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Turning Point

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Forging An Eclectic Sound

Drawing on each band member's musical and cultural background, Arizona-based Turning Point forged an eclectic sound that mixes progressive jazz with rock, R&B and blues (with touches of Greek music), and - paying homage to their home in the Southwest - Latin jazz. Guitarist Thano Sahnas is a superb musician who infuses the music on their latest instrumental CD, Matador, with the same energy and skill as Russ Freeman does with his band, The Rippingtons. While not an end-to-end guitar recording (guest performer, sax man Dominic Amato. carries a lot of the melodies), Sahnas injects a variety of axes into numbers such as "Spain" (acoustic) and the title track (electric) in a way that will leave guitar fans pleased. And if the trippy, electro-fusion, funk opener "Lickety Split" doesn't get you going, you must be dead. Highly recommended. Turning Point were originally profiled in the December-January, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb The four members of Turning Point - Thano Sahnas (guitar), his brother Demitri Sahnas (acoustic and fretless bass), keyboardist Steve Culp and drummer/percussionist John Herrera--faced a lot of flak in their early years for creating a genre practically unto themselves defying music industry convention. This initial resistance inspired them to push the envelope even further, and the payoff with audiences has been phenomenal. Turning Point has received acclaim for all of its previous releases, beginning with a self titled debut in 1995 and including A Cool Jazzy Christmas (1996), Together (1998), Bridges (1999) and A Thousand Stories (2000), which was produced by famed bassist Brian Bromberg and released nationally by A440 Music. Together earned the band its largest national audience, receiving airplay on more than 40 smooth jazz stations.

Aside from playing venues and doing TV and charity functions all over Arizona, the band has played in Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Fresno (the River Bend Jazz Festival), L.A.'s Baked Potato and Humphrey's in San Diego. Turning Point also performed in March of 2000 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (the original site of the Grand Ole Opry) for a cable TV show called Music Makers.

Contact Information
Native Language Music, Inc.
P.O. Box 52345
Irvine, CA 92619-2345
United States

E-mail: Turning Point
Web site: www.tpband.com

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Mark "M.E." Edwards

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Fist-Pumping Rock & Metal

Guitarist of the metal band Overlorde, Mark "M.E." Edwards submitted his instrumental CD-R, G.W.A. (Guitar With Attitude). Using a drum machine as a rhythmic foundation, Edwards delivers thirteen instrumental tracks which showcase a variety of rock and metal themes, and features some of his hottest playing to date. Covering the sonic ground of a Joe Satriani with perhaps an early, Megadeth-era Chris Poland sensibility, Edwards should attract some of the many thousands fans of his vocal band Overlorde over to the instrumental side for a guitaristic side trip. Plenty of tapping, whammy bar and mega-heavy riffage can be heard up and down G.W.A. (Guitar With Attitude). Check it out! Mark "M.E." Edwards was originally profiled in the December-January, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Mark is a native of Central New Jersey, growing up in Scotch Plains. Mark took his first guitar lesson in 1971 when he was ten years old. Lessons went on until he graduated High School in 1979. During that time he was a member of two rock bands as well as a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School jazz band. While attending Old Dominion University, Mark played in that school's jazz ensemble, and later joined his first metal band. 1984 saw Mark purchase his trademark white Flying V, and meet John Bunucci, with whom he formed Overlorde. It wasn't until twenty years had passed however, that Overlorde's debut full-length CD "Return Of The Snow Giant" was finally released in 2004. Mark had busied himself with solo projects in the meantime, as an Overlorde EP had garnered a cult following in Europe.

Edwards plans to promote his instrumental material for use in movies and TV shows. He plans to re-release his demo "What You Hear Is What You Get" on CD-R as well as license his recordings to record labels. And having written or co-written approximately 100 songs over a range of hard and heavy music styles, Edwards hopes to eventually record and release other material utilizing his home studio.

Contact Information
Mark "M.E." Edwards
P.O. Box 8211
Piscataway, NJ 08855
United States

E-mail: Mark "M.E." Edwards
Web site: www.meflyingv.com

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