Duquesnel - "Old Friends"
It Leads You to Another
Waltz for Diana
Peanut Butter Dream
| 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
"... a passionate performance worthy of an Eliane
Elias" - Steve Eddy, Orange County Register
Taylor - "Once Upon A
King of Saturday Night
The Time That Was
Let Love Begin With Me
Got The Itch
Sky's The Limit
I'd Rather Beg
Love's Gonna Get You
Upon A Time
Baby Look At Me Now
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.
Dreams - "Volume 1"
Over Troubled Water
Never Gonna Give You Up
Nothing To Something
When I Say I Do
The Soweto Shuffle
Hold Your Hand
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
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
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.
Weller - "New West"
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.
Velarde - "y Super Combo"
Baila Mi Guaguanco
No Somos Nada
| 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
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.
Bennett - "When I Think
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Santa Claus Is Comin To Town
One Small Voice
A Child Is Born
My Kind Of Christmas
It Wouldn't Be Christmas
When I Think Of Christmas
Dear Santa Claus
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
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
"A versatile singer whose spine-tingling voice generates
soft power." - Scott Yanow, L.A. Times