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Music Street Journal Track-by-Track Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

17 Oct

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“Let’s make this clear at the onset: this is not progressive rock. It is, however, fusion, and we usually land fusion under prog. A simple review for this album would be “the bass playing is amazing.” I play bass myself, so I really appreciate how good Michael Pennick is. He manages to really shine on every song. The thing is, that might be an accurate review, but it’s not a complete one. Everybody on this set plays really well, and these are complete musical arrangements that work very well. While this is mostly instrumental, two songs (well, technically three because there is a remix of one of the songs included here) do have singing.

Track by Track Review

Sunday Night: The horn section kicks this off in style. Then it drops down to some killer funky bass playing. This fusion number really rocks with the bass and guitar stealing a lot of the spotlight.

Chaos: Perhaps a bit less low-key, this is no less interesting. The bass is a big deal on this one, too, lending some killer funk to the sound.

Second Level: Speaking of funky bass shining, that’s what starts this cut off in solo fashion. It holds it for a while before the rest of the musicians join for another smoking hot fusion jam.

Smooth Ride: This seems to come in mid-jam. It has a more rock based element for a while before it shifts out to more of a mainstream fusion sound. This is a bit mellower than some of the rest. It’s no less magical, though. I love the bass work out on the closing section of the piece.

Inner Beauty: A melodic fusion jam, this has a great groove and some smoking hot bass work. There is some tasty piano work on this number, too.  There is funk is clearly alive on this thing.

That Girl: This cut has a bit more rock built into it. The funk is delivered in style from the bass. The horns sing their souls out. All of it adds up to some killer rocking fusion. There is some scorching guitar soloing delivered on this piece of music.

Tony Rome: I dig the slow, soulful groove on this piece. This thing delivers some awesome musical moments. There is some smoking, expressive guitar soloing. This has some pretty crazy moments later, too.

Sunrise: The groove on this is both classic and classy. It’s a killer fusion number with some great horn work.

Feelin You: I love the energy and the vibe of this piece. It has some great changes and really weaves some powerful musical tapestries. This cut has some great soul vocal performances.

Before the Storm: I really dig the slower fusion grind that makes up this number. The piano soloing really shines, too.

Miked Up: There are some vocals on this cut. This thing has a chorus that feels a bit like Parliament to me. The cut is energized, catchy and very meaty. The guitar soloing on this wanders toward heavy metal.

Beautiful Day: This number has a lot more of a rock element to it. It’s still definitely jazz rock, but it lands closer to the rock heading than anything else here does. The keyboard soloing on this one really sells it. There is some soaring, scorching hot guitar soloing, too.

Tony Rome (radio edit): Here we get the first of two radio edits on the disc. This does a great job of capturing the magic of the piece and not really losing anything in the process. Of course, it’s only about half a minute shorter than the full version.

Feelin You (radio edit): This is a couple minutes shorter than the full-length version of the song. The cut works well in this configuration.”

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Miked Up was 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

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Music In Belgium Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

12 Jul

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“Once again for those who like funk or soul, this [album] will be a party, because the technical level of the team in place is undeniable.”

“Album originally released in 2013, this “Miked Up” has been re-branded today thanks to the label Three 2 Go Music , in order to let us benefit from the work of experienced musicians. In addition to the presence of bassist Michael Pennick , the album includes talented musicians from Buffalo to New York ( Rodney Spears, Charlie Crymes Jr, Ronald Walker, Tim Webb ) and the participation of other virtuosos ( Ken Whitman, Denisha Osbourne, Joey Diggs, Walter Kemp or Van Taylor ).

All this beautiful world to offer us an album or blues soul and funk do wonders, especially at the level of bass playing which is prodigious here.  But let’s not forget the other instruments with a guitar and drums that follow the soul and funky movement, without ever dethroning the place of chief of the instrument with four strings (or five) ! The saxophone and organs here reinforce the funky and soul side, bringing us once again to the fundamentals of the genre.

The compositions that are mostly written by the tandem Walker / Pennick , bring a groove of hell returning us in the past to the golden age of funk and soul music, a time when the saxophone juggled with bass And the guitar on tempos entants see dansants. But what to remember are obviously the bass scales, which are here monstrous with a fingering and a dantesque strike  !

Once again for those who like funk or soul, this will be a party, because the technical level of the team in place is undeniable. Bass … Bass … Bass”

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Miked Up was 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

Three2Go Music Artists Are Making Their Mark On Buffalo

15 Jun

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“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

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

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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.

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

 

Music Street Journal “Track by Track” Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays”

13 Jun

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“If you like The Ramones (and really, who doesn’t?), you should like this. It shares a lot of ground with that band. It’s a short little six song EP that mostly works well.

Month of Sundays: Punk with some hints of country music, this is a stomper. It’s pretty mainstream stuff, but with a raw edge. It rocks.

Murder on Delancey: The blend of sounds here is punk with classic rock and roll mixed into it. This reminds me a lot of The Ramones. Cheetah Chrome guests on this tune, as does Bobby Rondinelli.

Standoff Love: I dig the wailing sax on this tune. The cut has that same Ramones element merged with some old school doo wop. It’s a fun number.

Worse for Wear: A mellower cut, this one really doesn’t work at the beginning. The vocals are too rough around the edges. It’s kind of power ballad with some country in the mix. It’s just a little too DIY in places for my ears. That said, it’s not a complete mis-fire.  It does have its charms and parts that work.

Connection: With a definite 70s rock edge, this is a stomper. It’s one of the most mainstream things here. It’s also one of my favorites. It rocks.

Subway Song: This is very rooted in old school rock and roll with some country in it. I suppose The Ramones is a valid reference on this”

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Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

Jazz Weekly Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

12 Jun

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“Yes, there is still new music out there that is being played for dancing. Wasn’t that why jazz got popular in the first place?

Bassist Michael Pennick is the featured lead instrument on this collection of stomping originals with Rodney Spears-Charlie Crymes/key, Ronald Walker/g, Tim Webb/perc-dr and various guests. Pennick’s bass bounces like a Superball as he sets a groove on the funky “Sunday Night” and guest Ken Witman’s tenor riffs well with Walker’s guitar on “Sunrise.” The grooves sizzle on “Tony Rome” and “Feelin You” and Pennick’s thumb must be covered with blisters as he really hits the strings.”

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Miked Up was 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

 

MLWZ Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays” (translated)

7 Jun

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“A large dose of melody based on the traditional rock and punk – the album “Month Of Sundays” is a great tribute to the club and music scene of the 70s and 80s.

Mark Duda is a New York artist who sings, plays guitar and has a remarkable talent for writing good songs with distinct punk-rock overtones. Throughout his career, he collaborated the teams Handful of Mad City Rockers, the New York Dolls and Dead Boys.

Duda is on “Month Of Sundays” in the form of both high compositional, arrangement and vocal. His debut solo album is sounding cool climates maintained in the punk era. Invited the cooperation of enjoying the status of the legendary rhythm section: Thommy Price – Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Billy Idol), and guitarist Jimi K. Bonesa (Blondie) and “godfather of punk guitar” because this is defined as the Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys group.

The album contains six tracks where the next blockbuster and catchy choruses and catchy dynamic rhythms appear sentimental melodic ballads. Bagpipe music is filled with typical New York sound, energy and vitality. I think that it should find a lot of amateurs. Therefore strongly recommend it. Well worth it!” 

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Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

KUDZOO Magazine Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays”

30 May

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“I have been listening to Mark Duda for years as a member of The Handful, and I always loved their music, but I must be honest, Month of Sundays is the best album of Duda’s career thus far. It’s a six-song EP that leaves you wanting more —much more. All of the songs were written or co-written by Mark, and he sings them with passion, in a voice that sometimes reminds me of Axl Rose, if Axl had more control over his vocals. (Especially on the rocking “Con-nection.”) He rocks, but you can understand all of the words. I love that.

This album is full of melodic rockers, from the opening title track, “Month of Sun-days,” a song that will have you singing along and dancing at the same time. The song struc-ture, dynamics, guitar work and lyrics com-bine for a near perfect musical gumbo. Mark and his backing band don’t let up a bit for “Murder on Delancey” and “Standoff Love,” a tune that brings to mind the best of 1950’s, sax soaked radio rock, kicked up by a 21st century vibe.

“Worse for Wear” continues Duda’s set of instant classics. There is virtually nothing bad to be said about this album, sports fans. No kidding. “Subway Song,” an acoustic based rocker, closes out the set with true New York City style, moving from soft acoustic to a rocking Ramones/Runaways beat that sent my mind reeling back to my days in Manhat-tan rocking at CBGB or Max’s Kansas City.
Unde Buffalo says “check it out!” If you like excellent rock and roll with buckets of pas-sion, melody and sonic bombast, get you some Duda. Tell him Michael Buffalo sent you!
-Michael Buffalo Smith ”

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Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

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