Brett Gold (center) contemplating his payroll.

Listening to playback -- "I don't remember flubbing that note!"

Rehearsing the sax section -- "One . . . two . . . You know what to do!" (From August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom).

Producer Pete McGuinness instructs Brett Gold on how to avoid screwing things up even more.

Band members pointedly ignoring Brett Gold's conducting.

Bassist Phil Palombi (using Scott LaFaro's bass for the recording) sentenced to solitary confinement in the isolation booth for bad behavior.

The trombone section waiting for something to do.

Frank Basile after receiving his check.

Scott Neumann bending light waves with his paradiddles, pataflaflas and ratamacues.