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Mel Bay Enters Record Biz

Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has been helping aspiring musicians learn how to play their instruments for years with its series of instructional books and videos, but now, apparently tired of trying only to evoke good music from amateurs, the company will start releasing music itself. Mel Bay Records, a new division of the Mel Bay empire, recently announced its entry into the recording industry with the formation of a jazz label, Guitar Sessions, which will record and produce some of today’s top jazz musicians.

Guitar Sessions’ first series of releases will feature new albums by jazz guitarists Jimmy Bruno, Joe Diorio, Vic Juris, Bruce Saunders and Corey Christiansen (pictured), as well as concert DVDs from Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Bruno, Jack Wilkins and Frank Vignola. The label will also be releasing a recent documentary on renowned luthier Robert Benedetto. The release of Christiansen’s new CD, Awakening, has been set for June 1 and is already receiving favorable reviews.

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