A New Model For A Record Label
Jazz Piano & Vocal Driven
Liberian Handshake: A connection that began with the snap of a finger. This exuberantly musical greeting discovered visiting Peace Corps volunteers in Liberia, Africa became the namesake of a record label dedicated to supporting charitable causes.
Working with a Peace Corps teacher in the rural, seaside community of Grand Cess inspired the goal of establishing a fund to help motivated students attend college. Sales of our release, Scott Martin, Alone at Sunset
, will donate 50% of net proceeds to educational outreach in Liberia in partnership with the non-profit, More than Me
. Future releases will aid with other worthy causes chosen by the artists involved.
About Alone at Sunset
Pianist Scott Martin has brought together a vibrant group of singer-songwriters and instrumentalists to create a collection of new, original jazz standards. Recorded at the legendary Carriage House in Stamford, Connecticut by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Jay Newland (Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, John Scofield), Alone at Sunset
shimmers with energy and excitement that pull you inside the music, into the performance.
Drawing on influences spanning Thelonious Monk
, Bill Evans
, Herbie Hancock
and McCoy Tyner
, Scott Martin wrote the music for Alone at Sunset
and invited his favorite singers to write lyrics based on their impressions of the songs. The result is an album of a wonderful variety of voices, moods and colors unified by the pianistic and compositional style Scott brings to each piece.
Blending a pop esthetic from his early work with Carly Simon, Mariah Carey and cross-over jazz artists like Michael Brecker
and Steps Ahead
with his love of the classic jazz of the '50s and '60s, Alone at Sunset
offers new music that sounds both fresh and timeless.
Scott Martin: piano; Myles Sloniker: bass; Alwyn Robinson: drums; Danny Meyer: saxophone; Josefina Mendez, Robert Johnson, Wellington Bullings, Ayo Awosika, Dechen Hawk & Tom Weiser: vocals.