Grammy Award-winning acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh is releasing a new ensemble recording, The Spice of Life, April 29th, on Koch Records. The album is being described as Klugh's “first full-production release in nine years,” and is the follow-up to 2005’s Naked Guitar, which brought Klugh his eleventh career Grammy nomination. On the album, Klugh reinterprets four of his favorite standards and longtime collaborator Don Sebesky contributes five orchestral arrangements, including Klugh’s boyhood favorite “Canadian Sunset”; his reinterpretation of the Thelonious Monk classic, “Bye Ya”; and a revival of “C’est Si Bon.” Flutist Hubert Laws guests, and composer Eddie Horst arranges the chamber-group string accompaniment on the Klugh original “Heart of My Life.” The Spice of Life also features several Klugh originals. The project is said to incorporate all of the veteran instrumentalist's musical influences, from pop and soul to jazz and gospel, as well as different musical settings.
In a 2007 interview entitled "Who Norah Adores," Norah Jones, asked to name her three favorite artists, cited violinist Jenny Scheinman, who among her numerous high-profile credits, appears on Jones' multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, groundbreaking Come Away With Me. Jenny has been the Rising Star violinist in Down Beat's International Critics Poll for several years. She has appeared and recorded with artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams and Bill Frisell, Wilco's Nels Cline and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Her residencies at Brooklyn, NY's Barbes with a rotating cast of some of the greatest players in jazz, rock, and country/folk/bluegrass are becoming the stuff of legend.