September Update

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, Accessed 15 Sept. 2017.

July Update, Gary Lefebvre, and More!

Hello all!
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." N.p., 08 Aug. 2013. Web. 28 July 2017.

In The Mood For A Classic

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

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Maria Giua

Good afternoon on this fine Wednesday!

There is still half of the week left, but we already have sday! There is still half of the week left... or is it half over? Depends on if you are a glass half full kind of person! Either way we already have some amazing news: Our latest release, Maria Giua's "E Improvvisamente" is out! For those of you not native to the Italian language, that means "And Suddenly." Once you check it out, suddenly her music will delight your ears.

This is the fourth album by guitarist and singer Maria Giua, who was born in Rapallo Italy.  Since 2003, she has participated in international festivals including theater projects both as author and as a performer.

Maria is a writer at Sugar Music in Milan, involved in the arts and entertainment in Florence, and artistic director at Pervocesola, a non-profit cultural center in Genova.

She has recorded a track for “Italian Café”, Putumayo 2005, “Giua”, self-titled album on Sony 2008, and “TrE” on EGEA Music 2012.  

ITI Music and EGEA Music are proud to join together in distributing her first American release, called “And Suddenly” (E Improvvisamente”), on Warrant Music.

Sung in Italian, this Italian singer-songwriter could be compared to another famous male Italian singer who sings standards, opera and pop tunes.  Even in Italian, you can feel the happiness, sadness and everyday emotions in these twelve tracks, as Maria bridges the genres with her songs.

Tracks include:

1. The Mango Tree (L’Albero Di Mango)

2.  And Suddenly (E Improvvisamente)

3.  Strawberries and Wind (Fragole E Vento)

4.  From Far Away (Da Lontano)

5.  Everyone Runs Away From Italy (Tutti Vanno Via Dall’Italia)

6.  Finisterre

7.  As If (Come Se)

8.  Endless Unlove # I Loved You So Much (Disamore Infinito#taggovolutobene)

9.  Anything Can Happen (Tutto Puo’Accadere)

10. Slide South (Scivola Sud)

11. From This Moon (Di Questa Luna Che)

12. It’s You I Like (A Me Mi Piachi Tu)  

Oui' 3

Good morning everyone,
Can you believe we are already almost through January? Time is flying by!
It has flown so quickly, that we just had our first release of the year.

The Oui' 3 trio created "Occupy Your Mind," a Neo-Jazz based album with musicians like:

The LA trio inlcudes Billy Joe Wiseman on Guitar, Sitar, and Vocals; Lou Castro on Bass and Vocals; Jim Xavier on Drums, Percussion, and Vocals. Greg Manning and JT Thomas were also on the album with Keyboards.

This album boasts jazz legend John Klemmer and Jimmy Kimmel Live band leader and saxophonist Cleto Escobedo III.

Oui' 3 are "Baked Potato" jazz club regular performers and have caught the attention on many in other performances on the West Coast. We are bringing them to you internationally so all can enjoy their unique sound!

For a sample taste of each of the songs on the album:

Check out our NEW website:

Keep checking for updates with us. A lot is happening!
We will be releasing our second album of the year from Maria Giua next month!

35th Anniversary SALE!

Package 1 - Instrumental
Steve Brown (guitar) - Good Lines
Jeff Richman and Wayne Johnson (guitars) - The Distance
Renaud Penant (piano) - I Want To Be Happy
Art Johnson & Marc Devine (piano and guitar) - Blue Sud

Package 2 - Vocal
Mike Campbell & Tom Garvin - Blackberry Winter
Mike Campbell - Close Enough For Love
Randy Tressler - Songs of Love & Dysfunction
Denia Ridley & The Marc Devine Trio - Afterglow
Frankie Blue (free) - Jackson Movie Soundtrack

Package 3 - Best of Italian and French Jazz
Sebastien Chaumont - Still Walkin
Sebastien Chaumont w/Marc Devine Trio - Moonglow
Alessandro Collina, Rodolfo Cervetto, Marc Peillon, Fabrizio Bosso - Michel On Air
Alessandro Collina, Rodolfo Cervetto, Marc Peillon, Max Ionata - Rome To Paris
Beatrice Alunni & Marc Peillon (free) - Dance With Me