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Image This Bitter Earth (2LP)
Whereas Veronica Swift’s 2019 Mack Avenue Records debut, Confessions, contained songs that played out like pages from her personal diary, on the captivating follow-up, This Bitter Earth, she flips the script by crafting an ingenious song cycle that tackles sexism [“How Lovely to Be a Woman”], domestic abuse [“He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)”], environmental issues, racism, xenophobia [“You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”] and the dangers of fake news [“The Sports Page”]. The singer-songwriter gathered material that covers multiple genres, including jazz, American musicals and contemporary indie-rock fortifying her position as a leading force in genre-bending song presentation.
“I want this album to have two separate approaches,” states Swift. "I wanted to start with women’s place in society now and how it's changing. During the second half, I wanted to address other ailments in the world, whether it’s racism or fake news. But I don’t take any political stances. I’m very clear with my audience that as an artist I just want to address certain issues as an outsider looking in.”

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Image This Bitter Earth
Whereas Veronica Swift’s 2019 Mack Avenue Records debut, Confessions, contained songs that played out like pages from her personal diary, on the captivating follow-up, This Bitter Earth, she flips the script by crafting an ingenious song cycle that tackles sexism [“How Lovely to Be a Woman”], domestic abuse [“He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)”], environmental issues, racism, xenophobia [“You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”] and the dangers of fake news [“The Sports Page”]. The singer-songwriter gathered material that covers multiple genres, including jazz, American musicals and contemporary indie-rock fortifying her position as a leading force in genre-bending song presentation.
“I want this album to have two separate approaches,” states Swift. "I wanted to start with women’s place in society now and how it's changing. During the second half, I wanted to address other ailments in the world, whether it’s racism or fake news. But I don’t take any political stances. I’m very clear with my audience that as an artist I just want to address certain issues as an outsider looking in.”

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Image 50 Years of Funk & Soul Live at the Fox Theatre (3
With a history 50+ years in the making, Tower of Power has been a funk institution since 1968, knocking out hits like “What is Hip,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “This Time It’s Real” and “You’re Still a Young Man” while lending their soulful sound to collaborations with Santana, the Grateful Dead, Elton John, Huey Lewis, Justin Timberlake and everyone in-between. 50 Years of Funk & Soul - Live at the Fox Theater captures their storied career with no-holds-barred victory lap concerts in Oakland, CA, performing their full spectrum of life-affirming funk and soul hits to sold out audiences in 2018. Available as a 3-LP set, 2-CD/1-DVD package, standalone DVD and digital audio configuration, these historic performances include alumni special guests Chester Thompson, Lenny Pickett, Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, Bruce Conte and Ray Greene. PBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary with a 60-minute airing of the performance beginning February 27.

TRACKS
CD-1
1. Stroke ‘75 2:40
2. Ain't Nothing Stopping Us Now 2:36
3. You Ought to Be Having Fun 3:21
4. Soul with a Capital S 6:07
5. Stop 4:34
6. You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous 3:06
7. On the Serious Side 4:17
8. Just When We Start Makin' It 7:24
9. Soul Vaccination 5:04
10. What Is Hip? / Soul Power 9:25
11. Do You Like That? 3:36
12. Drop It in the Slot 3:12

CD-2
1. Can't You See (You Doin’ Me Wrong)? 3:54
2. Maybe It'll Rub Off 3:12
3. Don’t Change Horses 6:28
4. Squib Cakes 6:24
5. On the Soul Side of Town 5:13
6. Diggin' on James Brown (medley) 9:20
(Diggin’ on James Brown/It’s a New Day/Mother Popcorn/There It Is/I Got the Feelin’/Diggin’ on James Brown Reprise)
7. So Very Hard to Go 3:59
8. Knock Yourself Out 8:37
9. You're Still a Young Man 6:01
10. Souled Out 4:36

VINYL packaging: 3LP in tri-fold jacket with 8-page LP folder

SIDE A: tracks 1-5
SIDE B: tracks 6-9
SIDE C: tracks 10-12
SIDE D: tracks 13-16
SIDE E: tracks 17-19
SIDE F: tracks 20-22


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Image 50 Years of Funk & Soul Live at the Fox Theatre (D
With a history 50+ years in the making, Tower of Power has been a funk institution since 1968, knocking out hits like “What is Hip,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “This Time It’s Real” and “You’re Still a Young Man” while lending their soulful sound to collaborations with Santana, the Grateful Dead, Elton John, Huey Lewis, Justin Timberlake and everyone in-between. 50 Years of Funk & Soul - Live at the Fox Theater captures their storied career with no-holds-barred victory lap concerts in Oakland, CA, performing their full spectrum of life-affirming funk and soul hits to sold out audiences in 2018. Available as a 3-LP set, 2-CD/1-DVD package, standalone DVD and digital audio configuration, these historic performances include alumni special guests Chester Thompson, Lenny Pickett, Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, Bruce Conte and Ray Greene. PBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary with a 60-minute airing of the performance beginning February 27.

DVD
Set One (52 min)
Set Two (65 min)
Bonus Songs (13 min)
Bonus Features (16 min)

TRACKS
1. Stroke ‘75 2:40
2. Ain't Nothing Stopping Us Now 2:36
3. You Ought to Be Having Fun 3:21
4. Soul with a Capital S 6:07
5. Stop 4:34
6. You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous 3:06
7. On the Serious Side 4:17
8. Just When We Start Makin' It 7:24
9. Soul Vaccination 5:04
10. What Is Hip? / Soul Power 9:25
11. Do You Like That? 3:36
12. Drop It in the Slot 3:12

1. Can't You See (You Doin’ Me Wrong)? 3:54
2. Maybe It'll Rub Off 3:12
3. Don’t Change Horses 6:28
4. Squib Cakes 6:24
5. On the Soul Side of Town 5:13
6. Diggin' on James Brown (medley) 9:20
(Diggin’ on James Brown/It’s a New Day/Mother Popcorn/There It Is/I Got the Feelin’/Diggin’ on James Brown Reprise)
7. So Very Hard to Go 3:59
8. Knock Yourself Out 8:37
9. You're Still a Young Man 6:01
10. Souled Out 4:36

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Image 50 Years of Funk & Soul Live at the Fox Theatre (2
With a history 50+ years in the making, Tower of Power has been a funk institution since 1968, knocking out hits like “What is Hip,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “This Time It’s Real” and “You’re Still a Young Man” while lending their soulful sound to collaborations with Santana, the Grateful Dead, Elton John, Huey Lewis, Justin Timberlake and everyone in-between. 50 Years of Funk & Soul - Live at the Fox Theater captures their storied career with no-holds-barred victory lap concerts in Oakland, CA, performing their full spectrum of life-affirming funk and soul hits to sold out audiences in 2018. Available as a 3-LP set, 2-CD/1-DVD package, standalone DVD and digital audio configuration, these historic performances include alumni special guests Chester Thompson, Lenny Pickett, Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, Bruce Conte and Ray Greene. PBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary with a 60-minute airing of the performance beginning February 27.

TRACKS
CD-1
1. Stroke ‘75 2:40
2. Ain't Nothing Stopping Us Now 2:36
3. You Ought to Be Having Fun 3:21
4. Soul with a Capital S 6:07
5. Stop 4:34
6. You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous 3:06
7. On the Serious Side 4:17
8. Just When We Start Makin' It 7:24
9. Soul Vaccination 5:04
10. What Is Hip? / Soul Power 9:25
11. Do You Like That? 3:36
12. Drop It in the Slot 3:12

CD-2
1. Can't You See (You Doin’ Me Wrong)? 3:54
2. Maybe It'll Rub Off 3:12
3. Don’t Change Horses 6:28
4. Squib Cakes 6:24
5. On the Soul Side of Town 5:13
6. Diggin' on James Brown (medley) 9:20
(Diggin’ on James Brown/It’s a New Day/Mother Popcorn/There It Is/I Got the Feelin’/Diggin’ on James Brown Reprise)
7. So Very Hard to Go 3:59
8. Knock Yourself Out 8:37
9. You're Still a Young Man 6:01
10. Souled Out 4:36

DVD
Set One (52 min)
Set Two (65 min)
Bonus Songs (13 min)
Bonus Features (16 min)

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Image Step Up (2LP)
“We knew when we went into the studio, we were going to make the best record that we could make – the best album of our career. And we did. We took it to another level.” (Emilio Castillo) With a landmark 50th anniversary album, 2018’s Soul Side of Town, still visible in their rearview mirror, one would think Tower of Power (or TOP, as it is more often referred to by its global legion of fans), the much-lauded creators of their own horn-based, hybrid brand of East Bay soul/funk/R&B/rock, would take a well-deserved breather. But that is not in the band’s DNA, nor that of its founder and ringmaster, tenor saxophonist and bandleader Emilio Castillo. Beginning with East Bay Grease, their 1970 album debut on legendary impresario Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records, the tireless unit has released 26 albums, been responsible for such classic hit tracks as “What Is Hip?,” “You’re Still a Young Man,” “So Very Hard To Go” and “Down To The Nightclub,” among so many others. TOP’s horn section, the heart of the band, have long been sought after sidemen, appearing on recordings by top artists ranging from Elton John, Aerosmith and Bonnie Raitt to Otis Redding, Santana and Heart. TOP paved the way for other high-powered brass rock/R&B hit artists of the 70s like Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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Image Step Up
“We knew when we went into the studio, we were going to make the best record that we could make – the best album of our career. And we did. We took it to another level.” (Emilio Castillo) With a landmark 50th anniversary album, 2018’s Soul Side of Town, still visible in their rearview mirror, one would think Tower of Power (or TOP, as it is more often referred to by its global legion of fans), the much-lauded creators of their own horn-based, hybrid brand of East Bay soul/funk/R&B/rock, would take a well-deserved breather. But that is not in the band’s DNA, nor that of its founder and ringmaster, tenor saxophonist and bandleader Emilio Castillo. Beginning with East Bay Grease, their 1970 album debut on legendary impresario Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records, the tireless unit has released 26 albums, been responsible for such classic hit tracks as “What Is Hip?,” “You’re Still a Young Man,” “So Very Hard To Go” and “Down To The Nightclub,” among so many others. TOP’s horn section, the heart of the band, have long been sought after sidemen, appearing on recordings by top artists ranging from Elton John, Aerosmith and Bonnie Raitt to Otis Redding, Santana and Heart. TOP paved the way for other high-powered brass rock/R&B hit artists of the 70s like Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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Image Soul Side of Town (2 LP)
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Image Soul Side of Town
‘Tower of Power, the ten-piece soul-jazz outfit from Oakland, California play as tight as a chain-link fence, with not a weak link in sight. There's something in the band's DNA that makes the toughest, tightest arrangements flow with deceptive ease - the synchronization is impeccable; their feel for the soul and funk traditions is continually refreshed and revitalized.’ – London Jazz News

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Image 40th Anniversary (CD + DVD)
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Image Great American Soulbook
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Image Oakland Zone
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Image The East Bay Archive
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Image Symphony Hall Concert (LP)
Looking back in order to look forward is fundamental to most art forms, maybe none more so than the profound art of jazz. In rare cases, such retrospection can reveal entirely new aspects of the art and its creator, redefining a legacy for a new generation. Such is the case with the genius of Erroll Garner. One of the most popular figures in jazz during his exceptional career, Garner’s legacy is receiving a remarkable reinvigoration through the concerted efforts of Octave Music’s Erroll Garner Project (EGP) and its partnership with Mack Avenue Music Group. Together they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Garner’s birth with an extraordinary three-tiered release focused on Garner’s output from 1959 to 1975 and featuring a stunning 27-song previously unreleased 1959 concert recorded at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Image Symphony Hall Concert
Looking back in order to look forward is fundamental to most art forms, maybe none more so than the profound art of jazz. In rare cases, such retrospection can reveal entirely new aspects of the art and its creator, redefining a legacy for a new generation. Such is the case with the genius of Erroll Garner. One of the most popular figures in jazz during his exceptional career, Garner’s legacy is receiving a remarkable reinvigoration through the concerted efforts of Octave Music’s Erroll Garner Project (EGP) and its partnership with Mack Avenue Music Group. Together they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Garner’s birth with an extraordinary three-tiered release focused on Garner’s output from 1959 to 1975 and featuring a stunning 27-song previously unreleased 1959 concert recorded at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Image Liberation in Swing: The Octave Records Story & Co
Looking back in order to look forward is fundamental to most art forms, maybe none more so than the profound art of jazz. In rare cases, such retrospection can reveal entirely new aspects of the art and its creator, redefining a legacy for a new generation. Such is the case with the genius of Erroll Garner. One of the most popular figures in jazz during his exceptional career, Garner’s legacy is receiving a remarkable reinvigoration through the concerted efforts of Octave Music’s Erroll Garner Project (EGP) and its partnership with Mack Avenue Music Group. Together they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Garner’s birth with an extraordinary three-tiered release focused on Garner’s output from 1959 to 1975 and featuring a stunning 27-song previously unreleased 1959 concert recorded at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Image Relief: A Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of Ameri
A consortium of major jazz labels has taken the unprecedented step of joining hands for Relief, an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music to be issued, continuing the non-profit Jazz Foundation of America’s ongoing efforts to aid musicians affected by the international shutdown of venues and other performance opportunities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. All net proceeds from the package – comprising studio and live tracks by top-flight jazz artists – will benefit the JFA’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, established in the Spring of 2020 after the pandemic ground the music industry to a sudden, catastrophic halt. JFA executive director Joe Petrucelli says, “The Jazz Foundation of America deeply appreciates the artists, songwriters and label teams who contributed to this project with such compassion and generosity. As pandemic restrictions continue to lift, we recognize that musicians will face a particularly lengthy recovery. They were among the first to be hit by the effects of the crisis and will be among the last to achieve a true sense of normalcy or stability. We and our partners are here for the long haul.” Relief commences with a recording that exemplifies the extreme challenges faced by musicians in the depths of the 2020 health emergency: “back to who,” a track by vocalist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese, recording as IRMA and LEO, was created remotely at home studios in Hillsboro, OR and Brooklyn, NY. The compilation concludes with a live quintet performance captured at the JFA’s 2014 “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit show at New York’s historic Apollo Theater. It features pianist Herbie Hancock, trumpeter Wallace Roney, who died after contracting the coronavirus, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, the composer of the number, who died at the age of 93 in January 2020, in a poignant version of “Gingerbread Boy.”

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Image Relief: A Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of Ameri
A consortium of major jazz labels has taken the unprecedented step of joining hands for Relief, an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music to be issued, continuing the non-profit Jazz Foundation of America’s ongoing efforts to aid musicians affected by the international shutdown of venues and other performance opportunities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. All net proceeds from the package – comprising studio and live tracks by top-flight jazz artists – will benefit the JFA’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, established in the Spring of 2020 after the pandemic ground the music industry to a sudden, catastrophic halt. JFA executive director Joe Petrucelli says, “The Jazz Foundation of America deeply appreciates the artists, songwriters and label teams who contributed to this project with such compassion and generosity. As pandemic restrictions continue to lift, we recognize that musicians will face a particularly lengthy recovery. They were among the first to be hit by the effects of the crisis and will be among the last to achieve a true sense of normalcy or stability. We and our partners are here for the long haul.” Relief commences with a recording that exemplifies the extreme challenges faced by musicians in the depths of the 2020 health emergency: “back to who,” a track by vocalist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese, recording as IRMA and LEO, was created remotely at home studios in Hillsboro, OR and Brooklyn, NY. The compilation concludes with a live quintet performance captured at the JFA’s 2014 “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit show at New York’s historic Apollo Theater. It features pianist Herbie Hancock, trumpeter Wallace Roney, who died after contracting the coronavirus, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, the composer of the number, who died at the age of 93 in January 2020, in a poignant version of “Gingerbread Boy.”

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Image Christmas Vibes
There’s no shortage of Christmas music out there that can evoke the holiday spirit. But it takes a master of groove and swing like Warren Wolf to conjure a true feeling of Christmas Vibes. On his new album, the vibraphone great and father of five offers an album of jazzy Yuletide cheer sure to provide the ideal soundtrack to the season for the hippest families on the block. Christmas Vibes presents Wolf’s interpretation of some perennial favorites (“O Christmas Tree,” “Winter Wonderland”) alongside left-field choices (“Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”) and a new original song that captures the loving but hectic atmosphere of the Wolf house at Christmas. Carrying on in the R&B and gospel-tinged style of Wolf’s most recent Mack Avenue release, Reincarnation, the album offers a unique, soulful twist on Christmas caroling.

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Image Future Stride (Vinyl)
At only 30 years old, pianist Emmet Cohen — the winner of the American Pianists Association’s 2019 Cole Porter Fellowship — has made a name for himself performing/recording with jazz masters Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Tootie Heath and George Coleman, among others. On his new album, Cohen revisits jazz’s earliest forms through a progressive lens. Future Stride features bassist Russell Hall, drummer Kyle Poole, trumpeter Marquis Hill and saxophonist Melissa Aldana.

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Image Future Stride
At only 30 years old, pianist Emmet Cohen — the winner of the American Pianists Association’s 2019 Cole Porter Fellowship — has made a name for himself performing/recording with jazz masters Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Tootie Heath and George Coleman, among others. On his new album, Cohen revisits jazz’s earliest forms through a progressive lens. Future Stride features bassist Russell Hall, drummer Kyle Poole, trumpeter Marquis Hill and saxophonist Melissa Aldana.

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Image Sounds from the Ancestors (2LP)
Composer/saxophonist Kenny Garrett emerged as a distinctive voice on the national scene in 1978 with an undisputed aptitude for emotive melodic phrasing that led him to collaborations with Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey and Miles Davis. With Sounds from the Ancestors, Garrett remembers the spirit of the sounds of African ancestors from church services, recited prayers, songs from the work fields, Yoruban chants and African drums, alongside tributes to Roy Hargrove and two drum pioneers — Art Blakey and Tony Allen — who all looked into the past to influence the future sound and evolution of jazz.

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Image Sounds from the Ancestors
Composer/saxophonist Kenny Garrett emerged as a distinctive voice on the national scene in 1978 with an undisputed aptitude for emotive melodic phrasing that led him to collaborations with Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey and Miles Davis. With Sounds from the Ancestors, Garrett remembers the spirit of the sounds of African ancestors from church services, recited prayers, songs from the work fields, Yoruban chants and African drums, alongside tributes to Roy Hargrove and two drum pioneers — Art Blakey and Tony Allen — who all looked into the past to influence the future sound and evolution of jazz.

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Image Te Lo Dije
Walk the streets of Havana on any day and you’ll hear the soul of Cuba: music pouring from private homes and bustling restaurants, windows rattling with the parties thrown inside, nightclubs pulsing with throngs of people dancing. On his vibrant and spirited third recording for Mack Avenue Records, Havana-based pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa sets out to capture that stirring sensation with an exhilarating marriage of jazz and Cuban pop music, defiantly standing up to the doubters who failed to share his radical vision. Much like its near equivalent in English, “I told you so,” the Spanish phrase “Te lo dije” can be deployed as a boast or a put-down – often both at once. López-Nussa throws down that gauntlet on Te Lo Dije, due out August 28 worldwide via Mack Avenue Records. The album features the pianist’s core quartet of drummer Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, bassist Julio César González and trumpeter Mayquel González, bolstered by a number of special guests including Afro-Cuban funk superstar Cimafunk; French accordionist Vincent Peirani; famed Cuban reggaeton vocalist Randy Malcom; and vocalist Kelvis Ochoa.

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