Yearly Archives: 2011

Andy Akiho: No One To Know One

Andy Akiho is a captivating young composer and percussionist whose career has followed the unusual arc of playing and writing for steel drum bands to the modern concert stage. In his "No One To Know One" CD, he traces this … Continue reading

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Joe Trapanese

Joe Trapanese is a young film composer who has a gift for creating scores that are remarkably moody and inviting. In this audio portrait, he talks about how his love of movies and classical music led him to composing for … Continue reading

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Nikki Jean: Pennies In A Jar

Nikki Jean’s debut album, "Pennies In A Jar," captures her remarkable journey among America’s best-known and beloved songwriters. Always at home at her piano and with her voice, she created an album collaborating with the likes of Carol King, Burt … Continue reading

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Crystal Nicole

Crystal Nicole is a talented singer and songwriter whose career has finally brought those two threads together. She started singing and writing as a young woman, but found success and acclaim writing for major artists such as Monica and Rhianna. … Continue reading

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Michael Pedicin: Ballads …searching for peace

Michael Pedicin is a master jazz saxophonist whose expression and subtly is a wonder to behold. After four decades as a sideman and bandleader, his latest CD, "Ballads …searching for peace," fulfills his lifelong dream – a recording of jazz … Continue reading

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Melinda Wagner: Melinda Wagner

Melinda Wagner’s self-titled CD is a spectacular showcase of a stunning modern composer’s exploration of melody, musical narrative and sonic contrasts. Her compositions constantly change, building on what comes before and leaving listeners with feelings that range from quiet reflections … Continue reading

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John Wesley Harding: The Sound of His Own Voice

John Wesley Harding’s 18th recording, "The Sound Of His Own Voice," is a collection of fun, exuberant and at times poignant songs selected for his notable session mates. Harding ponders his life, family and our murky times with charisma and … Continue reading

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Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between

Garland Jeffreys’ "The King of In Between" is a CD of hope in hard times. Jeffreys has a gift for writing songs that find listeners in their worlds while sharing struggles and insights from his. He believes now, as he … Continue reading

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Dave Berg: Not Quite So Alone

Dave Berg is a successful Nashville-based songwriter whose latest indy CD, "Not Quite So Alone," is a departure from writing for others. Berg started with great riffs and feels and added strong lyrics exploring a turning point in his life. … Continue reading

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Joseph Arthur: The Graduation Ceremony

"The Graduation Ceremony" is Joseph Arthur’s first solo CD in five years. The singer-songwriter – and noted painter – has crafted a recording that is a soothing series of reflections on a break-up a year after it ended. Arthur sings … Continue reading

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