Brace yourself!� Over the coming months, Concord Records will be releasing some of its biggest projects this year.
On August 24, Chick Corea returns with the original members of the Elektric Band for the first time since 1991 for To The Stars. Chick was inspired to write this CD after one of his favorite books, the L. Ron Hubbard novel of the same name. The Chick Corea Elektric Band begins its nationwide tour in September, making stops in LA, DC, NY and other key markets.
Just one week later, on August 31, the final album from Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company, hits the stores. The CD was recorded live and completed in March 2004, just months before the legends� passing. Featured artists include Norah Jones (�Here We Go Again�), Willie Nelson (�It Was A Very Good Year�), Elton John (�Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word�), Van Morrison (�Crazy Love�) and Natalie Cole (�Fever�). In total, the artists featured on the CD have won a combined 79 GRAMMY Awards!� It�s one of the most anticipated CDs of the year!�
In September, Concord has the sophomore release from pop/jazz sensation Peter Cincotti. On The Moon is funkier than his chart-topping, record-breaking debut CD and includes his contemporary and undeniably infectious twists on such classics as �I Love Paris,� �St. Louis Blues,� and �Some Kind of Wonderful.� The CD also showcases Peter�s talents as composer, featuring 5 Cincotti-penned tracks! Peter will be on tour throughout the fall and into 2005. Later this year he makes his film debut in Kevin Spacey�s Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea.
To round out the month, Concord has a new recording from mega popular pop superstar Barry Manilow. Scores features new recordings of Barry�s favorite tunes from his two Broadway musicals, Copacabana and Harmony. Rumor has it that the CD will include a remix version of Copacabana. Watch this space for more information coming very, very shortly!�
Playboy Jazz: In A Smooth Groove (2-CD set with today�s most popular smooth jazz artists, including Boney James, The Rippingtons, Dave Koz, Regina Belle, Grover Washington Jr and more) will be due in September.