Archive for August 27, 2011

Producers Gerald McCauley and Ben Bove recently completed a documentary film about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. They are very proud of this work! The DVD will be available online (mid Sept.) at www.FenderRhodesStory.com.

This is the documented story of the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano: The Inventor, The Musicians, CBS / Fender employees. The movie tells the inside story of how the Rhodes became the most successful Electric Piano of our time.

The introduction of electric instruments mainstream music and Rhodes use. The movie shows different Rhodes models throughout the generations, performances by musicians on Rhodes and interviews with George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Greg Phillinganes, Marcus Miller, Jeff Lorber, Rodney Franklin, George Benson, Joe Sample, Ellis Hall, Jerry Peters, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Ray Manzarek, John Novello, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Ramsey Lewis, Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Allee Willis, Lalah Hathaway, Les McCann, Vince Wilburn Jr., Quincy Jones, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Rami Jaffee, Michael Bearden, Eumir Deodato, Onaje Allan Gumbs, David Paich, James Poyer, D’Angelo, Donald Fagen, Robin Lumley, Steve Molitz….

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New York, NY (22 August 2011): Blessed with an instantly identifiable voice that made her a chart-topping, platinum-selling recording artist around the globe, Basia returned to her native Poland in June to record a live album, From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live…And More, that will be released by eOne Music on September 13th in conjunction with a twenty-city U.S. concert tour. The jazzy title track with a European film noir air of mystery, one of three new studio recordings penned and produced by Basia and long-time collaborator Danny White, is the first radio single from the collection.

Recorded in Łódź, Poland, From Newport To London generously offers fifteen live songs, including signature hits “Cruising For Bruising,” “New Day For You,” “Promises” and “Time And Tide.” The disc also has an acoustic version of “There’s A Tear,” a new studio recording of a track that appeared on Basia’s 2009 release, It’s That Girl Again, with an entirely new arrangement. The other new song is “Wandering,” a love song about traveling through life’s ups and downs and getting through them by sticking together. It is a duet between Basia and prominent Polish singer Mietek Szcześniak.

“Since the release of our last studio album (It’s That Girl Again), Danny (White) and I have spent a lot of time playing concerts, but we also had some time to write a few new songs. The result of all the touring is that we formed a tight, experienced band that deserved to be documented by recording one of our live shows along with the new songs, which we could not wait for our fans to hear,” said Basia. “It was not easy to choose the songs for the live show, but we tried to include songs from every album we have made so far. Danny and I are very proud of our band. Every one of them had their spot where they could shine and shine they did!”

On tour, Basia will be backed by most of the same band that performed on the live album consisting of White (keyboards), Marc Parnell (drums), Giorgio Serci (guitar), Paul Booth (saxophone) and backing vocalists Veronique Clarisse and Annick Clarisse-Willequet.
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