Shaun LaBelle | Desert Nights

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Desert Nights

by Shaun LaBelle

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Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Desert Nights
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2. Spin Cycle
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3. Tomorrow
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4. Drive Time
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5. Indio Sunrise
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6. Palm Canyon Drive
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7. Down Low
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8. It's Not Over
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9. Stairway
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10. Desert Nights (extended mix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
At age five, Shaun appeared in his first nationally televised commercial for the Lakeside Toys game called “Drop in the Bucket,” and he also taught himself to play drums. Shaun was faced with the decision to pursue a career in television as an actor or become a musician. This child prodigy has done all of the above. Shaun isn’t your typical jazz artist. He is the son of Larry LaBelle legendary TV producer on hit shows such as the Milton Berle show, and campaigns with Betty Crocker, Land O’Lakes and Hamm’s Beer.

Shaun learned from the best and it’s no accident where he is today. Shaun engulfs himself in the media entertainment business, from recording and producing a diversity of styles from Ray Charles to Everette Harp. To starring in the entertainment based show, What’s Up In Hollywood for KARE11, NBC-Minneapolis. Current date he’s in production with American Idol fame Paula Abdul on her new album and nominated for commercial advertisements in production and voice over work. Shaun is a multi-instrumentalist in bass, drums, keyboards and guitar and is a multi-top ten writer with a number one hit in Europe with Warner Bros Pop R&B artist Shola Ama, winner of Brits Best Artist. (UK’s version of the Grammy's)

Shaun’s producing career has been filled with legendary groups such as David Pack, (Ambrosia) multiple records with Everette Harp, (1992- Present) Jeff Kashiwa, and Steve Reid (Rippingtons.) Shaun has worked with Branford Marsalis, and the group Pieces of a Dream. He founded Clive Davis’s group No Mercy who sold 5 million albums worldwide. Shaun performed bass on the Larger Than Life tour for Grammy award winning recording artist Jody Watley. Shaun is integrated with three major publishing deals that include two from Warner Chappell and today’s world’s largest music publisher EMI.

Now this accomplished producer is getting back to his roots. The record came to be, as numerous artist felt it was time for Shaun to come out with his own album. With a little help from his friends, Shaun called his music powerhouse entourage featuring Tom Saviano, (Executive Producer of Desert Nights) and Everette Harp. Platinum Mint Condition superstar drummer Stokley Williams and guitarist David Barry who is currently in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace performing on stage with Cher. Adding legendary Grammy award winning mixer Rob Chiarelli (All of Will Smith’s Albums and hits such as Gangsta’s Paradise) Desert Nights is a refreshing edge to smooth Jazz. Shaun LaBelle’s single Desert Nights is due out late September. The Album will be available online and in stores in early November.




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Wes Gillespie - Producer JazzNet247 Radio Europe

Desert Nights by Shaun Labelle
After many years of producing music for other artists such as the UK's Shola Ama, Ambrosia's Dave Pack, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Reid from the Rippingtons and also saxman Everette Harp, this funky multi-instrumentalist releases ‘ Desert Nights ‘ to showcase his own prowess on the other side of the recording booth.

Aided and abetted by a plethora of seasoned and long time befriended luminaries such as Tom Saviano, Stokley Williams, Dave Barry and the aforementioned Everette Harp, Shaun offers a menu of delights which fit right in at the pinnacle of a jazz sub-genre which has become monolithic and down right tedious at times.

No such problems here with a set which is dynamic and sophisticated in content and offers the listener a blend of instrumentation which weaves a spectrum of musical colour.

Songs like ' Desert Nights ', ' Down Low ' and ' Tomorrow ' caress the eardrum like an artist's magical touch on a canvass with up tempo driving tracks such as ' Spin Cycle ', ' Indio Sunrise ' and ' Palm Canyon Drive ' offer sax driven adrenaline to satisfy any Smooth Jazz music addict. ( Incidentally Jeff Lorber adds his unmistakable input in the remix of the killer cut ‘ Down Low ‘.)

The addition of the vocal track 'Stairway' with the sultry Desiree is refreshing and adds the final cherry to the icing of a wonderful album.

The fact that Shaun plays many of the instruments on the CD not only highlights his considerable versatility but also emphasises his desire to portray the composition and delivery which he had planned on the storyboard for the songs. The synergy with the other musicians would lead you to believe that this was their ' everyday gig ' together and not just a group of musicians getting together to play on an album.

A wonderful CD to play in your car with the roof down for just chillin' and cruisin'.
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Ronald Jackson

Desert Nights: Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y
Veteran producer/multi-instrumentalist Shaun Labelle, at the urging of so many of his cohorts and others in the business--particularly his close friend/”big brother,” saxman Everette Harp--steps out of the shadows on this classy and funky “conversation” with listeners. Desert Nights sweats profusely and gyrates criminally as it takes its time to deliver as much aural sensations as possible. Labelle truly plots a new and invigorating course and stays on it. Desert Nights is an album worthy of big kudos and lots of airplay.

Available via Amazon and CDbaby, Desert Nights is certainly not an elusive project. You may or may not know of Shaun Labelle the producer, but you certainly won’t be disappointed should you decide to treat yourself to a dose of Shaun Labelle the performer. Trust me: You owe this one to yourself. - by Ronald Jackson
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Jackie Anderson (WJAB)

"DESERT NIGHTS" IN STYLE ! !
I was hooked on this project from the first song I heard, which happened to be the title track - "Desert Nights". The next one, "Down Low", sealed the deal for me. Nice selection of songs on this CD. I really like it. Shaun LaBelle does a very good job, not to mention the lineup of special guest artists joining him: Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Stokley Williams, Tom Saviano, and David Barry. I'll be looking forward to hearing more of Shaun's work in the future. You'll want to check this one out. "Desert Nights" in style ! !
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Pamela Black

May I add to your exposure of great musicians...Pamela's Place
Hi Shaun!

Nice Work! How are you? My Name is Pamela Black and I am the smooth contemporary jazz air personality for KUNV 91.5 FM Las Vegas. Your music very nice and it will set a sensational vibe at Pamela's Place! Would consider your release for exposure and air play on my radio show which airs every Saturday & Sunday morning. I have been on air now almost 10 years airing the best smooth jazz musicians from all over the world and I mean "the Best!" Do you have a press kit or media kit you could send directly to me? Check out my credentials and get back to me DIRECTLY Please! I invite you to listen to my show (if you can) this Saturday & Sunday 7a-10a PST. We are streaming Live at www.kunv.org and I have thousands of listeners all over the world. I am also on Face book and myspace. Hope to hear from you soon. Pamelasplace2@cox.net Take care and caramel Kisses to you!
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