Happy New Year from all of us here at Notable! We are so excited to start the year of Top Tunes with arguably one of the best known ska and reggae groups of all time, Toots and the Maytals, and their cover of Bobby Hebb’s iconic R&B/pop tune “Sunny.” The Maytals’ seminal and distinctly Jamaican sound blended mento, folk, and gospel influences into a powerful new sound that, while rooted in rural traditions, delivered a completely modern feeling. Throughout the 1960′s this sound – featuring the inimitable Toots Hibbert on lead vocals – propelled the group to being the biggest selling musical act Jamaica had ever known at that time, and they are still going strong today. “Sunny” was recorded between tours at Toots Hibbert’s family studio in Kingston, Jamaica in October 2011 and arranged and mixed by Notable’s own Jeremy Page in Brooklyn, NY.
“Sunny” has just been released and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and everywhere fine digital music is sold.
This winter, get sunny with Toots…
Contact & Licensing info:
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. / contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://notablemusic.net/licensing
Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Inc. (BMI), administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: Wendy.Griffiths@bmgchrysalis.com
Jan 12 2012
Grady Tate, a legendary soul-jazz drummer and singer, may be best known for his session work with some of the finest jazz artists and vocalists of any generation: Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lena Horne, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, and Wes Montgomery (to name a few) all used Grady on historic recordings.
Tate – who also served as a key member of the New York Jazz Quartet in the 70s – had a string of critically lauded solo records as well. His debut disc, 1968’s criminally out-of print Windmills Of My Mind, remains a highly collectable artifact of late 60s soul-jazz. (NOTE: iTunes has the album available for download!)
“Would You Believe” was written by our own Bobby Hebb. Hebb – obviously best known for the ubiquitous R&B/pop classic “Sunny” – had begun to gain notice as a songwriter, and Tate was one of the first people to cover one of his tunes. Aside from one of the nearly 700 covers of “Sunny” that is…!
Contact & Licensing info:
Master Controlled by Skye Records
Published by Portable Music Company Inc., a Notable Music Company / Administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: email@example.com
Oct 05 2011
For a limited time download this free sampler from iTunes! The Dave Matthews Band Caravan Sampler features Jenny O., David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Ray Lamontagne, Amos Lee, Devotchka, Mariachi El Bronx and more! Full details and download code HERE!
Sep 09 2011
Happy New Year and welcome to a special Wednesday edition of Notable’s Top Tune of the Week…
We are very exited to let you know that we have just re-released our 2009 tribute album to Cy Coleman digitally through the good people at IODA. So, as of today, you should find the album available wherever fine digital music is sold (iTunes, Amazon, etc). “The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Coleman” features performances by a variety of today’s most compelling female vocalists, including Patty Griffin, Sam Phillips, Nikka Costa, Jill Sobule, Madeleine Peyroux, Missy Higgins and more – lovingly produced by the talented Dave Palmer.
“Why Try To Change Me Now” was Cy Coleman’s first major cut and hit… recorded by some crooner named Frank Sinatra. Over the years such diverse luminaries as Sammy Davis Jr with Count Basie, Brook Benton, and Elvin Jones have recorded beautifully unique interpretations of this classic song. Fiona’s recent reading absolutely floors anyone who listens, and she tackles the tune in a way that truly makes it her own. Apple’s vocals, as per usual, are stunning – that mix of vulnerability and confidence that only she can exude. We are honored that she chose to cut this and another Cy classic (“I Walk A Little Faster”) for the tribute project.
Check out Fiona’s incredible live reading of the song, filmed at Los Angeles’ famed Largo at the Coronet, HERE
Read about the project HERE
Contact Licensing info: Masters controlled by Notable Music Co./Chrysalis Music Group / contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://notablemusic.net/licensing
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) admin. by BMG Rights Management and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) / contact: email@example.com
Jan 05 2011