Yearly Archives: 2001

Keola Beamer: Soliloquy

Keola Beamer is one of the modern masters of Hawaiian "slack key" guitar, a delicate and uplifting fingerstyle that’s evolved over the past century to accompany Hawaiian song and dance. On "Soliloquy," Beamer offers 10 original compositions and 5 Hawaiian … Continue reading

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Andy Bey: Tuesdays in Chinatown

Andy Bey’s return to recording in the 90s surprised many critics, who were taken aback by his soft, soulful voice, sparkling piano and subtle arrangements. On "Tuesdays in Chinatown," Bey has ventured into new and notable territory, adding evocative covers … Continue reading

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Bill Banfield: Striking Balance

Guitarist/composer Bill Banfield has written for orchestras and big bands for years. This project finds Banfield exploring radio-friendly contemporary jazz and urban idioms. Banfield is joined on the recording by some of his well-known musical friends, including Patrice Rushen, Billy … Continue reading

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Cindy Bullens: Neverland

Cindy Bullens started her career singing back-up for Elton John. In the late 70s she was one of the first women to be known for playing rock guitar. After several albums and the untimely passing of a daughter five years … Continue reading

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Mighty Sam McClain: Sweet Dreams

Mighty Sam McClain is a singer-songwriter-bandleader who draws on blues, gospel, jazz and country to present music that’s full of heart and honesty. Sam’s songs might appear to be about his struggles, women, love and rekindling relationships; but below the … Continue reading

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Wayne Horvitz: Forever

Wayne Horvitz is a composer and pianist who writes elegant pieces that are closer to songs in shape and sentiment than jazz standards. In "Forever," his first CD featuring piano in years, he presents a dozen sparse lush pieces, including … Continue reading

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Chocolate Genius: Godmusic

"Chocolate Genius" is the name of the eclectic, if not theatrical musings of Marc Anthony Thompson and his circle of collaborators. In "godmusic," Thompson surrounds his quiet and soulful voice with a striking sonic tapestry that mixes subtle grooves, artful … Continue reading

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Joni Harms: After All

Joni Harm’s eighth CD – her first on an independent label – finds the country-and-western singer writing songs and singing in styles that are close to her heart. A genuine cowgirl – she lives on her grandfather’s ranch – Harms … Continue reading

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Orixa: 2012 e.d.

Orixa is an energetic, modern Latin rock band whose home is the San Francisco Bay Area but whose musical influences and styles are wide-ranging. A successful independent rock band, Orixa plays upbeat, at times theatrical songs with positive messages – … Continue reading

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Loudon Wainwright III: Last Man on Earth

Loudon Wainwright III’s "Last Man on Earth" is a poignant, generous and at times lighthearted look at some of the hardest challenges a person can face at once: the passing of a parent; realizations of one’s own mortality and the … Continue reading

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