By Vince Chiarelli
Rockford’s oldest record label, Vincent Records, will be hosting a CD release party Wednesday, Sept. 4, for the first releases in nearly 30 years. The party will focus on releases by three regional artists, and officially mark the rebirth of the label.
Regional guitarist Frank Calvagna and his August release, Moliendo Café, have recently been included on the Vincent Records roster. Performing on the Spanish guitar, his sound and style melds elements of smooth jazz with flamenco influences.
Frank’s latest CD is a live studio recording of originals and covers that range from the Venezuelan traditional song, “Moliendo Café,” to Latin-infused versions of known contemporary jazz tunes. (My personal favorite track is his composition, “Ginger!”).
Frank has performed in the region for about 35 years, working within a variety of musical contexts. He has won several awards, including a RAMI in 2005 for Best Composer after the release of the first CD, A Journey Through Castolon. For the last 15 years, his focus has been on writing and performing Latin-infused jazz and instrumental music as a solo artist backed by top regional musicians. More information is available through his website, www.mthmusic.com.
Vincent Records will also be releasing a vinyl 45RPM record of Vincent Records’ recording artist Joey Irving, former touring vocalist with Wilson Pickett. Over the course of his career, two major record labels and four independents signed Joey, including Vincent Records. When you listen to Joey’s music, his astounding falsetto transports you to the mid-’70s. Two of Joey’s songs have been re-mastered, and we at the label are glad to be pressing vinyl 45s, just like what Vincent Records was doing back in the 1960s and 1970s.
The third Vincent Records release is my new CD, named Play Play Guitar. As was written a few weeks ago, I recently recorded a CD of original Italian-American music written by my grandfather and Vincent Records founder, Vincent Chiarelli.
The Vincent Records Release Party will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4, at “On State Restaurant” (formerly “Michael’s On State”), 4002 E. State St., Rockford. Free appetizers will be provided, and there will be impromptu performances by area musicians throughout the event. CDs will be available for sale at the event. The public is invited to attend, but space is limited. To find out more about these Vincent Records artists and listen to their new releases, please visit www.vincentrecords.com.
From the Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013, issue