The original music is "all inspired by Latin music," says Dr. Klee, who is the band director at Buena Vista University and also the owner/operator of the Cherokee Recording Studio and DAK Productions in affiliation with The Spice Rack here in Cherokee.
Dr. Klee plays the flute and bass guitar on the all-instrumental CD, which uses "all live musicians." They didn't all get together as a group and perform, however. In this 21st Century world of technology, the drum tracks were laid down last fall by Klee's son, Michael, and the keyboard parts were done by Tom Rule in Macon, Georgia.
Rule made mp3 digital recordings of his parts, then e-mailed them to Klee, who is in the process of mixing the tracks by his son, Rule, and himself in his recording studio to complete the new CD. Dr. Klee will then design and print the CD cover art and have them ready for purchase at the CD Release party.
Klee and fellow musicians Jeremy Smith of Fort Dodge on drums, Gabriel Avez of Sioux City (keyboards), Brad Bleam of Rock City (bass) and Katy Shvel of Storm Lake, a pupil of Dr. Klee's (second flute part) will be performing selections from the new CD at a CD Release party at The Spice Rack, 222 W. Main St. in Cherokee Friday, January 8, starting at 5 p.m.