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Hometown Boys Make It To Hollywood: Krescent 4 Signs Album Deal With The Document Room

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Ann Arbor, MI--November 27, 2006-- Indie Rock-Metal band Krescent 4 have announced plans to record their first full-length album at the legendary Document Room overlooking the Pacific Ocean in California. K4 manager Kris Keller recently made the announcement of the career-changing move.

The Document Room boasts an impressive client list. Gwen Stefani, Rick Rubin, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a few of the well-known acts that have recorded and produced at the facilities.

Krescent 4 has released three intense, hard-hitting EPs over the years, and the band expects to record their most groundbreaking work to date. This is the long-awaited next phase of their career that fans have been anticipating.

K4 has spent the last several months working on writing and putting together tracks for an album release in early 2007. Thus far, the tracks “Devil” and “Satellite” are in the development stages and its looking like the band will be taking a different direction for their …

Jazz Vocalist Marilyn Scott Releases New Single, The Wilderness For Environmental Awareness

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Los Angeles, CA--November 27, 2006-- Marilyn Scott wants to make a difference in the world we live in. The jazz vocalist has moving and inspirational music to offer and an important message is inside her compositions. Her new release Innocent of Nothing is a testament to her commitment to developing outstanding music that everyone will enjoy and along the way, the hope is that her messages will get through on her latest single “The Wilderness.”

“Music has a way of touching people’s lives and “The Wilderness”, is a voice for so many. May we grow as much as we cut down, may we clean as much as we pollute, and save the little that is left for the many who have never been to the wilderness.” Marilyn speaks like a true poet and an individual that has experienced being one with nature and surrounding beauty. With that said, it is easy to see how that her principals in writing and personal beliefs comes flowing through in the music. Her style is lucid and articulate. Ma…

Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon-The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon
Title: The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos
Genre: Classical
Label:Cantilena Records
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Laurel Zucker and Sara Andon combine their expertise as flautist in the realm of classical music. Both women are virtuoso performers, veterans that have performed and recorded for many years.

The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos is an ambitious set being that is a complete group of compositions featuring the genius of Bach. This is not new territory for either performer and that becomes rather obvious right from the start to the very end of the CD.

Laurel is brilliant with adapting her style of playing with other artists and this is yet another triumph for her. Sara is equally adept; in fact, it is very difficult to tell which artist is playing at any given moment, because they compliment each other so well. I imagine someone that has been listening to them for years would be able to pick out all the subtle nuances and varying tones; however, my ear is no…

Joan Osborne Releases “Pretty Little Stranger” On Vanguard Records

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Santa Monica, CA--November 20, 2006-- Premier vocalist and songwriter, Joan Osborne, released her Vanguard Records debut, “Pretty Little Stranger” on November 14th.

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner, Steve Buckingham, “Pretty Little Stranger” highlights the soulful sound of Joan Osborne with elements of country blues and Americana. This 12 song collection features six original tunes written by Joan including the first single, “Who Divided”, “Shake That Devil”, “After Jane” and the title track and also compositions by Kris Kristofferson (“Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends”), Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter (“Brokedown Palace”) and Patty Griffin (“What You Are”).

Joan stated, “I would call this my version of a country record -- some of it very traditional, some less so. It tells feelings and stories in very simple language, and I wanted to focus on that simple way of communicating, rather than be flowery and poetic. I needed to get down to the ba…

Monte Procopio Is Having “A Swingin’ Time” On New Release

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November 20, 2006--Scottsdale, Arizona-- Monte Procopio grew up in a small coal-mining town called Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania with a population of around 10,000. Those small town values surfaced in Monte at an early age and he grew up with a love and respect for the great singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Nat King Cole. Today he displays his love of the past through his own music by interpreting the classics through two exceptional studio albums.

In 2004, Swingin’ With Style was released and it was well received by critics and listeners alike. This month the highly anticipated follow up to that recording is set for release. A Swingin’ Time continues to give the nod to the past greats as Monte covers timeless classics such as All Or Nothing At All, The Very Thought Of You, That Old Black Magic, Fly Me To The Moon, Route 66, and many others that will spark old memories and bring a smile to your heart.

Monte has received rave revues for his performances an…

Deaf Symphony-Chains of Love

Artist: Deaf Symphony
Title: Chains of Love
Genre: Metal
Label: Snug Harbor Records
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Deaf Symphony is the brainchild of Matt Cerbin. Back in June of 2005, I had my introduction to his project Black Garden. I was impressed with the recording and recently I received the most recent effort Chains of Love. The workload is shared this time around so Cerbin can concentrate more on playing the guitar, bass, and keyboards and not have to be concerned with the lead singing as well. It looks like there is an official lineup now. Larry Cox is back playing his drums and you can hear him loud and clear. The way he plays really sets the standard for everyone else to follow. There is another guitar player in the mix now too, Howard Askeland. He holds his own and does a nice job trading licks with Cerbin.

Cerbin continues to crank out all the thundering dirges of metal riffs and he turns the vocal duties over to lead singer Chris Rogers. Rogers sounds more like the roughshod gravely voic…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro-Master Music for Flute & Piano

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro
Title: Master Music for Flute & Piano
Genre: Classical
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The long time team of Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro unite once again on a selection of compositions from influential composers Cesar Franck, Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, and Maurice Ravel on Master Music for Flute & Piano.

The title of the recording befits the 19 compositions covered on this comprehensive outing. Schubert gets extensive coverage through seven variations and the “Theme – Trochne Blumen.” While I found the entire recording beautifully done and valid, this particular broad honoring of Debussy is the most prolific and ever changing on the CD. The then the two main compositions are by Cesar Franck, which the artists feel is the most important classic. The flute and piano playing of Ms. Zucker and Mr. Shapiro are as usual, beyond reproach.

The consistency of the compositions is remarkable. I found the music sweeping and it left me…

Monte Procopio- A Swingin’ Time

Artist: Monte Procopio
Title: A Swingin’ Time
Genre: Jazz
Label: Independent
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First Monte Procopio was Swingin' With Style now he is having A Swingin’ Time. It looks like swingin’ is his thing. Monte is staying with the same formula on his second album performing timeless classics again. Michael Buble has penetrated the charts with his tribute to the jazz classics, Michael Bolton recorded his own cover album recently, and Tony Bennett is 80 and still rolling right along covering the timeless classics. Many have tried with varying degrees of success but few can do it to make it a memorable experience, stirring emotions and making one feel they are reliving special moments in time. Procopio is one such artist that compels to keep reaching for his CD to hear it again. Now more than ever artists are reaching back to the past to reignite or start a career covering these great tunes.

Monte offers 14 classic tracks on this CD and it finds him in a good place once again. I thi…

Kidfluence Television Extends Reach, Partners With Global Broadband Television Company IVNET.TV

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Delray Beach, Florida--November 6, 2006-- CoMatrix Media is developing a new television program entitled Kidfluence TV which focuses on real life issues that effect today’s youth. In a forum setting, parents, teens, tweens, professionals, advocates and other diverse guests will gather to share and explore the vital issues that our youth face. Kidfluence Television is solution based; and the goal is to increase the social conscience of its viewers.

Kidfluence addresses topics such as juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancy, peer pressure, underage drinking, academics, video games, dealing with divorce of parents, and much more. CoMatrix Media also plans to produce short PSA’s that will be cataloged on the Kidfluence website. These educational and instructional clips serve as incredible resources for parents, children and teenagers. “The prevalence of youth issues today serves Kidfluence well, says Steve Ruprecht, Creator and Executive Producer of Kidfluence Tel…

Off Broadway Play Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water Opens November 9th

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New York, NY--November 6, 2006-- Emmitt Thrower is the owner and president of the non-profit Wabi Sabi Productions. With the opening of Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water just around the corner on November 9th his organization and their sponsor Fractured Atlas anticipates a lot of buzz about the off Broadway play.

Emmitt Thrower is a recipient of the 21st Century Independent Spirit Award in culture and the chairman of the Otto Awards for political theater. He is also one of the founding organizers of Five Points Productions Theater, collaboration between diverse theater companies uniting to produce political theater on 42nd Street. Emmitt’s goal artistically is to find diamonds in the rough and help develop them, and then release them into the universe. Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water will bring attention to many performers, but more importantly to a crisis that is ongoing in the affected areas that the hurricane devastated.

The focus of the multimedia event will surround…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro-Madrigal for Flute and Piano

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro
Title: Madrigal for Flute and Piano
Genre: Classical
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Laurel Zucker and Mark Shapiro continue their longstanding musical alliance with yet another superb release titled Madrigal for Flute and Piano. This is their seventh release on Cantilena Records. The duo is creating quite a legacy of classical renderings and this particular release is one the stands out amongst the many I have enjoyed over the years.

Ms. Zucker and Mr. Shapiro are in exceptional form performing music from various composers from the 18th and 19th century. Reineke, Gaubert, Hue, Boehm, and Doppler are the honored composers on this outing.

The term 'madrigal' has two distinct, unconnected meanings: a poetic and musical form of 14th-century Italy, and a 16th- or 17th-century setting of secular verse. This is ongoing education for me personally, both listening and understanding the meaning of the titles. I find it all very fascinating and can see how t…