Larry Carlton Quartet – Bruce Mason Centre (Concert Review)

Guitar master Larry Carlton held a seminar…well, actually he and his recently formed quartet put on a show…at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre. Click HERE to read the review.

Mr. 335 visits Siruis XM!

Larry dropped by the Sirius XM studios today in NYC. Mr. 335 is performing at the Blue Note through Sunday the 30th. For more see here!



Click here to read Larry’s interview with Gulf News in Dubai!

Larry Carlton talks with Time Out Dubai

335 Records’ Robert Williams, visits Brazil with A2IM on Mission Trip

335 Records Co-Owner Robert Williams, visits Brazil with A2IM on Mission Trip to promote export of independent label product to South America.

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Jazz Weekly review of the new Larry Carlton, Robben Ford “Unplugged” album!

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Review of Tak Matsumoto’s “Strings of My Soul”

by Terry Sweeney,

Okay yes, I’ll admit it, this is nepotism at its finest. Reviewing a CD that features the vocal debut of my one and only son Sam Drysdale may seem a bit, well, biased. But as Sam would tell you, begrudgingly, I am his loudest critic. Seriously, as surprised and delighted as I am by his voice and talent I am the first to say “Not good enough”. Repeatedly. Typical mom, right?

Well let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. “Live Life”, the only vocal track on Tak’s brilliant new CD, is better than good enough. It is smooth groove at it’s very best with guitar licks that augment and never overshadow, musical hooks that do hook the listener immediately and okay, yes again – really cool vocals from a really cool kid. As co-writer Paul Brown says: “That’s a one of a kind voice”.

But enough about Sam. I truly had no idea what to expect from Tak. I knew he was a rock god in Japan with over 80 million CDs sold. I knew he dabbled in smooth jazz, particularly with his personal “Guitar God” Larry Carlton (their collaboration “Take Your Pick” won a Grammy in 2011). What I didn’t bargain for is this: the man can play any style, any time and play it astonishly well. “The Moment” opens with some juicy Japanese-sounding licks that segue into pure pop poetry. Both “Trinity” and “Blue” get down, delightfully dirty and bluesy, showcasing Tak’s obvious influences (he cites Clapton, Hendrix, Van Halen and Deep Purple). Fast forward to album’s end and huh? “My Favorite Things”? Yep, we’re talking the Julie Andrews classic, revisited Tak-style: surprising, melodious, crunchy and fresh, all at the same time. It works! And then, the final frosting on this cake – the theme from Romeo and Juliet – “A Time For Us”.

Breathtaking. That’s all I can say. Absolutely exquisitely breathtaking. Drama, poignancy, rockin’ riffs and oriental nuance, Tak finds it all and steals my breath in the process.

So there you have it. I love “Live Life”. I’d love it even if I’d never met Sam Drysdale. But I am madly in love with Tak Matsumoto and “Strings Of My Soul”. I can now fully appreciate this very appropriate title. This CD is Tak’s soul, beautifully, artfully, intoxicatingly communicated. There is a reason this man is a legend in his native land. And you will hear it loud and clear on this record.

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A2IM Secures Federal Funding Grant to Bolster International Trade for Independent Music Labels

A2IM has secured the music industry’s first MDCP federal funding grant, which will be used to expand A2IM’s international trade missions and bolster independent music exports. The funding was awarded by the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) in partnership with the Commerce Department International Trade Administration (ITA) and with the support of New York Congressman Jerry Nadler and The Recording Academy as a strategic partner.

A2IM’s first government funded trade mission to Asia kicks off in September and aims to strengthen America’s share of the international music market – according to The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), this share has decreased from 34 percent in 2005 to 26 percent in 2011. Delegates from 15 A2IM label members including ATO Records, Daptone Records, Ultra Records and VP Records plus a Recording Academy representative will be making stops in Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong, to meet with music buyers and learn about each market’s music distribution (physical and digital), mobile licensing, event booking and sync licensing opportunities. This pilot mission was funded by an earlier State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant from the federal Small Business Administration and the states of New York and Tennessee. The new MDCP funding will expand the program inviting label members from across the U.S. to visit South America, Europe and other parts of Asia including Japan.

Emerging foreign music markets are an underutilized revenue stream for the Independent music community and A2IM’s mission for these programs is to obtain tangible economic gains abroad for its members. A2IM’s trade missions and the MDCP award underscore initiatives created by the Obama administration which were created to invest in small and medium-sized businesses that create intellectual property, in turn creating jobs and improving the balance of trade by increasing exports abroad.


A2IM Using Federal Grant To Expand Trade Missions, Bolster Indie Music

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will be the beneficiary of a federal funding grant of $284,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The grant comes from the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) and will be used to expand the A2IM’s trade missions and bolster independent music.

“A2IM will receive more than $284,000 to increase the exports of U.S. independent music label recorded music, and estimates these funds will help them assist U.S. independent labels in generating an about $45 million in exports over the next three years,” the U.S. Commerce Department said in a statement. “Specifically, the funds will allow A2IM’s ‘Music Travels’ project to increase exports and licensing income of U.S. independent music labels. Project activities include trade missions and participation in trade shows in countries like France and Brazil.”

This represents the second round of funding from the government. Last year A2IM was given a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant of about $200,000 from the Federal Small Business Administration and the States of New York and Tennessee. The grant will fund a trade mission to Asia that will launch Sept. 5 with a trip to Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Delegates traveling on the tip will include representatives from ATO, Daptone, Brassland, Entertainment One, Fatboy, PRA Records, Ultra Music and VP Records.

“The Obama Administration has stated that small and medium sized businesses (SME’s) that create intellectual property (IP) and jobs that spur exports abroad are an important part of their economic recovery plan to create jobs and improve America’s balance of trade and by doing so the overall economy,” A2IM said in a statement. “Our strengths and needs conform exactly to the Administration’s goals and plans, a perfect match and A2IM has made this export initiative a priority to add to independent music label’s domestic success by garnering overseas success as well to ensure overall business economic success.”

The latest MDCP funding was arranged in partnership with the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) with the support of New York Congressman Jerry Nadler and the Recording Academy as a strategic partner. The MDCP program will expand A2IM’s trade missions to visit South American, Europe, and other parts of Asia, including Japan.

The Department of Commerce said said in a statement that the A2IM award will be matched by an $870,000 investment by the organization itself. That includes the organization’s overhead as well as whatever members have to put up toward the trips they take. The grants are designed to partially underwrite the trips, which means that A2IM members will pay 50% or less of the cost for each trade mission.

The overseas initiatives are aimed at finding buyers of American musical IP in many areas, including physical and digitally, and through licenses and synchronization, and touring and merchandising.

For example, the trade mission leaving on Wednesday will expose U.S. indie music to more than 200 potential buyers, via three events, filled with business presentations, networking events and one-on-one business meetings.

Moreover, the organization is hoping that some legislation about to be introduced will provide a permanent recurring funding mechanism for the organization’s export program. On Sept. 12, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York will introduce the MUSIC Act (Making U.S. Independent Competitive) to Congress.


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