Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Three Flights from Alto Nido
Lyricist/singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Laswell finds himself released from heartache with Three Flights From Alto Nido, his sophomore full-length album on Vanguard Records. It's the third volume in what his label calls "his trilogy of heartbreak and redemption."
Pointing out that 'alto nido' translates from the Spanish as 'high nest,' Laswell explains that "'Three flights up' implies that you're on your way to a 'high nest,' even if you're not quite there yet. Whereas Through Toledo
was intimate and autobiographical for the most part, the EP reflected the transitional time of coming out of it," Laswell explains. "With this album, I wanted to do something really big sounding-a little bit bigger than I am,
really. In a sense, the album was shaped around the fact that 2007 was a difficult and strange year for just about all of my friends and family members."
As with his prior Vanguard releases, Three Flights from Alto Nido was written, recorded and produced at his home studios in San Diego, Dana Point and Santa Ana, CA. The task of mixing the album was placed in the hands of Greg Collins who has mixed, produced and/or engineered tracks for Grammy winners U2, Joss Stone and the Dixie Chicks as well as many other notable
The demos for Three Flights From Alto Nido were first introduced to Vanguard via arrangements created using Apple's GarageBand software. Apple took notice, and Greg has since appeared at various music industry trade shows on their behalf to demonstrate GarageBand's capabilities. His profile is prominently featured on Apple's Pro website.