The Staff at Commodore Recording

Doug Benson is a professional recording engineer and musician with a degree in music composition from the University of Maryland. In 1992 he opened Harvest Recording, a two-room studio which he ran successfully for ten years, engineering and producing well over 100 independent CD releases and developing a long list of repeat customers. In 2003 the studio moved and the name was changed to Catoctin Mountain Recording. For nine years he worked as the recording engineer for Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. In 2006 Doug, along with business partner David Sager, co-founded Off The Record LLC, an independent label specializing in the CD reissues of classic jazz. OTR’s first release, the complete output of King Oliver’s 1923 Jazz Band, was nominated for a Grammy. Doug is internationally known for his audio restoration/remastering work, with reviews published by Dan Morgenstern, Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal, Gary Giddens in The Jazz Times, Will Friedwald in The New York Sun, and others. Other restoration credits include work for the Les Paul Foundation, Uptown Records, English label Frog Records, and the multi-Grammy-winning Archeophone Records; with upcoming projects on the Jazz Oracle and Black Swan labels. In 2002 Doug wrote the book and score for the award-winning musical Andrew Michael, which touches on the many issues facing families with autism. Doug’s song “Here In Your Presence Lord” took first place at the 1996 SAW awards. Doug has also taught college-level music courses, worked as a full-time musician, a full-time videographer, and gained extensive experience in all aspects of arranging, recording and music production.