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Listen to Peggy Duquesnel Peggy Duquesnel - "Old Friends"
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Old Friends
It Leads You to Another
Waltz for Diana
Wingin' It
Peanut Butter Dream
Kiwi Friend


West coast Pianist/Composer Peggy Duquesnel (Du-Ke-Nal) presents this self-produced CD,
"Old Friends", her debut for Rhombus Records. "Old Friends" is an exquisite quartet recording in the traditional acoustic jazz style and features Peggy's original compositions plus Miles Davis standard, "Solar".

Duquesnel has recorded with notables such as Henry Mancini, Alan Broadbent, Eric Marienthal and Jeff Hamilton. She has performed as featured pianist/vocalist with the Auckland Philharmonic and has toured internationally as keyboardist with Dionne Warwick. Peggy is currently active performing for clubs, concerts and corporate events, along with her position as a keyboardist/organist for the Anaheim Angels. She is also an experienced educator and clinician.

"... a passionate performance worthy of an Eliane Elias" - Steve Eddy, Orange County Register



Listen to Charlie Taylor Charlie Taylor - "Once Upon A Time"
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King of Saturday Night
The Time That Was
Let Love Begin With Me
I Got The Itch
I'm Here
The Sky's The Limit
Your Memory
I'd Rather Beg
Love's Gonna Get You
Once Upon A Time
Baby Look At Me Now
Malibu Blue
Please Dear


Rhombus Records makes its first move into the Americana field with Once Upon A Time by Charlie Taylor.

Once Upon A Time, the debut release by veteran singer/songwriter Charlie Taylor, is a 13-song collection of Pop, R&B and Blue songs crafted in collaboration with fellow songwriters and R&B legends Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. From the opening crackle of 1950's era Flathead Ford vs. Chevy in The King of Saturday Night, to the funk-laced I Got the Itch (But I Ain't Got The Scratch) and on to the haunting I'm Here (But I'm Not All There), the listener is transported back in time. The title cut Once Upon A Time sounds like a modern day standard. Please Dear, the closing rockabilly romp, featuring Scotty Moore, Tashian, Taylor and Mike Durham, will leave you breathless and wanting to steal some hub caps.

The musicians Taylor and Penn have assembled read like a who's who - Mike Leach on bass, Ian Wallace (King Crimson) on drums, Barry Tashian (The Remains), Scotty Moore (Sun Records and Elvis), Mike Durham and Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac) guitars, Spooner Oldham (Dylan, Neil Young) and Carson Whitsett (BB King, ZZ Hill) on piano and organ with Dan Penn, James Griffin (Bread) joining Taylor on background vocals. Handling production, engineering, mixing and mastering duties is Geoff Gillette (Sergio Mendes, The Yellowjackets).

All in all this record is pleasing to the ear and made by some consummate musicians with all the skill and care they used to make records in the 1950's.



Listen to Reggae Dreams Reggae Dreams - "Volume 1"
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Bridge Over Troubled Water
Never Gonna Give You Up
Turning Nothing To Something
When I Say I Do
Chicano Reggae
The Soweto Shuffle
Street People
Hold Your Hand
Everybody Now
Red Light Lady
S.S. Dub
I Want You
Brazillian Reggae Nights
I Can't Get Loose

Rhombus Records is proud to present our first Reggae compilation, Reggae Dreams, Volume 1. In an international style, Reggae Dreams presents Reggae styles from all over the world. Featuring 15 songs from Dance Hall to Ska, Reggae Dreams showcases artists Dee, House Arrest, Steven T. Easter, The Crazy Baldheads, Vick Silva. The Earthtones, Jah Moon, The Street Smart Band, and Hophead, backed by some of the best World Beat musicians in the world. Reggae Dreams remakes of popular songs are featured such as Dee's version of Paul Simon's Bridge Over Troubled Water, Steven T. Easter's take on Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up and the Beatles' I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and The Crazy Baldheads' version of Clint Black's When I Say I Do.

Original tunes by all the artists include Toasting by House Arrest, Spanish Lyrics by Vick Silva, instrumentals by Hophead and The Street Smart Band, and African Township Jive by the Earthtones.

From beginning to end, this 70- minute CD takes the listener to far off, exotic places and back; a true musical trip. Just put on Reggae Dreams and enjoy the vacation.



Listen to Dick Weller Dick Weller - "New West"
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Second Chance
New West
Don't Fall
Movin' On
Same Difference
After All
Could Be Should Be

Los Angeles-based Drummer/Composer Dick Weller steps out front on "New West", his first CD as leader and his debut for Rhombus Records.

"New West" is a program of all original tunes featuring a stellar cast of L.A. musicians including: Jeff Beal on Trumpet, Tierney Sutton on Vocals, Bob Sheppard on Sax, Mike Miller on Guitar, Steve Tavagilone on Sax, Dave Carpenter on Bass, Bos Hurst on Bass, Rich Eames on Piano, and Beachfront Property on Background Vocals.

Dick and company play Contemporary Jazz -- and with a style all their own -- soon to be on a radio station near you.



Listen to Benny Velarde Benny Velarde - "y Super Combo"
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Viva Velarde
Baila Mi Guaguanco
No Somos Nada
El Divorcio
Viva Cepeda
Yolanda Pachanga

San Francisco Bay area Percussionist Benny Velarde presents his first CD as leader, "Viva Velarde", for Rhombus Records.

Songs include original compositions by Benny including the suggested airplay track for radio, "Baila Mi Guaguanco", as well as covers of Cal Tjaders "Viva Cepeda", and a bilingual Salsa version of Mel Torme hit "Tenderly", that dare to *goose* tradition, with a result that's both unique and pleasing to the ear for fans of Salsa and Latin Jazz.

The title track "Viva Velarde" is the newest song on the CD and was written by internationally known keyboardist John Calloway. Other band members include Percussionist Ray Martinez and Producer Ross C. Wilson on Trumpet and Trombone.

"This is a thoroughly new project with new tunes and arrangements befitting a band called Super Combo." - Bruce Pollin, Descarga.com

"Viva Velarde is indeed an excellent piece of work ... give me more!" - Tomas Algarin "Latin Aura", Jazz 91.9 FM, Atlanta, GA.

"If you're new to Benny's music, just listen and you too will be shouting VIVA VELARDE."
- Chuy Verala MD, KCSM Radio, San Mateo, CA.



Listen to Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett - "When I Think of Christmas"


Do You Hear What I Hear?
Santa Claus Is Comin To Town
Santa Baby
One Small Voice
Last Christmas
A Child Is Born
Christmas Is...
My Kind Of Christmas
It Wouldn't Be Christmas
When I Think Of Christmas
Dear Santa Claus
White Christmas
Santa Claus Forgot
Only You Can Make It Christmas
What Are You Doing NewYears Eve?

A Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/pianist, Chris Bennett's newest release is When I Think of Christmas, with the title song written by two-time Academy Award winner Al Kasha. This CD also features jazzy versions of "Santa Baby", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", and a new novelty song by Peter Matz and Pamela Phillips-Oland, "Santa Claus Forgot".

Chris brings what Jazz Times describes as "her quietly cool, nearly vibrato-less alto voice" to standards like "White Christmas" and "A Child Is Born", as well as her own originals like the heartbreaking "Last Christmas". This CD will put listeners in the Christmas Spirit!

"A versatile singer whose spine-tingling voice generates soft power." - Scott Yanow, L.A. Times



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