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“One word: Phenomenal” – NEW AGE CD

“From the very first notes, you know immediately this is a special album. The 10-track album is piano based, with the trio of piano, bass, and drums as a starting point. ‘Better Days’ is a ‘Contemporary Instrumental’ collaboration between Christopher James and what can only be called “an all-star line-up” of first-rate musicians forming “the small ensemble.” The album is co-produced by Christopher and Bob Stark, who have
been working together for almost 30 years. The production on this album is flawless. We can simply sum up this album in a total of one word: Phenomenal. It’s the best album I’ve heard all year, quite possibly ever, and I don’t say that lightly. Uplifting and joyful, it is true to its title. There ARE better days, right here, just beyond the sunrise, which is how the album begins and ends, with the track “Beyond The Sunrise.” And the last track is an alternate version of that song, each equally beautiful, and perhaps a reminder that life is a circle, an eternal cycle of beginnings, endings, and more beginnings. And the music makes you feel that way as if you’re already in ‘better days’ and need seek no further. We are there. Too, there is a completely effortless feel to every track. The entire album is a synergistic work of art.

-Dylan Garris, Zone Music Reporter/New Age CD

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“Contemporary instrumental and jazz make for a great partnership on the first album from The Christopher James Project.  The album’s flow is perfect as one track introduces the next. The musicianship is exemplary, as one would expect with this lineup.” 

-Keith “MusikMan” Hannalek

CONTEMPORARY FUSION

“the recording is pure and flawless, and I have no doubt that DJ’s of all stripes will be choosing this for constant rotations! Ben Butler’s guitar solo on “Blue Mountains” will hold you spellbound, and the Taylor Eigsti’s piano work is truly remarkable… what really stands out on this wonderful song is the elegance… simple, yet amazing.

-Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

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Better Days: Music For Small Ensemble is a great pick-me-up for any day (or night) with its optimistic spirit and expression of love for the beauty that surrounds us. It is available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites like Spotify. Both thumbs up!
 

CONTEMPORARY FUSION

Soul soothing stimulating jazz…’Back in Time‘ again features Chris Botti’s tantalizing trumpet lines… the tune is totally engaging and the recording is flawless!”

-Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion

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“Val Gardena’s Across The Divide is just what the doctor ordered for these crazy times in which we are living….This is a very satisfying recording from beginning to end”

-Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck, Muzikman.net

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Press Release

Composer Christopher James’ Third Solo Album, GRACE FROM PERSISTENCE, to be Released by Val Gardena Music, APRIL 5

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 22, 2019) — Composer Christopher James’s upcoming album Grace from Persistence, his third as a solo artist, represents a synthesis of musical genres from jazz and pop to classical and film music, informed not only by his early experiences scoring for film and television, but also by his many years working with leading artists and on major soundtracks as an executive and producer for Universal Music Group. Mr. James’s music takes inspiration from the visual and the dramatic, and two of the ten tracks on this recording (“Grace from Persistence” and “Mother Russia”) feature accompanying video.

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Christopher James Features World-Class Musicians on THE SAD WALTZ, a follow up to his Solo Album, HOUSE BY THE RAILROAD

BURBANK, CA, UNITED STATES, August 1, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Christopher James Music is pleased to announce the much-anticipated release of The Sad Waltz, distributed via Caroline/Universal and Sands Foley Entertainment. Following his autobiographical 2015 debut solo album, House by the Railroad, The Sad Waltz is an eclectic, cinematic journey, driven by 13 compositions that flow soulfully through a rich tapestry of the many musical and cultural influences in the NYC based artist’s life. The album is currently available on CD through Amazon and digitally on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital stores.

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