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Three2Go Music Artists Are Making Their Mark On Buffalo

15 Jun


“Independent recording labels have often made a significant impact on the music industry, music culture, and how consumers receive music. With a growing drive toward “indie” in the current entertainment culture, it is important to note that independent labels, producers, and distributors both past, and present, have paved new paths, leaving indelible marks on the industries they’ve worked within, and sometimes had to work around. These national, and international independent labels often get their start as regional projects, that find local support, and local talent to grow with.

Three2Go Music Productions based right here in Buffalo is an example of an independent label working with up and coming talent, and making changes in the climate of music production, and distribution. Focused on artist development, promotions, and productions within the R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Pop music genres, Three2Go represents local artists such as Omeri Monroe, J. Bella, and E-Life 7, who will be featured on June 14th at a concert at the Central Terminal as part of Three2Go’s Terminal Jazz Music Series, for 2017.

Although officially Three2Go Music Productions was founded in 1996, through a partnership between founding members Ronald Walker, Michael Pennick, and Annette Batia. The new label was part of the evolution of an independent label that began in the 1970s as EP Records, which represented local acts such as the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members, The Exoutics. Over a decade later, Three2Go Music Productions carried on EP’s legacy, and the first act they signed to represent was the local R&B group, Paradyme.

Adjacent to the creation of Three2Go Music Productions, the organization Three2Go Music Alliance was also developed through a collaboration with Van Taylor Productions, part of Taylor Made Jazz, RW Music and Video, and Melissa Kate Productions.

The combined efforts of these artists, and organizations create unique opportunities for talent development, exposure, and the opportunity to support other community organizations. As evidence of these efforts, Three2Go Music is currently teaming up with Buffalo Central Terminal Preservation and Restoration with their Terminal Jazz Series of shows. These are low entry cost shows, featuring local talent, performing on the second Wednesdays of the summer months, beginning in May. Proceeds from these shows will benefit the Central Terminal Restoration, as well as the Buffalo Colored Musicians Club. Also, new to this year, Three2Go Music, and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park joined up to create a musical series that is being called, Party On The Fantail, which will feature live music every Tuesday, beginning June 20th, from 6PM to 8PM on the deck of the USS Little Rock. There will be no charge for admission to the Party On The Fantail shows.

“We’re trying to attract new, young talent.” Walker detailed in our interview “When we get new music, we listen. It’s not like it goes into a black-hole; we listen. And unlike some other labels, we’ll give constructive feedback.”

One of their newest artists, Omeri Monroe, was actually introduced on the international stage prior to playing his first successful show in Buffalo just a few weeks ago at The Waiting Room on Delaware. A visit to Cannes, France, along with local artist Melissa Kate in 2015 officially kicked off his performance career, as he was booked for shows in the small French Mediterranean city best known for its annual International Film Festival.

“When you’re not recognized in your own home-town, you haven’t made it yet,” explains Walker, “so sometimes you have to go away, and then come back. We’re trying to present Omeri to the public in this region, but it’s a fine line you have to walk between performing, and making a living.”

Introduced through mutual connections almost five years ago, Omeri was offered an audition with Three2Go Music; an audition where he left a lasting impression on Walker, and his colleagues.

“You could tell he had that X-Factor. It’s raw talent, and there’s was still development to be done. We challenged him, and he did it. We decided right there he was worth the investment.”

When asked about what that X-Factor is, Walker replied, “You either have it, or you don’t. That is what we look for.”

Omeri proved he has just what Three2Go was looking for when he took the stage at The Waiting Room in May. He wowed his audience with his vibrant personality, and a selection of original music that demonstrated clearly why Three2Go Music decided to represent him, and help him develop as a performing artist. Alternating an acoustic, and electric guitar throughout the performance, Omeri’s upbeat blend of Pop, and R&B was more reminiscent of the eclectic R&B sounds of the 1970’s and 1980’s as opposed to more modern, electronically driven Popular music.

Walker stated their future goal as, “We’re hoping to be acknowledged, and recognized as a force in the Western New York area. We’ve worked behind the scenes for many years, and now we’re in the position where we want to be recognized.”

With this new introduction to the Buffalo market, their lineup of fresh talent, and hot music events such as the Terminal Jazz Music Series, and Party On The Fantail, Three2Go Music is ready to make their mark.”

Article By Paul Fanara www.buffalorising.com


For more information about Omeri’s album Day Dream’n, visit http://www.omerimusic.com/. To purchase the album, visit http://smarturl.it/omeri.


For more information about J-Bella’s album All For Nothin, visit http://www.j-bellamusic.com. To purchase the album, visit http://smarturl.it/jbella.


For more information and to purchase the E-Life 7’s album Miked Up, visit www.e-life7.net.


SoulandJazzandFunk Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

22 Mar


‘Miked Up’ is the debut album from New York jazz outfit, E-LIFE 7. The driving force behind the band is the pairing of bassist Mike Pennick and guitarist Ron Walker. The duo worked together in an R&B combo, The Exoutics, but after exhausting that band’s possibilities, they decided to explore their love of jazz. To help them deliver they recruited keyboardists Rodney Spears and Charlie Crymes Jr. percussionist Tim Webb and drummer Ron Walker and they then set about recording their debut album, ‘Miked Up’ which is set for late March release on Three 2 Go Music.

The 14 tracker is a funky take on smooth jazz and Pennick is clearly the main man. It’s his throbbing bass lines that dominate the album… indeed he gets special billing on the credits. All the tunes save one are band originated. The only cover is a respectful take on Stevie Wonder’s ‘That Girl’ – always sounds good.

Helping E-Life 7 flesh out their sound are sax man Ken Whitman, two more keyboardists Walter Kemp III and Van Taylor and vocalists Joey Diggs and Dee Osborne.

And that name, E-Life 7? Well depending on who you believe, it’s either ‘Exoutics For Life’ or ‘Enjoy Life 7 Days A Week’.


Miked Up is scheduled to be released on March 24, 2017 through Three 2 Go Music.

For more information about E-Life 7 please visit:  www.e-life7.net

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

For Press inquiries contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com


Midwest Record Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

7 Mar


A sumptuous buffet of modern jazz/soul/funk, the crew behind this march out their chops in full regalia delivering a warm, inviting party record that parades chops without bragging or humble bragging about them—they just let the good times roll. Great stuff for getting the party started and keeping it going.


Miked Up to Release Worldwide on March 24, 2017

For more information about E-Life 7 please visit:  www.e-life7.net

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

For Press inquiries contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Rootstime.be Belgium Review (translated): Charles Xavier “Happy Note Records Sampler 2016”

29 Sep


Well tired! It now seems that the period of ending up all misfits on my plate .. Now there is Charles Xavier (his name he has some Marvel Comic Strip, an area where I though nothing of rejected), aka The xman, a musical centipede from the San Francisco region, which in the course of time under a lot of pseudonyms and with a lot of bands (Satori, Xavier & the Messengers, the X-Man), the strangest tunes released.


The sampler, on his own label, gives an insight into some of these forms and is described by himself as “unconventional music for unconventional minds”. More precisely, I can not formulate it: and the maxim in men seems to be that unusual, far from being unusual enough. But … he makes beautiful music, so I only recently discovered.


His album “Hollywood and Heaven” this sampler contains three songs from “The Xman cometh” there are two, one of which applicable “Hollywood & Heaven” titled, from “The King Has Come” are the title track and the wonderful ” Stomp’n at Round Midnicht “, from” Perfect Mold “come” I Sat Outside There “and” You Know, You Know “and the Christmas album” Xmas Vibe “are” Christmas Day Is Almost Here “and” Silent Night “on the collection. In itself warrant for someone like me, who has two Christmas songs alone purchasing the collection, but there is more: in early 2017 is “Bosco” from the new full CD of Charles Xavier and as a warm-up before, read “The Dreamer” and “Into the Beyond and Back” between the songs from the past.


So hear: Past, present and future blend together, if you are a timeless spirit, like Xavier. These two experiments, now do I already look forward to the full CD, because let’s be clear: this guy is a genius. Period. Just as Zappa was Vandyke and Parks that is, not always visible, but invariably appallingly high level.


The list of musicians that are discussed on this compilation, is much, much too long to take him here but you can believe me on my word: if the musical achievements of all those people put together, then scream and a long list of artists from here to imbuktu who took advantage of this masterful misfits. Vinnie Colaiuta, Eric Harrington, Barry Reynolds … these are only a few that I mentioned, but those names do sound sure.


I have no idea of the cost of this sampler, but I think there is no better way imaginable to get to know the musician Charles Xavier, then retrieve it in house. That certainly pays well and is coming here already with your comfort …



(Dani Heyvaert)

Original Text:

Nou moe ! Het lijkt tegenwoordig wel de periode waarin alle buitenbeentjes op mijn bord terecht komen.. Nu is er weer Charles Xavier (zijn naam heeft hij van een of andere Marvel Comic Strip, een domein waar ik ook al niks van afwees), alias The XMan, een muzikale duizendpoot uit de San Francisco-regio, die in de loop der tijden onder nogal wat pseudoniemen en met nogal wat bands (Satori, Xavier & the Messengers, The X-Man), de vreemdste muziekjes uitgebracht heeft.

Deze sampler, op zijn eigen label, geeft een inkijk in een aantal van die verschijningsvormen en wordt door hemzelf omschreven als “unconventional music for unconventional minds”. Preciezer kan ik dat dus niet formuleren: en de stelregel bij de man lijkt te zijn dat ongewoon, lang niet ongewoon genoeg is. Maar…hij maakt prachtige muziek, die ik dus recent pas ontdekte.

Van zijn plaat “Hollywood and Heaven” bevat deze sampler drie nummers, van “The Xman cometh” zijn er twee, waarvan eentje toepasselijk “Hollywood & Heaven” getiteld is, uit “The King Has Come” zijn er de titelsong en het heerlijke “Stomp’n at Round Midnicht”, uit “Perfect Mold” komen “I Sat Outside There” en “You Know,You Know” en van de kerstplaat “Xmas Vibe” staan “Christmas Day Is Almost Here” en “Silent Night” op de verzameling. Op zich rechtvaardigen voor iemand als ik, die twee kerstsongs alleen al de aanschaf van deze verzameling, maar er is meer: begin 2017 komt “Bosco” uit, de nieuwe volwaardige CD van Charles Xavier en als opwarmertje daarvoor, staan “The Dreamer” en “Into The Beyond and Back” tussen de nummers uit het verleden.

Zo hoort dat: Verleden, heden en toekomst lopen in elkaar over, als je een tijdloze geest bent, zoals Xavier. Die twee voorproefjes, doen mij nu al uitkijken naar die full CD, want laat één ding duidelijk zijn: deze kerel is een genie. Punt uit. Net zoals Zappa dat was en Vandyke Parks dat is: niet altijd even toegankelijk, maar steevast op ontstellend hoog niveau.

De lijst van muzikanten, die op deze verzamelaar aan bod komen, is veel en veel te lang om hem hier over te nemen maar u mag mij op mijn woord geloven: als u de muzikale verwezenlijkingen van al die mensen naast elkaar zet, dan krijs en een waslijst aan artiesten van hier tot imbuktu, die hun voordeel deden met deze meesterlijke buitenbeentjes. Vinnie Colaiuta, Eric Harrington, Barry Reynolds…het zijn er slechts een paar, die ik vermeld, maar klinken doen die namen zeker.

Ik heb geen idee van de kostprijs van deze sampler, maar ik denk dat er geen betere manier denkbaar is om de muzikant Charles Xavier te leren kennen, dan deze in huis te halen. Dat loont zonder twijfel de moeite en u komt er alvast even mee uit uw comfortzone…

(Dani Heyvaert)


Keys and Chords (Belgium) review for Charles Xavier: Happy Note Records Sampler 2016

10 Sep

Check out Keys and Chords’ feature on Charles Xavier‘s Happy Note Record Sampler 2016

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Happy Note Records is a music production company in San Francisco, founded in 2005 by Charles Xavier. Xavier, also known as “The Xman” is a visionary producer, composer, electronic musician and percussionist from the Bay Area. Here he brings his sixth album, which covers 20 years of his releases featuring contributions from Satori, The Messengers, and including music genres  of Jazz, Electronic, Ambient and New Age. In the past 30 years Xavier has set up several issues, including the aforementioned Happy Note Records under the title “Unconventional Music for Unconventional Minds”. On the album, there are a lot of national and international artists including smooth jazz saxman Sam Riney (Freddie Hubbard, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan), trumpeter Warren Gayle (Joe Henderson), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney), percussionist Jackie Bertone (Brian Wilson, Stanley Clarke, Tower of Power), guitarist Barry Reynolds (Grace Jones, Marianne Faithful, Black Uriah), Frankie “Blue”Sposato (Trick, Garbage, Jamiroquai, The Rembrandts), bassists Tony Newton (Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Tony Williams) and Steve “Liberty” Loria (Spirit, Tricky), keyboard player Richard Larsen (Berlin, Erasure, Atomic Clock) and Hayden Clemente (Huey Lewis, MC Hammer) and harpist Carol Robbins (Billy Childs, Jose Feliciano). The project was recorded in different studios. The single is out “The Dreamer,” which already won a nomination on hold as “Best Dance Recording and Best Instrumental Composition”for the Grammys. This number is the upcoming album Bosco for 2017. Maybe something for the people who like crossover?


Bandcamp: Happy Note Record Sampler 2016

C.C. – In The Moment review on Improvijazzation Nation

9 Sep

Check out Improvijazzation Nation’s review of Cornell Carter’s In The Moment below:


C.C. (aka Cornell Carter) takes you on a retro-soul trip, to be sure!  I can’t help but think of The Temptations (who he played with back in the day), O.J.’s & a whole bunch of other groups we used to groove on back in the day as I listen to the opener, “Beautiful“; pretty easy to dance to as well!  The down-home funkiness of “My Folks“, and the beats Cornell gets going on this one will definitely have you finding a corner to shake your hips in – reminds me of “A Family Reunion”, no doubt.  You get a total of thirteen songs to snap your fingers to & reminisce about… & that’s especially true on pieces like my personal favorite on the album, the 7:32 closer, “Zoom“… he’s got brass, beats & that general soul thang DOW-un, folks on this cover of The Commodores!  I give C.C. a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.96.

Get more information at C.C.’s Bandcamp page for this release

Great review on Antoine Fafard’s newest album “Sphère”… Out on September 1st!

30 Jun

Sphère review by John M. McGuire (June 2016)

United once again with longtime pal and musical compadre Jerry De Villiers Jr. on guitars, and propelled by the otherworldly talents of progressive legend Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth; John McLaughlin; Dewa Budjana) on drums and keyboards, Sphère is the UK-based Canadian bass phenom Antoine Fafard’s most powerful musical statement to date. The canvas underlying his fourth solo album provides ample space for Fafard and his colleagues to step out… and step out, indeed, they do.

Powerful individual performances adorn some stirring compositions and sensitive ensemble work, with far-reaching improvisations decorating a backdrop of elegant understatement: subtly sophisticated; sublime. De Villiers’ soaring, legato guitar lines meet the same standard of excellence mandated by his delightfully tasty rhythms and atmospheric textural accompaniments. Perhaps one of progressive / jazz / fusion’s best kept secrets, Jerry really shines on this album, showcasing an articulate improvisational presence, coupled with strong melodic and thematic senses that rival fellow messengers Holdsworth, Gambale, Henderson and Muller.

Gary and Antoine both prove equal to the task, with Fafard’s bass not only holding down the fort but delivering some visionary, insightful solos throughout proceedings.

Short of the theatrics of De Villiers, Gary Husband could be rightly accused of hijacking the session! His opulent synth work is the perfect compliment to the occasion, often intertwining, to beautiful effect, with De Villiers’ syncopated rhythmic tapestries. Husband’s solos are stunning in their depth, imagination and harmonic understanding. His pristine piano work on “Cherishing” is as crisp, refreshing and genuinely innovative as anything the genre has seen in recent memory, evoking a Beirach-like presence while elevating the composition to unimagined heights.

On the kit, Gary provides a gliding undercurrent that is locked into the moment, in perfect sync – rhythmically, and dynamically – with Fafard’s surefooted, pulsating bass passages.

Sphère is immediately essential: a collection of nine majestic, brilliantly conceived and executed original compositions, showcasing three world-class musicians at their most sensitive and complementary best. For lovers of the progressive genre, encompassing progressive jazz, fusion, world music and avant-garde, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.

To find out more about Antoine Fafard, head over to his website: www.antoinefafard.com
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