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Resonance Records – little label with a big heart

Recently I was talking with some marketing guys who were saying, “the business is dead’, referring to record labels, of course. Some folks, whether wise, stubborn, clueless, or just incredibly idealistic, refuse to believe this. I’m personally grateful to them, because these are the guys that produced my most recent recording and are releasing my upcoming recording in August 2010. BTW, congrats to everyone at Resonance on winning your first Grammy this year for Bill Cunliffe’s “Blues and the Abstract Truth” recording! Clearly you’re onto something good.

Bill Cunliffe

Bill Cunliffe

Resonance Records tags itself “a non-profit Jazz label with a mission”. Priding themselves as devoted to preserving jazz and discovering rising stars in the field. They promote passionate musicians from around the world by assisting and supporting them from recording and performance opportunities to distribution.


The Resonance team includes George Klabin (President), Zev Feldman, Sydney B. Lanex (Label Manager/Product Manager), B. Anthony Polis (Director of Internet Marketing), and Eric Talbert  (National Promotion Manager). All of whom have at least  10 years experience in production and audio engineering, licensing, Information Technology, and marketing and promotions.

Resonance is a division of Rising Jazz Stars Foundation.

In 2008, Resonance released Heartfelt, featuring beautiful arrangements by Roger Kellaway and orchestral voicings by Kuno Schmid. Resonance describes Christian and Roger’s interplay as “amazingly intuitive for a first encounter“.

Jazz.com reviews Heartfelt:

“In an age when so many jazz violinists strive to emulate the suave, measured phrasing of Stéphane Grappelli or the near- mystical lines of Jean-Luc Ponty, Christian Howes paddles his own canoe. On this track he shoots the modal rapids over Bill Evans’s lively romp without fearing the ever-present risk of capsizing or hitting any tonal rocks…. “Walkin’ Up” should be the jazz violinist’s wakeup call to wider recognition.”

Check out  Heartfelt at the Resonance site and listen to samples of the tracks. To hear a free copy of the first track in the album,  The Wind, click the following link. Click here to download.


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