Singer/songwriter Roger Joseph Manning Jr. is reaching back into his catalog to re-release two of his former albums, along with his brand new EP titled "Glamping." Manning has be a key member to a number of bands, but he is returning to his solo roots after a 10-year hiatus as the music of his new album keeps his signature sound alive, especially on the opening track "Operator." He delivers a seventies rock sound to "Funhouse," before closing out his new short, 4-song release with the power ballad "I'm Not Your Cowboy." Roger Joseph Manning Jr. is also releasing a deluxe edition of his 2006 album "Land of Pure Imagination," which features three bonus tracks that were originally released on the Japanese only album "Solid State Warrior." The other re-issue is for Manning's 2009 album "Catnip Dynamite," which is a straight release. To find out more about Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and his latest release ""Glamping," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/RogerJosephManningJr.
Next, from the Chicago area comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Marshall with his new album "Carnivals & Other Tragedies." It is his third full-length album and features seven tracks centered around the classic folk/rock approach to songwriting. He begins with the steady flow of "Carnival Ride" as Marshall's voice and lush melodies are very inviting to explore more of this new album. He continues with the slow sway of "Merry-Go Round" and the folk blues of "Make It Right" as Marshall's songs revolve around the ideas of happiness and disappointment. He wraps up his new album with the wonderful Latin-flair acoustics of "El Nino" and the quiet shuffle of "The River." To find out more about Marshall and his latest release "Carnivals & Other Tragedies," please visit marshallsongs.com.
From the bay of San Francisco comes the latest release from indie-artist/composer Joe Baer Magnant titled "Tarnation." It features 6-tracks that showcase Magnant's rearrangement of songs by two of his inspirations, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch. The songs may be unrecognizable to fans of those artists, but you can definitely appreciate the restructuring that the Joe Baer Magnant Trio puts into these musical pieces. The trio doesn't stray far from the original layout of "My Morphine," while "Masters Of War" carries a more progressive jazz sound, than the original politically-charged folk number. To find out more about the Joe Baer Magnant Trio and the latest release "Tarnation," please visit joebaermagnant.com.
Another new release from Chicago, titled "Music By Scott Anderson," comes from the Nia Quintet. Anderson takes the lead on this new 8-song release with his stellar performance on Trumpet and Flugelhorn. The new album begins with the steady build-up of part one of "Asian Dominoes" as the music keeps a steady flow of horns and keys. Part two of "Asian Dominoes" quickens the pace, before Nia Quintet are able to stretch out their sound on the 8-minute back-to-back jazz epics "Here We Are" and "Chihiro." They finish up their new album with another two-parter, the quiet, gentle touch of "Revisited, Part 1" and the quicker pace of "Revisted, Part 2." To find out more about the Nia Quintet and their latest release "Music By Scott Anderson," please visit niaquintet.com.