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March Releases 2014:
28 MARCH 2014
ITI Records CAT # 201403
Originally released in 1987 through an arrangement with Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab under another Dion moniker, Café Records, this was a follow up album to “GOOD LINES”.
Here Steve is accompanied by the late Gerry Niewood on saxophone, Billy Hart on drums, Steve Gilmore and Brian Murphy on bass, and Ray Brown on flugelhorn.
Brown has toured and recorded with Chuck Israels, Bill Dobbins, Sal Nistico, Claudio Roditi, Ben Riley, Walter Bishop Jr., Full Faith and Credit Orchestra and Chuck Mangione.
Bill Dobbins said, “Steve is definitely one of the most tasteful and consistently musical performers I have worked with.” Dan Morgenstern said that Steve Brown “is an impressive discovery”.
Guitarist, composer, arranger, Steve Brown, is also coauthor with Ray Brown of an instructional book and recording entitled An Introduction To Jazz Improvisation. Other performances or recorded releases include Steve Gilmore, Danny D'Imperio, Billy Hart, Bobby Watson, Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Smith, Barry Harris, Gerry Niewood and many others. He has performed at major jazz festivals including The Newport Jazz Festival, The Berks Jazz Festival, and The Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
"I LOVE YOU IN THREE QUARTER TIME"
14 March 2014
ITI Records CAT #201402
Some of this album was originally released in 1982, by Palo Alto Records. It had received excellent reviews from Leonard Feather, LA Times and many others.
“Mike Campbell is a first class jazz singer”, David Weiss LA Herald Examiner “Mike Campbell’s gifts as a jazz singer are well on their way from potential to kinetic energy.” This album was also positively reviewed in Billboard, BRE, Cadence and several other newspapers across the country.
Other tracks include never before released songs.
Musicians include: Tom Garvin & Joanne Grauer piano, John Heard & Eric Von Essen bass, Peter Donald & Ralph Penland drums, Tom Peterson & Bob Sheppard tenor sax, Lanny Morgan alto sax, Steve Huffsteter trumpet & flugelhorn, Clay Jenkins trumpet, Bruce Paulson trombone, Dan Sawyer guitars & Dave Shank percussion.
Gary Jackson of BRE stated, “Mike has one of the pure jazz voices that harken to the younger days of Mel Torme”. Cadence said, “This is vocal jazz at its most refined…” “Pianist Garvin is right on target…”
ART JOHNSON & RANDY TRESSLER
“TWO FOR REAL”
10 January 2014
ITI Records Cat # 201401
As many jazz albums have been done in the past, this one follows suit. There was no specific plan to record together, it just happened. Randy and his wife Sunnie were in Nice France staying at their apartment for six weeks. As I knew he was here for one reason, “to relax and swim in the Mediterranean”, I asked him to come over to the studio when he had time to listen some tracks I had been recording with space for the keyboard. He liked what he heard so I captured his “live talent” on this album.
I've always enjoyed Randy’s playing, because he started out as a guitarist, and while studying with Harold Mabern Jr., (Noted especially for his work with Wes Montgomery), the veteran ”Jazzer” suggested to Randy that he switch to piano. The beauty of that change is that Randy still thinks like a guitarist. I've often said that pianists are my favorite musicians. Randy Tressler is one of those unique players who constantly listens to what others are doing and shapes his playing to the moment without losing his unique identity. “He's for real.”
Art Johnson, Monaco November 2013.
Randy relocated to Chicago where he has worked with tenor saxophonists Lin Halliday and Ron Dewar, singer Kurt Elling, and Sun Ra drummer Robert Barry. He has played regularly with saxophonist John Brumbach and bassist Dennis Carroll. In 1993 he began a long collaboration with cornetist Robert Mazurek Quintet that featured Eric Alexander on sax, George Fludas on drums, and John Webber on bass. Then had the opportunity to tour the British Isles, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Dunoon Jazz Festival, Grimsby Jazz Festival. He has also performed live on BBC Radio, and recorded three CDs for Hep Records of Scotland. Tressler remains a sought after accompanist for such Chicago-based vocalists such as Frank D'Rone, Kimberly Gordon, Elaine Dame, and Francine Griffin. He has also recorded with blues guitarist Dave Spector. Tressler divides his time between Chicago and Nice, France, where he has performed with saxophonist Seb Chaumont and bassist Marc Peillon, and where he met and performs with guitar great, Art Johnson.
"Live at the Baked Potato"
13 December 2013
ITI Records CAT # 201309
Dwayne has performed with many L.A. groups including Bernie Pearl, Wilson Pickett, Jeremy Jackson and Chet McCracken of the Doobie Brothers. His keyboard work is featured on Robert Altman's, "Welcome To L.A." and the film score, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". He has also performed with a multitude of jazz and blues from coast to coast, including the legendary rock group, The Association.
Touring with Papa John Creach he met up with Art Johnson and the two became best friends and seemed to be called for a multitude of gigs locally and internationally.
On The Papa John Creach album "Papa Blues", pianist Dwayne Smith, who had been blind from birth, memorized the taped “charts” provided, and would correct any of the lapses of memory or other deviations from my charts. His soulful, inventive piano powered the session.
On this "live" recording he is joined by Ralph Humphrey on drums, Ray Neapolitan on bass, Art Johnson and Bill Neal on guitars.
18 November 2013
ITI Records CAT # 201308
Art Johnson is a Jazz Guitarist, violinist, composer, producer and engineer. Jazz critic Scott Yannow says “Art Johnson is one of the most lyrical jazz guitarists on the scene today”. Through the years, his unique style of improvisation and harmonic accompaniment has played and or recorded with Shelly Manne, Lena Horne, Lynn Blessing, Tim Weisberg, Paul Horn, Willie Bobo, and Barbra Streisand, Papa John Creach, Allan Holdsworth and Mark O'Connor. In twenty years of living in Los Angeles, Art worked in the studios, toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Canada performing in most major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center for the performing arts, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Drury Lane. Art also taught music at San Diego State College. Here Art stands alone, performing all the instruments, recording and mixing. A product of hours of teaching, playing and living both here and abroad has given this album a very Mediterranean flavor of all the countries that border the assortment of European and Middle-East countries.
“ONE MAN - the songs on this album are a direct result of my living in the south of France for over a decade and hearing styles of North African music I may never have experienced if I had not become a ex-patriot. From Spain to Morocco there are musicians and forms of music that are unimaginable to most westerners. It has been my privilege to be where I am.” Art Johnson, Monaco, September 2013
"Blame It On My Youth"
11 November 2013
ITI Records CAT #201307
Gary started his professional career as a member of the prestigious Airmen of Note, the official jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force. As a featured woodwind solo-tenor saxophonist and assistant leader of the, "Note" he toured Europe and the United States performing on numerous recordings and TV shows.
Having mastered 13 instruments, Gary spent 12 years as soloist with the Caesars Palace Orchestra in Las Vegas, playing for Frank Sinatra (with whom he did over 1,000 performances), Sammy Davis, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross, as well as Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne, Ann Margaret, Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme, Paul Anka, and many more. Gary also played for the Diana Ross & Patti Page TV Specials and Frank Sinatra's 40th Anniversary In Show Biz Special.
In a jazz mode he built a reputation in small groups with Charlie Ventura, Johnny Smith, Frank Rossolino, Ray Brown, Mundell Lowe, Sonny Stitt, and Herb Geller, as well as Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Eddie Daniels.
He formed the San Diego Jazz Orchestra and the Gary Scott Orchestra which has backed such international stars as Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, Keely Smith, Andy Williams, and Tony Bennett.
This album was produced by Gary and includes the remainder of his Quartet, Mike Wofford on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass and Jim Plank on Drums.
AND THE ART JOHNSON TRIO
"Live at the Lighthouse - 1979"
October 8, 2013
ITI Records Cat # 201305
Recorded at the world famous Lighthouse, this never before release features Lynn Blessing on vibes, Art Johnson on guitar, Bart Hall on Drums and Dave Parlato on bass.
Lynn was perhaps most famous for being part of “THE ADVANCEMENT” that was put together by Rudy Onderwyzer, who was then the manager of the popular venue Shelly's Manne-Hole which he ran alongside jazz drummer Shelly Manne. Onderwyzer saw the commercial possibility of forming a new band with Lou Kabok, Hal Gordon and Colin Bailey, who was the rhythm section of the Gabor Szabo Quintet. He then added Lynn Blessing, from Bill Plummer's Cosmic Brotherhood, keyboardist Thompson and steadfast session musician Art Johnson to form the band in 1969. Their one and only album that was issued on the Philips label in the same year was regarded as an artistic success, though for many years. It was a curious blend of psychedelic rock and fusion that did not draw attention and had no commercial impact, so the group disbanded. Besides Cosmic Brotherhood, Lynn was a part of the Paul Horn Quintet that included Art Johnson. But he also performed with or recorded with Tim Weisberg, Judee Sill, The Turtles, Al Jarreau, Tommy Peltier, Les McCann, John Klemmer and many more.
Lynn released his only other solo album called “Sunset Painter” originally on Epic in 1969 that was later reissued by Fallout Records. It was produced by Paul Horn. Because of Lynn’s travels from San Francisco and LA, and the “hippie-era”, it is an album of instrumental pop icon tunes.
This ITI album, recorded 10 years later, “Live at the Lighthouse 1979”, is a more different album, with a Brazilian flair.