Recorded live at the Evergreen Stage, Bill Cantos delivered a jazzy take on the classic 1975 song, “How Long,” along with the help of some prolific studio musicians. While the song is widely believed to be about adultery, it has been reported that the original writer, Paul Carrack, wrote it when he found out his bassist had been secretly working with another band.
Boyd Matson shared the recording, highlighting how Cantos added his own twist. The session features Bill Cantos on vocals and piano, Hadley Hockensmith on guitar, Abraham Labroiel on bass and Bill Maxwell on drums and was recorded at the Evergreen Stage in Burbank, California. These artists have decades of combined experience in the music industry. While Hockensmith played in Neil Diamond’s band for 25 years, Laboriel has worked with countless artists, such as Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. The pair trace their connection to Maxwell back to a group they were in together during the mid 1980’s.
“Bill Cantos gives a jazz pop interpretation of the Paul Carrack, lead singer for Ace & Mike & the Mechanics song, “How Long” in another of my live no overdub recordings with Maxwell’s AllStars,” said Matson.
Cantos has worked with artists such as, Ramsey Lewis, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Helen Baylor, Mark Winkler, and many others. He also wrote songs with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, as well as Mari Falcone for the musical, Chasing Mem’ries, which recently premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
The Evergreen Stage is a recording facility serving the music, television and movie industries, owing to its status as one of the largest independent sound stages available for recording in Los Angeles. The studio features a 3,000 square foot live room and has hosted a long line of musical legends. In 2012, the Evergreen Stage was renovated to better serve an array of recording artists, including symphony orchestras, live bands, and talented groups of singer/songwriters.