‘Autumn Leaves’ is a lovely jazz standard, isn’t it? Though I was surprised, working on this version, to find out how unrelated Johnny Mercer’s English lyric is to the French original (in which the title, ‘Les Feuilles Mortes’, which I had always assumed to go to the first phrase of the chorus, must actually fall in the verse I’ve never played).
I’ve written at some length about my part of the recording process on this track, and won’t repeat it (not least because I need to type this quickly and head off in the direction of a Filthy Spectacula gig, oddly enough in Brighton like the recording of this track). To round that story off, the backing was edited together into a single track after I left, then the vocals recorded over the top (presumably! the order may have been different), then the whole thing sent online to a producer who had not been present at any of the recording for mixing and mastering. Then (still within the period October – November, Annie could hardly have picked a more seasonal track) the audio came back and had a simple but effective video filmed to it.
Here’s the finished result – enjoy before we’re fully into winter!