and mix this record, I […]

Dred Scott Trio back at Mezzrow November 18

November 10, 2018

The Dred Scott Trio, with Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums, returns to Mezzrow, the West Village jazz club picking up the slack left by Bradley’s, on Sunday November 18 with two show at 8 and 9:30 pm. Dred Scott Trio Sunday November 18, 8 & 9:30 Mezzrow […]

“Dred Scott Rides Alone” album release show this Sat Oct 13

October 8, 2018

Come out to the Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 this Saturday October 13 at 8:30 to celebrate the release of Dred Scott Rides Alone on Ropeadope Records. Join Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums as we play the new record in its entirety as well as some DST […]

Today is Release Day for Walking Distance ft. Jason Moran & Dred Scott Rides Alone

September 21, 2018

Big day for me today. Two records I worked hard on are reaching your earholes! First up is Freebird by Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran, on Sunnyside Records. As the producer and mixer of this record, I worked super-hard on this one. Here’s a brief description: Freebird, the new recording from Walking Distance, uses the […]

Today is Release Day for Caleb Wheeler Curtis’s “Brothers”!

July 25, 2018

Brothers, the record I mixed for Caleb Wheeler Curtis earlier this year, is out now on Imani Records and I’m excited for it to reach your earholes. This is a wonderful record, produced by Orrin Evans, featuring Seamus Blake, Eric Revis, Josh Lawrence, Luques Curtis and Mark Whitfield, Jr. It goes a lot of unexpected […]

Dred Scott Trio heads back to Ohio and Buffalo

July 5, 2018

The Dred Scott Trio (Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums) heads west to play a weekend of shows in Cleveland, OH Akron, OH and Buffalo, NY. Join us if you live in the area! Friday July 13, 7pm Blu Jazz+ 47 E Market St, Akron, OH, 44308 (330) […]

Today is Release Day for “Deja Voodoo” by Rivers on Mars!

June 22, 2018

I mixed Deja Voodoo earlier this year and I’m excited for this Ropeadope release to reach your earholes! The label says it best: The sax man with eclectic plans is back! Avram Fefer plays with the most unique of ensembles, and after delivering his Big Picture Holiday release he has returned with a new project […]

LOWER POWER makes its debut in Tompkins Square Park this Sat June 23!

June 14, 2018

Guys, I’m super-excited to announce that I’m playing bass in a new punk band called LOWER POWER. The songs, by Pat Daugherty, are off-the-charts good and we’re gonna make a record real soon. Jon Heagle will be on guitar and Gintas Janusonis on drums. The show is in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village […]

Dred Scott Trio plays Mezzrow Wed February 28

February 20, 2018

The Dred Scott Trio, with Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums, will play Mezzrow, in New York’s West Village, on Wednesday February 28 with two shows at 8 and 9:30 pm. The show will web-stream via their website. Dred Scott Trio Wednesday February 28, 8 and 9:30 pm […]

Show with Brazilian vocalist Emanuelle Araujo at nublu classic next week Nov 3!

October 25, 2017

I’m really looking forward to this show coming up next week with amazing Brazilian vocalist and actor (she has her own netflix show!) Emanuelle Araujo. It’s at nublu classic and besides me on electric bass, Guilherme Montiero on guitar, Pablo Valera on keys and Stephane San Juan on drums. A great band and some great […]

Dred Scott Trio at Mezzrow Wed August 30

August 20, 2017

Join the Dred Scott Trio, with Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums, at Mezzrow, in New York’s West Village, on Wednesday August 30 with two shows at 8 and 9:30 pm. The show will web-stream via their website. Dred Scott Trio Wednesday August 30, 8 and 9:30 pm […]

Short Ohio stint for Dred Scott Trio coming up Aug 18-19

August 10, 2017

The Dred Scott Trio (Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums) heads west to play a weekend of shows in Cleveland, OH and Akron, OH.  Join us if you live in the area! Friday August 18, 7pm Blu Jazz+ 47 E Market St, Akron, OH, 44308 (330) 252-1190 Saturday […]

Dred Scott Trio to play Mezzrow March 27

March 17, 2017

The Dred Scott Trio, with Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums, will be playing Mezzrow, in New York’s West Village, on Monday August 30 with two shows at 8 and 9:30 pm. The show will web-stream via their website. Dred Scott Trio Wednesday August 30, 8 and 9:30 […]

Dred Scott Trio restarts weekly Rockwood show next Monday

January 29, 2017

Yes, it’s true. After several years off, the Dred Scott Trio is coming back to Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 every Monday at midnight, starting February 6. So stay up late with us and hail satan! Dred Scott Trio Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 every Monday at midnight starting Feb 6 196 Allen St, New […]

New Year’s Eve with Queen Esther at the Kennedy Center

December 20, 2016

Happy to announce that I’ll be back at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with the inimitable Queen Esther to ring in 2017! It’s a stellar band including Patience Higgins, Warren Smith, Todd Londegan and Jeremy Bacon. Come and celebrate with us! Queen Esther & her Hot Five Kennedy Center Millennium Stage December 31, 2016, 6 […]

Dred Scott Trio does Mezzrow Wed November 30

November 20, 2016

Join the Dred Scott Trio, with Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums, at Mezzrow, in New York’s West Village, on Wednesday November 30 with two shows at 8 and 9:30 pm. The show will web-stream via their website. Dred Scott Trio Wednesday November 30, 8 and 9:30 pm […]

Dred Scott Trio is Ohio-bound, Nov 4-6

October 25, 2016

The Dred Scott Trio (Dred Scott on piano, Ben Rubin on bass and Diego Voglino on drums) will be playing a short tour next weekend with shows in Cleveland, OH and Akron, OH.  Join us if you live in the area! Friday November 4, 7pm Blu Jazz+ 47 E Market St, Akron, OH, 44308 (330) […]

Playing next week at the Kennedy Center with Queen Esther

June 12, 2016

Excited to be the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with the amazing Queen Esther on June 18! It’s a great band including Patience Higgins, Wayne Tucker, Todd Londegan and Jeremy Bacon. It’s a free show so come by if you’re local! Queen Esther & her Hot Five Kennedy Center Millennium Stage June 18, 2016, 6 pm […]

Mudville plays murder ballads at Branded Saloon Feb 15!

February 7, 2016

Excited to announce that Mudville will be playing our first show in a couple of years as part of Charming Disaster’s Murder Ballad series. Not sure which songs we’re going to play yet but Marilyn and I are really looking forward to it. And it’s in my neighborhood! Mudville Branded Saloon Monday February 15, 8pm […]

Ergo’s “As Subtle As Tomorrow” is out now.

February 5, 2016

Last year I had the chance to work on this record with Brett Sroka and his band Ergo. This record is a really cool mix of live trombone, piano and drums along with a bunch of cool electronics as effects. Sam Harris on piano and Shawn Baltazor on drums. Shawn mixed the record with Brett […]

Pre-order “Someone Else” (the film) now!

January 14, 2016

Someone Else, the film I scored in 2014, is finally being released to the masses. It is available for pre-order from iTunes here. It will also be screening for a week in Los Angeles in March. Not clear on the details yet but I’ll keep y’all posted.

The New House of Cha Cha is ready!!!

September 20, 2015

So happy to announce that the all new House of Cha Cha, new room, new monitors, new awesome sound and vibe, is all done a ready to make music. Pics to follow as soon WordPress will accept my uploads. So now’s a great time to hit me up so we can work together on your […]

Someone Else’s New York premiere is tonight!

July 24, 2015

I’m very excited to be attending the New York City premiere of Someone Else, the feature film I scored last year for director Nelson Kim. This is definitely the kind of movie to see in a theatre, especially so you can experience the low end of my score! The screening is at Village East Cinemas […]

New Mudville music out today!

March 31, 2015

I’m very happy that this day is finally here. New Mudvillemusic is here today via Ropeadope Records. It’s the end titles track for my friend Nelson Kim’s film Someone Else, the feature film I scored last year. It’s available now from iTunes as well as our bandcamp store. Enjoy!

Bob Wijnen’s record is done!

March 24, 2015

NYC Unforeseen, the debut record from Bob Wijnen that we’ve been working on since last November, is DONE! I’m producing, engineering and mixing on this one. Just got it back from ace mastering engineer Gene Paul and it sounds great. I went over there last week as I love to hear Gene tell me stories […]

Headed to Miami for the premiere of “Someone Else”

March 12, 2015

I’m very excited to be some of the cast and crew of Someone Else at its world premiere tomorrow night at the Miami International Film Festival. Marilyn Carino from Mudville will be joining me. Not only did I write, produce, record and mix the entire score for the film, but Mudville wrote a new song […]

“Someone Else,” the film I scored

March 3, 2015

So I wrote the score to this film last year, Someone Else.  Written and directed by my friend Nelson Kim, it’s a great city mouse/country mouse story about two Korean-American cousins. The buttoned up law student  comes to New York City for the summer to visit his relative, the playboy actor. Drug use and girlfriend-switching […]

My Downbeat MasterClass on producing live jazz records

February 1, 2015

On the heels of producing and mixing over thirty live records for SmallsLive, the record label of the New York jazz club Smalls, late last year I was asked by the magazine to write a story for their “Recording School” section on how to produce live jazz records. While my approach to producing isn’t much […]

What I did in 2014

January 13, 2015

Hey Everyone! Happy New Year! It’s been so long since I’ve written (I plead: Baby) that I thought an update from the House of Cha Cha was in order. Here goes… FILM COMPOSING: In September I finished composing, performing, and mixing the score for the feature film Someone Else, written and directed by Nelson Kim. […]

Emilio Solla’s “Second Half” nominated for a Grammy!

December 12, 2014

So excited that Emilio Solla‘s excellent record “Second Half” has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Record of 2014. I was fortunate to be a co-producer on the record. I oversaw two days of very intense record at Systems II in Brooklyn and edited all the final takes together. With a nine-plus-piece […]

  1. Home In America *producer/mixer* *hip-hop* Analog Players Society x Masta Ace 4:23
  2. Reckoning *producer/mixer/engineer* *jazz meets boom bap* Donny McCaslin 3:15
  3. Rock The Block (feat. Ben Rubin) *producer/mixer* *hip-hop* Analog Players Society feat. Donny McCaslin & Orrin Evans 2:28
  4. All That We Are *producer/mixer/performer* *black americana pop* Queen Esther 4:07
  5. Bigment *producer/mixer/engineer* *jazz movie* Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran 4:22
  6. Wicked *performer/co-writer/producer/mixer/engineer* *trip-hop* Mudville 4:27
  7. All About Me *bassist/producer/mixer/engineer* *political rock* Lower Power 2:13
  8. Manifest (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *bolly-hop* Karsh Kale 6:09
  9. Ghost Town *producer/mixer/performer* *space music* Buzzed Armstrong feat. Josh Lawrence & Anwar Marshall 4:19
  10. Someone Else *performer/producer/mixer/engineer* *electronica* Mudville 4:12
  11. Simple Ghilnooorty *producer/mixer/performer/engineer* *jazz meets nine inch nails* Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran 3:20
  12. Deja Vu (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Killah Priest 3:53
  13. My Favorite Waste of Time *producer/performer/mixer/engineer* *dance pop* Marshall Crenshaw feat. Keva Hargrove 3:10
  14. The Hero Of The World *performer/co-writer/producer/mixer/engineer* *trip-hop* Mudville 4:29
  15. "Long Distance" - End Credits *composer/producer/performer/mixer* *film score* Ben Rubin feat. Michael Blake 1:19
  16. Businessman Of The Heart *bassist/producer/mixer/engineer* *political rock* Lower Power 3:07
  17. Today Means More *producer/bassist/mixer/engineer* *country* Stripmall Ballads feat. Jolie Holland & Sam Parton 3:19
  18. "Someone Else" - Opening Titles *composer/performerproducer/engineer/mixer* *film score* Ben Rubin 1:39
  19. Pussy (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Brazilian Girls 5:41
  20. "7x6x2" - End Credits *composer/producer/perfomer/mixer/engineer* *space western rock film score* Ben Rubin 4:33
  21. Doggie and Cookie *bassist/mixer* *jazz* Dred Scott Trio 6:46
  22. When I'm Writing (Benny Cha Cha Remix) *hip-hop* Killah Priest 4:30
  23. Goodbye Blue Sky (Benny Cha Cha's Hee-House Remix) Luther Wright & The Wrongs 4:03
  24. That Lick I Invented *bassist/co-producer/mixer* *jazz* Dred Scott Trio 6:12