29 April 2007

Patrick Yandall Releases New York City Blues

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San Diego, CA-April 30, 2007-- International recording artist/guitarist Patrick Yandall has released his eighth album titled New York Blues.The recording is a departure from what listeners have heard over the years from the versatile guitar wizard. Yandall has taken his music in a more straightforward blues direction yet he keeps some of his jazz fusion elements intact throughout the run of the CD. Those accustomed to hearing only the artist play the guitar will have the opportunity to hear his soulful vocals on several of the tracks.

Patrick Yandall has performed live or in the studio with such artists as Randy Brecker, Carl Evans Jr. (Fattburger), Tommy Emmanuel, Ready Freddie Washington, and was offered the guitar seat for Kieko Matsui. He has been acknowledged several times during his career with Jazz Times, JAZZIZ Magazine, Smooth & Soul, Smooth Jazz News, City Beat, San Diego Reader, and many smooth jazz internet publications.

Yandall quickly learned to let his music do all the talking while growing up in a military family that was constantly changing. Playing the trumpet provided an outlet for the young musician, and the loneliness associated living with a traveling family subsided. The advent of a football accident would lead Yandall to the guitar. A three-month hospital stay and a sympathetic father, who loved jazz, would encourage Yandall to pick up a guitar book. It did not take long for his life-long obsession with the six-string to develop and as the saying goes-the rest is history.

“Deception Point” showcases the Yandall expertise with the guitar and the classic Curtis Mayfield track “People Get Ready” takes on a new meaning without words. Yandall personifies the magic of instrumental music on every occasion on the recording.

New York Blues has a good mixture of vocal tracks and instrumentals; it is the kind of blues, rock, and jazz that offers everything for the demanding listener. The CD features the essential rudiments of jazz and rock, providing plenty of emotion and motivation for the performer and the listener. Yandall does what he does best, play some amazing guitar licks and produce a fitting tribute to the blues.

Stop by Patrick Yandall’s home on the internet to learn more about other releases, downloads, performance dates and more. New York Blues is available on Patrick’s site and at CD Baby and Amazon.com.


Contact: Patrick Yandall
Company: Zangi Records
Address: 11377 Swan Canyon Rd. San Diego, CA 92131
Tel: 619-507-3753
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23 April 2007

Maggie Sayles Releases Debut Trust

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Portland, Oregon—April 23, 2007— Maggie Sayles discovered her musical talent at an early age when a fascination with the family stereo earned her continual reprimanding from her parents. Her persistent defiant rock and roll attitude became a source of ongoing concern but eventually she had her way. As they say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and she ended up with her first guitar-a Sears & Roebuck’s flame-top 6-string.

Maggie attended the prestigious Marylhurst College, majoring in composition and theory. During that experience she gained a deep respect and appreciation for classical music, then decided to hit the road in search of something more personally fulfilling. Traveling took her musically into the far corners of the world filling her soul with the music of Vietnam, the rhythms of Africa, and the sounds of the Ituri Forest Pygmies and Native American flute. In conjunction with that mind expanding music the young artist experimented with midi, studied studio recording, jazz guitar, and video production. During this time her songwriting flourished. Music was Maggie’s only real emotional outlet and she set out to pour every ounce of time and energy into it.

In April 2006, Maggie quit her day job to make room for music again and in January 2007 released her debut album Trust. Maggie says “The ability to make music is such a wonderful gift. I’m barely breathing without it. There is no other path…” That statement summarizes a lifetime of love and passion for music as an art form. All of her feelings reach its fruition on the eclectic and driven tracks of Trust, a progressive rock adult contemporary treat for the ears and senses. The album uses rock as a platform and dives into the realms of progressive and jazz while very skillfully combining all three genres to give the alert listener some substance and a requirement to absorb repeated listens to realize the scope and breadth of this work.

“Down On Love” is a track that starts as a pitter patter of rain drops outside your window which builds into gradual hard driving sheets of musical rain that leaves you hanging in anticipation for the next track. The following track “Only You,” ups the ante with more powerfully focused energy, pushing the musical envelope to the brink, while the catchy “Please” is a radio friendly spot on pick for a single. The album features the give and take female to male vocals from Sayles and her counterpart Rex McNew. As the album takes shape and develops into one complete and memorable listening experience that is not to be missed.

Visit the Maggie Sayles website for more biographical information, sound samples, updates, and pictures. Trust is available at CD Baby and iTunes for sampling and purchase today.


Contact: Maggie Sayles
Company: Uncommon Sense Records
Address: 3432 NE 67th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97213-5212
Tel: (503) 544-6247
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16 April 2007

Patrick Yandall-New York Blues

Artist: Patrick Yandall
Title: New York Blues
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: Zangi Records

I had a feeling this was going to happen. Patrick Yandall has decided to play the blues after releasing a series of outstanding jazz releases. New York Blues is a welcome change for the guitarist and as I would expect, a fine recording straight on through...READ MORE


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April 16, 2007-Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

10 April 2007

Sebastian Lorefice-Short Stories Infinite Corridors

Artist: Sebastian Lorefice
Title: Short Stories Infinite Corridors
Genre: Jazz-World-Fusion
Label: Arc Sound Limited
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Short Stories Infinite Corridors is a reference to several points of time during the history of film. It could also apply to music because in both cases the art forms have infinite corridors of time that you can relive because of their ability to be preserved infinitely with technology and remasteriing techniques.

Sebastian Lorefice is a self sufficient indie musician that has his own interpretations of time and space regarding the world of music and film. He takes an interesting and atmospheric instrumental view of the corridors he walks down. Notice the Hollywood walk of fame path inviting you into his world on the cover? Be careful how far you walk though as you may fall off the edge and be lost forever in the universe and its black hole of short stories.

I like to look at the covers of CDs to see what the messages are and then try to unlock the answers while listening to the music. The music of Lorefice allowed me to go through that enjoyable process. There is plenty of variety offered on this CD. The talented artist composes and performs everything using a Fatar master keyboard (STUDIO 1100) plugged into a Korg Trinity Plus. "You're Inviting Eyes" is the only cover on the album. The only help he gets musically is from Peter Pistevos (electric guitar on "Soldier" and "Street Gangs") and Adam Calaitzis (drum programming). Through nine cinematic tracks, Lorefice brings you contemporary jazz sliced up with parts of electronic keyboards and an occasional odd sound or tweak for the desired and necessary effect.“Lugosi’s Lullaby” is a good example of this method. It makes you feel there is a vampire lurking around the corner, along with the things that go bump in the night, to make Bela stalking you believable.

While listening, my son got bits and pieces of this along the way and he kept asking me “You already listened to this right?” And my reply would be, “Yes, several times.” This is a typical scenario in the room I listen to my music and go through my process to write about it. This time the comment I heard from the young man was “This reminds me of music on some of my games.” Soundtracks for video games are big business these days and I have to agree with him, I heard plenty that could fit into that area.

This is an interesting combination of jazz and world fusion that rocks you with some punch and also has its share of moments where it sounds quirky and futuristic. It keeps you on your toes wondering what the next track is about to bring. For my varied tastes and judicious ears this was a pleasure to listen to. When the music stops the stories end but they don’t have to, just play it all again.

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April 10, 2007-Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

Tracks:
1. Soldier (4:57)
2. Street Gangs (5:40)
3. Your Inviting Eyes (7:58)
4. Espionage (9:04)
5. Shaolin Temple (7:39)
6. Lugosi's Lullaby (2:48)
7. Ufo File (4:56)
8. Hostile Planet (7:17)
9. Water Slide (4:29)

09 April 2007

Old Sounds Become New On Roddo Fab Industries Release

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Indianapolis, Indiana-April 9, 200- John Gassere, known as the one man band Roddo Fab Industries to his listeners, was a born Beatlemaniac. It was not unusual to find John jumping up and down to the strains of "She Loves You" when he was a little boy growing up in Indiana. The recently released Sugar. Plum. Plastic. is like walking into a time machine back to the golden age of rock music.

John played bass guitar in pit orchestras, jazz bands, and talent shows, throughout his High Schools days and in between all of that activity he took lessons in piano, string bass, and electric bass. As a student at the University of Arizona, John was one of the first people in the nation to play bass guitar in a major university marching band using a big Peavey amp on wheels which ran off a golf cart battery. He has been writing songs and making one-man-band multi-track recordings since he was 14. The Beatles and music of that era, continue to inspire a quest to improve his songwriting and create new music harkening back to that time.

Not your typical indie musician, John Gassere does his part for mankind as a special education teacher with at-risk High School students. With the summers off and other vacations afforded in his profession, it allows him to work on musical projects such as the recently released Sugar. Plum. Plastic.

The weight of the world and all its problems melt away while listening to pop-rock nuggets such as the Sgt. Pepper era “Purple Streets.” The album is a magnificent tribute to the Fab Four and the memorable pop-rock music of that time. John feels it’s important to write and sing the type of music you want, regardless of what the trends are because if it’s good music people will listen. And this most certainly applies to Sugar. Plum. Plastic. with all of its catchy melodies and Beatlesque grooves.

Stop by to visit the Roddo Fab Industries new website for updates, downloads and more.


Contact: John Gassere
Company: Roddo Fab Industries
Address: 3841 Rue Voltaire, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Tel: (317) 465-0028
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Folk Artist Thomas Earl Releases Masterful CD Golddust Magic

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New York, New York-April 9, 2007- Singer/songwriter and BMI recording artist Thomas Earl has just released his new CD Golddust Magic. The recording is already receiving rave reviews from all corners of the globe.

Thomas clearly has influences drawn from country, folk and rock and roll greats Ray Charles, Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. His distinct sound boils down to a magnificent blend of acoustic American music steeped in the traditions of greats such as James Taylor, Neil Young, Bill Withers, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earl, and Amos Lee.

Thomas Earl’s musical journey began in a small town in Michigan outside of Ann Arbor, playing in local clubs with then unknown and aspiring musicians such as Joni Mitchell, John Hammond, Jim Kweskin, and Maria Muldaur. In the 1970s, along with a number of folk artists, he began a migration into rock and roll. His experiences included a brief brush with commercial success with a group called The Woolies, releasing a cover of “Who Do You Love?”, as well as working in a group called The James K. Polk Memorial Rock Band, who released a rock version of Jessie Collin Young’s “Four in the Morning.” At a young age Thomas left the music industry in order to survive. Three years ago he left the corporate world and settled in upstate New York to return to his passion, making music. His long road brought him back full circle to his roots and the end result is the brilliant and fulfilling Golddust Magic.

Golddust Magic was co-produced and engineered by Joe Johnson, of Red Wally Music, who has worked with such artists as Keith Richards, Johnny Winter and Joan Jett. Jerry Krenach, who has played with Chris Whitley, David Byrne and Darryl Hall, plays drums on the project while Sean Dixon and Scott Sharrard, New York City based session musicians and producers, produced the CD and contributed guitar, bass, keyboard, and percussion tracks.

Visit Thomas Earl’s website for updates, performance dates, downloads and more. Currently Golddust Magic is for sale on CD Baby.


Contact: Kay Sharrard
Company: Thomas Earl Productions
Address: P.O. Box 71, Cold Spring, NY 10516
Tel: 845-661-3523
Fax: 845-265-2859
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05 April 2007

Maggie Sayles-Trust

Artist: Maggie Sayles
Title: Trust
Genre: Rock-Progressive
Label: Uncommon Sense Records
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Maggie Sayles has a beautiful voice. That was my first thought when I heard some samples of her new CD Trust. Initially I thought that she had the perfect voice for pop or jazz, and she does, however she manages to wrap that silky voice around rocking guitars and comes out sounding something similar to female fronted prog-rock bands like Mostly Autumn, which by no coincidence is one of my favorite bands.

Sayles splits the songwriting duties with Kelly Morrison, who also contributes guitar and bass parts. They form a good team and so does combining her talents with Rex McNew, who serves as her vocal partner on several occasions for both lead and background. She finds Trust in the process of the music and thereby creates an entirely separate universe from the rest of the world in the studio through her words, feelings, and vocals that make you melt in the palm of her hand. I am sure this entire process had to happen on different levels for the artists involved because of the vast breadth of talents from the several contributors.

The trust factor is one that is earned over time and something that developed and was then translated through several listens for me. You get the feeling you may have something special in your hand when the desire to listen repeatedly becomes overwhelming. For these ears that is a healthy barometer of how I really feel about an album. The end game being, I loved the recording and would highly recommend it.

I really appreciate the way the album opened up with “Down On Love,” a track that starts as a pitter patter of rain drops outside your window into a gradual hard driving rain of electric guitar licks that leaves you hanging in anticipation for the next track. As it turns out the following track “Only You,” is decidedly more energetic and powerful musically. “Please” is my first pick for a single because of its hooks and give and take female to male vocals (once again similar to Mostly Autumn) between Maggie and Rex, her steadfast partner straight on through this ambitious effort.

I heard a focused and definite balance of instrumentation throughout this effort as the music ebbed and flowed according to Maggie’s emotive and refined vocals. The foundation of all of this is rock, and then everything falls in line after that, such as art or prog rock. I suppose it depends on your preferred listening and interpretation. There were also some very noticeable rudiments of jazz fused here and there (note the Latin acoustic picking on “Loves Disdain”). On the closing track “Rock The Cradle,” the guitar style is a smart reggae rhythm interwoven with subtle leads that keep it all honest. The song structures are not simplistic by any means, sometimes the changes are rapid and complex and other times it comes at you with a slower more predictable pace. When I think about all of these different angles and approaches it does makes sense, but only after soaking it all up keenly more than once, that is a prerequisite for this type of music.

I promise you that one listen of this CD will not suffice and every time you give it a spin your enjoyment level will increase. The musicianship is duly noted and the all around talents of Maggie Sayles is most impressive on Trust.

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April 5, 2007-Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

Tracks:
1. Down On Love (5:07)
2. Only You (4:38)
3. Please (4:30)
4. The Key (5:45)
5. Where (5:40)
6. Loves Disdain (6:19)
7. Sharp Shooter (5:00)
8. I See Red (3:46)
9. Rock The Cradle (5:23)

03 April 2007

Donna Sammarco-On Eagles Wings

Artist:Donna Sammarco
Title: On Eagles Wings
Genre: Christian-Instrumental
Label: P & J Records
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Although On Eagles Wings was released in 2004 the music remains bright and relevant at any time, simply because what the intent and meaning was behind producing it the first place. This kind of Christian new age instrumental sound is for ears that want some relief of daily demands.

Donna Sammarco goes solo with her piano covering timeless spirituals flying on the wings of time and space (and eagles) through the ivory keys.

This was a nice experience for me. Music such as this engages you and allows a meditative state to take hold. This is not a normal state of mind for any sentient being, particular in this world we live in now, with all the constant activity around us. It takes something powerful and aurally seductive to make us stop and listen so we turn inward and recharge our link to a higher power. I should do this on a daily basis but I do not, music like this reminds me what a strong connection I have to the spiritual world and how easy it is to tap into that source if I choose. Quite simply that is it in a nutshell; it is all about making the right choices on daily basis.
Every track is crystal clear with its message and certainly because of its foundation within each composition, words are not needed. As I said, this is not something I put on the stereo every day but I am comforted to know there is something I can reach for when I want to center my energy and feel good about being alive.

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April 3, 2007-Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

01. How Beautiful (3:41)
02. Oh, How He Loves You and Me (2:56)
03. Near to the Heart of God/Heart of Worship (2:48)
04. Lamb of God (2:57)
05. I Exalt Thee (3:22)
06. El Shaddai (3:42)
07. Alleluia/The Majesty and Glory of Your Name (4:00)
08. Change My Heart, Oh God (3:01)
09. Give Thanks (3:01)
10 .Spirit Song (3:16)
11. On Eagle's Wings (3:28)