CHRIS ROCK:  KILL THE MESSENGER
Features The Superstar In His  
Triumphant Return To HBO
An All New Stand-Up Comedy Event
Debuting September 27
NEW YORK September 26, 2008 - HBO favorite Chris
Rock makes his triumphant return to the network in
the all-new stand-up comedy event CHRIS ROCK:  
KILL THE MESSENGER, debuting SATURDAY, SEPT.
27 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).  The special features
footage from three different performances, at South
Africa's Carnival City Casino, New York's legendary
Apollo Theatre and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith
in London.
HBO playdates:  Sept. 27 (1:00 a.m.) and 30 (1:00 a.m.), and Oct. 2 (9:00 p.m.), 5
(12:30 a.m.), 9 (12:30 a.m.), 13 (10:00 p.m.), 15 (3:20 a.m.) and 20 (11:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Sept. 28 (10:00 p.m.) and Oct. 7 (10:00 p.m.), 11 (3:45 a.m.), 17
(2:00 a.m.) and 23 (2:40 a.m.)

"Chris Rock is a master of insightful comedy who never fails to engage his
audience," notes Nancy Geller, senior vice president, HBO Original Programming.  
"He has a unique voice that surpasses mere comedy."

"I wanted to do the type of stand-up special that I've never seen before, and the only
place that I could see doing that is at HBO," says Rock.  "I love HBO because they
want to take chances."

"It is certainly a fun challenge doing something radical with an artist of the magnitude
and talent of Chris Rock," observes Marty Callner, who is directing the special, and
executive producing along with Rock.  "Of course, it shouldn't be a surprise when you
blend a brave artist with a brave network."

Rock recently set a Guinness World Record on The No Apologies Tour by playing to
crowds of 15,900 at Greenwich's O2 venue, marking the largest audience for a
stand-up comedy performance in British history.

Time magazine, which previously called Rock "The funniest man in America," also
named him one of the "100 Most Influential People In The World" last May.  The New
York Times has described Rock as "probably the funniest and smartest comedian
working today," while The Washington Post championed him as "a brilliant comic, a
cheering presence, a humble star," noting that "his comedy is full of intelligence,
impudence and take-no-prisoners social comment."

The multitalented Rock has won three Emmys(r) and three Grammys, and recently
starred on the big screen in "I Think I Love My Wife," as well as contributing his voice
to the animated hits "Bee Movie" and "Madagascar."  CHRIS ROCK:  KILL THE
MESSENGER follows four other HBO specials, including 2004's Emmy(r)-nominated
"Never Scared," 2000's Emmy(r)-nominated "Bigger & Blacker," the groundbreaking
1996 Emmy(r) winner "Bring the Pain" and 1994's CableACE winner "Big Ass Jokes."  
His Emmy(r)-winning HBO late-night talk show "The Chris Rock Show" ran for four
seasons and garnered critical raves.

In 2005, Rock created the critically acclaimed CW series "Everybody Hates Chris,"
which is based on his childhood experiences.  The series is narrated by Rock, who
also executive produces.

Chris Rock burst onto the scene in 1989, spending three years as a cast member of
"Saturday Night Live."  In addition to "I Think I Love My Wife," Rock has starred in such
films as "Head of State," which marked his directorial debut, "The Longest Yard,"
"Bad Company," with Anthony Hopkins, "Down to Earth," "Nurse Betty," with Morgan
Freeman, "Dogma," directed by Kevin Smith, "Boomerang," "Panther," "I'm Gonna Git
You Sucka!" and "New Jack City," and he wrote, produced and starred in "CB4."  Rock
was an executive producer of "The Hughleys," which ran for five years and is now in
syndication.  In addition, his 1997 book "Rock This" was a New York Times best
seller.

Legendary producer-director Marty Callner's previous HBO credits include
comedy specials starring Dane Cook, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and
George Carlin.

The executive producers of CHRIS ROCK:  KILL THE MESSENGER are Chris
Rock and Marty Callner; directed by Marty Callner; written by Chris Rock.
Keyboardist Bob James, Bassist Nathan
East, Guitarist Larry Carlton and
Drummer Harvey Mason Come
Together as Fourplay for
 Heads Up
debut  Album Titled  "ENERGY"  
Scheduled For Worldwide Release  
September 23rd
Pictured on album cover l to r Nathan East, Bob
James, Larry Carlton, Harvey Mason. "ENERGY" on
Dave Love's Heads Up International Sept. 23, 2008.
September 16, 2008 - For nearly two
decades, the contemporary jazz quartet
known as
Fourplay has enjoyed consistent
artistic and commercial success by grafting
elements of R&B, Pop and a variety of other
sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations.

The Fourplay story began in 1990 when two-
time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz
keyboardist, arranger and producer
Bob
James (Earl Klugh, Grover Washington, Jr,
Sarah Vaughn, David Sanborn) reunited with
his old friend, session drummer
Harvey
Mason (The Brecker Brothers, Herbie
Hancock, Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey
George Benson), during the recording of
James’ Grand Piano Canyon album. Also
involved in the project were guitarist Lee
Ritenour (
Sergio Mendes) and
bassist/vocalist
Nathan East (Ron Carter,
Stevie Wonder
, Barbara Streisand, Celine
Dion, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau).

In 1997,
Larry Carlton (Billy Joel, Quincy
Jones, The Crusaders) replaced Ritenour in
the successful smooth jazz quartet Fourplay,
even adopting a softer,
Wes Montgomery
flavored style similar to Ritenour's work.

Fourplay joins the prestigious roster of artists
on Dave Love's salient
Heads Up
International label with the September 23,
2008, release of  
ENERGY blending a variety
of R&B, Pop, African.  On "Prelude for Lovers”
you'll enjoy the vocals by Esperanza
Spalding, the bassist, composer and vocalist
who has recently taken the jazz world by
storm with her self-titled recording debut
earlier this year also on Heads Up.

The album opens with the midtempo and
atmospheric “Fortune Teller,” a track built
around a catchy riff with plenty of interplay
between James and Carlton atop the solid
underpinnings provided by East and Mason.
Further in is the exotic and uplifting “Cape
Town”.  "Look Both Ways” is an extremely
dynamic track that allows plenty of room for
James and Carlton to explore and converse
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Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten  
Each A Powerful Force and Now Known as S.M.V
Push the Limits on "Thunder"  to Redefine the
Electric Bass for Dave Love's Heads Up Intl Label
September 26, 2008 - “We wanted to
make a bass record with a sound that
would be somewhat unexpected to the
listener,” says Clarke, the elder
statesman of the three-man crew, all of
whom share songwriting credits on the
recording. “The biggest hurdle was to make a record with
three basses – very low-end instruments, by definition –
that would still be as musical as possible, and I think we
achieved that.”  "Thunder was released August 12, 2008.

“Vic had this idea to do a bass thing a while back, but we
really didn’t know when we’d do it,” Miller explains. “After
we jammed at the award ceremony (October 2006 Bass
Player Live concert in New York City also included the
presentation of the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement
Award to Clarke), it was clear that it would be pretty easy
to do musically. Each one of us found a space to operate
that didn’t compete with the other. We fell into it pretty
naturally. I saw Stanley at the airport the next day and said,
‘You know we should do this soon, right?’ he agreed. We
knew Vic was down, because it was his idea in the first
place.”

“That performance made us realize how easy it was to
play together,” Wooten says. “We knew that we had to do it
again. We were able to naturally find our own space with
and around each other. That’s not always easy, especially
when three people are all playing the same instrument.”
Milton Nascimento & Jobim Trio Celebrate 50th Anniversary
of Bossa Nova's Birth in Rio de Janerio With Blue Note
Records Release "NOVAS BOSSAS" September
30, 2008
Sept 26, 2008 - Milton Nascimento is a self taught
Grammy Award winning singer, song- writer, and
guitarist icon of Brazilian music born in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. On  "Novas Bossas" he revisits and revises his
take on the bossa nova sound with the assistance of
Paulo Jobim, guitar; Daniel Jobim, piano; Paulo Brago, drums; and
Rodrigo Villa, bass, resulting in a recording session that combines
old songs with new, bringing the genre into the modern age,
produced by Milton Nascimento and Jobim Trio. It is sexy and
smoothe and will delight most dinner parties.
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An Artist Who Has Really Lived the Life He Sings About

                 



PAUL PORTER Restores Godly Faith in Debut  CD "A New Day"
By: Dr. Gatsby Melodi' Phd
He suffered an aneurism on the brain and lost his speech.  He
became paralyzed.  He stayed in a wheelchair for 3 years.  He
was given-up for dead by doctors who said he won't make it.
October 7, 2008 - New York - I sat and
cringed and cried as Paul Porter explained
to me in a phone interview about his ten
year sickness, but then I became energized
and enthralled by his stamina to keep
going.  

He's 46 years old now and said that he
thinks it was the touring and stress that
brought on the aneurism of the brain in
1996 when he lost his speech, was
confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed for
three years, lost his memory, and was given-up for dead by his doctors.

"The Devil told me I would never walk again but the Lord said get up",
Porter emphasized to me. Those words quickly got  my attention as we

discussed his past and the September 30, 2008 release of  his
debut lp for Light Records titled "A New Day", executive produced
by Phillip White and James Robinson.

Born in 1962, Paul Porter grew up in Detroit, Michigan.  In 1979 he
and brother Tyrone moved to Sontag, Mississippi, teamed up with
cousins, Ronald and Arnold Brown and became known as the
original Christianaires.  Paul stated that the Christianaires’ purpose
was to minister the word of God through song and to let people
know that God is real and will hear and answer prayers.   The group
spent long grueling hours touring, performing at churches and
conventions and in arena type concerts with greats like Aretha
Franklin and Shirley Caesar.  The Christianaires have recorded over
ten albums.

Paul Porter is a Grammy nominated, three-time Stellar Award
winner, Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, and Dr. Bobby Jones’
Vision Award winner, but his career as a singer/songwriter came to
an abrupt halt in 1996 when he suffered the brain aneurism.  Porter
is back on top with a lyrically strong stellar lp that is vivaciously
appealing with beats and tempos that no doubt will garner the artist
new friends with its emphatic praise and inspiration approach to
each track on "A New Day".

Stand out tracks include 'I Made it Through', 'Get Away and Pray', a
track Porter told me "is a dropped blessing because the song talks
about being stressed. There comes a time to hear His voice and
what He wants for you,"  Porter stated.  The electrifying Rance
Allen is featured on 'If There's No Tomorrow', and Harvey Watkins,
Jr is featured on 'He's There All the Time' . For more information on
Paul Porter please Visit   www.myspace.com/paulportergospel.com
Spyro Gyra Has Spent More Than Three Decades
Pushing the Boundaries & Definitions of Jazz  
Celebrates the Holiday Season September 23rd
With "A Night Before Christmas" on Heads Up Intl
October 7, 2008 - "A Night Before Christmas"
is a collection of eleven tracks that capture
the yuletide spirit with a decidedly traditional
jazz vibe.  "A Christmas record was sort of an
opportunity to really go someplace a little
more subtle, a little more acoustic and more traditional”,
says saxophonist Jay Beckenstein who brings his own
perspective to the project. “Christmas has always been a
huge part of my life,” he adds. “There’s so much about it
that’s universal, separate and apart from the religious
aspects. It’s a celebration of all the things that are good
and redeeming about humanity, compassion, hope,
generosity, forgiveness, renewal, family, all those things.”
Tony Award winning vocalist Christine Ebersole delivers a
simple and pure rendition of It Won’t Feel Like Christmas.
No Christmas music is complete without bells and guest
vibraphonist Dave Samuels evokes holiday chimes on
Winter Wonderland and Carol of the Bells.  Guest vocalist
Janis Siegel, a founding member of Manhattan Transfer
joins drummer Bonny B on the Baby It’s Cold Outside.  
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From l to r : André Kimo Stone Guess (President, GuessWorks, Inc.,
Management for Christian McBride); Al Pryor (EVP A&R, Mack
Avenue Records); Terri Pontremoli (Artistic Director, Detroit
International Jazz Festival); Denny Stilwell (President, Mack
Avenue Records); Gretchen Valade (Chair, Mack Avenue Records);
Christian McBride; Tom Robinson (CEO, Mack Avenue Records)
DETROIT, MI  October 28, 2008 - From the main stage
during the Detroit International Jazz Festival on Saturday
evening of Labor Day weekend, it was announced that
Christian McBride, the Grammy Award-winning,
chameleonic virtuoso of the acoustic and electric bass had
been signed to the Mack Avenue Records label.  McBride
joins recent label mates, native Detroit altoist Kenny Garrett
(his Mack Avenue debut featuring Pharoah Sanders was
released September 23) and guitarist Stanley Jordan (his
signing was announced at the 2007 festival).

"I very much look forward to being a part of the Mack Avenue
family," states McBride. "I predict that this will be a very
fruitful and exciting association."

Mack Avenue President Denny Stilwell states, "We will be
breaking new ground in our arrangement with Christian,
creatively and technologically. He is not only a dynamic
performer, writer and educator, he is a terrific human being.
We are exceptionally pleased to be working with him."  

Within the month, McBride completed back to-back artistic
directorships for the Detroit and Monterey Jazz festivals,
took a travel day and then went directly into Fantasy studios
to document his new quintet, Christian McBride and Inside
Straight, featuring Steve Wilson, Warren Wolf, Eric Reed
and Carl Allen.  McBride also began assembling
like-minded and genre-bending artists for a progressive
series of 20 duets titled "Conversations With Christian," as
part of a year-long project that celebrates his first 20 years
as a professional musician, 1989-2009.  In between these
projects, McBride will join Chick Corea's Five Peace band
featuring John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett for a Late Fall
European tour, followed by a Spring U.S. tour.  The
Philadelphia native will also begin touring Inside Straight in
May and a residency in New York City in the late summer
for an evolving big band project.  McBride's civil rights
inspired large ensemble piece titled "The Movement
Revisited" had its premiere in May 2008 at Disney Hall in
Los Angeles.
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STAX Records to Release SOUL MEN Soundtrack  
Nov 4th  Featuring Music from Isaac Hayes,
Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Eddie Floyd,
Sharon Leal & others

Upcoming Film Stars Samuel L. Jackson and
Bernie Mac With Cameo's From Millie Jackson and
Isaac Hayes
 
October 28, 2008 - More than
providing the musical narrative for the
upcoming movie, the soundtrack for
Soul Men stands alone as a solid
album that faithfully recreates the
legendary sound and flavor
associated with Stax Records at the height of its popularity in
the late 60s through the mid-70s.  With a slate of top
contemporary artists including Grammy winner John Legend,
neo-soul stars Anthony Hamilton, Leela James and Ryan
Shaw, cult favorites Sharon Jones with her band The Dap
Kings (known for their work with Amy Winehouse among
others) and MeShell NdegeOcello among others, the Soul Men
soundtrack focuses on some of the greatest music classics
from the Stax catalog like infectious cover of the James & Bobby
Purify 1966 hypnotic classic, Im Your Puppet;  Comfort Me, a
1966 Carla Thomas chestnut performed with soulful emotion
both in the movie and on the soundtrack by actress/singer
Sharon Leal.   The CD also features stellar original Stax
recordings by Isaac Hayes (Never Can Say Goodbye, a 1971
Top 5 R&B and Top 30 pop hit) and longtime soul man Eddie
Floyd (of Knock On Wood fame) via the 1968 hit Ive Never
Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do). Patrice Rushen and
drummer James Gadson also participate in the project.
MACK AVENUE RECORDS Signs
Bassist CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
Composer & Bandleader Assembles New Quintet
for Studio Recording With Ambitious Plans For A
Series of
 20  Conversation' Duets To Celebrate
McBride's 20 Years in Music Industry