Relatively Speaking... Take four hard working musicians who have performed in various studio and live venues over the past 45 years, playing everything from Jazz to Top 40 to Broadway shows to every kind of studio recording imaginable; and you have AIRSTREAM. Like the wind they have moved over the years with the flow of music to make their livings in whatever genre required of them. Collectively they have studied at Florida State, University of Miami, NC School of the Arts, Berklee College of Music, UNC Charlotte and Winthrop University. Dave Vergato continues working today as a music educator in various positions with many schools. Al Sergel is the go-to percussionist for many artists, and is currently touring with Jason Upton. Mark Stallings is this regions’ most sought after studio musician and producer, who has brought thousands of recording projects to life with only the magic that he can do. Andre Ferreri continues working on a multitude of projects as a studio recording guitarist, producer, writer and performer. One dozen years ago Airstream started playing music featuring their instrumental talents to fill the void that traditional music can leave. This album is a culmination of those years encapsulating 11 of their favorite original compositions.Purchase online at one of these retailers:
Laser Records is pleased to announce Dee Bell’s new album Lins, Lennox, & Life. Her West Coast cool and “sensuously husky” sound from her Concord recordings is revived with a Brazilian jazz twist on her latest August 6th 2018 music release; a second Laser Records collaboration with arranger, composer, keyboardist, and educator Marcos Silva. Dee’s vocals and Erik Jekabson’s flugelhorn sound combination on Lins’ “By Chance” and “Evolution” evoke pairing of June Christy and Chet Baker.Purchase online at one of these retailers:
Featuring Jim Brock on drums and percussion, Mark Stallings on piano and the angelic voice of Mari, This long awaited album is a culmination of songs and arrangements by some of Andre Ferreri's favorite artists. He personally handpicked these pieces of music because they stood out to him as being songs that he loves and just happen to work excellent on guitar. Sometimes on many albums there is one song you love and many that could have been left off. You will love every song on this album.
“Dee’s voice is pure and tender, at times haunting. Her approach to the material is straightforward and unpretentious. She takes you inside the lyrics, and you can almost hear her smile.
”- Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle
The Music Dee Bell’s debut album, Let There Be Love with Stan Getz on saxophone, and Eddie Duran (aBenny Goodman Band graduate) on guitar, was released on the Concord Jazz label (CJ-206) as an LP for Valentine’s Day 1983. The record also featured prominent Bay Area musicians Al Plank, Vince Lateano, and Dean Reilly. Let There Be Love posted in the top ten in Radio and Records jazz airplay charts in the spring of 1983. The follow-up recording in 1985 of One by One (CJ-271), also on the Concord Jazz label, reached number 13 on the Radio and Records jazz airplay charts in early summer 1985. This album featured trumpeter Tom Harrell along with Duran and Plank, and other Bay Area jazz musicians. Let There Be Love was chosen as a BillBoard Magazine “Recommended LP Jazz Pick in 1983. “ Bell was also nominated by Downbeat Magazine in their Jazz Critic’s Poll for two consecutive years as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.” BAM Magazine nominated Let There Be Love as the Best Debut Album and One by One as Best Jazz Vocal Album, both in their release years. Bell has performed nationally and internationally and has appeared at the Golden Globe Awards, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the Jazz in the City Festival, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival to name a few, as well as a wide variety of television, club and hotel performances.Click here to buy:
Featuring Al Plank, piano.
With Houston Person . John Stowell . Michael Spiro . Colin Bailey. John Wiitala
Praised by critics both abroad and in the United States for her “gorgeous phrasing” and “clear and easy delivery (Stereo Review)” of the lyrics of a song, West Coast diva Dee Bell again delivers her warmth, clarity, and impeccable intonation on Sagacious Grace, her first release for the Laser label. “She knows just how to bring the best out in a song. She does her own thing; lazy, hazy, smoky singing (Jazz Journal, England).” Dee’s Concord Jazz recordings with Stan Getz, Eddie Duran and Tom Harrell made the jazz world “sit up and listen (Jesse Hamlin, SF Jazz Critic)” garnering top twenty rotations on the jazz charts.
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tations on this CD. Al was a major part of the San Francisco jazz scene for over 40 years, following an earlier musical career with the Mastersounds (the Montgomery brothers: Wes, Monk, and Buddy), as well as time on stage with Woody Herman, Chet Baker and Anita O’Day.
Houston Person on saxophone, John Stowell on guitar, and Michael Spiro on percussion round out a stellar roster of the Bay Area’s top musicians on this long-awaited CD. Interpreted with heartfelt nuances, this beautiful and diverse collection of songs will provide hours of entertainment for your delight.
For the past two decades The Brubakers have been performing their brand of contemporary Jazz for satisfied audiences all over the southeast U.S. Their new album FOREVER is a culmination of each of the musicians endeavors into writing for the band. This is their forth album to date and the first on Laser Records.
Rick Almond, Tenor, Alto, Soprano Saxophones. Andre Ferreri, Electric & Acoustic Guitars. Joe Gminder, Bass & vocals on “Forever”. Gray Fallin, Drums & auxiliary percussion. Carlton Jackson, Congas, Kalimba & auxiliary percussion. The project was produced by Andre Ferreri and The Brubakers..Recorded at StudioEast Recording, Inc. and Woodleaf Studio. CD mastered by Mark Stalling at StudioEast Recording, Inc. Photography by Bruce Nemeth. Cover design by Diskmakers.Buy now at iTunes
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What can you say about an album that has a little bit of everything? Mari's voice is clear and soothing combined with a collection of handpicked melodic melodies that were written for her voice. The arrangements, the musicianship and the production quality on this project speak for itself.
Mari got her start writing and performing music in the Christian market. Her first CD "Carry Me" received national airplay and her second CD "Hidden Door" did extremely well in Australia and England. Although her spiritual side of music was rewarding, Mari has taken a new direction with her first jazz CD. We are all thankful for that.
Produced by Andre Ferreri. Guest artist on this album are Tim Gordon-tenor saxophone, Ryan Saranich-tenor saxophone, Mark Stallings-piano and Jeff Cowden-piano.
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In the South it has become a long time tradition to produce great jazz musicians. Ziad Rabie' is a product of that tradition along with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and many more. There is a connection with being from the south and ones endeavor into the exploration of jazz. This album captures the essence of the root of what makes great jazz. Whether it be swing, be-bop, or contemporary jazz these songs all have a common thread that weaves them all together into a masterful compilation of well thought out compositions.Buy Now At iTunes
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Featuring: Mark Stallings-Hammond B3, Ziad Rabie-alto and soprano saxophone, David Lail-soprano saxophone, Jeff Cowden-acoustic and electric piano, Dave Yelverton-drums, Andre Ferreri-guitars, synthesizers.
This album was previously released in 2004 and now is part of the Laser Records catalog. All songs were written and arranged by Andre Ferreri.Buy Now at iTunes
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It took a very long time to get this album out. Flight 108 recorded this fourth album in 1989 at Jay Howard studio's in Charlotte, NC. This album sat on a shelf and aged with time to become what is now a monumental achievement. It's amazing that music can do that. I guess they were ahead of their time.
This was the first Flight 108 album that was recorded multi track and using computer technology. Midi was becoming usable and the electronic drum sound was very popular. You will hear that this album combines acoustical and electronic elements.
This album features Bill Evans on tenor and soprano saxophone. Bill's credits are endless including stints with Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones. Dave Valentin was also recruited for this album. Dave's career spans the globe when it comes to his endeavors in jazz. He was one of the top recording artists on GRP records.
Both artists were a perfect fit for the Flight 108 sound and it was evident from that point on that wind instruments were to be a fulltime addition to the band.
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Flight 108's problem when recording was deciding which songs to release from their huge collection of original compositions. The album "Circuits" was their second album recorded entirely live in the studio. Direct to digital 2-track. Flight 108 preferred to record this way.Buy Now at iTunes
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Flight 108 was a very successful working group in the 80's and 90's. The group headed up by Fred Story, had it own unique approach to playing and performing their own brand of all original compositions. Though they tended to be mostly jazz fusion there are very strong elements of classical, latin, funk, rock and pop in their music. Their music was popular throughout the southeast.Buy Now at iTunes
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