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September 18th, 2011
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Season premier for our 15th & final year!

Ready for the first show in this our final season is David King - The Universal Dream is his new release and we're easing into a real nice trio of tracks all as part of the showcase segment. The second half of the show sees the latest in new music with the Fresh Trax feature. Headlining this edition are Richard Elliot, Acoustic Alchemy, and saxlady Jessy J; meanwhile making their debuts are Misz the Groove Producer and Roman Street!
In This Issue:

The Universal Dream - David King

Weekend Getaway - Misz
Hot Sauce - Jessy J
Shorelines - Roman Street
Boom Town - Richard Elliot
Marrakesh - Acoustic Alchemy

AFTER HOURS : Summerplay
PLAYLIST: Playlist for Ed#625

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Showcase CD
The Universal Dream - David King:

Growing up in Scotland, David King was influenced by all the rock he was exposed to, through his many visits to Glasgow's famed venue The Apollo. However, after being introduced to the music of Martin Taylor, King developed a passion for jazz and the style of Larry Carlton and Pat Metheny. Later on, seeing Acoustic Alchemy play on TV proved pivotal to his development both as a player and as a composer. Additionally, The Edge, Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds, and the acoustic work of Tommy Emmanuel have all proved highly influential.

Following a variety of band experiences, King obtained a degree in media composition (recognized by the LA Film Music Institute) and, returning to his studio, he recorded his debut in 2007. Entitled Strangely Familiar, the album encompassed smooth grooves with some fusion - as well, the occasional big rock solo was thrown in just to shake things up a bit.

David King - The Universal Dream
In a slight departure, Son Of Strangely issued a couple of years later, incorporated a more urban feel. Building on these, the recently released The Universal Dream is now King's 3rd solo effort! Always known for a strong sense of melody and for the sensitivity of his playing, Guitar Player Magazine chronicled that King "elevates the guitar to a near mystical place." Nonetheless, the bar has been raised with The Universal Dream and an effort that is both inspired and inspirational.
David King
David King
(known by his tone alone!)
Suffice it to say, there's an abundance of stellar material contained therein and so it's with considerable alacrity that we now place Mr. King and his regal effort in the soft sheen of the showcase spotlight. As usual, we begin with the first of 3 terrific tracks this one being Sunday Morning Sun. It's 3:35 What's on the Tele asks the musical question at the top of the second hour while The Coco Shuffle kicks it fully into overdrive as the show closer. Packed with tone and loads of oomph, David King readily lives up to his surname with this one. A cd that's been described as 'almost cinematic in nature', The Universal Dream should ensure David King a spot in the musical cosmos!

CD: The Universal Dream (2011)
Label: Independent

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Fresh Trax: Part One
Misz the Groove Producer - Weekend Getaway
Weekend Getaway - Misz the Groove Producer:
She grew up listening to many artists and styles from Motown , and 70's rock to soul and funk, but it was after listening to artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bob James, and Patrice Rushen, that Misz knew she wanted to play jazz. The former member of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band, Misz graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in English and Speech Communications. A keyboardist and self-taught as a drummer, Misz also composes and arranges, and after adopting 'the Groove Producer' as an extension to her stage name, she released a debut EP back in 2008. Now from the forthcoming Lovin' What I Do, we have the just issued Weekend Getaway, a totally groovin' single from start to finish"!

Single: Weekend Getaway (2011)
Label: Solid Groove Recordings
Jessy J - Hot Sauce
Hot Sauce - Jessy J:
"Nothing wakes up food like hot sauce - and nothing will wake up your ears like Jessy J's new album." That's what they're saying at The Urban Music Scene and, it appears they are not alone. Since releasing her debut three years back, Voice of America proclaims that Jessy has been a 'bright light on the smooth jazz scene'. Her latest effort, Hot Sauce, once again produced in conjunction with Paul Brown is "a special blend of ten fiery tunes … seasoned with authentic Latin zing and packed with real jazz flavor. From a project upon which Ms J fully embraces her Latin heritage, we have the caliente title track!

CD: Hot Sauce (2011)
Label: Heads Up

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Fresh Trax: Part Two
Roman Street - Shorelines
Shorelines - Roman Street:
Led by the brother combo of Josh and Noah Thompson, Roman Street is an energetic ensemble based in Mobile Alabama. The two formed the group, a self-described "acoustic jam band with a Latin flair" when they were in their teens. With a fusion of flavours from nouveau flamenco to smooth jazz and beyond, they've played various events all over the U.S. Noah and Josh take the lead on the nylon and steel string guitars respectively and are joined by Nik White on the African drum and Daniel Brett on the congas. Shorelines is their sophomore cd ands from that release we're strolling to the sweet beat of the lead single and the title track!

CD: Shorelines (2010)
Label: Independent
Richard Elliot - In The Zone
Boom Town - Richard Elliot:
The 'reigning merchant of soul-jazz', Richard Elliot definitely has his head in the game with In the Zone, his soon to be issued new one. To be 'in the zone' is said to be a mental state in which a person is fully immersed in an energized focus and represents the ultimate in harnessing emotion. Now 25 years since the release of his debut, the 'energized-as-ever tenor saxophonist' is fully wired in as he pays homage to 'the pioneering instrumental artists of his formative years whose brilliance and musical innovations inspired his own … the collection is driven by 9 powerful retro-flavored original songs penned by Elliot and co-producer Jeff Lorber, who share a colorful collaborative history over the past 10 years." From the follow up to Rock Steady, which was the #2 Contemporary Jazz for 2009, we have the exuberant first single!

CD: In The Zone (2011)
Label: Artistry Music / Mack Avenue
Acoustic Alchemy - Roseland Marrakesh - Acoustic Alchemy:
Led by Greg Carmichael on the nylon string guitar and Miles Gilderdale on the steel acoustic & the electric guitar, Acoustic Alchemy returns to the contemporary scene with Roseland, their first in four years. In spite of acoustic being foremost in the name of the band, the group adds a sonic edge to their overall musical demeanor as they explore many exciting avenues where various genres intersect. The album was recorded in Gilderdale's home studio in York, England, and is Alchemy's first self-produced album in their near 25-year history. From a release rife with elements of rock, reggae, folk, and jazz, we take an upbeat journey to the Moroccan capitol of Marrakesh with the so-named lead single!

CD: Roseland (2011)
Label: Onside Records / Heads Up

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After Hours ~ Exclusive to our Site and Select Affiliates :
Summerplay: We're in the final throes of that summery season and we're hanging for dear life with a hot 14 track edition and a feature called Summerplay for a tune by Freddie Ravel. Featured are Summer Breeze by Bob Baldwin and Sweet Summer Nights from Najee; also appearing is Danny Lerman with Summer in a Hummer while rounding it is Jason Weber with Summer Solstice. They're all playing on the Summerplay edition - part of our summer time series! Playlist for Ed#625

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