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Fourth Estate

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Progressive Instrumentals Laden With Emotion

Dave Beegle has got to be the most criminally underdiscovered guitarist in the instrumental rock genre. The guitarist, along with Fred Babich on bass and Dave Spurr on drums comprise Fourth Estate, a Colorado-based power trio whose CD See What I See is a scorching combination of arpeggiated lines, power chords, Robin Trower-like grooves and attitude. Beegle and company write instrumental music that combines fat-toned emotional fury with inventive guitar work and aggressive arrangements. While drawing comparisons to the likes of Rush and Kings X, neither band has released a record as refreshing and brilliant as See What I See.

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Beegle began early, playing piano at age 5 and guitar at age 13. His early influences included jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck and Glen Miller to '70s guitar-based bands such as KISS, Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer and, of course, Rush. Beegle currently produces and engineers a variety of projects in the Rocky Mountain region while working on his own material. His band, Fourth Estate, has released two studio albums, Finesse And Fury and See What I See, as well as a live CD, Joy In Rock. Beegle expects to release a solo record that will be primarily progressive acoustic guitar in 1998.

Interestingly, Beegle points to the 1994 Arts Fest in Sofia, Bulgaria as the inspiration for the music on See What I See. The musicians in Fourth Estate try, within the rock spectrum, to create mood and texture that allow the listener to imagine for themselves the meanings of the themes and musical impressions. As a result, Beegle, Babich and Spurr find themselves at the forefront of instrumental rock, blazing a trail for creative musicians everywhere.

Contact Information
Hapi-Skratch Records
2100 W. Drake Rd., Suite 280
Fort Collins, CO 80526
United States

Web site: www.hapiskratch.com

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Dave Caudle

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Multi-Instrumentalist Tracks Cool, Contemporary Jazz

Night Passions is a brand-new jazz CD from North Carolina multi-instrumentalist Dave Caudle. In addition to some sweet, smooth guitar work in the style of Pat Metheny and Pat Martino, Caudle plays bass, keyboards and programs the drum and percussion tracks. He is supported on Night Passions by some exemplary musicians, namely Dave Zeltner on piano and Ziad Rabie on alto saxophone. Caudle is also a very capable soloist, as he delivers fluid single-note runs on "Only You", and Benson-like, fast electric lines on "Capasa Rio!". Fans of the above jazz artists will find Night Passions makes for some great listening.

pic Dave began playing guitar at the age of seven and through the influence of his brother, played the music of Deep Purple, Grand funk and other '70s groups in a variety of high school bands. Over time Dave discovered the music of Frank Zappa, which led to his first exposure to jazz music of any kind. The record that finally steered Dave towards a love of jazz guitar was George Benson's "Breezin'". Impressed by Benson's phrasing and tone, Dave sought out more music by Benson and other artists such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Dave was able to further his musical education at the University of Miami's School of Music in 1980, where the synergy of meeting other talented musicians took his technique to the next level.

A failed record deal with the ITI label in 1990, which included a never-released album called "To The Top", led to the eventual recording of Night Passions. Caudle promises much more music in the future, as his persistence and passion have carried him to the point he is at today--pursuing his first love.

Contact Information
David B. Caudle
8201 Inverary Pl.
Charlotte, NC 28226
Untied States

E-mail: Dave Caudle
Web site: www.soundview.com/davecaudle

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