Available Today — Inner Dance Guitarist-Composer Fabrizio Sotti’s New Release on E1 Music

SOTTI’S DEBUT ON THE LABEL PAYS HOMAGE TO WES MONTGOMERY AND JIMMY SMITH

Driven by the dynamic interplay between Fabrizio Sotti’s colorful electric and acoustic guitar and Sam Barsh’s bluesy Hammond B-3 organ, the Italian born artist/composer’s highly anticipated E1 Music debut Inner Dance beautifully recalls the spirit of the mid-60s albums by his guitar hero Wes Montgomery and organ great Jimmy Smith. As inspired as the recording sounds, it may surprise longtime Sotti fans–and jazz guitar enthusiasts new to his multi-faceted vibe–that he originally conceived his first solo album since 2004’s Through My Eyes as a more traditional trio project. In a true sign of these technologically advanced times that Montgomery could never have fathomed, it was a computer hard drive failure-and the complete loss of the album’s original sessions-that gave rise to one of the most compelling jazz recordings of the year.

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Justin Time Records Presents Africa Calling by South African Singer/Dancer Lorraine Klaasen

**SPECIAL U.S. APPEARANCE ON APRIL 23 AT ZINC BAR, NYC**

Soweto-born singer/dancer Lorraine Klaasen has spent her 30-plus-years career faithfully carrying the torch for traditional South African Township music, consistently performing and self-releasing her own CDs. On April 13, 2010, this powerful performer makes her long overdue debut on jazz and world music giant Justin Time Records with an 11-song offering of sunny, warm and danceable numbers titled Africa Calling.

Jubilant and transfixing, the music was produced for a tight clutter-free rhythm quartet led by Mongezi Ntaka (former guitarist of the late, great South African reggae vocalist Lucky Dube) and features the moving and melodic bass playing of Bakithi Kumalo – a star contributor to pop legend Paul Simon’s band since his groundbreaking cross-cultural classic, Graceland. Both are dear friends of Ms. Klaasen.

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