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Keyboardist David Garfield opens the box with “Jazz”


The first volume of his sprawling “Outside the Box” series, “Jazz Outside the Box,” due March 23, is his first straight-ahead jazz offering illuminated by a stellar lineup.

Keyboardist David Garfield was nineteen when he got his start playing alongside influential bebop jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. But opportunities came quickly for him in contemporary jazz as well as in R&B and pop, which guided the direction of his now five-decade career away from his roots. Straight-ahead jazz has remained in his core and he’s longed to return “home” thus to launch his prolific multi-volume, multi-genre “Outside the Box” collection, Garfield will drop his first straight-ahead jazz album, “Jazz Outside the Box,” on March 23 via his Creatchy Records label.      

In addition to playing piano, Fender Rhodes and synthesizers, Garfield produced and arranged the 15-track jazz set that revisits Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Joe Sample, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Oliver Nelson and Joe Zawinul classics, applies an imaginative jazz varnish to a pair of Sting songs, and presents four of his own compositions. To materialize his vision, Garfield rounded up a massive ensemble that boasts several accomplished musicians he’s never worked with before but have long been on his wish list of collaborators such as trumpeter Wallace Roney, percussionist Poncho Sanchez and drummer Steve Jordan. Randy Brecker, Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Pete Christlieb, Bennie Maupin, Brian Auger, Will Lee, Airto Moreira along with dozens of other prominent players guest on the record, which includes Charlie Bisharat’s String Quartet and an orchestra conducted by John Clayton.

“Jazz Outside the Box” contains among the final performances by a pair of recently-departed guitar greats, Chuck Loeb and Larry Coryell. Perhaps the most unusual contribution comes from The Doors’ John Densmore, who plays drums and orates on a spoken word segment on the full-length version of Silver’s “Song For My Father.”

“I recruited a unique grouping of players to render each song. It was like casting for a movie. For example, ‘Song For My Father’ is rich with meaning, history and personal connections, which is a major component and an underlying purpose behind the entire ‘Outside the Box’ project. On that tune, I pay tribute to its author, Horace Silver, who was my mentor and like an adopted father to me. It also pays homage to The Doors and Steely Dan. A lot of people don’t know that Horace originally wrote lyrics to the song, so I had John (Densmore) speak Horace’s words. Another cool thing is that Steely Dan borrowed the opening bass riff from ‘Song for My Father’ for ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ so I often quoted ‘Rikki’ whenever I played ‘Song for My Father’ at my gigs. I included that quote at the beginning of this recording, which features guitarist Denny Dias, a founding member of Steely Dan who played on the original ‘Rikki.’ There’s also a part of the track where I have (former Chicago lead singer) Jason Scheff sing ‘If you have a change of heart’ as another nod to ‘Rikki,’” said Garfield.     

One of Garfield’s originals is “East Lou Brew,” another salute steeped in personal history. The song honors Miles Davis and their shared hometown, St. Louis. Davis’s nephew, Vince Wilburn, mans the drum kit, Davis protégé Roney shines on trumpet, Maupin plays sax and bass clarinet, Coryell is on guitar, Darryl Jones handles bass and Moreira adds percussion. Wilburn, Jones, Maupin and Moreira were in Davis’s band with the latter two having played on Davis’s landmark album, “Bitches Brew.”

“‘East Lou Brew’ is an adventurous tune loosely based on themes from some of Miles’ best-known works. It was incredible to play with all these greats who knew Miles and toured and recorded with him. They all shared a ton of stories, which helped ground the tune in both past and present. I consider Miles one of my strongest and primary musical influences and I always wanted to play with him. This is the next best thing.”

Another giant who was one of Garfield’s mentors was Sample. “I got to write, tour and record with Joe, and recorded his song, ‘Rainbow Seeker,’ to honor his recent passing. I was devastated when we lost him and wanted to find the perfect way to honor him on this project. Joe was not only one of my favorite all-time keyboard players, but he was a huge influence on my musical development as a pianist and keyboardist.”       

As “Jazz Outside the Box” prepares to ship to jazz radio stations, Garfield’s single, “Jamming,” continues to climb the smooth jazz charts. On the heels of his Billboard No. 2 hit, “Go Home,” both singles will appear on “Jamming Outside the Box,” the second album in the series with this one approaching jazz from a contemporary/smooth perspective.

The disc will be released this summer. Also, presently moving up the country charts is “I Lied,” a vocal ballad Garfield penned with legend Smokey Robinson, which will be released on “Vox Outside the Box.”

“Jazz Outside the Box” contains the following songs: “Fragile” “Harvest Time” “In A Sentimental Mood” “Roxanne” “Song For My Father” (full-length) “Rainbow Seeker” “Stolen Moments” “Voodoo Gumbo/Citizen Coryell” “East Lou Brew” “Sophisticated Lady” “Red Baron” “Country Preacher” “Prophecy” “My Favorite Things” “Song For My Father” (radio edit)


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Michael Thompson Band new single "72 Camaro"


Not only will the Michael Thompson Band be appearing at Frontiers Rock Festival this April 28-29th for their first live performance in Europe, but they are also working on a new studio album!

Today, we are pleased to offer you a preview of the new music they are working on with the song,"'72 Camaro"

You can download the single HERE

This video was filmed when Craig Bauer (mixing engineer) was approached by Hear Technologies with the idea of capturing video of a recording session in Sphere Studios, owned by Francesco Camelli (tracking engineer), in LA. They wanted well known, reputable musicians in the video since it was ultimately going to be used at their booth at the NAMM Show. Craig approached Michael Thompson and Larry King, who are in the middle of the recording new albums from Michael Thompson Band and Soleil Moon and they were more than happy to call in some friends to be the subjects for the video with them.

So Vinnie Colaiuta, Leland Sklar - Bassist, and Ricky Peterson came in and now you have this video to watch!   “We will see if and how we will use this song later on,” says singer Larry King, “but in the meantime we wanted the fans to be able to properly enjoy this song in preparation of the band’s performance at the Frontiers' Festival. We hope you can enjoy this and see you soon in Italy!

Michael Kratz "Live Your Life"


Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the release date for "Live Your Life", new studio album by Danish AOR / Westcoast artist Michael Kratz.

Michael has had a long and rewarding career in the music business, especially in his home country. Having achieved multiple gold releases as the drummer of mainstream pop act, Kandis, his fanbase grew, thanks to his remarkable skills as a musician, which enables him to play any style of rock music. After an entire year of hard-work, Michael is ready to show to music fans the amazing result of "Live Your Life", a real masterpiece of classic AOR / Westcoast music, crafted with a top quality sound and an enviable attitude. 

Michael worked in the album with some legendary musicians like Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Landau, Dom Brown (Duran Duran), David Garfield, Christian Warburg (Paul Young) & Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline). "Live Your Life" is going to become a true modern classic in AOR / Westcoast music, thanks to an outstanding overall quality both in songwriting and musicianship. CD graphics (including the alternative Japanese cover artwork) have been designed by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Viana, Charming Grace, Room Experience), while cd booklet features double liner notes written by Kenneth Bremer, editor in chief of renowned westcoast music website Blue Desert, and Steve Price, the star speaker behind renowned ARfm rock radio in UK.


GIG "Brave New World"


Contante & Sonante is thrilled and excited to present the debut release from the band GIG titled 'Brave New World'.

GIG is comprised of the legendary songwriters and musicians Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis & Bruce Gaitsch, whose blended talents have produced such an honest, authentic and original sound within this special group project.

Additional artists lending their talents to this unique endeavor include Keith Carlock, Dan Needham, George Hawkins Jr., Tim Denbo, Doug Yowell, Billy Ward, Charlie McCoy, Janey Clewer & the late, great Warren Wiebe.

Scheduled to release on April 30th as an exclusive 1000 copy limited numbered edition, pre-orders are being accepted now exclusively through

Ensuring that you'll have one of the valuable numbered copies of GIG 'Brave New World', we encourage you to reserve now!

Left Lane "In Common" for the first time ever on cd!!!!


On March 28, P-Vine Records in Japan will release ”In Common” by Left Lane, originally released in 1985.

This album has previously only been available on LP in Sweden through Sison Music, however in a extremely limited edition. But now,thanks to P-Vine Records ,You will be able to enjoy this album for the first time ever on CD. You can listen to audio files through the attached clip.

Lovers of PM and Peter Mayer Group will enjoy this album. Left Lane features Peter Mayer, guitar and vocals, Jim Mayer ,bass, Roger Guth, drums and Ray Kennedy, keyboards. This album includes the original versions of the songs "In Common" and "Garden Wall", which were instrumental versions on Dave Weckl's debut album "Master Plan" 1990. ”In Common” was recorded and engineered by Jay Oliver in Studio 88 in St. Louis. It was produced as a joint venture with Oliver and the band. With its mix of instrumental and vocals, “In Common” is without a doubt one of the most intelligent collections of music recorded in this genre. Make sure to secure your copy of Left Lane "In Common" by ordering it from the following sources.

They are taking pre-orders now:,,,,

You can also check out various retailers on eBay.

Thanks to Mikael Engström