Rod Stewart, released back in 2012 with Merry Christmas, Baby , an easygoing and chipper collection of secular seasonal standards. If you don't have this cd, this is a great stocking stuffer for Rod Stewart fans! A couple of carols are thrown in for good measure but these songs -- "Silent Night," "We Three Kings" presented as a duet with Mary J. Blige -- along with a mildly incongruous "When You Wish Upon a Star," slide by easily on the mellow big-band swing of the rest of the record. Song for song, Merry Christmas, Baby is very much of a piece with Rod 's ongoing Great American Songbook series, with Stewart not straying from the familiar form of these songs and producer David Foster laying on all manner of soft, soothing sounds, whether it's acoustic guitars, synthesizers, strings, or a children's choir on "Silent Night." Very rarely does this hint at the Rod of the '70s
Holiday is a spirited celebration of the holiday season, bringing together brand new recordings of seasonal standards by Earth Wind and Fire. Song such as (“Winter Wonderland,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bell Rock”), beloved carols (“Joy to the World,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This?,” “Away in a Manger,” “The First Noël”), a traditional Japanese winter song (“Snow”) a modern day Christmas song (“Everyday Is Christmas”) and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: “Happy Seasons” (inspired by “Happy Feelin’”), and “December” (inspired by “September”) featuring original vocals from Maurice White.
Produced by Philip J. Bailey and Myron McKinley, Holiday is Earth, Wind & Fire’s 21st studio album.
Ambrosia an American rock band formed in Southern California in 1970. Ambrosia had five Top Forty hit singles between such as Biggest Part of Me”, “You’re the Only Woman”,“How Much I Feel.” The group was founded as a quartet with guitarist/vocalist David Pack, bassist/vocalist Joe Puerta, keyboardist Christopher North, and drummer Burleigh Drummond. They chose the name Ambrosia in 1970 to represent a vision of their music: all shades, textures, colors and styles. While Ambrosia had many radio hits in the 1970s, much of the material on their five albums is progressive in nature.
David Pack's 1985 solo album Anywhere You Go actually featured both Puerta and Drummond (alongside Kerry Livgren, Michael McDonald, Stanley Clarke, and Toto's Michael Porcaro), and the band reunited several years later. Several tours followed during the '90s, along with new recordings featured on the band's 1997 Anthology release. Pack left after 2001 for additional solo projects, and the band released the concert album Live a year later without him. Read More
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Grammy-Award winning rock legend Boz Scaggs showcases both original songs and choice covers in his new album, MEMPHIS out March 5, 2013 on 429 Records. Produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer), Memphis was recorded at Willie Mitchell legendary Royal Studio in Memphis, where the late Mitchell recorded Al Green and other hit music artists. Joining Scaggs on MEMPHIS are Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), the Memphis Horns, Lester Snell (string arrangements) and Steve Jordan (drums). Read More
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Tony Exum Jr., a Colorado native, found himself opening for and performing with such notables as the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Manhattans, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Nelson Rangell, Marion Meadows, and many others. Exum's debut album, aptly titled, Finally! is an example in arranging.
Performances has been Blues Alley, Sedona Jazz On the Rocks Festival, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Jazz Fest, and many others. Tony Exum, Jr. still resides in Colorado Springs, CO, routinely travels to both perform at and attend jazz festivals, and had released Finally! in May of 2010. The album is available via AmazonMP3.com, CDBaby.com, Napster, eMusic, and Spotify.
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City of Smooth Jazz showcases artistry and musicianship; which is the true essence of the ROBERT LEE REVUE.Robert Lee Balderrama has assembled a group of formidable musical talent; fellow Mysterians Frank Rodriguez/Keyboards and , along with Tom Barsheff/Saxophone and Robert Lee's wife Amy Lynn Balderrama/Percussion.
Live performances will see the nucleus of the band joined by Jack Nash/Bass, Rudolph Levario/drums & Percussion. CITY OF SMOOTH JAZZ was released SEPT, 2012, label AMR/ASSOCIATED MICHIGAN RECORDINGS.
All songs are published by Robert Lee Balderrama Publishing/BMI. Robert Lee ,and Frank continue to tour and record with Question Mark and the Mysterians, but also make time to pursue other musical interests. OF NOTE: Robert Lee Balderrama,and Frank Rodriguez, original guitarist, original keyboardist and respectively of ? & the Mysterians, have an historical significance which is quite clear; credited with creating and originating the musical genre 'garage rock/punk' in the early 1960's. As Steve Huey of All Music Guide states, "It only took one song, the organ-driven number one smash "96 Tears," to make ? & the Mysterians into garage rock legends…the Mysterians sound helped lay down an important part of the garage rock blueprint…they were one of the first Latino rock groups to have a major hit…one of the prime suspects in the evolution of garage rock into early punk." facebook
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