Friday, September 21, 2012

Dean Brown Addresses Unfinished Business On New Recording, All-Star Cast Featured On Guitarist’s Fourth CD As A Leader

On Unfinished Business, veteran guitarist Dean Brown, whose scintillating six-string work can be heard on over 200 recordings, steps out with his fourth dynamic outing as a leader. Joining him on this eclectic offering, which ranges from hard-hitting funk to lovely ballads, soothing samba flavored grooves, Latin-tinged jams, greasy organ-fueled blues and cool jazz, are longstanding colleagues Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums and Gerry Etkins on keyboards. Their intuitive sense of simpatico blends nicely on this highly interactive session with bassists Hadrien Feraud, Jimmy Earl, Schuyler Deale and Rene Camacho, Hammond B-3 organist Bobby Sparks, percussionist Joey DeLeon, trumpeter Lee Thornburg, vibraphonist Bernard Maseli and tenor saxophonists Doug Webb and Kirk Whalum. Santana drummer Dennis Chambers, who played on Brown’s powerhouse trio recording from 2009, appears on one track.

Brown stretches with heroic abandon on this collection of old and new tunes from his catalog, showing the remarkable versatility, ingenuity and go-for-it intensity that has marked his 30-year career as a guitarist-composer-arranger and educator. An in-demand figure on the global fusion and contemporary jazz scene, Brown has toured and recorded with such luminaries as Marcus Miller, The Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, Bob James, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Lenny White, Joe Zawinul and Steve Smith’s Vital Information, but takes the greatest pleasure in his own personal projects. The aptly-titled Unfinished Business, which includes some previously unrecorded tunes originally written by the guitarist during the mid ‘80s, follows his acclaimed solo outings Here (2001), Groove Warrior (2004) and DBIII: Live at the Cotton Club Tokyo (2009), the latter a stripped-down power trio outing with bassist Will Lee and drummer Dennis Chambers.

“The title of this album is multi-faceted for me,” says Brown. “There’s the idea of being a musician in general is kind of a work in progress and tends to involve ‘unfinished business’ in terms of always paying dues, always learning and hopefully always growing as an artist. There is also the idea that there are tunes laying around that don’t make the CDs, for whatever reason. I’ve written way more music than I have records for, so there’s always more tunes. Some of these tunes on Unfinished Business are ones that didn’t make it on previous albums, so I decided to record them now. I’ve been playing them live and people have been telling me, ‘Man, you should put that tune on a record.’ So I finally got around to doing it here.”

Brown is particularly pleased with the nature of the recording during these Unfinished Business sessions. “All these tunes were recorded live in the studio,” he says, “so there’s a lot of interaction and not a lot of overdubs. I’m trying to protect that kind of stuff. I just like the integrity of the idea that all the vertical stuff happens at once. I love that live feeling.” That kind of immediacy is felt on all nine tracks from Unfinished Business, which stands as Brown’s most ambitious release to date.

by Bill Milkowski

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tony Adamo On Smooth Newporterjazz Radio

Newporterjazz radio will feature music from Tony Adamo's new CD. Street release for the un-named CD is Jan 2013. Adamo's music is produced by legendary drummer Mike Clark of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters fame.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ArtistWorks Gives Aspiring Classical Musicians A Competitive Edge With Launch Of New Classical Music Campus

The highly anticipated ArtistWorks Classical Music Campus will launch on September 19th it was announced today. This first-ever online, interactive classical music school features unparalleled, classical music instruction from world-renowned teaching artists in five core orchestral instruments including flute, trumpet, clarinet, violin and french horn. Also included in the new Classical Campus are current ArtistWorks classical piano and classical guitar schools.

ArtistWorks Classical Campus teaching artists include Jeffrey Kahner (Principal Flutist, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute); David Bilger (Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute); Ricardo Morales (Principal Clarinetist, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Temple University); Bill Caballero (Principal French Horn, Pittsburgh Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music), Nathan Cole [Violin, First Associate Concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic] as well as guitarist Jason Vieaux (Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music) and pianist Christie Peery Skousen (Peabody Institute).

Providing personalized online feedback via ArtistWorks’ Video Exchange™ Accelerated Learning Platform, the ArtistWorks Classical Music Campus orchestral teaching artists are all principal performers within their respective orchestras. In addition, most are instructors at various ultra exclusive music schools including Juilliard, Curtis Institute and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music among others. Previously, direct access to these prestigious teaching artists was virtually unobtainable, owing to the fact that admissions to most of these top-flight schools afford the opportunity to study directly with these virtuoso artists to fewer than 10 students per year.

Designed for aspiring classical musicians, the ArtistWorks Classical Campus provides core curriculum in the form of video lessons, covering the essential playing habits that build top-flight technique for all levels of players. Most importantly, these video lessons cover the etudes, and orchestral excerpts that musicians need to perfect for competitions or university, conservatory or professional orchestra auditions. In addition to video lessons representing the teaching artists life’s work, subscribing students can use their webcam, phone or other video device to show their instructor their progress. The teaching artists then provide personalized video responses with critique and comment on technique as well as priceless insight and the “inside track” on what is required in the highly competitive audition process. These interactions are available for all students to see and learn from. This new online approach represents a virtual master class where every participant gets personalized attention from the master.

Subscriptions to the ArtistWorks Classical Campus Orchestral schools are reasonably priced at $299 for 3 months, $499 for six months and $699 for 9 months. Subscriptions to classical guitar and classical piano schools are priced at $90.00 for 3 months, $150.00 for 6 months and $240.00 for a 12-month subscription.

About ArtistWorks, Inc.

Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc. is a Napa California-based technology and music education company that provides a global online learning community of world-renowned artists and enthusiastic amateurs dedicated to unleashing the music that lies within all of us. Its Video Exchange Accelerated Learning Platform enables virtuoso musicians to "teach the world" by presenting their full method, technique or lesson list in HD video to subscribing students. Utilizing simple web cams, iPhones, iPads and more, students are able to submit videos for individualized video feedback and guidance - creating a two-way, online learning experience

ArtistWorks currently offers schools from such world-class, virtuoso artists as: Paul Gilbert (rock guitar lessons); Martin Taylor (fingerstyle guitar lessons); Jason Vieaux (Classical guitar lessons); Andreas Oberg (jazz guitar lessons); Nathan East (pop & rock bass lessons), John Patitucci (jazz bass lessons), Howard Levy (harmonica lessons); DJ Qbert (DJ lessons); Christie Peery (piano lessons); Thomas Lang (rock drum lessons); Billy Cobham (jazz and fusion drum lessons); Luis Conte (percussion lessons); as well as the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with Tony Trischka (banjo lessons); Missy Raines (double bass lessons); guitar player Bryan Sutton (flatpick guitar lessons); Andy Hall (dobro lessons); Mike Marshall (mandolin lessons); and Darol Anger (fiddle lessons).

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MusicDish Review: "Pirate Booty" By Clint Perry And The Boo Hoo Crew

Coming out just before "Pirate Week", the children's group Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew are releasing "Shake Your Pirate Booty". The sound of the ocean's crashing waves and seagulls the song add an interesting flavor along with guitars. A pirate's accordion sets the scene as Clint Perry begins singing about a pirate's life... "It's mostly work / It's hardly ever fun." As the flutes join him on the chorus, Perry instructs the kids how to dance like a pirate. The sound of a "Clang clang" from the bell kicks It to the next verse, with drums keeping a steady rock beat, and the electric bass fills in just right with the background vocal harmonies. Fans of this group will have lots of fun on this song. The good news is that "Shake Your Pirate Booty" will be on their soon to be released sophomore CD! Clint and the Boo Hoo Crew will be bringing smiles to the children of San Diego with upcoming concerts. Be sure to check out their website for details.


MusicDishTV Presents Robert Nix's "Walk Down The Street"

Robert Nix's video for "Walk Down the Street" is one that's difficult to explain, but incredibly pleasing to watch. He is a post-contemporary composer, but his music is so much more. The video follows Nix as he records the various instruments in the song, creating a fully experimental and pop-rock fusion track. He throws in some cut scenes of himself walking aimlessly through his home-city of Toronto to represent the theme of his song; being lost. The cinematography supports the theme as well, as the dissonance of the shaky camera certainly makes the viewer feel a little lost. The compassion in his voice and power in his presence in the video allows the video to almost attain a sense of spirituality.

All in all, this is a fantastic video from top to bottom. Robert Nix is a mastermind and he displays a true love for his craft. Teaming up with filmmaker Rohit "Badmash" Thakur was a terrific decision and "Badmash" certainly fulfilled his responsibilities.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Musician-Physician Goes 'All The Way' With New Smooth Jazz Release

Osaru, a North Carolina based musician and physician continues his Smooth Jazz journey with a fascinating new chapter. In his new Smooth Jazz CD 'All The Way' he delights our ears with 10 brand new original songs. This is a Smooth Jazz lover’s 'must buy'!

Music and the art of medicine have a lot in common, the most obvious being the ability to heal wounds and make people feel good. Osaru continues to do this on the keyboards and wind controller with his finely honed talents.

A very worthy successor to his last album, 'Home with the Keys', 'All the Way' combines catchy themes with laid back mid-tempo grooves, creating beautiful melodies that will keep your head bobbing and your foot tapping. His ever present subtle background of African percussion seals his music with pride.

His style is reminiscent of Paul Hardcastle, Boney James, and Paul Taylor. His saxophone phrasing performed on the wind controller has been compared to Kenny G, Najee, and Steve Cole to name a few. Andrea Guy from aptly describes Osaru's music as:

"...Smooth Jazz that will chill you out on the hottest of days and take you below zero when the temperatures are cool...It’s like the music reaches out and asks you to dance and you have no choice but to accept. How could you resist? The sax solos give new meaning to the word sexy."

'All the Way' is full of surprises. From the smooth, chilled-out 'Always' and 'Listen Again' to the energetic, catchy hip hop funk of 'Swagger' and 'Those Days', there is a tune here for a wide range of listeners. An African themed tune titled 'Where you dey go?' creates a nice unexpected twist in this amazing collection. He plays all the instruments on this self produced release.

'This is a happy album', the artist states. 'All the songs have a positive vibe…"All the Way" depicts my present state of mind and summarizes my plans for the future. I love what I do and intend to go all the way with my music creations, so stay tuned.'

'All the Way' is now available online at,, and iTunes. Osaru is currently offering a limited time free download of the track, 'Always' on his website at




Frank Anthony Releasing Sixty8 Comeback Mix Tape

F.A.M. Productions Inc and Singleton Entertainment Corp announced today that the much anticipated Mix Tape release by Frank Anthony, “Sixty8 Comeback”, will be available for download on Monday, September 10, 2012 on This release highlights some classic vibes from 1968 and leading to the explosive energy heard in mainstream Hip Hop and R&B sounds of today.

According to the Toronto native, “I have been waiting for this day to release this Mix Tape to my fans for several weeks now. I am happy with the end result of Sixty8 Comeback and I’m looking forward to hearing the feedback from my fans. I really appreciate their patience and I hope they enjoy the music as much as I enjoyed making it for them,” says Frank Anthony.

“Sixty8 Comeback” is an amazingly soulful Mix Tape, blending the sounds and nostalgic feel of old school R&B with a fresh youthful take no prisoners Frank Anthony sound. The project features songs like the romantic “I Don’t Deserve You” to the raw club bangers like “Live in My Bed” featuring Kendrick Lamar. The Mix Tape is an introductory showcase of Frank Anthony the singer, songwriter and passionate artist who has a lot to say as he steps out on to the world stage.

The release of “Sixty8 Comeback” is sure to generate a strong buzz with his fans, music lovers and all those who love mainstream R&B and Hip Hop music. The Mix Tape will also spotlight Frank as an extraordinary force in pop music around the world and showcase Frank Anthony as a triple threat – singer, songwriter and musician.

According to Uche Lord Eme, A&R at Singleton Entertainment Corp, “You are going to want to rock out to Frank Anthony’s new Mix Tape.” Each of the songs on “Sixty8 Comeback” has been produced by stellar platinum producers like Poo Bear, The Audibles, The Underdogs, Scott Storch, Dwayne “D’Cat” Cornelius and Adam & Uche. The official video Diamonds can be found:

For information on Frank Anthony, contact Singleton Entertainment Corp at 818-774-0818.

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Media Contact:
Nancy Mancini, Marcom Blueprints Inc

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Musicians: Be First To Upload Your Profile On, New Site For Indie Fans

Be the first to share your music with fans, and gain exposure as a featured artist on, a new music site launching this fall.

OKMusic, a site that started in Japan and is wildly popular with music lovers in that part of the world, will select 10 musicians to be profiled on the new English language site when the site is formally announced. Tell us your story! You or your band could be featured with photos and an article on your music and how you got started.

Still in soft launch, OKMusic fuses music discovery with social networking.

Indie musicians can upload music and communicate with fans. Artists can create a profile along with their photo, upload and promote their songs and list their appearances. Music lovers can discover fresh, new artists, voice their opinions on songs at OKMusic’s Comment Fountain and leave messages for the artists’ on their profile page.

OKMusic offers fans the chance to discover new music in dozens of genres. Find out what indie music is trending. Listen to new music for the mood you are in.

Originally launched in Japan, OKMusic has more than four million musicians and music fans, worldwide.

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Media Contacts:
Derek Asato/Robert Brown
The Bohle Company
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