Mack Avenue Records' newest release, The Legacy Lives On II (in stores May 28, 2002) is the second in a long-planned series of Legacy recordings, each a collaboration of jazz legends and many talented and respected musicians carrying the torch of America's indigenous art form.
Doug Levine of Washington DC's Voice of America, was among those with similar and immediate responses ala Varela's, saying, "VOA listeners are some of the most dedicated jazz listeners in the world. Mack Avenue's The Legacy Lives On I and II are huge hits in all of VOA's 53 languages."
As Al Hunter of the Philadelphia Daily News stated, "Mack Avenue's Legacy II firmly imbeds the jazz legacy into American culture."
Stix Hooper has headed Mack Avenue Records since its inception in 1999. He is the co-founder of the tightly-knit company. Hooper, a well-known name on the music scene for many years, is living his dream of creating a record company that is dedicated to capturing and documenting the finest music and talent the world has to offer. With four CDs already out and enjoying excellent reviews and acceptance (Eugene Maslov's "When I Need to Smile" and "The Face of Love", "The Legacy Lives On", and Michael Dees's "One Single Rose") the company is living up to its mission. "The Legacy Lives On II" makes its much anticipated bow.
As president of Mack Avenue Records, Stix has surrounded himself with a small coterie of jazz enthusiasts who are exemplary experts in their recording company talents. Hooper is the guiding force of the company and is drawing from his experience as the founder/percussionist of the Crusaders, one of the most successful instrumental groups in America, which sold millions of albums and received nine Grammy Award nominations. He has enjoyed diverse success in performing with, producing and/or touring with artists such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to name just a few. He held the distinguished post of serving three terms as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), the largest chapter in the US. He was later named National Vice Chairman of NARAS. Hooper was the first African-American elected to these posts.
"Legacy II" features such jazz legends as George Shearing, who appears on three tracks on which Hooper accompanies as the drummer, The Terry Gibbs Quartet, jazz songstress Anita O'Day's first recording in eight years, Cedar Walton and his Eastern Rebellion Quintet, featuring top jazz instrumentalists, one special track with Les MacCann and a septet which also has Stix Hooper on drums. The gathering of West Coast greats, as the "Pillars of West Coast Jazz" featuring Conte Candoli, Pete Jolly, Pete Christlieb and Lawrence Marable is featured. Sadly, this was Candoli's last recoding. Conte Candoli passed away in December 2001.
Mack Avenue Records' "The Legacy Lives On II" and all of their other releases, can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Border's Books, on Mack Avenue Records' website www.mackaverecords.com, and at other fine record stores.