Today we feature the work of Chip Davis’s American Gramaphone label, along with a variety of other artists in the field of contemporary instrumental music (well, largely instrumental: there’s the occasional vocal number). In particular, we’re focusing on the music
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From the Library: American Gramaphone on Monday

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 26 April, 2010

Today we feature the work of Chip Davis’s American Gramaphone label, along with a variety of other artists in the field of contemporary instrumental music (well, largely instrumental: there’s the occasional vocal number).

In particular, we’re focusing on the music of Mannheim Steamroller, founded by Davis and Jason Berkey in 1974 “to showcase his interest in fusing modern popular and classical techniques.”

The first Fresh Aire album was released shortly after. It was turned down by major record labels, so Davis founded American Gramaphone to release it; this has been the label for all subsequent Mannheim Steamroller releases. A total of eight Fresh Aire albums were released, concluding with Fresh Aire 8 in 2000. Fresh Aire 7 was awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Age Recording in 1990.

Mannheim Steamroller released Mannheim Steamroller Christmas in 1984, and the group’s subsequent Christmas music albums have sold tens of millions of copies and become among the most popular recordings in that genre.” (Wikipedia)

To complete today’s picture, we’ll be including music from other contemporary instrumental artists, often with a jazz flavour, such as David Benoit and Sandy Owen.
Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at http://main.radioriel.org in-world, or simply click here: http://moto.slserver.com:8020/listen.pls

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

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