From the Library: American Gramaphone on Monday

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 in-world, or sim­ply click here:

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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