Le Coq Records Launches, Announces First Releases

Courtesy: Le Coq Records

Fledgling record label Le Coq Records announced its initial slate of new releases for 2021.

Starting the label was a personal decision by its founder Piero Pata and his partner, according to information about the label’s launch. The information states Pata wanted an outlet for her to return to jazz singing after spending much of her career as a Flamenco dancer.

Pata said in his own statement that the decision to launch the label also led to the decision to help other musical artists.

“As we embarked on this process, we met so many wonderful players,” said Pata. “We soon realized that Le Coq could be an ideal avenue to get their music out to the world.”

Keyboardist Bill Cunliffe, one of many artists already signed to Le Coq Records, spoke warmly of Pata when asked about joining the upstart label.

“Piero is great to work with because he’s all about the music,” said Cunliffe. “He shares that quality with all the great jazz producers. He’s also an artist himself, so he knows good from bad and he gives me the freedom to do what I need to do things right. No one can ask for a better producer than that.”

Le Coq Records Engineer Josh Connolly (Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar), echoed Cunliffe’s comments.

“Piero has a vision for quality,” said Connolly. “That’s true in everything that he does. He gives the artists complete creative freedom when it comes to the music, but he brings great ideas to the table. He likes to create situations that take people a little out of their comfort zones, but that can lead to something new. He provides an environment that is very nurturing and fruitful, which honestly doesn’t happen too often.”

Along with Cunliffe, Le Coq Records already boasts a roster that includes but is not limited to acts, such as keyboardist John Beasley, bassist John Pattituci, and famed drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and his fellow drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Also on the label’s roster are vocalist Andy James, percussionist Alex Acuna, saxophonist Ralph Moore, and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Many of the noted artists will feature on Le Coq Records’ forthcoming compilation record Le Coq Records presents The Jazz All Stars Vol. 1. The compilation is scheduled for release Jan. 8. James’ own record Tu Amor will follow on Jan. 22.

Saxophonist Rick Rick Margitza’s new record Sacred Hearts is set for release Feb. 5. A new, as yet untitled collaboration between Cunliffe, Pattituci, and Colaiuta is scheduled for release Feb. 19.

More information on Le Coq Records is available along with all of the label’s latest news at:

Website: http://lecoqrecords.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leCoqRecords

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Indie Labels Best Major Labels In 2015’s Top New Rap/Hip-Hop Albums List

2015 was a busy year across the board in the musical universe. From one genre to the next, this year saw a mass of interesting new releases across the board. There were so many new releases both from the mainstream and the underground that it felt at times impossible to keep up with them all. For all of the new albums released this year what made keeping up with them all at least somewhat bearable is that while there were some that were good, there were just as many that were…well…not so good. In the same breath, there were just as many that actually stood out quite well against the competition. Nowhere was this more obvious this year than in the rap game. 2015 saw a number of standout rap and hip-hop albums and others that really surprised in their mix of musical and lyrical content such as Salvador Santana’s new album Fantasy Reality. This album is nothing but positive vibes from start to finish both musically and lyrically. Kuf Knotz is similar in that vein. It’s the kind of rap and hip-hop that the world needs today more than ever. And Boogat’s new album Neo-Reconquista runs the lyrical gamut. From fun, celebratory pieces to socio-political commentary in others to personal introspection in others, Boogat touches on so many areas in his new album. The album’s musical content makes it just as interesting to hear. Veteran rap group Public Enemy released its latest album Man Plans, God Laughs, too this year. It definitely stands out in its own way, too. And pf course fellow veteran rapper Dr. Dre released his long-awaited new album Compton this year. It proved to be its own interesting new album, too. These are just some of the best of the year’s best rap and hip-hop albums. There are even more included in the Phil’s Picks list of the year’s best new rap and hip-hop albums. That list is noted in whole below. So, enough rambling. Here, for your consideration dear readers, is that list. As with every other list, the top 10 albums make up the main body of the list. The five that follow each receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUMS

 

  1. SALVADOR SANTANA – FANTASY REALITY

 

  1. FORT KNOX FIVE – PRESSURIZE THE CABIN

 

  1. PIMPS OF JOYTIME – JUKESTONE PARADISE

 

  1. KUF KNOTZ – A POSITIVE LIGHT

 

  1. BOOGAT – NEO-RECONQUISTA

     

  2. EMPRESARIOS – THE VIBES

 

  1. PUBLIC ENEMY – MAN PLANS, GOD LAUGHS

 

  1. BLACKALICIOUS – IMANI: VOL. 1

 

  1. SILAS BLACK – BLACK FRIDAY: THE MIXTAPE

 

  1. PROF – LIABILITY

 

  1. DR. DRE – COMPTON

 

  1. SNOOP DOGG – BUSH

 

  1. RICK ROSS – BLACK MARKET

 

  1. DRAKE – IF YOU’RE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE

 

  1. KENDRICK LAMAR – TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

 

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