Artist: Monte Procopio
Title: A Swingin’ Time
First Monte Procopio was Swingin' With Style now he is having A Swingin’ Time. It looks like swingin’ is his thing. Monte is staying with the same formula on his second album performing timeless classics again. Michael Buble has penetrated the charts with his tribute to the jazz classics, Michael Bolton recorded his own cover album recently, and Tony Bennett is 80 and still rolling right along covering the timeless classics. Many have tried with varying degrees of success but few can do it to make it a memorable experience, stirring emotions and making one feel they are reliving special moments in time. Procopio is one such artist that compels to keep reaching for his CD to hear it again. Now more than ever artists are reaching back to the past to reignite or start a career covering these great tunes.
Monte offers 14 classic tracks on this CD and it finds him in a good place once again. I think he has improved upon his delivery since the last release. He is smoother and sings with even more emotion than he did before, which makes each track sound like they were meant for him to sing all along. Some of the best cuts for these ears were “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Route 66” and “It Had To Be You.” Admittedly, those are personal favorites but just the same, he does them all so well! I particularly enjoyed the bright horn sections in these tracks and noticed how beautifully the rhythm section kept everything in time so well.
Having a strong musical backing for your voice is indispensable and once again, the music is spot on and better than ever, and it goes without saying how the production aspects went from a B to A, the difference between his debut CD and this one is quite noticeable. The musicianship is beyond reproach on all of these tracks and Grammy Award winning arranger Robert M. Freedman does a fantastic job putting this together to make the magic happen again for Monte and Company. It is always the goal to improve upon your last effort and with A Swingin’ Time this artist has done just that.
Monte is creating his own personal legacy that will continue to build on the solid foundation already laid down with two solid albums. It looks like singing classic jazz tracks were built for his vocal style and passion for great music. No other genre embraces timeless compositions as jazz does and I know one name that I cannot forget now, his name is Monte Procopio.
© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
November 6, 2006
01. All Or Nothing At All (4:27)
02. The Best Is Yet To Come (4:41)
03. That Old Black Magic (4:11)
04. The Very Thought Of You (4:40)
05. Sway (4:37)
06. Route 66 (4:46)
07. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (4:08)
08. Someone To Watch Over Me (5:12)
09. More (3:47)
10. Night And Day (4:22)
11. Nature Boy (5:35)
12. It Had To Be You (2:54)
13. Witchcraft (3:55)
14. Smile (2:39)
Robert M. Freedman: Piano
Warren L. Jones III: Bass
Todd Chuba: Drums
Clarke Rigsby: Guitar
Hugh Lovelady: Alto Saxophone
Bryon Ruth: Tenor Saxophone
Lucas Pino: Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Donato: Baritone Saxophone (Tenor Saxophone Solo on song 6)
Fred Forney: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dave Coolidge: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tom Miles: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bill Foy: Trombone
Steve McAllister: Trombone
Joe Corral: Alto Flute, Alto Flute Solo (song 11)
Christina Steffen: Alto Flute (song 11)
Dom Moio: Percussion (songs 5, 9, 10)
Artist: Monte Procopio
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Delray Beach, Florida--November 6, 2006-- CoMatrix Media is developing a new television program entitled Kidfluence TV which focuses on real life issues that effect today’s youth. In a forum setting, parents, teens, tweens, professionals, advocates and other diverse guests will gather to share and explore the vital issues that our youth face. Kidfluence Television is solution based; and the goal is to increase the social conscience of its viewers.
Kidfluence addresses topics such as juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancy, peer pressure, underage drinking, academics, video games, dealing with divorce of parents, and much more. CoMatrix Media also plans to produce short PSA’s that will be cataloged on the Kidfluence website. These educational and instructional clips serve as incredible resources for parents, children and teenagers. “The prevalence of youth issues today serves Kidfluence well, says Steve Ruprecht, Creator and Executive Producer of Kidfluence Television” “It allows us to intensify the spotlight on educating our kids and stressing the necessity of proper parental guidance”.
Kidfluence will not only focus on discussing the issues of importance, but is also committed to supporting literacy and education on a global perspective. IVNET.TV is a worldwide broadcasting network that features independent films, live concerts, live 24/7 internet radio, and streaming content from around the world.
This partnership will increase the overall reach of Kidfluence Television. “It allows our show to reach more viewers, through many mediums. The more eyes on our show and understanding of the vital issues, the better,” adds Josh Epstein, Marketing Representative for Kidfluence Television. Additionally, IVNET.TV will have the opportunity to incorporate content from Kidfluence Television episodes and PSA’s, and use the material as a continued resource.
Every month, Kidfluence seeks the participation of kids, tweens, and teens. They have initiated a writing competition that will inspire real stories written by kids. Each month a strategic partner will sponsor the competition. The first partner involved will be the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). The MSPCC is a private, nonprofit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well being of children and families.
The goal for this competition is to encourage tweens and teens to express themselves and open up about their own experiences. Kidfluence provides prizes to the individual responsible for contributing the most poignant piece.
Additionally, Kidfluence Television is seeking both partner and sponsorship involvement.
Company: CoMatrix Media c/o Kidfluence TV
Contact: Josh Epstein or Heather Collins
Address: 14545 J. Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484
Phone: Josh (512) 585-3209 or Heather (910) 578-3576
Author Josh Epstein-PR Distributed By MuzikReviews.com for Kidfluence
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New York, NY--November 6, 2006-- Emmitt Thrower is the owner and president of the non-profit Wabi Sabi Productions. With the opening of Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water just around the corner on November 9th his organization and their sponsor Fractured Atlas anticipates a lot of buzz about the off Broadway play.
Emmitt Thrower is a recipient of the 21st Century Independent Spirit Award in culture and the chairman of the Otto Awards for political theater. He is also one of the founding organizers of Five Points Productions Theater, collaboration between diverse theater companies uniting to produce political theater on 42nd Street. Emmitt’s goal artistically is to find diamonds in the rough and help develop them, and then release them into the universe. Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water will bring attention to many performers, but more importantly to a crisis that is ongoing in the affected areas that the hurricane devastated.
The focus of the multimedia event will surround the deep social issues around such a life-changing event and help those unaffected by its far-reaching destruction to come to an understanding of how important it is to feel the pain and suffering of others and count their blessings for what they have. Many life situations can be set to music and dance and this is no exception, in fact, the play brings it all home straight to the heart, and that is the hope and intent of its creators.
The opening of the hip-hop multimedia musical Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water is Nov 9, 2006 at 8 PM at the Producers Club II located at 616 Ninth Ave, New York City. Five performances have been added for November 10 through November 12, 2006: Friday 8 PM, Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM, Sunday 2 PM & 6 PM. Tickets are available at www.theatermania.com and by calling 212 352-3101. Groups can call 917 716-6635 for tickets. The cost of admission ranges from $20- $30.
Company: Wabi Sabi Productions
Contact: Emmitt Thrower
Address: 890 Trinity Ave, Bronx NY 10456
Cell: 917 716-6635
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