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Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci's "Dawn of Goodbye" + NYC CD Release Party!

"This kid is 360 degrees!"Quincy Jones

"One of the most gorgeous, passionate and haunting recordings to cross my desk in some time." - Gary Walker, WBGO

Dominick Farinacci - Dawn of GoodbyeOne of the cool things that I like about the blog and the new world that it has opened up to me is the discovery of new artists and music! I received information yesterday about a trumpeter named Dominick Farinacci's new album and upcoming CD release party in New York City.

I scanned through the info as I was not familiar with Mr. Farinacci. But, after doing some preliminary research, I found out that he is well regarded by some in the jazz community's upper echelon. Plus, I found 3 videos of a performance at NYC's Smalls Jazz Club where he was a member of the Aaron Diehl Quartet. The videos gave me an idea of his playing style and technical ability. Wynton Marsalis and saxman Victor Goines were special guests. 

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FYI: Bassist Ben Williams' Debut Album "State of Art" Is Out Now! 

Ben Williams
"Concord Jazz proudly announces the release of Washington, DC-born, New York-based bassist Ben Williams' debut album State of Art. The album is a result of Williams' first prize in the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition, and it draws from jazz, hip-hop, R&B & classical music, including covers by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Goapele and the bold jazz/hip-hop meeting, "The Lee Morgan Story" featuring emcee John Robinson & trumpeter Christian Scott."

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Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 27 June 2011

Etta Jones & Houston Person - The Way We WereThis is the weekly US/Canada radio airplay list from JazzWeek.com.

Want to see stats regarding how many radio stations played your favorite album or how much it moved up or down the chart from last week? Click here to find out that information and to buy the albums.

There's a ton of reissues this week. Check them out here. New music on sale Tuesday, June 28th from Ben Williams and Kenny Wheeler.  You can click on the red links to get them on Amazon.

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"Time Together" ~ New Music and an Interview with Michael Franks


Michael FranksEarlier this month, the opportunity presented itself for me to interview iconic vocalist and songwriter Michael Franks

Needless to say, I was a wee bit nervous about the whole thing. Taking into consideration that I was a random blogger that he had never heard of, I decided to keep the interview on the short side. 

My line of inquiry is of a different vibe than most of the interviews I've heard and read so far regarding the new album Time Together.

 I asked Mr. Franks about his initial foray into music, who influenced his worldview - that sort of thing. Why did I take this approach? Well, after really listening to Michael Franks lyrics (disclosure: I was not a Michael Franks fan in the past even though I was aware of his musical legacy), My curiosity was piqued about the man that was behind the music. What made him tick? What path did he take to become the human that he is today?

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