As we begin the new year, we will pay homage to Art Johnson, my partner, along with bringing new releases and books to the consumer. Stay tune, we believe we will have more exciting news as the year progresses. Thank you. Keep it Jazzy!
As reported previously, our partner and multi-instrumentalist, Art Johnson has passed away.
We will continue the label in the same fashion in hopes to keep Art’s memory and music
alive. Thank you for your past support. Mike Dion
With summer in mid swing we are happy to announce “Child’s Play” release on August 3.
This is the second album from guitarist Steve Brown, with the late great Gerry Niewood on saxophone, originally released on Café Records in 1987.
Stay tune. There will be more releases in the Fall.
Keep it Jazzy!
With the summer in full swing we are happy to announce “rainbow strings” release on July 6.
This is another compilation, this time for guitars, from the ITI stable of artists, that includes Art Johnson, One Man, Steve Brown, John Morell, and Lenny Carlson.
Coming up in August will be the CD release of “Child’s Play” from guitarist Steve Brown, followed by a reissue in September called “West 35 th St” of sax greats including Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt and Cannonball Adderley.
Stay tune. There will be more releases in the Fall.
Keep it Jazzy!
As the year rolls on we have been busy in the studio with our compilations and with other reissues that will be forthcoming in this year.
Initially in April, we released the compilation album called “piano jazz variations” with such artist as Bill Mays, Beatrice Alunni, Tom Garvin and Tom Ranier “tickling the ivories”.
On May 4th, we will release “statement of sax” another compilation that will focus on our “saxmen” namely, Sebastien Chaumont, Gary Scott, Max Ionata and Jimmy Mosher.
On May 25th we will release our CD on “Fables”, the second album available by One Man.
We will round out the compilations on July 6th with the album, “rainbow strings” featuring Steve Brown, John Morell, One Man, Art Johnson, and Lenny Carlson.
Stay tuned for more exciting news as we move into late Summer and early Fall.
Keep It Jazzy.
First off, we hope everyone affected by the hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, and other recent natural disasters are alright. We wish you safety, peace, and restoration.
In our latest release, BarTalk from Art Johnson and Dwayne Smith, we have something very different from anything you've probably heard recently.
BarTalk is a tribute to the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. Though Béla Bartók’s music was infrequently performed outside Hungary during his lifetime, many of his compositions, including the string quartets and the Concerto for Orchestra, later entered the standard concert repertory. Within a quarter century after his death, many of Bartók’s works had been recognized as belonging among the classics of Western music (Stevens, 2017).
Johnson and Smith believe that Bartók was "a great composer who was never fully recognized in his lifetime." With that in focus, their ideas coalesced into this colorful record. If you haven't heard it yet, take a sample listen here:
Next month we will have another new release by the Marc Devine Trio. Inspiration will be available on October 13th. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming information, videos, and releases!
Keep it jazzy!
Stevens, Halsey. “Béla Bartók.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., 2 Mar. 2017, www.britannica.com/biography/Bela-Bartok. Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.
It's been a while, but...
With summer came a residence move that took time to plan and execute.
That said, we are now back with a live release from the late great sax player, Gary Lefebvre. The release date is August 25th! Mike Wofford, pianist, friend, and collaborator, said “Gary just had a natural gift,” [they] began playing with LeFebvre when they were high school students here in the 1950s. “He was very flexible and he never, ever sounded like a copy of anybody. He’s a real important part of San Diego’s music history, not just in jazz, but music in general" (Varga, The San Diego Union Tribune). Take a listen to his sound here and see below for more information:
More on Gary Lefebvre's album:
Gary Lefebvre “Live at The Loft San Diego”
The history of this recording is particular to the jazz life in general, experienced by most who participate in that existence. It was just another gig organized by jazz promoters in Gary’s hometown of San Diego, California in the early nineties. The venue was a jazz club, The Loft, one flight of stairs up in Pacific Beach. A local jazz fan recorded the evening. Gary LeFebvre was one of the legends of late twentieth century jazz, who had played with Red Rodney
after Charlie Parker passed away, with a long list of his many big band and small ensemble credits. What is truly unique on this CD, is the fact that it is the only recording of the bass player Hank Dobbs, whose troubled life ended early, not long after this performance.
The drummer was Bob Weller, a San Diego fixture, who is also a marvelous piano player and all around musician. Finally, Art Johnson playing the only live recording of his seven string guitar.
There will be two volumes from this live recording.
We are also in the final stages and looking forward to the release from the Marc Devine Trio album scheduled for September. Also, a classical album is forthcoming to finish out our year. Stay tune for more to come.
If you've been following us, you know that we released Oui' 3's album in January. Since then, the group released a music video for their track Maliblue from the album. Give it a look see!
Thanks for checking in with us and we will keep you updated on all things ITI! Stay tuned for some more releases and updates on our artists!
Varga, George. "Sax great Gary LeFebvre dead at 74." Sandiegouniontribune.com. N.p., 08 Aug. 2013. Web. 28 July 2017.
Are you in the mood for a classic? Well so are we! Renaud Penant, Pasquale Grasso, and Ari Roland have come together to create a true classic with their latest album.
ITI Music and Gut String Records are pleased to announce that they have joined together for the release by leader and Drummer Renaud Penant, with Guitarist Pasquale Grasso and Bassist Ari Roland.
The trio has performed regularly at the renowned uptown Jazz club SMALLS, and in different jazz clubs across the city.
Jazz drummer Renaud Penant was born in France and has performed in every major jazz club in Paris and in various Jazz festivals, as well as in Germany and Italy. Since moving to New York City he has been fortunate to perform with musicians such as Bobby Porcelli, Bob Cranshaw, John Webber, Grant Stewart and Joe Farnsworth to name a few.
Bassist Ari Roland, born and raised in New York City, rounds up the trio. He began working professionally at age 16. He studied at Juilliard and has played in the bands of jazz legends such as Lou Donaldson, Barry Harris and Betty Carter. "Sketches From a Bassist's Album", his CD on Smalls Records, has received widespread critical acclaim.
One of the most strikingly unique artists of his generation, Pasquale Grasso has undoubtedly changed the way the world views jazz guitar. Born in Ariano Irpino, Italy. Pasquale began playing guitar at a very young age. Barry Harris, the world-renowned jazz educator and bebop piano master, became an extraordinary influence when Pasquale attended his jazz workshop in Switzerland. Grasso has since become part of the Ari Roland Quartet and the Chris Byars Quartet, performing in clubs, music festivals, and recording in the studio regularly.
Ten Tracks include:
1Jahbero (Tadd Dameron)
2Audrey (Bud Powell)
3Elegy (Bud Powell)
4Angel Face (Hank Jones)
5The Squirrel (Tadd Dameron)
6A Sinner Kissed An Angel (Mack David / Ray Joseph)
7These Foolish Things (Eric Maschwitz / Jack Strachey)
8In The Mood For A Classic (Bud Powell)
9Time Was (Miguel Prado / Gabriel Luna / Bob Russell)
10All Through The Night (Cole Porter)
Recorded by Neal Miner at Smalls on the afternoon of August 27, 2014
Mixed and mastered by Walter Fischbacher on May 23, 2015
Art and Design by Renaud Penant and Takashi “T-Kash” Inoue
Special thanks to Mitch Borden and Spike Wilner