PLAYING FOR CHANGE - LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
Listen to the Music is the fourth star-studded ‘Songs Around the World’ album and video series from the world-renowned Playing for Change organization. It features audio recordings of hit rock and world-beat songs, along with a compelling series of performance videos in which PFC's unique recording process is documented to great effect. Each song is multi-track recorded and videotaped in multiple picturesque locations around the world by visionary producer and philanthropist Mark Johnson. The full 12 song project features more than 200 Artists an was recorded in 25 different countries. Featured Stars: The Doobie Brothers / Ellis Hall /Jack Johnson/ Dr. John / Warren Haynes / Cyril and Ivan Neville / John Cruz / Preservation Hall Jazz Band (New Orleans) / TP OK Jazz Band from Congo (Kinshasa) / John Densmore / Bombino / Buddy Guy / Waddy Wachtel / Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi /James Gadson / Reggie McBride / Karl Denson / Roberto Carcasses / Mamadou Diabate / Lee Oskar / Anders Osborne / Pancho Amat
JOHN PROULX – SAY IT
Say It is the new CD on ArtistShare by pianist, vocalist, and composer John Proulx. This is his fourth CD as a leader. He recorded his previous three albums on the MAXJAZZ label, but after the owner of MAXJAZZ passed away, he decided it was time to expand his horizons and take his career along a new and exciting path. Say It is the first album he’s produced independently. Proulx has always been a sensitive pianist, which is why he’s often busy working as an accompanist for other vocalists, and he exhibits his facility with different styles throughout the CD. He can swing hard or he can play with a gentle subtlety that melds beautifully with his lyrical, tenor voice. The ten songs on this project are a mix of lesser-known jazz standards and jazz interpretations of pop songs by a diverse group of composers, plus an original he co-wrote with Melissa Manchester, who guests on the CD. Proulx chose these songs because they are beautifully constructed both melodically and lyrically, lending themselves to a fresh, new sound with updated, modern jazz arrangements. The result is a CD of great warmth, affection, and sophistication.
HRISTO VITCHEV QUARTET - OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS
The highly anticipated new album by the Hristo Vitchev Quartet has been officially released worldwide! "Of Light and Shadows" marks Hristo's 9th album as a leader and catalogues the evolution and creative development of the internationally award wining quartet through its most adventurous and exploratory chapter yet. "Of Light and Shadows" combines Impressionistic Modern Jazz with elements of Romantic, Classical, and Progressive Rock. "This gifted guitarist and composer brings a new vitality and globally significant response to jazz! The most exploratory and creative work to date from the Hristo Vitchev Quartet and a major underline for the importance of Hristo Vitchev’s meteoric rise."- Amaxon.com; "Truly one of the best jazz compositions you’ll hear in 2018… total JOY!" - Dick Metcalf (Contemporary Fusion Reviews); "Vitchev's latest effort is another jewel in his growing catalog of widespread genres. Turn it up. There could be a new guitar hero in jazz town." - All About Jazz