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Sonny Rollins Book Event: Saxophone Colossus

Jazz legend Sonny Rollins celebrates his 80th birthday this fall, and Saxophone Colossus has been published to mark this occasion and honor his incredibly prolific career. This intimate appreciation combines the images of John Abbott, who as Rollins’ photographer of choice for the past 20 years has captured the saxophonist at home and at work, and the essays of Bob Blumenthal, a jazz critic who has chronicled Rollins and his art for nearly four decades.

Sonny Rollins has been at the center of jazz and its evolution virtually from his birth. Growing up in Harlem in the heyday of swing and coming of age as the first wave of modernists announced their discoveries, he quickly found himself sharing bandstands with his idols and making music of his own that continues to influence and inspire. Saxophone Colossus, named for the 1956 masterpiece of the same title, is Abbott and Blumenthal’s tribute to Rollins’ music and spirit.

John Abbott’s award-winning jazz photography has been featured on more than 250 album and magazine covers. He has been the primary cover photographer for JazzTimes magazine since 2003. Bob Blumenthal is the winner of two Grammy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins Photography by John Abbott Text by Bob Blumenthal
Published by Abrams

Book Signing/Author Event
John Abbott, Bob Blumenthal and Sonny Rollins HIMSELF will be at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca/NYC to sign books and give a talk and slide
show about the new book Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins.

Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-5389
Please call the store for event rules and restrictions.

John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Roillins get 'Definitive'

Following up on the success of The Definitive Vince Guaraldi, Concord Music Group  has assembled three new titles in the Definitive series showcasing some of the most influential figures in modern jazz. The Definitive John Coltrane on Prestige and Riverside; The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside;The Definitive Sonny Rollins on Prestige, Riverside and Contemporary not only put the spotlight on the monumental work of three individual jazz players of the 1950s, but also provide an overview of the hard-bop period, one of the most significant chapters in the evolution of jazz. Each of the 2-CD collections is set for release on August 24, 2010.

The Definitive John Coltrane on Prestige and Riverside tracks Coltrane’s artistic development from his first Prestige recording session in November 1955 for Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet to his last sessions for Prestige (for Bahia) in December 1958.

Trane’s career was marked by various shifts in style throughout the ’50s and ’60s, “but if you like straight-ahead, yet inventive, hard-bop playing, then this collection of recordings from the mid- to late ’50s is definitely one of the sweet spots,” says Nick Phillips, Concord Music Group’s Vice President of Jazz and Catalog A&R and the producer of the Definitive series. “And yet some of what you hear in these tracks gives hints about what was to come from this restlessly creative artist.”

Extensive liner notes by veteran music journalist and Coltrane biographer Ashley Kahn provide an in-depth look at the tracks and the circumstances surrounding their genesis. “The Definitive John Coltrane offers a best-of culled from these early recordings,” says Kahn, “offering an inspiring listening session that allows for much to be gleaned: Coltrane’s talent at recasting decades-old themes with a modern touch; a penchant for brooding, minor-key melodies; the uncanny rate of his personal development — building on his strengths, articulating a signature sound; an increased ability born in the one-take fire of three-hour recording dates to toss together timeless performances.”

The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside covers an even broader span of the ’50s, beginning with trio sessions in New York featuring bassist Gary Mapp and drummer Art Blakey in October 1952 and stretching to sextet dates in San Francisco with trumpeter Joe Gordon, tenor saxophonists Harold Land and Charlie Rouse, bassist John Ore and drummer Billy Higgins in April 1960.

“This is some of the most amazing Thelonious Monk on record,” says Phillips. “Whether he’s playing a standard or one of his own compositions, he sounds uniquely like Thelonious Monk and nobody else. All of the tunes in this collection that Monk wrote have become jazz standards. Conversely, he plays standard tunes like ‘Caravan’ and ‘Tea for Two’ with such distinctive genius that you’d swear he had written them himself.”

But Monk was no overnight sensation. He made “a long, slow climb from underground to mainstream adulation, and the ten-year period represented by this collection captures that ascent,” says Kahn in his liner notes. “The one constant — creatively, promotionally, and economically — was his recordings. First for Prestige Records from 1952 to ’54, then for the Riverside label from ’55 to ’61, Monk was afforded the chance to create new music and work with a number of significant jazz peers in a number of contexts — from solo piano, to trios, to quartets, even a big band . . . Most importantly, what Monk composed and recorded during the ’50s amount to the definitive versions of some of the most enduring, joyous melodies in modern jazz.”

The Definitive Sonny Rollins on Prestige, Riverside and Contemporary comes out a few weeks ahead of Rollins’ 80th birthday on September 7. Like the Thelonious Monk release, the Sonny Rollins set also covers almost an entire decade, from a December 1951 session in New York for Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet to an October 1958 session in Los Angeles for Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders.

“That was such a significant period in the development of jazz in general, and Sonny Rollins was at the heart of all that was going on during that decade,” says Phillips. “Just look at the Miles Davis session where he recorded ‘Airegin,’ ‘Doxy’ and ‘Oleo,’ for example. Those are all tunes that he penned, and all remain indelible jazz standards. That’s a whole lot of jazz history that was made on just a single day in the summer of 1954.”

Liner notes for The Definitive Sonny Rollins are provided by music journalist Bob Blumenthal, co-author with photographer John Abbott of the forthcoming book, Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins.

“That the marks of [Rollins’] genius were fully apparent in the music he made over a half-century ago has been obvious to all who have followed the trajectory of his unprecedented career,” says Blumenthal. “As a contract artist with Prestige Records between 1951 and 1956, and through his work on various labels from 1957 until the beginning of an extended sabbatical two years later, Rollins laid the foundation for his status as a master improviser, saxophonist and composer; an influence far beyond his chosen instrument and idiom; and a living icon of affirmative creativity. Concord Music Group is the steward of many of the finest Rollins performances of the ’50s, and has culled them well in presenting this short course in what made Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins.” released in October 2009.

STS9 Release AXE THE CABLES Today on 1320 Records

In December of 2009, STS9 sat down in Denver, Colorado in one of America's most pristine modern opera houses to create "Axe The Cables... An Evening of STS9." What this night encompasses is one of the most flawless evenings of STS9 music in the band's decade plus history.  The entire show was played, for the most part, sans all "electric" gear including the common stage instrumentation of laptops and samplers that fans have grown accustomed to as the band's sound has evolved. To say the event was a hit is an understatement.  It was a night legends are made of...so much so that the band has decided to re-mix and re-master this into one massive release on their ever-exploding indie record label, 1320 Records.

Axe the Cables is available now exclusively through 1320 Records and iTunes. 

Check out STS9's Axe The Cables Ecard HERE

STS9 is on tour in the coming months, performing select intimate acoustic Axe The Cables shows in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, as well as plenty of the electronic heavy-hitting events the band is known and loved for, culminating with their annual, 2 night musical takeover of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.   STS9 has signed on a massive slew of supporting acts across the entire tour including Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, The Album Leaf, Lotus, Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Alex B, John Hughes, RJD2, and many more to still to come.

Tour Dates:


August 15 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD - w/ RJD2 & The Album Leaf

August 17 Higher Ground Burlington VT - An Evening with STS9

August 18 Saranac Brewery Utica NY - An Evening with STS9

August 20 House of Blues Chicago IL - An Evening with STS9

August 21 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL - w/ Big Gigantic & More

August 22 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL - "Axe The Cables"

August 25 Raleigh Amphitheatre Raleigh NC - w/ special guests TBA

August 26 Blackwater Music Festival Live Oak FL - w/ Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid & More

August 27 Tabernacle Atlanta GA - featuring both "Axe The Cables" and STS9 Electric

August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta GA w/ The Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic & More

September 1 Sloss Furnaces Birmingham AL - w/ Toubab Krewe

September 2 Arkansas Music Pavilion Fayetteville AR - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 3 River Parks Amphitheatre Tulsa OK - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 4 Anchor Inn Music Center Omaha NE - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 5 Crossroads Pavilion Kansas City MO - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 9 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO - An Evening With STS9                                     

September 10 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Thievery Corporation, Alex B & John Hughes         

September 11 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Ghostland Observatory, Big Gigantic & John Hughes

All STS9 shows are on-sale now.  For more information please visit www.sts9.com

Los Lobos Announces 2010 Summer Tour Plans

Los Lobos, the Grammy-winning East L.A. band, is on tour this summer in support of a brand new studio album. The new release, titled Tin Can Trust will hit streets on August 3, 2010. The band’s summer schedule brings them coast to coast, including a run of select shows with John Hiatt & The Combo. A complete list of currently confirmed dates is included below.

With Tin Can Trust—Los Lobos’ first release for Shout! Factory and first collection of new original material in four years— the venerable quintet once again redefines itself and expands its scope, while never losing sight of where they come from. And, like so much of Los Lobos’ previous work, Tin Can Trust is an album that speaks to the time and place in which it was conceived; the album’s title can be traced back more than a century, but for the band, it’s apt for the rickety state in which so many of us find ourselves—and our world—today.

The 11 tracks on Tin Can Trust offer the perfect balance of Los Lobos’ parts: the band’s lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin joined original members Louie Pérez (guitar, drums, vocals), David Hidalgo (guitar, violin, accordion, percussion, vocals), Cesar Rosas (guitar, vocals) and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals), each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.

Seven songs on the album are distinguished and genius Hidalgo-Pérez collaborations, including the opening track “I’ll Burn It Down,” which features a guest vocal harmony from blues-rocker Susan Tedeschi. Three others were written in whole or in part by Rosas – including the album’s two Spanish-language numbers: the cumbia “Yo Canto” and the norteño “Mujer Ingrata” – and display Los Lobos’ signature seamless infusion of Mexican folk songs into rock music. Also included in Tin Can Trust – a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway” – offering a nod to the bands’ shared history that extends back into the 1980s when the Angelenos befriended and opened shows for their northern peers.

As with every new recording Los Lobos makes, Tin Can Trust moves Los Lobos into yet another new dimension while simultaneously sounding like no one else in the world but Los Lobos. Los Lobos’ unified vision and strong work ethic are evident throughout the self-produced album, but so is something even greater: “an intuitiveness,” says Los Lobos songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Louie Pérez, “that happens only from being in a band for so long.” As Rolling Stone once wrote, “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them.”

Look for Los Lobos on tour this summer in support of Tin Can Trust.

Confirmed tour dates include:

Friday, June 11 Dinuba High School - Dinuba Car Show "Cruise Night" Dinuba CA
Sunday, June 27 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival - Bessborough Garden Mainstage Saskatoon SK
Tuesday, June 29 Taste of Chicago Chicago IL
Friday, July 2 Hop Farm Festival Kent ENGLAND
Saturday, July 3 Cavea Auditorium Rome ITALY
Sunday, July 4 Latino Americano Milan ITALY
Monday, July 5 Castello Udine ITALY
Tuesday, July 6 Teatro Communale Brescia ITALY
Saturday, July 10 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara CA With Steve Miller Band
Sunday, July 11 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA With Steve Miller Band
Wednesday, July 14 - Thursday, July 15 Minnesota Zoo - Weesner Amphitheatre Apple Valley MN
Friday, July 16 Sioux Falls Jazz Fest Sioux Falls SD
Saturday, July 17 Grand Targhee Resort Alta WY
Friday, July 23 Door Community Auditorium Fish Creek WI
Saturday, July 24 Hillside Festival Guelph ONT
Wednesday, August 4 Clayton Opera House Clayton NY
Thursday, August 5 Thursday At The Square Buffalo NY
Friday, August 6 Flood City Music Festival Johnstown PA
Saturday, August 7 North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh NC
Sunday, August 8 Birchmere Alexandria VA
Thursday, August 12 Sandia Amphitheatre Albuquerque NM with John Hiatt & The Combo
Friday, August 13 Arvada Center Arvada CO with John Hiatt & The Combo
Saturday, August 14 Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder CO with John Hiatt & The Combo
Saturday, August 21 Rodney Strong Winery Healdsburg CA with John Hiatt & The Combo
Sunday, August 22 Mountain Winery Saratoga CA with John Hiatt & The Combo
Monday, August 30 PNE Centre Vancouver BC with John Hiatt & The Combo
Wednesday, September 1 Winspear Centre For Music Edmonton ALB with John Hiatt & The Combo
Thursday, September 2 Jack Singer Auditorium Calgary ALB with John Hiatt & The Combo
Friday, September 3 Casino Regina Show Lounge Regina Sask. with John Hiatt & The Combo
Friday, October 8 Folly Theater Kansas City MO
Wednesday, October 13 University of California - Davis Davis CA
Sunday, October 17 - Sunday, October 24 Rhythm & Blues Cruise San Diego CA

Stay tuned to www.loslobos.org for up-to-minute information.

Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love Performing @ The Garage

Marsha Heydt is an accomplished woodwind player whose stylistic expertise spans the gamut of Latin, Funk, Jazz and Rock.  In addition to her Bachelor of Music from the University of the Arts, she holds a Masters in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music.

She has studied privately with Ron Kerber, John Blake, Larry McKenna, Jim Pugh, John Stubblefield and Sir Roland Hanna.  In June 2002, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Professional development Fund awarded her a grant to study with the renowned Jimmie Amadie. She is mentored on sax and flute by Eric Person and teaches at various prestigious private schools and music conservatories in New York City.

Marsha has shared the stage with Grover Washington, Bill Watrous, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, John Stubblefield, George Gee and his “Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra” and with Paul Schaefer in a guest appearance on The David Letterman Show and has appeared at Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Bass in Reading, PA.

Marsha also plays with her own ensemble, in and around New York City performing in both private and public venues, including the Iridium Jazz Club and Swing 46.  She also performs each month for recovering patients at NYU Hospital’s Rusk Institute.

Marsha Heydt and the Project of Love Performing at The Garage | Sunday, June 6, 2010
99 Seventh Ave. South, New York, NY 10014 | 212-645-0600 | http://www.garagerest.com/

STS9 Make Album, Build House, Premiere Film Plan Massive Tour

In December of 2009, STS9 sat down in Denver, Colorado in one of America's most pristine modern opera houses to create "Axe The Cables... An Evening of STS9." What this night encompasses is one of the most flawless evenings of STS9 music in the band's decade plus history.  The entire show was played, for the most part, sans all "electric" gear including the common stage instrumentation of laptops and samplers that fans have grown accustomed to as the band's sound has evolved. To say the event was a hit is an understatement.  It was a night legends are made of...so much so that the band has decided to re-mix and re-master this into one massive release on their ever-exploding indie record label, 1320 Records.

Axe the Cables will be available June 29th exclusively through 1320 Records and iTunes.  Plans are also in the works to release correlating HD video of much of the show via iClips.net

STS9 is on tour in the coming months, performing select intimate acoustic Axe The Cables shows in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, as well as plenty of the electronic heavy-hitting events the band is known and loved for, culminating with their annual, 2 night musical takeover of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.   STS9 has signed on a massive slew of supporting acts across the entire tour including Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, The Album Leaf, Lotus, Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Alex B, John Hughes, RJD2, and many more to still to come.

Sound Tribe Sector Nine Tour Dates:

August 11 Blender Theater @ Gramercy New York NY - "Axe The Cables"

August 12 Roseland Ballroom New York NY - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 13 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 14 Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA - w/ Lotus, The Album Leaf & John Hughes

August 15 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD - w/ RJD2 & The Album Leaf

August 17 Higher Ground Burlington VT - An Evening with STS9

August 18 Saranac Brewery Utica NY - An Evening with STS9

August 20 House of Blues Chicago IL - An Evening with STS9

August 21 Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL - w/ Big Gigantic & More

August 22 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL - "Axe The Cables"

August 25 Raleigh Amphitheatre Raleigh NC - w/ special guests TBA

August 26 Blackwater Music Festival Live Oak FL - w/ Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid & More

August 27 Tabernacle Atlanta GA - featuring both "Axe The Cables" and STS9 Electric

August 28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta GA w/ The Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic & More

September 1 Sloss Furnaces Birmingham AL - w/ special guests TBA

September 2 Arkansas Music Pavilion Fayetteville AR - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 3 River Parks Amphitheatre Tulsa OK - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 4 Anchor Inn Music Center Omaha NE - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 5 Crossroads Pavilion Kansas City MO - w/ Ghostland Observatory

September 9 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO - An Evening With STS9                                      

September 10 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Thievery Corporation, Alex B & John Hughes         

September 11 Red Rocks Morrison CO - w/ Ghostland Observatory, Big Gigantic & John Hughes

Livia Devereux @ Metropolitan Room May 25

Vocalist Livia Devereux performs with her band at The Metropolitan Room on May 25 at 7pm. The band for this performance consists of Sarah Jane Cion on piano, Anthony Masi on saxophone, Tony Ventura on acoustic bass and Kirk Devereux on drums.  Livia is celebrating the release of her new CD “Night Winds Whisper”

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“Night Winds Whisper” is an expression of Livia Devereux’s various musical influences such as jazz, R&B, swing and pop. She accomplished this by employing talented New York City musicians from various musical backgrounds under the direction of arranger and producer, Rob Filomena. Livia and Rob brought in a great cast of players such as pianist Sarah Jane Cion, Grammy nominated bassist Phil Palombi, the SYOTOS horn section consisting of trombonist Chris Washburn, Ole Mathisen on saxophone and John Walsh on trumpet. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by Grammy winning engineer Luis F. Herrera.

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Livia Devereux | The Metropolitan Room | May 25th, 2010

$15.00 advance tickets  are recommended and available at www.metropolitanroom.com or by calling 1-212-206-0440

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants: Debut Self-Titled Album Out 7/13/10

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is a new project from Shiflett, already known as the lead guitarist for Foo Fighters and the frontman for Jackson United. Steeped in his love for classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Rolling Stones, The Replacements), this new album is packed with soulful pedal steel- and twang guitar-accented songs. The album highlights his talent and versatility not only as a skillful guitarist, but also as a songwriter. These infectious Americana-laced rock songs are some of the best he's penned, from the chiming keys and buoyant, ringing guitars of "Get Along" to the pedal steel- and mandolin-lined heartache of "Bandaged," and from the spry, Old 97s-ian "Baby, Let It Out" to the rueful country swing of "Death March."

Shiflett wrote the songs on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants over the course of 2008-9, inspiration first striking when a friend asked him to perform at Orange County's punk-rockabilly Hootenanny festival in 2008. After re-immersing himself in his Americana and old country music collection to prepare a short set - and then playing a brief acoustic tour with friend Joey Cape of Lagwagon - he began writing what eventually became the new album. Recorded at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, this past December and January, the core band on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is Shiflett (vocals, guitar), 606 house engineer John Lousteau (drums, in addition to engineering), and Derek Silverman (keyboards). The album's additional instrumentation was performed by an array of fine musicians, including Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Jenny Lewis, John Hiatt) on bass, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Whiskeytown) on pedal steel, Stevie Blacke (Beck, Weezer, Colbie Caillat) on violin and mandolin, and Audra Mae on backing vocals.

Track listing for Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants:

  1. Helsinki
  2. Get Along
  3. Bandaged
  4. God Damn
  5. Burning Lights (Joe Strummer cover)
  6. An Atheist's Player
  7. Not Going Down Alone
  8. Baby, Let It Out
  9. Death March

Summer touring news for Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants will be announced soon.

Judy Collins' Elektra albums to be reissued on Collectors' Choice

Collectors’ Choice Music will reissue nine albums by Judy Collins, one of the great interpretive folksingers of our time, representing a good portion of her Elektra Records years from 1966-97. Collins’ clear soprano, unerring taste and uncommon sensitivity to her material has enriched songs by everybody from Bob Dylan to Jacques Brel to Stephen Sondheim, and while she began her career by interpreting the work of others, she would become an acclaimed songwriter as well. Her fearless approach to trying new arrangements, instrumentation and repertoire has made her albums among the most absorbing and fulfilling of any singer-songwriter releases.

On July 27, 2010, Collectors’ Choice will issue digitally remastered CDs of nine of Collins’ Elektra titles: Fifth Album (1965), In My Life (1966), Whales & Nightingales (1970), True Stories & Other Dreams (1973), Bread & Roses (1976), Running for My Life (1980), Times of Our Lives (1982), Home Again (1984) and Christmas at the Biltmore (1997). The albums contain newly commissioned liner notes by Ritchie Unterberger that include interviews with Collins.

According to Collectors’ Choice Senior Vice President Gordon Anderson, “Judy Collins is one of those artists we always dreamed of reissuing, but never dreamed we would get the chance. We are thrilled to release these legendary albums on Collectors’ Choice with the love and respect they deserve.”

Fifth Album: This 1965 release, which charted #69 on the Billboard album chart, cemented Collins’ status as the foremost interpreter of the best 1960s songwriters to emerge from the folk revival. In addition to songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Phil Ochs, Eric Anderson, Tom Paxton, John Phillips and Richard Fariña, the album contains three Bob Dylan compositions, two of which (“Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Daddy You’ve Been on My Mind”) he didn’t release on his own records in the ’60s. The Mark Abramson-produced recording featured John Sebastian on harmonica, Danny Kalb and Eric Weissberg on guitars, and Fariña on dulcimer.

• In My Life: Collins’ 1966 album In My Life saw her make a bold leap from the folk-grounded arrangements and material of her previous work into a hybrid of folk, classical and pop that was dubbed “baroque folk.” Joshua Rifkin, fresh from the Baroque Beatles Book, arranged and conducted. In addition to the first appearances of Leonard Cohen songs on any release, this album, which reached #65 on the charts, includes compositions by Bob Dylan, Donovan, the Beatles, Richard Fariña, Jacues Brel (to whom she was turned on to by Elektra founder Jac Holzman) and a then-unknown Randy Newman.

• Whales & Nightingales: For Collins’ 1970 album Whales & Nightingales, producer Abramson left the confines of the studio to record at such locations as Carnegie Hall, the Manhattan Center and St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University. Holzman recalls in his book Follow the Music: “We decided to pick locations that matched the emotional ambience of the songs we were recording.” The album includes unusual treatments of traditional folk songs (the haunting “Farewell to Tarwathie” includes recordings of whales), as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Jacques Brel. Collins’ hit version of “Amazing Grace,” featuring her then-boyfriend Stacy Keach, is on this release.

True Stories & Other Dreams:
Having exquisitely interpreted virtually every songwriter of note from the ’60s, Collins began including a few of her own songs on her albums (beginning with 1967’s Wildflowers). She brought her own songwriting to the fore on this 1973 release, contributing over half the material. In addition to five Collins originals, the album contains the Top 40 hit “Cook With Honey,” penned by Valerie Carter. Also featured is Tom Paxton’s “The Hostage,” written in the wake of the Attica prison riots and a 7 1/12-minute song titled “Che” about revolutionary Che Guevara. The album rose to #17 on the album chart.

• Bread & Roses: For the title track of this Top 30 1976 LP, Collins’ friend Mimi Fariña set to music the poem after which she’d named her humanitarian organization Bread & Roses. The album also features an eclectic group of composers including Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Duke Ellington and Chilean singer-songwriter-activist Victor Jara, with production by Arif Mardin and engineering by Phil Ramone. Players included Hugh McCracken, guitar; David Sanborn, sax; and Tony Levin, bass.

Running for My Life: This 1980 album marked the first occasion on which Judy Collins claimed sole production credit for one of her LPs. It was also notable for her spot-on performances of two songs from Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (she was no stranger to Sondheim’s work, having had a hit with “Send in the Clowns” in the mid-’70s). Songs also include a Jacques Brel composition (“Marieke,” which Collins had recorded previously but wanted to revisit), and one by Larry Gatlin (“I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today”).

• Times of Our Lives: This album, released in ’82, once again demonstrates that Collins is a singer capable of covering just about any kind of material as she deftly interprets three songs by country hit songwriter Hugh Prestwood (author of Randy Travis’ 1990 #1 hit “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Hearty”), a tune by Anna McGarrigle (“Sun Son”) and five of her own. Featuring musicians Hugh McCracken, Tony Levin and banjoist Bill Keith, Rolling Stone called this album her best since 1973’s True Stories & Other Dreams.

• Home Again: Collins’ final studio album for Elektra, released in 1984, features her own composition “Shoot First,” which benefited the National Alliance Against Violence. It also features a duet with country star T.G. Sheppard on the title track (with lyrics by Gerry Goffin) and a co-write with Elton John, “Sweetheart on Parade,” which John never recorded on his own albums. The album contains the Henry Gross composition “Everyone Works in China.” Producers were the jazz-steeped team of Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen.

Christmas at the Biltmore: Following albums on such labels as Geffen and Gold Castle, Collins returned to Elektra for the 1997 soundtrack to a holiday special on the A&E cable network. Recorded live in an intimate setting at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, this record proves once again that Collins’ powers of interpretation really know no time or season as she makes these familiar songs her own. Includes “Joy to the World,” “Silver Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bells” and even a version of “The Night Before Christmas” with new words penned by Collins.

1320 Records to Release John Hughes' RESET THE WAREHOUSE May 18th

STS9's boutique record label, 1320 Records, proudly presents Reset the Warehouse, the new studio release from John Hughes (May 18th, 2010 / 1320 Records).  A new recording studio, a new record label, and a new record allow John Hughes to step out from the familiar surroundings of Hefty Records, the label he founded in 1996, to strengthen his creative partnership with 1320 Records.

Though Hughes has collaborated with label-founders STS9 for years, this marks his first official release on 1320-an alliance long in the making, given both parties' shared mission of creating and supporting new music under artist-run labels.  Like Hefty, 1320 is an independent, musician-run collective that stresses cooperation between the artist and label.

According to Hughes, "Working with 1320 affords [him] the freedom to focus entirely on the music and the live performances in support of the record."

And, STS9 adds about Hefty, "few contemporary American labels have had as much influence on [the band]. We are extremely honored and excited to be apart of the 'Reset' release."

Hughes has recorded and released over a dozen albums under various aliases and groups like Slicker, Brood, Some Water and Sun, and Bill Ding, as well as under his own name.  His latest creation, Reset the Warehouse, represents the prime selections from a productive period of meticulous tracking and experimentation at his HFT Studio, located outside of Chicago.

Working with a team of veteran musicians and trusted collaborators, Hughes has assembled a cohesive union of styles and recording techniques, resulting in a record that explores uncharted directions while remaining rooted in sounds and beats that a listener may only describe as "classic."

As Hughes explains, "I wanted this recording to have a live, gritty sound, so I took it outside of the computer as much as I could. It was mixed through a board to tape, and the synths are all analog. Within the context of an electronic record, the live performances also help give it a warm, organic feel."

When it came time to edit and mix the tracks, Hughes looked to vibraphonist Rick Embach, who was involved in the sessions from the earliest stages, as well as his old friend Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv.  Hughes brought his recording sessions to Eustis' studio in Chicago, and together they mixed the tracks thorough an analog mixing board and then to two-track tape, giving the album the finishing touches and appropriate analog "glue" it required.

Visit here to view the entire supporting cast of Reset the Warehouse.

The Reset the Warehouse track list is as follows:

1.  A Reflection of the Times

2.  Waukee Wallop

3.  Another One

4.  Reset The Warehouse

5.  Pterodactyl Piano Bar

6.  Little Dot in the Sky

7.  Done Everything

8.  Moan Pop Asheesh

9.  Witchfinger

10.  You Don't Love Me

11.  Wow, I Think I Love You

12.  Naphtha Jets

As his work in the studio continues to evolve, and interest in his music continues to soar, John Hughes takes to the road this summer with label mates STS9, in support of Reset the Warehouse.  Hughes will perform this August and September with STS9 at select events in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

For more information on John Hughes and to see full tour date information please visit here.