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Continued: Bruce Swedien, godfather of Twin Cities recording, returns home for one last album

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 10, 2013 - 1:12 PM

One more recording session

No return visit to “the house that Bruce built” would be complete without a recording session. So Creation owner Steve Wiese arranged for pianist Jeanne Arland Peterson, 91, whom Swedien recorded there in 1954, to bring her bass-playing son Billy and singing daughter Patty.

Swedien meticulously set up the microphones, telling how Streisand would bring her own mike to the recording studio.

When you get the Petersons together, there’s no rehearsal; they’ve been playing together for so long it’s just feel and instinct. But occasionally they talked through an arrangement, as on “The Shadow of Your Smile.”

Swedien suggested a ballad feel.

“So not a Latin feel?” Patty Peterson asked.

“Patty, just sing it Acapulco,” Swedien joked.

After the Petersons performed it, he opined: “It sounds wonderful to the untrained ear.”

Patty wanted another take.

“Your pitch is good, and I’ve recorded every goddamn singer there is,” he replied. “Tape is cheap. Music is expensive.”

After recording five tunes, he and the Petersons listened to the playback.

“Jeanne, you have a real future,” Swedien announced.

“Well, thank you,” she said.

When she returns this spring from visiting her daughter in California, Wiese plans to record at least three more selections so Swedien can have one final album credit from his studio at 26th and Nicollet.


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