RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN - A MOMENT WITH FRIENDS
Classic soul group, Ray, Goodman & Brown preview their new album – A MomentWith Friends available exclusively for now at soultracks.com. First as the Moments and then as Ray, Goodman & Brown, this trio has provided some ofthe greatest soul music of the last four decades, including Love On A TwoWay Street and Special Lady. A Moment With Friends is a salute to thegreat soul songs of the 60s and 70s. For this week alone, Ray, Goodman & Brown have agreed to offer this CD at a special price (including free shipping), plus autographed at soultracks.com.
San Francisco’s own KCSM(91.1FM) has the distinction of being the nation’sonly true 24-hour broadcast radio jazz station. Even New York City,considered the center of the musical form does not have a station thatplays only jazz with no news and information breaks. There is a station in New Jersey, however, it only plays 20 hours of jazz. Many other stations have opted the route of smooth jazz radio instead. The station features their daily Jazz Datebook listing live performances from around the Bay Area. DJs also interview musicians and offer historical and musical insights.
PANAMA JAZZ FESTIVAL
The third annual Panama Jazz Festival is scheduled for January 19-21, 2006. The three day event will feature the Randy Weston African Group, the David Sanchez Group, the Kurt Rosenwinkel Group featuring Mark Turner, the New England Conservatory Ensemble, the University Panama Big Band, led by Vitin Paz with special guests, Santi Debriano and the Sounds of Ashe From theUniversity of Massachusetts, the Carlos Garnett Quartet, Maurice Smith’sTribute Band, Folk Panamanian Musicians, among other national and international musicians.
APPLE SELLS 100 MILLION DOWNLOADS IN EUROPE
Apple has confirmed that it is growing close to selling 100 million iTunes downloads in the European market. To celebrate, Apple has announced amajor prize for the music fan who grabs the winning track download. The winning package includes a 17-inch iMac G5, 3 30GB iPod, 10,000 free iTunes downloads and two tickets to see Robbie Williams perform live. Stateside, Apple has crossed the 500 million download milestone and is headed for the billionth download.
NINA SIMONE & KENNY G CDs
Upcoming CDs in the coming months include: Nina Simone’s Nina Sings The Blues (RCA) and Silk And Soul (Legacy), both due on January 17 and Kenny G’s The Essential Kenny G (Legacy) on January 24.
MARCUS JOHNSON NEWS
D.C's own Marcus Johnson will perform selection from his Smooth Jazz Christmas album as he appears live at Borders bookstore in downtown Silver Spring, MD on December 6 at 7PM.
JAZZ AND CHILL FLAMENCO STYLE
Flamenco singer Diego Clavel surprises listeners once again with his latest release Por solea. Which is a very complicated, exhaustive and in-depthwork about the world of soleares. Released in digipack format, this new CD features the participation the guitarists Antonio Carrión and Paco Cortés. El Barrio's seventh release – Las playas de invierno (The Winter Beaches) is a surprising, committed and mature record. In this release, El Barrio remains faithful to his musical influences and continues moving between flamenco and rock like a fish in the water of the Cádiz beaches that inspire his oeuvre. Solo compass. From Utrera (featuring various artists) is an authentic gypsy party recorded live in Utrera, with the participation of artists from everyage group. Gitanos de Utrera are responsible for the singing and dancing,with accompaniment by the guitarists Paco Fernández, Antonio Moya and "Pitín de Utrera"."
OUR NEW ORLEANS COMPILATION ALBUM DUE
Our New Orleans, Nonesuch Album of Newly Recorded Songs by New Orleans Musicians, Benefits Gulf Coast Hurricane Victims via Habitat for Humanity;to Be Released December 6 Artists Include Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, Randy Newman,Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Wild Magnolias,Buckwheat Zydeco, and Others
Nonesuch Records is releasing a benefit album of newly recorded songsfeaturing artists from the New Orleans music community - across a wide variety of styles - to document the depth, richness, and profound musicality of that unique city. Net proceeds from the sale of Our New Orleans will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International to aid those affected by the recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. A portion of those funds will be earmarked to help provide housing for New Orleans musicians through the recently announced Musicians' Village. Several of New Orleans' best-known musicians have recorded songs that are integral to their lives and that express their feelings about the city and the recent events there. The album was made swiftly and simply, over the course of a month, in several one-day sessions in cities across the country. Our New Orleans will be released December 6, 2005.
For this special project, Nonesuch has joined forces with others in theartistic community. Nick Spitzer, host of "American Routes" - a nationally syndicated weekly public radio music show produced in New Orleans - contributed liner notes to the record, as did Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford, also a Crescent City resident. Nonesuch's parent company - Warner Bros. Records, part of the Warner MusicGroup - is donating all of the production costs for Our New Orleans as part of the Group's larger efforts on behalf of hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Many others involved in creating the album are also generously donating their time and services.
Our New Orleans track listing:
1. Allen Toussaint - "Yes We Can Can" (producer, Joe Henry)
2. Dr. John - "World I Never Made" (producers, Mark Bingham/Hal Willner)
3. Irma Thomas - "Back Water Blues" (producer, Joe Henry)
4. Davell Crawford - "Gather by the River" (producers, Mark Bingham/Hal Willner)
5. Buckwheat Zydeco - "Cryin' in the Streets" (producer, Ry Cooder)
6. Dr. Michael White - "Canal Street Blues" (producers, Mark Bingham/Doug Petty)
7. Wild Magnolias - "Brother John Is Gone/Herc-Jolly-John" (producers, Doug Petty/Matt Sakakeeny)
8. Eddie Bo - "When the Saints Go Marching In" (producer, Nick Spitzer)
9. Dirty Dozen Brass Band - "My Feet Can't Fail Me Now" (producer, Joe Henry)
10. Carol Fran - "Tou' les jours ç'est pas la même" ("Every Day Is Not the Same") (producer, Nick Spitzer)
11. BeauSoleil - "L'ouragon" ("The Hurricane") (producers, Michael Doucet /Nick Spitzer)
12. Preservation Hall Jazz Band - "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" (producers, Doug Petty/Matt Sakakeeny)
13. Charlie Miller - "Prayer for New Orleans" (producers, Mark Bingham/Hall Willner)
14. The Wardell Quezergue Orchestra featuring Donald Harrison - "What a Wonderful World" (producers, Joel Dorn/Adam Dorn)
15. Allen Toussaint - "Tipitina and Me" (producer, Joe Henry)
16. Randy Newman featuring the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with members of the New York Philharmonic - "Louisiana 1927" (producer, Steve Epstein)