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Herbie Hancock "The Imagine Project"

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Herbie Hancock's Imagine Project is an unprecedented international recording and film project featuring collaborations between music legend Herbie Hancock and a dozen superstars from every region of the planet. It utilizes the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility. 

The Imagine Project embodies an extraordinary lineup of international superstars from all corners of the world. Artists include Dave Matthews, Anoushka Shankar, Jeff Beck, The Chieftains, John Legend, India Arie, Seal, Pink, Juanes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Chaka Khan, K'Naan, Wayne Shorter, James Morrison, and Lisa Hannigan. The album and film stands, on one level, as powerful testaments for the goals of world peace, humanity and tolerance, and respect for our planet, but The Imagine Project shall remain at its core, entertainment content that is creatively and emotionally deeply fulfulling.

 


Ned Doheny "The Darkness Beyond The Fire". Ned Doheny's first album in 18 years!

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Ned Doheny is an artist and creator of beautiful things. His extraordinary talent as both a musician and wordsmith place him in the Pantheon. Yet he remains extremely self-effacing and understated. Even when in Memphis some years ago he was told by music goddess Dusty Springfield that she possessed and adored all of his compositions, he merely recalls the moment as being a most poignant and humbling experience and one that probably justified his choosing the musical path. Just as uniquely personal to him is his uncompromising approach to life. He was, after all, the man who turned the record industry down. Now he is making music once again, both recording and touring.

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"Somewhere in the early 90s the world as I knew it ceased to exist. My marriage tanked and my wife moved out, taking our four year old son with her. I was under contract to Polystar Records in Japan at the time and obligated to deliver an album. The tunes I wrote during that period were some of the most personal of my life, but the pressure to complete the album and the transformation I was undergoing obliged me to release a body of work that was more demo than finished product. I loved the tunes, but I hadn't the time nor heart to take them to the next level. In the years following my divorce I had an opportunity to explore the underlying causes for my misadventures and these songs took on new meaning for me. I felt compelled to record them as I had always imagined them. The result was, "The Darkness Beyond the Fire". 

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Strangeways "Perfect World"

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The news of Strangeways reunion with American singer Terry Brock leaked when the announcement of Firefest 2010 festival line-up was launched with the inclusion of the band in the “Native Sons”/”Walk in the Fire” lineup on the bill. This came as a big surprise to many, since probably very few people would have hoped to see Brock crossing the ocean again and even less could think of a brand new Strangeways recording with the singer together with guitarist Ian J. Stewart, new bassist Warren Jolly, drummer Jim Drummond and keyboard player Dave "Munch" Moore.

Still the Strangeways reunion is now a fact and the new album “Perfect World” is something that re-establishes a fil rouge between today and musical events that happened more than 20 years ago. Turning back the clock in 1986, Strangeways released their self titled debut album for Bonaire/Arista Records. “Strangeways” received rave reviews, particularly from the british press which saw the potential for the band to break on to the US market.

Strangeways toured intensely supporting Europe, Bryan Adams and Meat Loaf but it was the following year’s “Native Sons” album that chiselled in stone the name of the band, who produced a full-blown melodic rock masterpiece, hailed by Kerrang! magazine as “the greatest and most preciously perfect AOR album of all time”. In 1989, even if 'Native Sons' didn't sell as well as the critical acclaim gathered, Strangeways recorded a third album titled 'Walk In The Fire'. The band wanted to have a more personal approach, less leaning to the Journey sound of the previous record. The result was truly superb, a big step further compared to “Native Sons”.

Terry Brock started a solo career which produced two acclaimed releases (“Back to Eden” and the very recent “Diamond Blue”) and collaborated with The Sign, Seventh Key and Giant.

“Perfect World” takes from where “Walk In the Fire” left off, with the band finding an even more mature musical identity, an amazing sense of spacious melodies and of course the magic voice of Terry Brock which connects the music with the classic Melodic Rock sound of “Native Sons” and “Walk in the Fire”. Don’t miss now their performance at Firefest 2010 hoping it will be the first of a long streak of dates.


Carolyn dawn Johnson "Love Rules"

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"Love Rules" Is Carolyn Dawn Johnson latest release that encompasses the new and exciteting world she has found her self in over the last few years. With the birth of her 2 children she has found more to write and live about than she could ever imagine. "Love Rules" will take you on emotional ride that comes with life’s up and downs and beautiful surprises. Recently Nominated for Female Artist of the Year for the CCMAs.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson has written and co-written tunes for some of the hottest names in country music, including SHeDAISY, Pam Tillis, Linda Davis, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, Suzy Bogguss, and the 1999 hit number "Single White Female" with Chely Wright.

 


George Duke "Déjà Vu"

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When keyboardist-composer-producer George Duke made a return trip to the heyday of funk on his 2008 recording, Dukey Treats, he reminded his fans and the music press of exactly what made the good old stuff so good. DownBeat called it "a wild and crazy album, especially if you're nostalgic about the guitar-scratching, double-clutching rhythms of James Brown and George Clinton and the bedroom ballads of Stevie Wonder and Aaron Neville.

" The Philadephia Enquirer called it simply "a valentine to funk." Duke returns to that same wellspring for Déjà Vu. The album revisits the synthesizer sound that characterized some of his most memorable recordings from the golden age of funk and soul. "The whole idea behind Déjà Vu was to take a look back at some of the stuff I used to do that was a little more musically challenging," says Duke. "In some way or another, whatever happened before always comes around again. It may be a little different, but it will resurface. That's kind of what this album is - a resurfacing of some ideas I had back in the `70s when I recorded albums with a lot of synthesizers, like Feel and The Aura Will Prevail.

Still, Déjà Vu does feature a few more shades of straightahead and contemporary jazz than its predecessor - as evidenced by fine guest performances throughout the record by trumpeter Nicholas Payton, flutist Hubert Laws and saxophonist Bob Sheppard. "These are three very strong instrumentalists," says Duke. "We do it here just like we did in the old days. Everybody gets a shot at playing. It's not just me playing a solo and then we take it out. I try to keep it a little more democratic. It's the typical jazz scenario of the old days, where everybody gets to play."

In the final analysis, Déjà Vu is a glance back, but with a very contemporary sensibility - a piece of work that comes together very much in the present, but also conjures up a persistent feeling of something great that came before. "I've always considered myself a multi-stylistic artist," says Duke. "I try to take people on a musical journey, whether it's on an album or in a show. I think the style of music that you choose to play is really irrelevant, as long as you're honest about what you're trying to present."


David Foster's albums reissues...

To say that everything David Foster touches turns to gold - and frequently platinum - would be an understatement. The songwriter and producer is a 15-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year) with an unprecedented 44 nominations, a recipient of 7 Canadian Juno Awards, an Emmy Award and a three time Oscar nominee, all over the course of four extraordinarily successful decades. Add to that, a slew of monster hits with some of the world's greatest singers of all time.

CdJapan reissued these 4 cds. Most of David's solo records are intrumentals except "River Of Love" featuring vocals by Warren Wiebe, Mike Reno, Jeff Pescetto, Bill Champlin and Nathalie Cole to name a few. On his self titled album, David sing himself in two duets with Olivia Newton John and Richard Page.

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River Of Love / David Foster

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The Symphony Sessions / David Foster


Line Of Fire "Momentum"

 

It’s been 5 years since LINE OF FIRE unleashed their debut album upon the unsuspecting masses. The band had planned to swiftly capitalize on the glowing success of Line Of Fire but when the sessions for Momentum began in 2006 it seemed that fate had other plans. Numerous personnel problems, sudden and life threatening health issues and other disruptive elements ran rampant throughout the LINE OF FIRE camp. It’s a miracle the band survived such tumultuous times. But it’s been said that great music comes from great struggle and Momentum is the culmination of 5 years of very complicated and strenuous circumstances. Despite the negative energies circulating during its conception, Momentum emerges as a bright light beaming from that dark period to carry the band forward and thrust them back into the spotlight of the AOR scene.

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To help aid in the album’s completion, the band enlisted several session musicians (Killwhitneydead, The Demonstration, Hip Pocket) in addition to adding a new guitarist. Thomas Clark (Jonin) joined vocalist Shawn Pelata and guitarist Nikki Dimage as a permanent member of LINE OF FIRE and brought with him a new spark and creative insight. The resulting material doesn’t stray too far from the Melodic Rock formula for which the band is best known. Despite using digital technologies to track Momentum, the band wanted to draw influence from classic albums like Boston’s Boston and Journey’s Departure for a more raw and organic sound. A sound which producer Jamie King was easily able to deliver. Momentum is a standout Melodic Rock album through and through and should not disappoint any of the fans who have been waiting patiently for this long promised and much delayed sophomore album.


Kerosene "Art Of Survival"

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Glen Bidmead (vocals/guitars) recorded a solo album (a world away) with charles fisher and has co-written with artists such as Mick Jones (foreigner), Brooke McClymont (the mcclymonts)  and the veronicas. Kere Buchanan (drums/keys/bv's) born in christchurch, new zealand moved to australia in 1988 and since being here has performed and recorded with tina arena, marcia hines, rick price, kasey chambers, bella, tamara stewart, troy cassar-daley and simon bruce.

The two musicians joined for a band project called Kerosene. Kerosene's "Art of Survival" presents us with 14 inspired songs of great Country Rock & West Coast blues vibe. Infectious songs with killer melodies and great grooves. If you like "Shelter me" by Richard Page, this record is for you!

Kerosene: Art Of Survival

Williams Riley "A Different Kind Of Country"

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Every once in a while, talent and personality do what they should: Attract immediate and enthusiastic support from fans and fellow artists. Case in point: Steve Williams, the lead singer for Williams Riley, one of country music's most exciting newcomers. Williams expresses amazement at how many top names within the music industry have rallied behind him and lent their talents and their enthusiastic support in helping his music find a larger audience.

Among those top names, rock's most famous guitarist, Slash, joins country star Bryan White and famed singer-songwriter Edwin McCain on the debut, self-titled Williams Riley album - an incredible rarity for a new, independent artist. That's only part of the lineup of all-stars on the recording. Co-producer Noel Golden is an award-winning studio veteran who has worked with platinum selling artists matchbox twenty, Metallica, Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel, Sammy Hagar, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack, to just name a few. Derek George, best-known as Bryan White's primary collaborator, also co-produced. Besides Slash, other acclaimed instrumentalists on the album include A-team players Dan Dugmore, Kenny Greenberg and John Hobbs. Fans have reacted with similar over-the-top fervor, crowding merchandise tables to buy Williams Riley CD's after each show. The band once sold all 400 CD's brought to a show in Chicago, even though they played a short 30-minute opening set before two better-known acts. "I can't believe how passionate everyone has been about what we're doing," says Williams, the singer, songwriter and guiding light of Williams Riley. "Not long ago, I was just a guy writing songs in Louisiana. Now a bunch of my heroes are playing with me and my band on my songs because they love what I'm doing, that tells me that we must be doing something right."

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Bruce Brittain "More to Love"

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With the release of his sophomore CD, Bruce Brittain introduces a few new songs, mixed with several that were originally produced during his Nashville “alternative country” period. With the extensive help of Atlanta producer/musician, David Leonard, the 12-song CD bridges a gap from honky-tonky bar shuffles to melancholy ballads to slide-guitar blues. The title cut, More to Love, was inspired by Atlanta’s second place ranking in USA Today’s “Fattest City” competition, an honor that demands reflection on the pluses of plus-size women. The song Woman of a Certain Age is Bruce’s observations on the appeal of women who have become more interesting, not just older.

There are songs inspired by granddaughters (Can’t Be), grandfathers (Sundown in Sun City) and bullshit artists (Never Met a Hero Yet). Bruce had planned to include a song inspired by left-handed Serbo-Croation barmaids but couldn’t work out the rhyme scheme. While this may not be Bruce’s last CD project, he is seriously contemplating taking up a less expensive hobby, perhaps Arabian horse breeding or cigarette power-boat racing. Given that, you will want to secure this CD as it will inevitably become a rare collector’s item. Order several as they make excellent coasters.

Bruce Brittain: More to Love