James Taylor – Before This World

Pleased to learn that James Taylor will be releasing his first studio album in 13 years, Before This World on June 16th, 2015.

You can hear the first track, “Today Today Today” from his forthcoming album, today 😉 on TIDAL HiFi. I listened to the song this morning and found it quite tasty.

 

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Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach

Standing In The Breach, Jackson Browne‘s 14th studio album, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life. The album will be released in the United States on October 7th.

Jack Bruce – Silver Rails

Jack Bruce is working on his first studio album in nine years. It is now in the writing and recording stage. Jack’s new album, Silver Rails is due to be released at the beginning of March 2014.

Silver Rails is being recorded at Abbey Road Studios featuring contributions from drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and keyboardist John Medeski. Bruce, Blackman Santana and Medeski, along with Vernon Reid of Living Colour recorded a jazz fusion album under the name Spectrum Road in June 2012. I wrote about this recording/touring nucleus in 2102 here.

Kitaro’s 23rd Studio Album, “Final Call”

I am a long time fan of Kitaro, the foundation architect of new age music. I value the spirituality gained through his musical intonations. He effectively translates the true message of peace by communicating directly with the soul of our being.  He has taught me to respect our environment by forging us as one with our surroundings.

Kitaro is at the top of my list of artists that I wish to experience live. I yearn for the day I am sitting in his midst absorbing the magic of his resonant sound.

Domo Records, Kitaro’s record label has announced that he will be releasing his 23rd studio album, Final Call on September 10th. This album is a voyage of introspection specifically concerned about how we treat our planet. It’s Kitaro’s assertion that the planet itself is crying out and warning us about potential serious consequences if we don’t address these global issues in a timely fashion.

I have always felt we all must respect the providence of the Universe.  Unfortunately, through the course of time and the growth of civilization, many living creatures that we now know will become extinct. If we don’t alter how we treat each other and our planet Earth, many habitats and portions of this earth may become devastated and eventually disappear.

After meeting Professor Shibata, at Kazan Observatory at Kyoto University, nature photographer Mr Toshio Ushiyama and the staff at Nagoya Science Museum, I had an epiphany of sorts. I began to recall the greatness of constellations, our solar system, galactic systems, the macrocosms that they create and the beauty of our planet Earth.

As in the story of Noah’s Ark, this album is the story of an epic voyage.  A voyage of hope that all living creatures can someday live happily in harmony with each other.

The story begins from where we board for departure.

Bon Voyage,

Kitaro

 

 

Black Sabbath + Rick Rubin = 13 on June 11th!

The release date for the first Black Sabbath studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years is known. The album, titled 13 drops on June 11th, 2013. We are 90 days away from striking historic pay dirt. I love how true this feels within the music of our heart.

Witness Rick Rubin’s commitment as he talks about the goals of the recording.

“I’ve been a fan of Black Sabbath my whole life, and getting to come in to work everyday and hearing Black Sabbath play, it stimulates something in me just like when I was 14 years old,” Rubin says in the clip. “They just want what’s best, and we’re all sort of working together to find whatever works best for them.”

Let’s Help Kickstart Renaissance’s Next Studio Album, Grandine il Vento

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The Renaissance momentum took hold for us last year when we attended their live concert at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Ct.  Renaissance built upon the success of that innovative Northeast tour by filming and releasing a multimedia DVD/CD of their live concert.

The energy surrounding the progressive rock group Renaissance is building and here is how you can make a contribution to the mutual success of their next studio album, Grandine il Vento.

Grandine il Vento

Renaissance is taking the next step in their rich legacy by recording, Grandine il Vento in the studio. They are projecting  it will be ready and released by September, 2012. They need our help to finance their initiative. It’s unfortunate that the major record labels no longer care about the music Renaissance makes nor most of the music we love. It’s yet another example why major labels are such dinosaurs in the digital age. Here’s your chance to prove the labels how wrong they are and to support the new music business economy model that is happening on a major scale with Kickstarter.

If you are a grass-roots activist, someone who believes in the artist and their art coming to market join with us Renaissance enthusiasts and make a contribution to the Kickstarter project. Its titled the New Renaissance Studio Album: Grandine il Vento, a Rock project in Philadelphia, PA by Renaissance. I mean after all doesn’t music belong to the people, the artists and those of us who embrace its value.

You will find a vast array of pledge opportunities with rewards ranging from advance copies of the album to VIP tickets to concerts, original paintings, executive producer credits, home concerts, plus special items from their private memorabilia collections including two historic guitars and the dress Annie Haslam wore on BBC’s Top Of The Pops.