Tuesday, July 31, 2007


'The Essential Paul Simon,' is a two-disc, 36-song set spanning Simon's extraordinary four-decade career was released by Warner Bros. Records this past June.. The release stands as the single best collection of Simon's greatest songs, beginning with "Mother And Child Reunion" from his groundbreaking debut. The set includes highlights from each of Simon's albums, up to the collection's closer "Wartime Prayers," from the acclaimed 2006 album 'Surprise.' Simon was recently honored as the first recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star gala concert held at Washington, DC's Warner Theatre. "Few songwriters have had a broader influence or contributed more to song genres than Paul Simon," said Librarian of Congress James Billington, citing "the depth, range and sheer beauty of his music, as well as its ability to bridge peoples and cultures." The gala concert was broadcast nationally on PBS June 27, the day after release of 'The Essential Paul Simon.'

During his distinguished career, Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which were albums of the year. He is an inductee to The Songwriters Hall of Fame and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song "Mrs. Robinson" from the motion picture "The Graduate" was named in the top ten of The American Film Institute's "100 Years 100 Songs." He was a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors in 2003, and his landmark 'Graceland' album was recently added to the National Archives.

In addition to the 2-CD set, a Deluxe Edition containing both CDs as well as a bonus DVD will be released concurrently. Together for the first time in one place, the Deluxe Edition's DVD content features 6 music videos, "Saturday Night Live" performances and appearances, and an appearance on "The Dick Cavett Show." The "Saturday Night Live" footage includes the classic duet with George Harrison on "Homeward Bound," a performance of "Loves Me Like a Rock" from the second SNL episode ever, and Paul's appearance in a comedy sketch with the lounge-singing Sweeny Sisters.

'The Essential Paul Simon' Track Listing:

CD Disc One:

1. Mother And Child Reunion
2. Loves Me Like A Rock
3. Me And Julio Down By The School Yard
4. Duncan
5. Kodachrome® ("Kodachrome®" is a registered trademark for colored film.)
6. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
7. Slip Slidin' Away
8. Gone At Last with Phoebe Snow and The Jessy Dixon Singers
9. Something So Right
10. Late In The Evening
11. Hearts And Bones
12. Take Me To The Mardi Gras
13. That Was Your Mother
14. American Tune
15. Peace Like A River
16. Stranded In A Limousine
17. Train In The Distance
18. The Late Great Johnny Ace
19. Still Crazy After All These Years

CD Disc Two:

1. Graceland
2. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
3. The Boy In The Bubble
4. You Can Call Me Al
5. Under African Skies
6. The Obvious Child
7. Born At The Right Time
8. The Cool, Cool River
9. Spirit Voices
10. Adios Hermanos
11. Born In Puerto Rico
12. Quality
13. Darling Lorraine
14. Hurricane Eye
15. Father And Daughter
16. Outrageous
17. Wartime Prayers



"Me And Julio Down By The School Yard" (with Mickey Mantle)
"You Can Call Me Al" (with Chevy Chase)
"Boy In The Bubble"
"Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes"
"The Obvious Child"
"Father And Daughter"


"The Dick Cavett Show"
-"Mrs. Robinson" (1970) - interview/performance
"Saturday Night Live"
-"Loves Me Like A Rock" (1975) - performance
-"Sweeney Sisters" (1987) - comedy sketch
-"Homeward Bound" (with George Harrison) (1976) - performance


Bermuda Department of Tourism announced today that Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie along with Motown Legend Smokey Robinson and Grammy Award nominee Natasha Bedingfield will be among the top acts performing at the 12th Annual Bermuda Music Festival being hosted, once again, by "one of the 'Original Kings of Comedy'" Steve Harvey. From October 3-6, 2007, visitors and Bermudians alike will experience a festival that blends the talents & sounds of internationally renowned performers, rising stars and local artists.

"We are thrilled to welcome such celebrated artists to the Bermuda Music Festival," said Bermuda's Premier, Minister of Tourism and Transport, Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP. "This is a wonderful annual event that positively impacts our country and draws visitors from across the globe. These gifted performers are sure to make this years' festival bigger and better than ever!"

Lionel Richie got his start in the Motown R&B group, the Commodores. The Commodores were one of the most successful acts on the Motown label in the 70s with such hits as "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady." It wasn't until after he left Commodores in the 80's that Lionel Richie became one of the most successful male solo artists with singles such as "Hello" and "All Night Long." Lionel Richie is the only artist, besides Irving Berlin, to
have a nine year streak of at least one number one hit every year. In 2006 he released the album Coming Home.

Smokey Robinson, nicknamed America's greatest poet by Bob Dylan, is the writer of many soul classics such as "My Girl" and "The Way You Do the Things You Do." During the sixties Smoky Robinson was not only one of the
best song writers in America but also the lead singer for the Miracles. In 1971 he left the Miracles to become Vice-President of Motown Corporations and to launch his solo career. Smoky Robinson was voted into the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and is still continuing today to make everlasting music with the release of his 2006 album Timeless Love.

Natasha Bedingfield, who recently performed at the memorial Concert for Diana, took the US by storm last year with the first British chart topping hit by a female in almost twenty years. Vanity Fair singled her out as the spearhead of a new Britpop invasion. Her song "Unwritten" proved to be the most played song on mainstream American radio in 2006.

Comedian, actor and radio personality, Steve Harvey, is a force to be reckoned with. The comedian hit the silver screens in 2004 with two movie releases. After completing a second season of the WB's "Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge," his latest blockbuster animated live action family film, "Racing Stripes," hit theatres this past January. "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," boasted ratings with loyal listeners over its first five years. Today, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks and airs in 18 markets including New York, Dallas, Washington, DC, Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte, Kansas City and Philadelphia.

This year's Bermuda Music Festival is going back to its roots and will be held at the National Sports Centre, the site of the first Bermuda Music Festival 12 years ago. The festival is being produced by George Wein and his company, Festival Productions, Inc. Past participants in the Bermuda Music Festival include: Kenny G, Seal, Natalie Cole, India.Arie, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker and Isaac Hayes, to name a few.


Guitarist Jeff Golub is about to release another single from his current CD, Grand Central. The single "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got)," is a cover of the Four Tops 1974 hit, features saxophonist Richard Elliot. Also appearing on the single are trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardist Mitchell Forman, and drummer Steve Ferrone. Grand Central was produced by Golub, who wanted to capture the loose, live feeling of a jazz club performance. Golub also has more tour dates scheduled with Guitars & Saxes 2007, also featuring Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, and Tim Bowman. For more tour dates, go to jeffgolub.com.


StoreBlocks™, the music distribution platform offered by music distribution developer PassAlong Networks™, today launched an online music store for JAZZIZ® Omnimedia and its subsidiaries, JAZZIZ® Magazine, JAZZIZ® Digital and JAZZIZ® Bistro. The store features PassAlong's entire catalog of 3 million songs and highlights jazz musicians on the homepage.

"JAZZIZ is an industry leader in the jazz world and we are honored to partner with them to extend our services to a new and unique audience," said Dave Jaworski, co-founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks. "We are looking for partners that want to focus on specific genres and it's great to have JAZZIZ lead the way."

StoreBlocks includes one of the industry's largest music catalogs of 3 million songs, innovative viral marketing tools and extensive store building options and features. Included in its music catalog are around 2 million independent songs in MP3 format.

"The launch of our online music store enhances our position as the preeminent infotainment and distribution company for all things jazz," said Michael Fagien, CEO of JAZZIZ Omnimedia.

All StoreBlocks program levels include the company's patent-pending Passing-and-Points™ platform, which offers fans an incentive to share music with others by awarding them points for their efforts, redeemable for future purchases. Music can be shared via email, Yahoo! Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger and with Skype.

StoreBlocks' premium services currently power more than 120 online music stores, including BreakthruRadio, TransWorld's f.y.e. - online music store and Procter & Gamble's Julie's Jukebox, a digital music store on HomeMadeSimple.com.

For nearly 25 years, JAZZIZ® Magazine has been covering the jazz world, documenting musical innovations, charting industry trends, and illustrating the artists whose lives so colorfully inform our own. Award-winning JAZZIZ® Magazine gives you the lowdown each month on what's hot (and what's not) in the world of jazz with insightful editorial, hundreds of CD reviews, and inspired photography and design. And JAZZIZ® lets you hear the music for yourself in all its classic and modern variety with JAZZIZ ON DISC™, a beautifully packaged CD filled with classic, new and exclusive music not available anywhere else! JAZZIZ® has been called "the voice of a new jazz culture; a culture it helped create," and over the past 24 years has grown to become the largest-circulated jazz publication in the world and the undisputed authority on jazz music and style. Now more than a magazine, JAZZIZ® stands for the best content, products, and services that the jazz world has to offer.

A full-service music distribution platform, StoreBlocks™ offers online retail store-building tools to enable clients to provide their end-consumers with a library of 3 million licensed songs, including 2 million in raw MP3 format, allowing for interoperability across multiple platforms and devices. Its powerful music referral system, Passing-and-Points™, offers easy-to-use rewards programs and legal music sharing. StoreBlocks offers a range of store options for everyone from individuals and charities to large corporations and currently powers more than 120 stores including BreakthruRadio, TransWorld's f.y.e. - for your entertainment online music store and Procter & Gamble's Julie's Jukebox, a digital music store on HomeMadeSimple.com. Features include turnkey templates, Web services, reporting systems, e-commerce engines and storefront showcases. StoreBlocks is a division of PassAlong Networks and can be found at http://www.StoreBlocks.com.

PassAlong Networks develops digital media innovations and services designed to enhance the Connected Consumer™ ecosystem while empowering artists and fans. PassAlong's core technologies include: media libraries, digital media store-building platforms and Web services through the StoreBlocks™ division; consumer-direct media displays, widgets and notification services through the OnTour® division; non-DRM protection technologies and media tracking through the FreedomMP3™ division; and independent artist self-publishing and promotion through its subsidiary Speakerheart.com. Current initiatives include advertising premium incentive programs, ad-supported revenue models, variable-pricing programs and in-car music downloads, mobile devices, media place-shifting and device-shifting, digital video libraries, and social networks. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is privately held and based in Franklin, Tennessee. For more information, visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com.

OnTour, StoreBlocks, freedomMP3, PassAlong, Connected Consumer, Passing-and-Points and Speakerheart are trademarks of PassAlong Networks. All other brands are trademarks of their respective owners.


A new Greatest Hits release is due from Sly and the Family Stone catalogue It is scheduled for release on August 28 and will be in digipak packaging along with new liner notes and photos.

Verve Records has a whole lot of album reissues and titles on the upcoming calendar.  They will release 13 titles, all planned for August 21.  They are: Lady Sings the Blues (Billie Holiday); Ella in Hamburg, The Very Best of the Duke Ellington Songbook, The Very Best of the Gershwin Songbook (Ella Fitzgerald); Ruby Ruby (Gato Barbieri); Shape of Things to Come (George Benson); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Jimmy Smith); Nights From the Alhambra (Loreena McKennitt); Lift to the Scaffold (Miles Davis); Live at Mister Kelly’s (Sarah Vaughn); Getz Au Go Go (Stan Getz); Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One (Oscar Peterson Trio); and Goin’ Out of My Head (Wes Montgomery).
Concord Jazz has slated a series of Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival titles, and they include: Dizzy Gillespie (Live at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival); Louis Armstrong (Live at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival); Miles Davis (Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival); Sarah Vaughan (Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival); Thelonius Monk (Live at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival); as well as a Various Artists compile called Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  All are scheduled for release on August 21.

A Number 1s series compilation title in the works for Lionel Richie and the Commodores, and will be released by Motown on August 28.  Motown will also release Number 1s for Stevie Wonder on August 21.

Kool & the Gang Videology will be released on DVD for Kool & The Gang on August 28 by Mercury Records.

Polydor Records will release Volume 2 of Millennium Collection: 20th Century Masters: The 70s, for James Brown on August 28.

A series of the upcoming Ella Fitzgerald “best of” sets are scheduled for August 21.  They are distillations of larger, more meticulous 4LP sets released in the late ‘50s.  The sets are The Very Best of the Duke Ellington Song Book (1957 – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book) and The Very Best of the Gershwin Song Book (1959 – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Gershwin Song Book). 


Three new songs will be featured on the Santana retrospective "Ultimate Santana," due Oct. 16 via Arista. They include a Shakira/Lil Wayne collaboration that has yet to be named, an "infectious" rocker penned by and featuring Nickelback's Chad Kroeger titled "Into the Night" and a new version of the 2002 Michelle Branch-featuring hit "The Game of Love" with vocals from Tina Turner.

"We got a Grammy with Michelle, and Michelle brought her own spirit and her own innocence and purity," Santana tells Billboard, adding that Turner was the original intended guest on the cut, but that label politics got in the way. "However, when you hear these notes that Tina hits, every hair on your body stands up."

As for "Into the Night," Santana says it has that "kind of chant in a coliseum when your team is ahead, like 'We Will Rock You.' I am very grateful that Chad has shared it with me."

Next up on Santana's agenda is a double-disc set tentatively titled "Multi-Dimensional Warrior," which will be out next spring. Says the artist, "I took like six or seven CDs from the past that I felt never really got heard in between 'Abraxas' and 'Supernatural' and I complied this flow of songs." Santana has recorded some new guitar parts for the effort, which he describes as "a love letter to the fans."

Also in the works is a potential collaboration with producer Bill Laswell dubbed "Free Will" and music Santana has earmarked for use in conjunction with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. "I'm writing music that will hopefully put us center stage with our African brothers there," he says.


"The Stewart Copeland Anthology" Includes Acclaimed Soundtrack Recordings, Legendary Klark Kent Music, and 10 Never Before Released Recordings!

KOCH Records has announced the release of "The Stewart Copeland Anthology," a collection of musical works by legendary drummer for The Police, Stewart Copeland. This album will be released on August 14th, 2007.

Stewart Copeland rose to international stardom as drummer and co-founder of the Police, with whom he earned critical acclaim for his intricate, textured drum work. Beginning with their first hit, 1979's "Roxanne," the trio emerged as one of the most popular and innovative bands of the post-punk era, drawing upon reggae, funk, and world music to create a uniquely infectious yet cerebral brand of music which generated a series of smash singles including "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "Every Breath You Take," and "King of Pain."

At the peak of The Police's success in 1983, Francis Ford Coppola called Stewart to ask him to compose the score for his "art movie for kids" "Rumble Fish," which began Copeland's career as a film composer. Notable for its unique blend of sampled sounds including clocks and car horns and with an end title song, "Don't Box Me In," performed by Wall of Voodoo alumnus Stan Ridgeway and Copeland, "Rumble Fish" earned Copeland a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Score. In 1985 he released "The Rhythmatist," the product of his musical pilgrimage to Africa, followed by an ever-increasing number of film scores including a pair of Oliver Stone features, "Wall Street" and "Talk Radio," in addition to acclaimed projects like the Emmy-nominated "Dead Like Me" and "West Beirut" as well as many more mainstream Hollywood productions.

"The Stewart Copeland Anthology" is a fascinating overview of his solo career including his Trey Anastasio/Les Claypool collaboration: Oysterhead, as well as key tracks from the Notte Della Taranta and GIZMO ensembles. "The Anthology" features music from many of his memorable film scores, along with key tracks from other projects (including a seminal track credited to the multi-instrumentalist Klark Kent).

Copeland says, "Contained on this album are some of the many musical adventures that I've had. Roughly chronological, 'The Anthology' starts with the callow charm of Klark Kent, and ends up with some of the slicker things that I have figured out after four decades of my obsession with music."

Returning to play together on a concert stage for the first time since 1984, The Police, 2003's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, embarked on an international tour on May 28th that instantly became the top grossing tour of 2007. Among the upcoming dates two performances at New York's Madison Square Garden followed by one at Giants Stadium are set for the 1st, 3rd and 5th of August 2007 together with ten additional US dates expected in October and November. Further they are set for blocks of European, Latin American, Japan and Australia/ NZ appearances through next spring.

1. Too Kool to Kalypso - Klark Kent
2. Don't Box Me In - Rumble Fish
3. Tulsa Tango - Rumble Fish
4. Koteja (O Bolilla) - The Rhythmatist
5. Serengeti Long Walk - The Rhythmatist
6. Theme from The Equalizer - Orchestralli
7. Anacott Steel - Wall Street
8. ** Slither (demo)
9. ** Night Drive Home - Very Bad Things
10. ** Taxi Ride - West Beirut
11. Bill is Dead - The Pallbearer
12. Wield The Spade - Oysterhead
(Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland)
13. ** Look Up - vocals by Martina Topley-Bird
14. ** Rain - Spyro the Dragon
15. Childhood Friends - The Leopard Son
16. Mud Lions - The Leopard Son
17. ** Pizzica Degli Ucci - La Notte Della Taranta Ensemble
w/Stewart Copeland
18. ** Chrystal/Drive Daisy - Dead Like Me
19. ** George Trip/ End - Dead Like Me
20. ** Big Drum Tribe - Gizmo (Vittorio Cosma, Stewart Copeland, Armand
Sabal-Lecco, Phil X, Mauro Refosco, Dodo Nkishi)
21. ** Regret - Metropolis
**Indicates never before commercially released in the US and Canada


Andi Howard, president of Peak Records, has announced two time Grammy and Oscar winning recording artist Peabo Bryson has signed to the label. His debut release for the label, "Missing You," the 20th album of his career and his first in eight years, is set for release October 2, 2007.

Peabo Bryson is among the world's most dynamic and gifted vocal talents. Over the course of a career spanning from the mid-'60s but truly igniting in the '70s, the 2x-Oscar and Grammy-winner has amassed a fan base, critical acclaim, gold albums and an avalanche of awards by being one of the truly best friends a good song ever had... many of which he composed himself.

From ballads that gracefully continued the legacy of sweet soul music such as "Feel the Fire" and "I'm So Into You" to chart-topping pop hits such as "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" and "Can You Stop The Rain," and a plethora of duet collaborations with artists ranging from singers Celine Dion ("Beauty & The Beast"), Regina Belle ("A Whole New World") and Melissa Manchester ("Lovers After All"), to instrumentalists Kenny G ("By The Time This Night is Over") and Jim Brickman ("My Heart Belongs To You"), Peabo Bryson has proven himself as the consummate vocal professional. And, the 11 tracks of "Missing You," four of which he co-wrote, reaffirm his status!

The first single, "Count On Me" was just released to radio. Peabo Bryson is currently guest starring in Norman Brown's Summer Storm Tour 2007. Additional tour dates, including his annual "Colors of Christmas Tour" are to follow. Further background information and a selection of hi resolution images can be accessed on www.peakrecords.com. User i.d. is publicity, password is Peak.

Peak Records is a division of the Concord Music Group.


The first annual Jazz Improv® LIVE! Convention & Festival 2007, The One International Convention For Jazz Fans -- announces a preliminary schedule of headline events (see below for details), and Discount Advance Registration. Taking place this autumn in New York, October 25-28, 2007, at The New Yorker Hotel and Manhattan Center, at 34th Street & 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, right in the heart of the jazz world, the event will feature over 150 activities, a 12,000 square foot jazz expo area, and scores of performances, all day and evening, by leading and emerging artists covering the broadest array of jazz genres. Highlights include an exclusive U.S. appearance by the McCoy Tyner Trio featuring Stanley Clarke and Jack DeJohnette which will be recorded live for release on Half Note.

Legendary jazz historians and authorities Ira Gitler, Dan Morgenstern, George Wein, Ashley Kahn, Michael Cogswell (Louis Armstrong Museum), Loren Schoenberg (Jazz Museum of Harlem), Gary Walker, WBGO are among the list of experts who will be appearing on panels, workshops and interviews about the music, history, recordings, and personalities. Plus, for those who make music -- musicians, students, hobbyists, educators -- there will be an entire event track focused on playing, improvising, composing, arranging and the ins and outs of the music business, led by some of the industry's foremost players.

To take advantage of Advance Registration discounts, including a free bonus copy of Jazz Improv Magazine (300 pages with enhanced companion CD), call 1-888-472-0670, or use the secure automated registration form online at www.jazzimprov.com/live, or by mail to: Jazz Improv Convention Corporation, Murray Hill Station, P.O. Box 1813, New York, NY 10156. For information on SPONSORSHIPS and exhibiting, contact Jamie Cosnowsky, jamie@jazzimprov.com, 212-889-0853.

Thursday, October 25
Kickoff party/performance exclusively for Jazz Improv attendees in-store
at Virgin MegaStores, Times Square location, NY with headliner to be named

Friday, October 26 (evening)
McCoy Tyner - Stanley Clarke - Jack DeJohnette All Star Trio (evening)
Pat Martino Quartet (evening)
Jimmy Heath Big Band (evening)
Geri Allen Trio (evening)
Sun Ra Arkestra (afternoon)
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra w/Dave Liebman perf. Gil Evans’
Porgy & Bess (afternoon)
Bobby Sanabria (afternoon)
Mark Sherman with Joe Magnarelli, Allen Farnham, Tim Horner, Dean Johnson

Saturday, October 27 (evening)
Stanley Clarke Trio (evening)
Wallace Roney Group (evening)
Jazz Improv All Star Big Band & Guests (evening)
Roy Haynes Quartet (evening)
Pat Martino Guitar Workshop/Clinic (afternoon)
Stanley Clarke Bass Workshop/Clinic (afternoon)

Sunday, October 28
Sunday Brunch at Virgin MegaStores, Union Square
Other events may be added

Advance registration to Jazz Improv LIVE! is suggested so that attendees may obtain proper badges and credentials to ensure entry to the opening event.
Jazz Improv LIVE! is the only international convention for jazz lovers -- uniquely designed for jazz fans -- consumers -- the segment that represents the largest group of customers for jazz records, products, and live performances. Unlike other events that require membership fees, and exorbitant attendance prices, jazz fans can experience four fabulous days of jazz at a very reasonable rate.


Seven-CD Rollout Sparks New Appreciation of Late '60s Pop Group Featuring Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

The year 1967 marked the Summer of Love, when the initial strains of psychedelia shared the pop charts with the Tijuana Brass, the Monkees, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Sinatra and a harmonizing quintet who managed to combine sophisticated pop and soul with a touch of hippie aesthetic, the 5th Dimension. One of the great hit-making groups of the time, the 5th Dimension recorded a respectable body of chart-top hits: "Up Up & Away," "Go Where You Wanna Go," "Sweet Blindness," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Age of Aquarius," "California Soul," "Working on a Groovy Thing," "One Less Bell to Answer" and "(Last Night) I Couldn't Get To Sleep at All" among others.

Forty years after the group's inception, on August 7, Collectors' Choice Music (CCM) will reissue ten 5th Dimension long-players on seven CDs, representing the group's entire Soul City/Bell recorded output, plus the first post-group recording by the duo of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

The 5th Dimension was composed of Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Florence LaRue, Lamonte McLemore and Ron Townson. They had previously recorded for Johnny Rivers' Soul City label as the Versatiles with a faux Motown sound and production by Willie Hutch, but label owner Johnny Rivers had a greater vision for the quintet.

The group's success was due in no small part to the enlistment of two world class songwriters -- Jimmy Webb and Laura Nyro. Webb wrote the bulk of the first two albums, while Nyro's songs provided a seamless second wind with albums three and four. Success continued for many years to come, but when the momentum slowed, Davis and McCoo (husband and wife as well as group-mates) released a successful album as a duo and hosted a television variety show.

Collectors' Choice has, in most cases, bundled two long-players per CD, remastered with bonus tracks and liner notes by venerated music scribe Gene Sculatti.

The 5th Dimension: Up Up & Away/Magic Garden. As key songwriter, arranger and conductor, Jimmy Webb guided the group through its first two LPs. This set includes their first hit, a remake of the Mamas & Papas' "Go Where You Wanna Go," along with the song that would propel them to superstardom, "Up Up & Away," and a third hit, "Another Day, Another Heartache," as well as notable album track "Rosecrans Blvd." Up Up & Away went Top 10 on Billboard's pop album charts and remained on the charts for a record-setting 83 weeks. The Magic Garden, a semi-concept album, was wholly written by Webb save for one Beatles cover, and launched the group's long relationship with producer Bones Howe. The CCM reissue contains three bonus tracks.

The 5th Dimension: Stoned Soul Picnic/The Age of Aquarius. The quintet shifted into even higher gear with Stoned Soul Picnic, which contained two Laura Nyro compositions: the title track and "Sweet Blindness." Although they had to ask Nyro the meaning of "surrey down," the group wasted no time in making "Stoned Soul Picnic" its own, reaching No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. The album contained the No. 25 hit "California Soul," and songs by Dick & Don Adfrissi, Jeffrey Commanor and Association co-founder Jules Alexander. Picnic is paired here with The Age of Aquarius, which featured the smash title track from the Broadway production "Hair," and the Nyro song "Wedding Bell Blues." It also included the hits "Blowin' Away" (also by Nyro) and "Working on a Groovy Thing." But who would have predicted a cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love"? Anything was possible in the Aquarian age. Contains two bonus tracks as well.

The 5th Dimension: Portrait/Love's Lines, Angles & Rhymes: The 5th Dimension entered the '70s with a bang, or at least a Bell, as Johnny Rivers sold his theretofore Imperial-distributed Soul City label to Bell Records (which later became subsumed by Arista). And the hits followed them to the new address, due in no small part to the group bringing in its creative cadre. Burt Bacharach's mournful ballad "One Less Bell to Answer" was a No. 2 pop hit. But overall, Portrait went down as the group's protest album, featuring a medley called "Declaration," which they sang at the Nixon White House in 1969. The hit "Save the Country," their sixth Laura Nyro smash, also came from the album. The title track charted Top 20. Other songwriters represented included doo-wop veterans Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua and Jesse Belvin, and lyricist Norman Gimbel, who wrote Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly." Contains three bonus tracks, and features the CD debut of Love's Lines.

The 5th Dimension: Live! This 1971 double-live album showed what level of harmony (vocally, spiritually and conceptually) the group could generate onstage. That it's never been on CD before is a real surprise. But the bigger surprise is that CCM dug up three unreleased live tracks to add to this CD reissue. Contains the "Love Medley," the "Laura Nyro Medley" and the "Jimmy Webb medley."

The 5th Dimension: Individually & Collectively/Living Together, Growing Together: Neither of these LPs have been reissued before on CD, yet they represented a fertile -- if lesser known -- period for hits. Individually featured "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All," with Marilyn McCoo increasingly taking the vocal spotlight. The writer was Tony Macaulay, whose other credits included the Foundations and Edison Lighthouse. The other hit, pointing the way to increased musical sophistication, was "If I Could Reach You," which nicked the Top 10. Growing Together bore no fewer than three Hot 100 entries: the title track plus Paul Anka's "Everything's Been Changed" and "Ashes to Ashes."

The 5th Dimension: Soul & Inspiration: This was the group's last album for Bell (never previously available on CD), and the last they would make with Bones Howe, with some tracks produced by Friends of Distinction producer John Florez. The original lineup would make one more album on ABC before Davis and McCoo left to pursue their successful career. The CD features six unreleased, Bones Howe-produced bonus tracks.

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis: I Hope We Get to Love in Time: McCoo and Davis' first post-5th Dimension album went gold, landed them three hit singles ("You Don't Have to be a Star (To Be in My Show)," "I Hope We Get to Love in Time," and "Your Love." Their new producer was Detroit-based producer Don Davis, who'd worked with Stax sensations Johnnie Taylor and the Dramatics. The album stayed on the Billboard charts for more than six months, and the duo continued its success with two subsequent albums plus their own prime-time television show. The two continue to perform 75-100 live dates per year.


The Rascals emerged from New York City in 1966 with a British Invasion look and an American soul- music sound. By the time their golden run on Atlantic was over, they'd racked up an incredible list of hits: "Good Lovin," "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore," "I've Been Lonely Too Long," "Groovin'," "A Girl Like You," "How Can I Be Sure," "It's Wonderful," "People Gotta Be Free" and "Carry Me Back," among others.

The principals of Collectors' Choice Music (CCM) spent years securing reissue rights to the Rascals' Atlantic albums, and will release them on August 28, 2007. The Rascals LPs have been reissued on CD before, but not with the original mono mixes -- which purists (including remastering engineer Bill Inglot) believe to outshine the stereo mixes. So with the first four albums -- The Young Rascals, Collections, Groovin' and Once upon a Dream -- CCM includes the stereo versions back-to-back with the mono versions. (Yes, there's a certain geek factor to that, and that's what makes CCM great.)

The Rascals were composed of songwriters Felix Cavaliere (organ/vocals) and Eddie Brigati (vocals) along with Gene Cornish (guitar) and Dino Danelli (drums). The series traces their evolution through their garage and soul origins through their mastery of songwriting and their yearning to attain a higher artistic purpose as illustrated on the later albums.

The Young Rascals: In one of the most formidable American rock debuts of the '60s, the Young Rascals, as they were then known, combined a raw garage sound with white soul stylings honed by hundreds of hours playing clubs in the New York area. The debut album includes the hits "Good Lovin'" and "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" alongside soul and R&B classics. Both the stereo and mono versions of the album are included.

Collections: Chief Rascal Felix Cavaliere told Melody Maker in 1966 that the Rascals' mission was to take back American music from the British Invasion. This album contains the defining hit "I've Lonely Too Long" alongside R&B classics like "Too Many Fish in the Sea," "Land of 1,000 Dances," "Mickey's Monkey" and more. Once again CCM includes the stereo and mono versions on one disc.

Groovin': By the time of Groovin', the Rascals had graduated to writing most of their own material, and this album bore three huge hits: the title track "Groovin'," which struck a chord with its strong vocals and lazy harmonica; and "How Can I Be Sure" and "A Girl Like You," each a pop gem enhanced by Arif Mardin's sophisticated arrangements. Created in the mono years, CCM again includes both mono and stereo versions.

Once Upon A Dream: If Groovin' had hinted at an impending psychedelic feel, Once Upon A Dream from 1968 took it all the way, daring to step out of the Rascals' comfort zone and into the burgeoning art-rock world populated at that time by no less than the Beatles and Rolling Stones. The band enlisted such key instrumentalists as King Curtis on sax, Herbert Laws on flute and Mel Lastie on trumpet, plus a string orchestra. The album did have a hit in "It's Wonderful." And the stereo and mono versions -- both included here -- are distinctly different from one another.

Freedom Suite: Going one farther than Once Upon A Dream in releasing a double album, 1969's Freedom Suite focused on the political climate following the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. Sides three and four, featuring three long instrumental jams, freed the Rascals of three-minute single-oriented constraints. Yet it was a single here, the soulful "People Got to Be Free," that struck a chord with the times.
See: Times had clearly changed in the Rascals' world. The band's performances now featured orchestras. And Felix Cavaliere had begun studying Eastern philosophy with Swami Satchinanda. Critic Lenny Kaye -- later of Patti Smith's group -- wrote in his Rolling Stone review that he wished the Rascals would again focus on hit singles rather than lofty concepts. Yet in what would prove the final Rascals album with the original personnel, See added two more hits to the Rascals' list: the title track "See" and the gospel-tinged "Carry Me Back."

Search and Nearness: The seventh and final album for Atlantic, Search and Nearness was doomed from the start. The band had departed Atlantic with intentions to jump to Columbia before the LP's street date, so the label didn't bend over backwards to promote it. In addition, Eddie Brigati -- one of the band's key writers and vocalists -- left during the sessions, but not before bring his brother David on board to join him on "Glory Glory." The Rascals further pursued the gospel flavor of "Carry Me Back," even going so far as to enlist Atlantic label-mates Cissy Houston and the Sweet Inspirations on backing vocals. The album was dedicated to Jerry Wexler, Ahmet & Neshui Ertegun, Eddie Brigati, Arif Mardin and the entire staff of Atlantic records "in fond remembrance of five great years." That's right, five. Time went more slowly in those days. And the Rascals pumped out seven superb albums in that time.


In the summer of 1972, Stax Records had an idea that was larger than life. Stax's co-owner, Al Bell, had wanted to expand the soul label's West Coast presence and develop its Stax Films arm. The ideal way to do both was to stage the biggest soul concert in history -- termed by one former staff member "the black Woodstock" -- right in the center of South Central Los Angeles, a vast portion of which had been destroyed by fire in the Watts Riots. The concert, called Wattstax, proved a crowning moment for Stax as 112,000 people united at the Los Angeles Coliseum in a spirit of joy, pride and celebration. The resultant movie was a blockbuster and plays to this date in many music film festivals. And now the original two-LP soundtrack has been expanded to three CDs, including material from the original Wattstax album (which sold seven million copies in the SoundScan era alone) as well as from its sequel, Wattstax: The Living Word, along with samplings from Wattstax-related individual artist albums released in 1972-73.

On August 28, Stax Records -- reactivated by new owner Concord Music Group -- will release the first domestic reissue of the complete Wattstax soundtrack, housed in a collectible Digipack featuring rare photographs and reproductions of vintage Wattstax-era posters. The package also contains a multi-page booklet on the story of Wattstax by noted soul music historian Rob Bowman. List price is $24.98. Digitally remastered from the original tapes, the package is one of the highlights of Stax's 50th anniversary celebration, which has also featured live concerts, a film to be premiered on PBS, a film festival and an array of reissues and DVDs.

The expanded Wattstax volume features many Stax artists whose careers were surging in the early '70s: namely Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, The Bar-Kays, The Emotions, Albert King, Little Milton, The Rance Allen Group, David Porter, The Soul Children, Mel & Tim, Fredrick Knight, Deborah Manning, Little Sonny and Richard Pryor. The set includes such hits as "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," "Gee Whiz," "Theme from Shaft," "Son of Shaft," "Do The Funky Chicken," "Backfield in Motion," "Knock On Wood," "Steal Away" and more -- 47 songs in all on three CDs.

In addition to music from the concert, Stax filmed and recorded its artists all around town in clubs, churches and even in the studio. The expanded Wattstax anthology includes the best of the live festival from Wattstax and Wattstax: The Living Word plus a slew of previously unreleased festival performances, selected tracks from the club and church recordings staged during the week of the festival, and selected bits by comedian Richard Pryor that were recorded at the Summit Club in Los Angeles. Pryor's contributions were originally used in the Wattstax film to connect the music performances with man-on-the-street commentary on issues that were then pertinent to black America. Included also is an introduction by the Rev. Jesse Jackson - himself a Stax spoken-word recording artist at the time.

Wattstax was hoped to be the first step in a series of urban festivals and movies to be produced by Stax, but sequels were never to materialize. The festival hit the zeitgeist of black America at that point in time. And 35 hot summers after the festival, the music sounds as fresh as ever.


Disc One
Salvation Symphony - Dale Warren & The Wattstax '72 Orchestra
Introduction - Rev. Jesse Jackson
Lift Every Voice And Sing - Kim Weston
Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom) - The Staple Singers
Are You Sure? - The Staple Singers
I Like The Things About Me - Staple Singers
Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Deborah Manning
Better Get A Move On - Louise McCord
Them Hot Pants - Lee Sain
Wade In The Water - Little Sonny
I Forgot To Be Your Lover - William Bell
Explain It To Her Mama - The Temprees
I've Been Lonely (For So Long) - Frederick Knight
The Newcombers - Pin The Tail On The Donkey
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd

Disc Two
Peace Be Still - The Emotions
Old Time Religion - The Golden 13
Lying On The Truth -The Rance Allen Group
Up Above My Head -The Rance Allen Group
Son of Shaft/Feel It - The Bar-Kays
In The Hole -The Bar-Kays
I Can't Turn You Loose - The Bar-Kays
Introduction - The David Porter Show
Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) - David Porter
Can't See You When I Want To - David Porter
Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) - David Porter
Niggas - Richard Pryor
Arrest/Lineup - Richard Pryor
So I Can Love You - The Emotions
Group Introduction / Show Me How - The Emotions

Disc Three
Open The Door To Your Heart - Little Milton
Backfield In Motion - Mel & Tim
Steal Away - Jonnie Taylor
Killing Floor - Albert King
Pick Up The Pieces - Carla Thomas
I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas
B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas
Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
I Have A God Who Loves - Carla Thomas
The Breakdown - Rufus Thomas
Do The Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas
Do The Funky Penguin - Rufus Thomas
I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To - The Soul Children
Hearsay - The Soul Children
Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes


Boston Symphony Orchestra Presents 2007 Tanglewood Jazz Festival to take place August 31-September 2, 2007 In Lenox, Massachusetts.

Featured Performers Include Randy Crawford & Joe Sample, Kurt Elling, Ahmad Jamal, Poncho Sanchez Latin Big Band, Hank Jones, Roberta Gambarini, Jimmy Heath, Marian McPartland, Renee Rosnes, Maria Schneider, Kevin Mahogany, Red Holloway, Cyrus Chestnut, Hugh Masekela, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Romero Lubambo, Leny Andrade, Aruan Ortiz, Edmar Castaneda, Mina Agossi, Grace Kelly, Chiara Civello, Sachal Vasandani
Cunard Line Comes Aboard as the Official Cruise Line of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Sponsor of the Tanglewood Jazz Festival.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Labor Day Weekend Tanglewood Jazz Festival August 31-September 2 at the Orchestra's summer home in the Berkshire Hills in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Cunard Line, whose fleet comprises The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World (SM), Queen Mary 2 and QE2, and our newest royal, Queen Victoria, comes aboard for the first time as the official cruise line and sponsor of the 2007 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. During its storied 167-year history, Cunard's renowned ships have transported society's luminaries, notables, and famed artists around the world in unrivaled style. Sumptuous surroundings and the line's legendary White Star Service (SM) have made Cunard the preferred choice of luxury travel for generations.

Tickets for the 2007 Tanglewood Jazz Festival are available by calling SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 or online at www.tanglewood.org. and in person at the Tanglewood Box Office in Lenox. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood Grounds Maintenance Fee. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492.

2007 Tanglewood Jazz Festival Ticket Prices
All-day lawn pass Saturday and Sunday @ $33 per day
Friday, August 31, 6:30 pm
Aruan Ortiz, Cuban jazz pianist
Jazz Café
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Friday, August 31, 8 pm
Hugh Masekela
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Tickets: $40-57/lawn $17

Saturday, September 1, 1:30 pm
Mina Agossi, French jazz vocalist
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Saturday, September 1, 3 pm
Live taping of Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" for NPR
Special guest Renee Rosnes
Tickets: $30-47/lawn $18

Saturday, September 1, 6:30 pm
Grace Kelly, saxophone
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Saturday, September 1, 8 pm
Kurt Elling with very special friends
Randy Crawford & Joe Sample
Tickets: $43-68/lawn $20

Sunday, September 2, 12 noon
Sachal Vasandani, jazz vocalist
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Sunday, September 2, 1:30 pm
1) Kevin Mahogany's Kansas City Revue
Featuring the music of Big Joe Turner
Starring Cyrus Chestnut & Red Holloway
Featuring Kathy Kosins & the Chuck Bergeron Trio
2) BossaBrasil
Featuring the Cesar Camargo Mariano-Romero Lubambo Duo
and special guest from Brazil, vocalist Leny Andrade
3) The Maria Schneider Orchestra
Tickets: $30-47/lawn $18

Sunday, September 2, 5 pm
The Edmar Castaneda Trio, harp
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Sunday, September 2, 6:30 pm
Chiara Civello, Italian jazz vocalist
Jazz Cafe
Admission free with ticket to main stage event

Sunday, September 2, 8 pm
Hank Jones & Roberta Gambarini
Ahmad Jamal & Jimmy Heath
Tickets: $40-57/lawn $17

Tickets: BSO Symphony Charge at 888-266-1200
Website: www.tanglewoodjazzfestival.org

Thursday, July 05, 2007


Around the world, entertainment superstar Dean Martin has the market cornered on charisma, easygoing charm, playful wit, and gracious humility, all of which combine to make him infinitely cool. To honor Martin’s broad appeal and countless contributions to modern entertainment via his legendary music, stage, film and television career, many of the world’s top artists have recorded new collaborative tracks with him for a new album titled Dean Martin: Forever Cool. To be released worldwide in CD and deluxe CD/DVD packages and digitally on Tuesday, August 14 by Capitol/EMI, Forever Cool’s 14 tracks pair Martin’s original vocals with new arrangements and an all-star group of collaborators in a salute to the unparalleled talent and charisma of the man known around the world as Dino.

Forever Cool’s inspired new recordings, woven together with several rare and previously unreleased clips of Martin’s witty studio banter, feature Grammy winner Joss Stone, country music star Martina McBride, two-time Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey, international superstar Robbie Williams, French entertainment icon Charles Aznavour, saxophonist Dave Koz, Grammy winner Shelby Lynne, trumpeter Chris Botti, “American Idol” finalist Paris Bennett, Italian chart-topper Tiziano Ferro and other music greats. The new album swings, swaggers, rocks, rolls and whispers, gently closing with a previously unreleased a cappella version of “Lullaby” sung by Martin.

More than anyone else ever has, Dean Martin personifies masculine cool. Never was an icon so relatable, never such a velvet-voiced, affable guy so Olympian. With Forever Cool, Martin’s brilliant knack for collaboration is renewed, fresh and fun all over again, bringing him together with many of the world’s top performers in an exuberant celebration. “It’s like a cocktail party on a record,” says Forever Cool executive producer Jane Ventom, “where all sorts of wonderful, unique guests get up and make music with the host.”

That the Forever Cool recording party roared in Capitol’s legendary Studio A in Hollywood, where almost every classic Dean Martin recording was put to tape, lent the proceedings a thrilling and electric ambiance. Song by song, spiritual and musical harmony ensued and fully enveloped each recording session. During a break in his vocal sessions, Kevin Spacey was heard to giddily mutter, “Holy ba-joley! He’s in the room… He’s definitely in the room…” Sax virtuoso Dave Koz politely asked the engineers to temporarily hold off the recording: “Could you just let Dean and I jam for awhile? By ourselves?”

“There was nobody cooler,” said Spacey. “The thing about Dean that’s always been astounding is that it just seems like it’s effortless. I think some people are just born entertainers. They recognize how to relate to an audience, how to engage an audience. I also think that one of the great things Dean had was that he could relate and engage with other performers. It’s a thrill to feel a link to someone like Dean Martin.”

“There is that undeniable force that you can’t put a name on,” said Robbie Williams. “I just want to be like him in real life. Offstage, I want to be like Dean Martin – funny, handsome, charming… I’ve got it nailed (laughs).”

“Dean had a swagger about him we all wish we had as entertainers,” said Shelby Lynne. “He’s got one of the greatest, most recognizable and smooth voices of all time. I’m not gonna lie. I’d love to be Dean Martin.” Added Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, “When you hear Dean Martin, he gives you a feeling. It’s a special gift. I love him and I want to do him justice, and I’d like to think that he’d be proud of me.”

Forever Cool’s production team includes EMI Music Marketing vice president of A&R Jane Ventom and Dean Martin’s business manager Laura Lizer as executive producers and Rob Christie as producer, with recording and mixing by co-producer and 15-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt (Norah Jones, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, etc.). Select tracks were produced by 12-time Grammy winning producer Phil Ramone (Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, etc.), Grammy-winning producer, arranger and conductor Patrick Williams (Frank Sinatra, B.B. King, Barbra Streisand) and Bobby Colomby (Chris Botti). The album’s tracks were recorded and mixed at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

“It’s a thrill to hear such a talented and diverse array of artists collaborate with Dean and celebrate his music,” said Dean Martin’s business manager Laura Lizer. “All of the artists have brought unique talents, inspiration and vibrant energy to the songs, complementing Dean with their own great styles and with a lot of love and respect for him. Forever Cool is a high-spirited, brilliant new entry in Dean’s recorded canon, and we’re proud to share it with his fans around the world. He would get a real kick out of this.”

Said Martin’s daughter, Gail Martin, “It gives me a warm glow to know that everybody – all ages, all generations – just seem to adore him and want more of him. That’s exciting, and it doesn’t surprise me.”

Of his first encounter with Martin, Jerry Lewis recalled, “That’s what I want to be like, you think. Maybe if I hang around with him, some of that’ll rub off on me.” In recent years Martin’s star has shone ever more brightly. In a 2004 Playboy magazine feature, writer Bill Zehme crowned Martin “the coolest man who ever lived.” More than 40 years after knocking the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” out of the #1 chart position with “Everybody Loves Somebody” in 1964, he continues to enthrall music fans around the world. Said Phil Ramone, “I think Dean’s whole re-birth, so to speak, is that young people have realized how cool he is and how funny he is… and he could sing.”

“He made music that’s going to stand the test of time and be around forever,” said Spacey. “People will always be listening to Dean Martin.”

“When he sings, you believe it,” said Martina McBride. “He had a great personality that just came across and made you feel like you knew him. I feel humbled and honored and proud to be a part of this project.” Echoed Lynne, “Some people are just naturally cool, and he was definitely naturally cool. It’s quite an honor to be a part of this.”

Martin’s effortless vocalizing has become a modern shorthand for cool, as evidenced by the use of his songs in films like Goodfellas, Casino, Swingers, Out of Sight, L.A. Confidential, A Bronx Tale and Payback, as well as top-rated television programs, including “The Sopranos,” “Ugly Betty” and ”Dancing With The Stars.” Martin’s music has also been featured in major brand TV advertising for Nissan, Microsoft, Marriott Hotels, Carl’s Jr., Heineken, this year’s Superbowl-premiered Budweiser commercial with “Ain’t That a Kick In the Head,” and many others.

The phenomenal sales of The Very Best Of Dean Martin and Dino: The Essential Dean Martin, provide a strongest signal of Dino’s continued prominence in the pop-music firmament. Both are just shy of Platinum in Canada. As Zehme observed in Playboy, “Dean provides smooth, winking succor to generations anew.”

“No matter what age you’re at, you kind of want to be cool,” said Spacey. “And there was nobody cooler at what he did.” Dean Martin’s approach to life with an easy smile, a graceful melody and an aura of unflappable cool is a style that was made to last forever.

For more information, please visit Dean Martin’s official Website: www.deanmartin.com.


1. Who’s Got The Action – Featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (3:02)

2. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Featuring Kevin Spacey (2:38)

3. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face – Featuring Chris Botti (3:15)

4. Baby-O – Featuring Paris Bennett (3:09)

5. Who Was That Lady? – Featuring The Capitol Studios Orchestra (2:27)

6. Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone – Featuring Robbie Williams (2:27)

7. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me – Featuring Joss Stone (2:29)

8. Just In Time – Featuring Dave Koz (2:36)

9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Featuring Martina McBride (3:01)

10. King Of The Road – Featuring Kevin Spacey (2:28)

11. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You – Featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy & Shelby Lynne (3:09)

12. Arrivederci Roma – Featuring Tiziano Ferro (2:45)

13. Everybody Loves Somebody – Featuring Charles Aznavour (3:16)

14. Brahm’s Lullaby A Capella – Dean Martin (2:05)


(DVD contents)

Making Of Forever Cool

Classic Dean Martin film clips (details to be announced)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Paul Anka is one of this century's most successful entertainers and songwriters, with awards and accomplishments that are unsurpassed. 2007 marks the icon's 50th anniversary in music; to commemorate the occasion he has recorded one of his most heartfelt and personal albums to date, Classic Songs, My Way. Classic Songs, My Way is a collection of Anka's hand-picked favorite songs, covering the gamut of his own greatest hits, to elite singer-songwriters, ballads, pop and adult contemporary classics. The CD also marks Anka's first recording for the Decca label, slated for release on August 28th.

Arranged for big band in the vein of his last critically acclaimed disc, Rock Swings, the new CD showcases Anka's unmistakable vocals, and his uncanny ability to make any song his own with style and panache. Teaming with Michael Buble and a special "surprise" guest, the record boasts musical offerings for longtime fans and new devotees alike. Magical moments on Classic Songs, My Way are plentiful. Listeners will thrill to hear a new duet version of, "My Way," arguably one of Anka's most beloved songs famous the world over. The new recording of "My Way" is available for the first time anywhere on this album. Anka was actually instrumental in discovering fellow Canadian Buble, who was ecstatic to join the legendary singer on their rendition of "(You Are My) Destiny," also pairing the two classic crooners together for the first time on disc.

Other memorable moments on Classic Songs, My Way include the Joni Mitchell treasure, "Both Sides Now," "I Go To Extremes," a Billy Joel riginal, the Cyndi Lauper staple, "Time After Time," and unexpected renditions of The Killers "Mr. Brightside" and Daniel Powter's "Bad Day." Paul Anka has a staggering 900 songs to his credit and over one hundred recorded by other artists including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Robbie Williams, among others. His Billboard chart statistics in the U.S. include three # 1 songs: "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "You're Having My Baby," as well as twenty-two Top 20 hits.

Having been nominated for an Academy Award for "The Longest Day," Paul Anka is also recognized for penning signature songs for Buddy Holly - "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", Tom Jones - "She's a Lady", Donny Osmond - "Puppy Love" and the aforementioned "My Way" for Frank Sinatra, as well as the evergreen theme for NBC's The Tonight Show.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Bruce Hornsby, who earned a best new artist award in 1986, has recorded a straight-ahead jazz project. Titled Camp Meeting, the project is due August 7th on Sony/Legacy. Hornsby is joined on the set by bassist Christian McBride and veteran drummer Jack DeJohnette. The set includes new versions of classics by jazz greats John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, as well as a '70s composition by pianist Keith Jarrett. Hornsby also tackles a previously unrecorded Ornette Coleman composition titled "Questions And Answers." The set also includes two original compositions. While Hornsby says he has always been inspired by jazz musicians, the idea for Camp Meeting came five years ago when he joined guitarist Pat Metheny onstage to play a Miles Davis composition with the University of Virginia jazz band. "I played a piano intro and afterward Pat said that I should make a jazz record," stated Hornsby. "He felt I had developed my own way of playing the jazz repertoire. I wasn't ready to make the record at that time. Playing jazz is a lifetime study, and I knew that I had to do some serious shedding before I could undertake this project." Hornsby first gained national attention in 1986 with his band The Range. Their debut album The Way It Is and the title track single earned him the best new artist Grammy. Hornsby has since recorded several pop-oriented solo albums, and has also written tunes for others, notably "The End Of The Innocence" for Don Henley, which was recently re-recorded by India.Arie.


Dr. John will perform the following concerts:
June 22 - The Theatre, W. Palm Beach, FL
June 23 - Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
July 13 - Meadowbrook Park, Hamden, CT
July 14 - Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount, NY
July 20 - Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland
August 11 - Bite of Oregon, Portland, OR
August 12 - Blues & Roots Festival, Burnaby, BC
August 15 - Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
August 16 - River Run Lodge, Sun Valley, ID
August 17 - Harry O's, Park City, UT
August 18 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO
August 19 - Blues Festival, Pinedale, WY
August 21 - Community Concert Hall, Durango, CO
August 23 - Belly Up,n Solana Beach, CA
August 25 - Starts at the Ridgetop, Nevada City, CA
September 1 - Long Beach Blues Fest, Long Beach, CA
September 7 - BB King's Blues Club, New York, NY
September 9 - BB King's Blues Club, New York, NY
September 15 - Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest, Fredericton, NB
September 28 - Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville, MO
September 29 - Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville, MO
September 30 - Big Spring International Park, Huntsville, AL
October 6 - The Glenn, Austin, TX
October 11 - Blues Alley, Washington, DC
October 12 - Blues Alley, Washington, DC
October 13 - Blues Alley, Washington, DC
October 14 - Blues Alley, Washington, DC
October 27 - Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
October 28 - Voodoo Music Experience, New Orleans, LA

Monday, July 02, 2007


Over 20 years into her storied career, singer Suzanne Vega shows that she remains one of the freshest voices in popular music today with the release of Beauty & Crime, her seventh album and her debut for Blue Note Records. Revolving around the theme of New York, the city where Vega was raised and still lives, the 11 original songs on Beauty & Crime present Vega's signature poetry and folk-pop songcraft illuminated by lush orchestral arrangements that are juxtaposed against cutting-edge beats.

From the driving opener "Zephyr & I," which recounts a conversation with the seminal graffiti artist while strolling down West End Avenue, to the ghosts of Lower East Side haunts depicted in "Ludlow Street," to "New York is a Woman," which personifies the city as a hard-luck lady whose beauty still shines, Vega captures the spirit of her hometown's past, present and future. The album also includes two of her most personal songs yet, a love song for her husband ("Bound") and a dedication to her daughter ("As You Are Now").

The sessions, recorded in both New York and London, were produced by Jimmy Hogarth (Sia, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall), mixed by Tchad Blake, and included an eclectic cast including orchestral arranger Will Malone (Dido, Seal, Corrine Bailey Rae), background vocalist and vocal arranger KT Tunstall, guitarists Gerry Leonard (David Bowie) and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), bassist Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith), as well as members of Vega's touring band, bassist Mike Visceglia, and drummer Doug Yowell.

With the release of her self-titled debut on A&M Records in 1985, Vega began paving a path for an entire generation of female singer-songwriters to follow in the 1990s. Her 1987 album Solitude Standing established her as an international star, first with its surprise hit "Luka," and again later when UK electronic dance duo DNA released a remixed version of the a cappella "Tom's Diner" (the song has since been remixed upwards of 25 times). Vega's other albums include Days of Open Hand (1990), 99.9 F° (1992), Nine Objects of Desire (1996), and Songs in Red and Gray (2001).

Catch Suzanne Vega on the Beauty & Crime Tour this fall! Advance tickets go on sale June 4th on www.suzannevega.com and on sale to the public on June 8th. See all the upcoming dates below:

07/12/07 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom*
09/15/07 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Waryas Park
09/16/07 - Great Barrington, MA - Mahaiwe Theatre
09/18/07 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
09/19/07 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (WXPN Studios)
09/20/07 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
09/22/07 - Lebanon, NH - Lebanon Opera House
09/23/07 - Brattleboro, VT - The Latchis Hotel and Theatre
09/25/07 - MONTREAL, QC - LaTulipe
09/26/07 - TORONTO, ON - Mod Club
09/29/07 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
09/30/07 - Chicago, IL - Park West
10/03/07 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
10/04/07 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
10/05/07 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Civic Theater


Blue Note Records proudly announces the signing of guitarist Lionel Loueke, one of the brightest and most original young stars in Jazz today. Loueke will enter the studio in September to record his major label debut, which will be released in early 2008. On June 14, Loueke was the opening performer at Blue Note Records' Somethin' Else jazz club at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The Jazz Journalist Association has also just nominated Loueke for Up & Coming Musician of the Year in their 2007 Jazz Awards. The winner will be announced later this month in New York City.

Born in Benin, Africa, Loueke has already forged a remarkable career path. His musical studies brought him from West Africa to Paris, France, and later to the United States where he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles. It was at the Monk Institute that Loueke first met and gained the admiration of Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter. Before even graduating from the Institute, Loueke had already started performing in Blanchard's sextet, becoming an integral member of that progressive band both as a performer and a composer, and appearing on Blanchard's first two albums for Blue Note Records, Bounce and the Grammy-nominated Flow.

Loueke has released several independent recordings, including In A Trance (Space Time), Gilfema (Obliqsound) and Virgin Forest (Obliqsound). He is also currently a member of Hancock's touring band.


Amos Lee's road adventures continues, check out if he hits a town near you:

Jun 28 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Jun 29 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival
Jun 30 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
Jul 2 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Jul 3 Spokane, WA Big Easy
Jul 4 George, WA Gorge Amphitheater
Jul 6 Minneapolis, MN Basilica Block Party
Jul 10 Glasgow, Scotland ABC2
Jul 11 London, UK Jazz Cafe
Jul 13 Rotterdam, Holland North Sea Jazz Festival
Jul 16 Antwerp, Belgium Rivierenhof Festival
Jul 18 Tarvicio, Italy No Borders Festival
Jul 24 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
Jul 28 Tulsa, OK D Festival
Aug 3 Bethlehem, PA Music Fest
Aug 5 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival
Aug 29 Denver, CO Botanic Gardens
Aug 30 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium
Sept 2 Turin, NY Moe.Down
Sept 16 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Blues guitarist, Robben Ford (Yellowjackets), has a new album arriving on Concord Records named Truth.  The album is scheduled to be available on August 7.


Another great achievement from this excellent Italian group -- an album that's head and shoulders above anything they were doing just a few short years ago! The Dining Rooms seem to deepen their sound more and more with each new record -- hitting a range of tones and colors that take them far beyond their initially simple rhythms, and into a space that's filled with thoughtful lyrics and sensitively-penned tunes! Most of the tracks here hit a groove that's somewhere between mid and downtempo -- about half of which feature vocals by guests who include Toco, Dodo Nkishi, Sean Martin, Renaud Chaure, and George Anne Kalweit. There's a fair bit of Fender Rhodes sliding through the tunes, and some warm acoustic basslines as well -- really grounding the music in a classic sort of style, even though the overall execution is fairly contemporary. Titles include "Ceremony", "Free To Grow", "Thank You", "Fatale", "Ink", "Cobra Coral", "On The Beach", "Hear Us Now", "Etage Noir (parts 1 & 2)", and "Appuntamento A Trieste".


Femi Kuti will perform the following concerts:
June 30 - Festival International de Jazz, Montreal QC
July 1 - High Life Festival, Toronto ON
July 2 – Summerfest, Milwaukee WI
July 6 - Ottawa Blues Festival, Ottawa ON
July 7 - Quebec Festival, Quebec City QC
July 8 - Paradise in Boston MA
July 11 – SummerStage, New York NY
July 12 - Theater in Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
July 13 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC
July 14 - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
July 16 - Stubb's BBQ, Austin TX
July 18 – Orpheum, Flagstaff AZ
July 19 - House of Blues, San Diego CA
July 20 - House of Blues, West Hollywood CA
July 21 - The Fillmore. San Francisco CA
July 25 – Showbox, Seattle WA
July 26 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
July 27 - Horning's Hideout, North Plains OR
July 29 - The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
July 30 - Belly Up, Aspen CO
July 31 - Boulder Theater, Boulder CO
August 2 - Minnesota Zoo Amphitheatre, Apple Valley MN
August 3 – Lollapalooza, Chicago IL.


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