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nile rodgers

Nile Rodgers, The Chic Organization 1977-1979

In fall of 1978, Chic’s “Le Freak” sold more than seven million copies. This box set celebrates the song’s 40th anniversary and salutes Chic founders, guitarist Nile Rodgers of Local 802 (New York City) and the late bassist Bernard Edwards.


Scott Robinson, Tenormore

This album from Scott Robinson, known as a multi-instrumentalist and rare instrument collector, features his tenor saxophone.


Boston Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 and 11 “The Year 1905”

This two-disc set is the latest in Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s complete Shostakovich symphony cycle.

i'm not like everybody else

Jesse Kinch, I’m Not Like Everybody Else

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Jesse Kinch first picked up a guitar at age six and began to learn the classic rock songs of the 1970s and 1980s. He debuted his act at a New York City rock club at age seven.

my way

Willie Nelson, My Way

“My Way” is a Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammy-winning project that comprises standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra.

vienna and the west

Gernot Wolfgang, Vienna and the West: Groove-Oriented Chamber Music, Vol. 4

Vienna and the West was recorded May 15-18, 2018 in Los Angeles with some of the finest classical musicians. Among them are Local 47 members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and first call studio musicians.

travelin' mccorys

The Travelin’ McCourys, The Travelin’ McCourys

This is the Travelin’ McCourys debut album. McCoury brothers, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), are the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury and spent years on the road with their dad.


Brian Newman, Showboat

“Showboat” clearly displays influences of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, and also pays homage to Newman’s love of rock bands like Nirvana, NOFX and Thin Lizzy.

the green album

Peter Kogan, The Green Album

This third album by percussionist Peter Kogan (Local 30-73, St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN) offers mainstream jazz that is challenging yet accessible, comprising seven of his originals and four classics.


Minnesota Orchestra, Resurrection Mahler 2

Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection is the third release in Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler recording series, which will eventually record all of Mahler’s symphonies. Aside from Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, members of Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN), the recording features soprano Ruby Hughes, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and the Minnesota Chorale.