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Foreigner's new live album!


On March 17, Sony/BMG Custom Mark will release Foreigner's album of live tracks recorded at Texas Station, Las Vegas in November 2005. This release is part of Sony/BMG's "Extended Version" series and includes full length concert performances of ten of the classic hits. Those of you who have seen the new lineup during the past year may recall hearing new or added material on some songs during live performance and this will appear on the album. The album will be available in the U.S. in selected retail outlets and by mail order. A release in Europe is also planned for later in the year.

Spyro Gyra New Album "Wrapped In A Dream"


In the mid 1970s, Spyro Gyra crafted a unique new sound – inspired by jazz fusion, pop and R&B – and released their debut album on their own label in 1976. Their records were both artistically challenging and commercially successful, and embraced world rhythms, including Caribbean, African and Brazilian sounds. Morning Dance, their first album with a major label, was released in 1979, spawned a Top 40 single, and eventually went platinum. Spyro Gyra went on to build a large and incredibly loyal fan base around the world that continues to this day.

Due at retail on February 28, 2006, Wrapped in a Dream reaffirms Spyro Gyra’s status as jazz fusion’s most original group. This coolly textured and cleanly produced collection is filled with subtle melodies and accomplished solos that blend easily into a lush instrumental backdrop.
“After 24 albums, it’s not always easy to develop new material,” says leader/saxophonist/ producer Jay Beckenstein. “We usually try to veer away from what we did on our previous record. But we also try to embrace anything that explores new ground – in any way we can.”

Wrapped In A Dream features keyboardist Tom Schuman, guitarist Julio Fernandez, bassist Scott Ambush, and drummers Josh Dion and Ludwig Afonso. Rounding out the project, special guests include marimba/vibraphone master Dave Samuels, trumpeter Nathan Eklund, trombonist Eric Oliver and percussionist Cyro Baptista.

With nine Grammy nominations and nearly eleven million albums sold, Spyro Gyra continues to break new ground with this latest outing, the follow-up to The Deep End, which spent most of 2004 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart. Beckenstein attributes Spyro Gyra’s lasting success to a freshness of ideas that allows the band to stay accessible without falling back on their past grooves and earlier successes.

At a time when most veteran bands are playing it ever safer and trendier, Spyro Gyra’s latest release is proof that the cutting-edge ensemble has not lost touch with its original spirit of exploration.

The dream lives on.

Livingston taylor New Album "There You Are Again"


Livingston's new CD "There You Are Again" was officially released on January 24th on the Coconut Bay label (a division of Chesky Records).

Containing 12 new songs, the CD has an all-star roster of musicians and singers. Both James Taylor and Kate Taylor sing backing vocals on "There I'll Be," along with Pam Tillis and Vince Gill. Vince Gill appears again on "Wish I Were A Cowboy," along with Steve Gadd, Leland Sklar, Aubrey Hanie and Paul Franklin. Steve Gadd and Leland Sklar lend their brilliance as well to "Yes" and "There I'll Be."

"Best of Friends" is the opening cut on the new CD. It features Livingston and Carly Simon singing an engaging up-tempo pop duet.

On the gospel tune "Tell Jesus," the group Take 6 performs their acappella magic, backing Livingston's lead vocal. The barn burner "Step by Step," features Andrae Crouch and The New Day Jubilee Choir. David Sanborn's sax is featured on "Tuesday's Lullaby," along with Gary Burton on vibes and strings from some members of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

The CD was lushly produced by Glenn Rosenstein in Nashville, and mixed by the legendary George Massenburg. This is Livingston's strongest CD to date, and is bound to bring his name to prominence in the industry as both a writer and performer.

"There You Are Again" is available in stores, on the web, and at Livingston's shows.