Los Angeles, August 6, 2008: On "New Music Tuesday", August 12th; iTunes, the world’s largest music retailer, goes brown when it launches the world premiere of Ray Brown Jr’s new album, "Friends And Family".
The new CD is an all-star duets album with Ray joined by Dionne Warwick, Jane Monheit, James Moody, Dr. John, Freda Payne, Melba Moore, David "Fathead" Newman, Sophie B. Hawkins, Paul Williams, Maria Muldaur, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terry Gibbs, Sally Kellerman, Dave Somerville, Haylee and Kim Hoyer. "Friends And Family" was produced by Shelly Liebowitz.
SRI Jazz is thrilled to have the world premiere "featured" on iTunes since this is the best way to showcase this wonderful album to the masses. The CD also includes 2 very special tracks; Haylee (Ray’s daughter) doing a duet with her Dad on Grandma’s first hit and a live version of "How High The Moon" with Ray joining his mother (Ella Fitzgerald) and father (Ray Brown). "It was a magical moment in the studio when Ray sang with his parents", said Liebowitz. Original and unconventional arrangements and song choices set the tone and unique style of this release. "Friends And Family" shows a completely different dimension of Ray Brown, Jr. with these artists who have come together to create this historic album."
To honor our veterans, a portion of the proceeds from the download sales of the duet by Ray Brown Jr. and Dr. Lonnie Smith on "Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy" will be donated to the National Veterans Foundation. (nvf.org).
The CD will be available at all major Retailers in September.
For more information call Shelly Liebowitz at 818.299.6297 or visit www.srirecords.com