- New Prince Album With Unreleased Songs
A new 40-track greatest-hits album, Prince 4Ever, is scheduled to be released on Nov. 22 in the U.S. According to Billboard, the album will feature his beggest hits including "1999," "When Doves Cry," "U Got the Look," "Diamonds and Pearls," "Nothing Compares 2 U" along with the previously unreleased "Moonbeam Levels." The package contains a 12-page booklet with previously unpublished photos by Herb Ritts.
In early 2017, there will also be a remastered Purple Rain deluxe edition. According to a press release, the set will include "a second album of previously unreleased material".
See a full track list of Prince 4Ever at billboard.com
- Clive Davis' Heartbreaking Note to Whitney
Legendary producer Clive Davis is the subject of a new documentary 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives' which will be based on his best selling memoir.The film will feature top musicians and no topic is off limits. In a clip seen by The Hollywood Reporter, the legendary music mogul reads a letter that he wrote to Houston the day after her appearance shocked him at a Michael Jackson anniversary concert on Sept. 7, 2001.
"Dearest Whitney," Davis writes. "When I saw you Friday night at the Michael Jackson concert I gasped. When I got home, I cried. My dear, dear Whitney, the time has come. Of course I know you don't want to hear this. Of course I know that you're saying that Clive is being foolishly dramatic. Of course I know that your power of denial is in overdrive dismissing everything I and everyone else is saying to you. … I join your mother in pleading with you to face up to the truth now, right now, and there is no more time or postponement. You need help and it must begin now. I will stand by you with love and caring to see you through it to newfound peace and happiness in every way as a woman, as a mother, as a role model to inspire the rest of the world. Love, Clive."
Filmmakers are hoping to finish the film in early 2017. Read more...
- Brian Culbertson's Been Around The World
Here i a live performance of "Been Around The World" by Brian Culbertson at Livewire in Scottsdale, AZ during the Funk! Tour on Oct 9, 2016.
- Brian Culbertson's Flat Tire
Life on the road took a turn for the worse for Brian Culbertson today when his tour bus got a flat tire in the middle of the dessert on the Colorodo border. The keyboardist/ producer seemed to be in good spirits as he shared pictures on his Facebook page.
- Incognito Tour with Maysa
We’re a week away from the first USA Incognito shows for the “In Search of Better Days” World tour….All dates include our Shanachie Records Queen Maysa and she is featured on vocals of their new single “Racing Through The Bends”, which you can purchase at amazon.com.
Upcoming Incognito tour dates in the USA…
October 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 - Blue Note, Hawaii
October 19 – Yoshi’s, San Francisco October 21 – Yoshi’s, San Francisco
October 23 – 26 Jazz Cruise, Miami/San Juan
October 27 – Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta
October 31 – Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis
November 1 – 2 BB Kings, New York
November 3 – Keswick Theatre, Philadelphia
November 4 – Bethesda Jazz and Blues, D.C.
November 6 – Hub City Jazz Festival, New Brunswick
- Nathan East Teases New Album
Here is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Nathan East’s new single 'Lifecycle' from the upcoming new album, Reverence!
'Lifecycle' is available now at amazon.com
Reverence is due in January and is set to include Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Yolanda Adams, and Ruben Studdard.
- Grammy-winning hit-maker Paul Brown follows his heart “Back” to his roots
The urban-jazz guitarist releases the bluesy “One Way Back” on Friday, an album on which he collaborates with four contemporary jazz guitar giants and another Paul Brown.
Paul Brown has had the Midas touch since the early ‘90s when he began producing some of the biggest contemporary jazz hits and definitive chart-topping albums by the brightest urban-jazz stars in the galaxy, amassing more than 60 Billboard No. 1 singles. In the past twelve years, the guitarist stepped forward as an artist in his own right, consistently cranking out hits of his own. Although his formative recordings established the sound of the smoother side of contemporary jazz for more than two decades, Brown yearned to reconnect with his first musical passion: the blues. On Friday, Woodward Avenue Records issued his eighth solo collection, “One Way Back,” a self-produced ten-track outing on which he followed his heart back to his blues roots.
Bubbling under Brown’s clean and cool electric jazz guitar expressions throughout “One Way Back” are blues-powered keyboard and Hammond B3 organ blasts courtesy of the similarly-named Brother Paul Brown (no relation) and stacks of muscular horn section workouts from saxophonist Greg Vail and trumpeter-horn arranger Lee Thornberg. Having enjoyed a tremendous amount of success producing signature hits for saxophonists Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Euge Groove and Jessy J, Brown invited label mate saxman Darren Rahn to guest on “Sexy Thang.” Guitar fans will rejoice that four cuts – “Piccadilly Circus,” “River Walk,” “Take Flight” and “Rear View Mirror”- spotlight Brown trading stringed barbs with contemporary jazz guitar sensations Chris Standring, Marc Antoine, Peter White and Chuck Loeb respectively. Standring, Antoine and White stand apart using the voice of nylon guitars while Fourplay’s Loeb emotes deftly on jazz guitar. The session boasts a roof-raising gospel-jazz vocal from Don Bryant on the celebratory juke joint original “Well Alright.” Brown himself takes to the mic to croon the intimate “Heaven,” a poignant, heart-on-the-sleeve country-blues album closer spotlighting the artist’s character-rich voice.
“’One Way Back’ is a journey thru my musical and life experiences. This album is a pure sense of expression and everything I’ve got to give,” said Brown before adding, “I’m a much better guitarist, producer and writer now than ever before.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., initially Brown was a drummer before picking up the guitar. After learning his way around the recording studio, he became the engineer for R&B legends Diana Ross, Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin. Moving over into the producer’s seat, Brown almost single-handedly architected the sound of smooth/contemporary jazz since the 1990s before delivering his solo debut in 2004, “Up Front.” From subsequent albums, three of which went Top 10, two singles -2005’s “Winelight” and 2007’s “The Rhythm Method” – were the most-played radio songs of their respective years. Concert performances around the world enabled him to refine and develop his guitar chops as well as cultivate his fan base far beyond the limiting confines of a recording studio. For more information, please visit www.PaulBrownJazz.com.
- Al Jarreau Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
Al Jarreau recently took to his Faceook page to announce that he will be accepting the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music's Lifetime Achievement Award next Saturday, October 8th! He said the award is, "truly great honor for me, and I look forward to being back in my hometown"!
"Al Jarreau inspires people of all ages worldwide through his diverse singing styles and personal touch. While touring the world, he works tirelessly to promote the importance of keeping music opportunities alive for youth everywhere," said Tim Schaid, Foundation Executive Director. Congratulations Al!
- Marc Antoine's Return To Health And California
Laguna Beach, Calif. (23 September 2016): The four-year gap between albums for global guitarist Marc Antoine was spent fighting for his life and career as well as moving his family from their longtime home in Spain to the Southern California coast. Having conquered two major health challenges – one life-threatening and one career-threatening – and resettled into the placid enclave of Laguna Beach, the Paris-born, classically-trained hit-maker resumes his recording career Friday with the release of his Woodward Avenue Records debut, “Laguna Beach.” The title cut, which preceded the celebratory set of Antoine’s signature classical acoustic and nylon-string guitar melodies, quixotic gypsy jazz forays, brassy funk grooves and sultry Latin, Brazilian and Cuban rhythms, is already No. 5 on the Billboard songs chart, offering a last gasp of summer.
His thirteenth album, Antoine produced “Laguna Beach,” wrote eight of the nine songs and called upon some of his accomplished friends to collaborate with him, something he couldn’t do easily when he lived abroad for twelve years.
“When you live near LA, you can call anyone to come and work with you. Once I built my new studio over here, fired it up and began working on new material, I knew I just had to make a few phone calls to get the right guys to play on it,” said Antoine, who reached out to soloists Philippe Saisse (keyboards), Rick Braun (trumpet), Greg Vail (saxes), Armand Sabal-Lecco (bass), Tim Welvaars (harmonica) and two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown (electric guitar), who mixed the album. Anchoring the tracks were drummer Gorden Campbell, upright bassist Roberto Vally, keyboardist Marco Basci, and percussionists Gumbi Ortiz and Richie Gajate Garcia.
Incorporating an interesting variety of sounds, tapestries, moods and styles remains the guitar alchemist’s forte. Antoine’s compositions on “Laguna Beach” are enriched with his spirited sense of joy and gratitude after enduring major heart surgery in 2012 to repair an incapacitating atrial fibrillation problem only to be followed by hand surgery two years later to relieve the crippling pain and permanent nerve damage he endured while playing the guitar that locked the fingers on his left hand in odd positions.
After “pretty much hitting rock bottom” in 2014, Antoine and his wife, Rebeca, decided to make the move back to California where they resided prior to Spain. It turns out playing the guitar is ideal physical therapy, enabling Antoine to work through the scar tissue in his hand.
“I remember vividly that a hand therapist from LA told me that the only way to fix this is to change my ways,” Antoine recalled. “I have a deep relationship with my guitar. It's a little bit like a marriage: if you don't put effort into it, there is no life in it. So playing, and most importantly, playing with joy, love and respect is the key. I am so grateful for what is going on in my life right now and I am back enjoying my instrument, which fixes all problems. It is for real: life through guitar therapy.”
Rejuvenated, reinvigorated and restored to full health, Antoine anticipates a busy concert itinerary of festival, theater and club dates to support the album release across the U.S. where he has been a popular entertainer ever since he toured globally with Basia in 1988. He’s also shared the stage with superstars Sting, Queen Latifah and Selena prior to launching his solo career with the album “Classical Soul,” which spawned the first of a library of radio hits that have made Antoine one of the mainstays at contemporary/smooth jazz radio since 1994. He’s played in pop, rock, jazz, world music, hip-hop and acid jazz settings, each of which have informed his multicultural sonicscapes and furthered his international appeal. For more information, please visit www.MarcAntoine.com.
Antoine’s “Laguna Beach” album contains the following songs:
“This and That”
“Twice Upon a Time”
- Brian Culbertson Live Stream Tonight
This evening at 6:30pm pacific, Brian Culbertson is having a dress rehearsal for his new tour at Center Staging in Burbank, CA. This can be streamed live atalerttheglobe.com