Jim Hall/Bill Frisell Duo Recording

Legendary jazz guitarists Jim Hall and Bill Frisell will release the beautifully collaborated duo album Hemispheres in October through ArtistShare. In this entirely fan-funded project, Hall and Frisell perform original compositions, jazz standards and even a cover of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War". The CD will be a 2 disc set with the first disc focusing on the intimate duo setting and the second disc adding Scott Colley on Bass and Joey Baron on Drums. ArtistShare participants were treated to an early pre-release download on October 1st. The official release date is set for October 30, 2008. (Bill Frisell appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records)

Since the establishment of ArtistShare in 2001, the label's artists have received four Grammy awards and eleven nominations including Maria Schneider's Concert in the Garden which was the first recording in history to win a Grammy without being available in retail stores. This year, for the 51st Grammy Awards, ArtistShare continues its tradition by submitting releases of four new artists.

The latest album from John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner Kate Schutt (pronounced "shut") No Love Lost has been submitted for consideration for "Best Jazz Vocal Album". From the album, "Mary" has been submitted for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" and "How Much In Love" for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)". Grammy award winner Maria Schneider describes Kate's music "From the first notes I heard, I knew Kate was the real deal. A huge talent."

Jazz guitarist and composer Torben Waldorff's CD Afterburn, featuring Donny McCaslin (tenor sax) and Sam Yahel (organ), has been submitted for the "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group" category.

Tenor saxophonist Joel Miller's Tantramar and alto saxophonist Jon Gordon's Within Worlds both have been submitted for consideration for the "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group" category. Gordon's Within Worlds has received 4.5 stars in DownBeat April issue this year.

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