Paul Gabriel
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Shining Stone artist Paul Gabriel is an Electric Blues guitarist, Singer/Songwriter and a recording session musician. His professional career began in 1969 and has spanned forty four years as a working artist. Early in his career Paul Gabriel appeared on three albums by singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, played slide guitar on Rory Block’s Grammy nominated “Mama’s Blues”, toured with Michael Bolotin (a.k.a. Michael Bolton) and eventually formed a number of his own groups; most notably The Paul Gabriel Band and Blue In The Face.Blue In The Face recorded three highly acclaimed albums, the first receiving a four star review from DOWNBEAT Magazine. Prior to the formation of Blue In The Face, Paul was starting to incorporate some of the influences he had obtained from listening to Duke Robillard, a major influence on him, along with T-Bone Walker and Mike Bloomfield, since the mid to late sixties. In 2001 Paul Gabriel released his first solo album entitled FATE. This album is a transition recording in the sense that it is the first release featuring Paul Gabriel as a vocalist. In September of 2006 Paul Gabriel and his Blues Band was formed further transforming Paul into a complete artist. In 2007 Smoke Ring […]

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Nuno Mindelis
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Critically acclaimed Brazilian Bluesman Born in Angola in 1957, Nuno Mindelis was building and playing guitars by the time he was nine years old. Nuno’s family lost everything in the Angolan Civil War, and he was forced to flee his home at age 17. After a year of separation, he was reunited with his family in Brazil and continued to pursue his music. Nuno’s early work, including the albums Blues & Derivados, and Long Distance Blues, received very positive reviews in Brazilian National media. “Guitar Player Magazine” profiled Nuno in an issue, with editor Jas Obrecht comparing Nuno to Jimmy Page (“think Jimmy Page ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby'”). Further recognition came in the 30th Anniversary Guitar Player Magazine Competition, where Nuno was named “Best Blues Guitarist”. Nuno subsequently recorded “Texas Bound”, featuring Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s famed rhythm section, “Double Trouble.” “Texas Bound” came to be the top seller in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and brought worldwide recognition. Nuno followed with another album featuring Double Trouble, entitled “Blues on the Outside.” After his first appearance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2001, Nuno was named by critics as the “best blues guitar” player […]

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David Maxwell
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Shining Stone Records is proud to have released the final CD by Grammy Award winning Blues pianist David Maxwell, entitled “Blues In Other Colors.” For the 13 all-instrumental tracks on “Blues in Other Colors”, David Maxwell blends traditional keyboards, guitars, bass and drums along with exotic instruments from India, West Africa, Morocco and Turkey for a delicious palette of sounds that transcend the traditional boundaries of the blues. David’s Blues credentials are legendary: “I don’t think anybody could be tighter playing the blues on the piano than David Maxwell. He plays the blues like it should be played. He plays the low-down, dirty, funky blues. He’s got it all together,” said John Lee Hooker. “Dave has always been one of the most amazing piano players I’ve ever heard,” remarked Bonnie Raitt about his playing. “David Maxwell plays with fire and soul. He keeps the spirit of Otis Spann alive,” said James Cotton on their work together. David came to Shining Stone Records on the heels of his Blues Music Award winning release in 2012 for “Acoustic Album of the Year,” entitled “Conversations in Blue,” which paired him with the great Otis Spann. He won that same award in 2010 for […]

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Anthony Geraci
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Why Did You Have To Go is the highly anticipated second release by critically acclaimed Blues pianist Anthony Geraci, and Anthony’s first on Shining Stone Records, This electrifying performance of Anthony’s thirteen original compositions features an extraordinary array of musicians: Sugaray Rayford, Ronnie Earl, Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Jimi Bott, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, Kid Ramos, Michelle Evil Gal Willson, Sax Gordon, Willie Laws, Dennis Brennan, Marty Richards, Doug Woolverton, Willie J. Campbell, Troy Gonyea, Willie J. Laws, Troy Gonyea, Brian Templeton and Neil Gouvin. Art Tipaldi, the Editor of Blues Music Magazine: “It’s been said often that one’s reputation is determined by the people one picks as friends and collaborators. If true, then count Anthony Geraci as one well respected musician. Geraci has spent most of the last four decades climbing into the rarified air of the blues. In the nascent days of the 1970s Boston blues scene, Geraci learned from keyboard mentors like David Maxwell, Ron Levy, and Al Copley who thrived in the New England blues scene back in the early 1970s. Next, Geraci was the first to play keys with Ronnie Earl’s Broadcasters and Sugar Ray Norcia’s Bluetones. Throughout the decades, Geraci’s dedication to mastering […]

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The Evenfall Quartet
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Blue Duchess 0 Comments

The Evenfall Quartet consists of Bassist Brad Hallen, Mark Earley (tenor sax), Joe “Sonny” Barbato (piano), and Jerzy Jurek Glod (drums). The band performs a collection of American Songbook favorites and an original song by Lucky Thompson, recorded in the style and manner of the staples of the small group catalogues of the late 40s and 50s. Brad Hallen explains, “In those days you’d bring the band into a studio and pick some songs you all knew and enjoyed playing together, made arrangements on the spot with input from everyone, and just played – you might do several takes of each tune, but you’d pick the best one and go with it, without any editing. If something went wrong you’d just do it again. But this is exactly how we played these songs that day. All jazz fans know that Miles Davis brought his band in to record for Prestige in 1955 and finished four LPs worth of performances in two days (and Brad and the band nod to those sessions here with their version of ”If I Were a Bell). But this was no rare happenstance literally hundreds of small group jazz sessions were made like this in the […]

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Scott Hamilton
July 23, 2018 by ryontz in Blue Duchess 0 Comments

Mainstream Jazz tenor saxophone icon Scott Hamilton joined Blue Duchess Records with a lot of jazz history: he has played to critical acclaim through a career that included stints with Roy Eldridge, Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney and a guest spot on Bing Crosby’s last album. Leading his own band, Scott has produced dozens of highly rated jazz albums over the years for Concord Records. “Remembering Billie” https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/scotthamilton3 Scott Hamilton’s premiere release on Blue Duchess Records, ”Remembering Billie,” presents an instrumental demonstration of the beauty of Billie Holiday’s songs. “Remembering Billie,” conceived by Scott, working closely with producer Duke Robillard, is widely regarded as a masterwork tribute that displays the best of Scott Hamilton’s work. “Scott Hamilton ..He swings, he’s always in the pocket and he doesn’t need/have to prove anything. If you want to listen to some sweet jazz that’s played for the sheer joy of it, you and this set are going to get along just fine. Killer stuff that gives mainstream jazz a good name no matter how much dirt hipsters try to kick at it.” -Midwest Record “Remembering Billie,” is something of a magnum opus, from an artist who is at a place in his illustrious career where […]

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Mickey Freeman
July 23, 2018 by ryontz in Blue Duchess 0 Comments

For fans of the American Songbook, Mickey Freeman’s “Livin’ the Dream,” is cause for extended celebration. Produced by Duke Robillard, and recorded at Lakewest Recording by John Paul Gauthier, Livin’ the Dream features Mickey Freeman backed by a swinging trio of Paul Nagel on piano, Marty Ballou on bass and Mark Teixeira on drums. Special guests include Duke Robillard on guitar and tenor sax legend Scott Hamilton. Mickey Freeman’s voice inhabits the even-dozen songs on ‘Livin’ the Dream” like a hand in a glove and her warm vocals, scat singing and way with phrasing make the new CD play like a living room concert experience. Tunes come from the great American songbook of composers ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein (“It Might As Well Be Spring,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top”) and Cole Porter (“It’s All Right with Me”), to jazz greats Duke Ellington (“I Ain’t Got Nothin’ but the Blues”) and Lionel Hampton (“Red Top”). “I chose this particular group of 12 songs because they also showed my range as a vocalist: ballads, swing, blues, scat and even harmony with myself on ‘Red Top,'” says Mickey Freeman. “They also were some of my late husband Bob’s favorites; and four […]

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Duke Robillard
July 23, 2018 by ryontz in Blue Duchess 0 Comments

DUKE ROBILLARD & SUNNY CROWNOVER “TALES FROM THE TIKI LOUNGE” “Duke Robillard is no stranger to a prized Les Paul Gold Top, and with vocalist Sunny Crownover moves into the world of Paul and (Mary) Ford and uses the past to inspire the future here. This really is a swinging affair, and every one of the 16 songs zaps the heart with deep feeling and wild fun. (Duke) has never played better. Robillard manages to take listeners to a better place. In Sunny Crownover he has the perfect partner, because she is thankfully incapable of oversinging taking a page out of the Mary Ford playbook…TALES FROM THE TIKI LOUNGE will take you to a place where everyone looks wonderful under the soft lights. Set ’em up again.” -Sonic Boomers “Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Duke Robillard and vocalist Sunny Crownover have joined forces again for the enchanting TALES FROM THE TIKI LOUNGE. With three superb albums to their credit… it’s clear that Robillard and Crownover were meant to make music together. The duo soars Robillard’s exquisite guitar work both complements, and is complemented by, Crownover’s silky smooth singing voice. This one’s an old-school delight, folks.” – The Daily News (Philadelphia) “Accomplished veteran guitarist […]

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DUKE ROBILLARD
July 23, 2018 by ryontz in Giving Back 0 Comments

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Sunny Crownover
July 11, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 1 Comment

“Right Here, Right Now” “Right Here Right Now, is the debut Shining Stone Records CD from Massachusetts-based blues singer Sunny Crownover. Produced by Duke Robillard, “Right Here, Right Now” showcases Crownover’s stunning voice backed by an all-star cast of musicians, including Duke Robillard on guitar, Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, with a horn section that includes Doug James on sax. Multiple Blues Music Award nominee Sugar Ray Norcia also guests on harmonica. Those who first heard Sunny Crownover in her earlier collaborations with Duke Robillard, such as her “Introducing Sunny and Her Joy Boys” CD in 2009 or Duke’s “Stomp! The Blues Tonight” and “Tales from the Tiki Lounge” albums, which were exercises in mostly vintage jazz and blues, and classic pop, her vocals on “Right Here, Right Now” will be a revelation. From the opening track, “Oh Yes I Will,” Sunny is right in the pocket, her vocals dripping with blues and soul on a song that could have come from the classic Stax era in Memphis, with Duke even channeling the great Steve Cropper on some funky guitar grooves. “This CD was over a year in the making,” recalls Sunny Crownover […]

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