July 18, 2024 melodicmuse

Voxtrot Release New Single ‘Esprit De Cœur’

Acclaimed Texas-based indie-pop/rock band Voxtrot have shared their latest single and video “Esprit de Cœur,” marking the fourth release in a series of recent singles from the band. Following the success of “Another Fire,” “New World Romance,” and “My Peace,” “Esprit de Cœur” continues to showcase Voxtrot’s signature blend of energy and classic hooks, reimagined for a new era. The song is available now on all digital platforms for any playlist shares and the video directed by Ed Dougherty and filmed by Taylor Washington can be viewed on the band’s YouTube page.

On the video, the band’s Ramesh Srivastava says, “In a rather meta way, my character struggles to come up with a concept for the video itself, writing himself into a variety of hero scenarios that reference well-known movies or genres (The Conversation, Wings of Desire, film noir, etc). After wrestling with this writer’s block for some time, he is finally visited by a trio of celestial angels, who help him to get out of his head and into his body, thus making the journey from the head to the heart, where creativity dwells.

Working with director Ed Dougherty, cinematographer Taylor Washington and their fabulous crew was a wonderful experience for us — ’twas thrilling to be part of such a professional production and to inhabit these different characters and worlds. All scenes were filmed in Austin and Lockhart, Texas.”

Prior to the single’s release, Voxtrot turned to fans to share their interpretion “Esprit de Cœur” before even hearing the song. The band released the sheet music, including guitar chords, lyrics, and vocal melodies, as well as a MIDI file of the vocal melody, encouraging fans to create and submit their own versions of the song. Notable musicians including The Natvral (Kip Berman of Pains Of Being Pure At Heart) and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone) shared their take on Esprit de Cœur.” All videos are featured in a dedicated playlist on the band’s YouTube Page.

Regarding the inspiration behind “Esprit de Cœur,” Srivastava shares, “It was initially inspired by a documentary on Charlie Chaplin, which detailed his life in and out of the spotlight. The song explores the ephemeral nature(s) of fame and youth, and the inevitable corollary soul-searching that comes with a career in entertainment.”

“Throughout ‘Esprit’ I dip between my post-Voxtrot years in Los Angeles (during which I desperately longed to be ‘rediscovered’), imaginary conversations with Beat Generation authors (imploring them to understand that separating commerce from art is not as simple as it used to be), and Chaplin’s famous speech in The Great Dictator, which signaled the end of his comedic reign but is considered his most poignant cinematic moment.”

He adds, “Like many artists and entertainers, I have a love/hate relationship with fame; while it is undeniably enjoyable to bask in favorable attention, any attachment to a celebrity identity results in equal anguish when that attention drifts away. On one hand, fame is naturally correlated with success in popular music, and on the other it is the very thing that can most easily distract us from our artistic gifts, which brought success in the first place. In the pursuit of our life’s work, it is important to remember that, beyond achievement, beyond recognition, there is an intrinsic worth to our being, a love that comes from within and needs no external validation.”

Voxtrot was embraced far and wide in the early aughts blog era, initially with a pair of EPs: Raised By Wolves and Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives, self-released on the band’s own Cult Hero Records. As expeditiously as the band was built up, they were pulled apart, calling it quits in 2010 shortly after their Playlouder/Beggars debut LP.

While the members went on with their individual lives, Voxtrot’s legacy grew. A new legion of fans discovered their music posthumously, many too young to have known about them while they were originally active.
And then, a new chapter…

“I had a dream where we were onstage and it was really positive,” remembers frontman Ramesh Srivastava in 2022. “There was such a strong and palpable feeling of love in my heart that when I woke up, it was still with me. I switched on my phone and started looking at things tagged with “Voxtrot” on social media – teenagers covering our songs, people with Voxtrot tattoos – and just went down this internet rabbit hole that made me realize how much love there still is for the band. For the first time since we broke up, it seemed very, very obvious that we should do this.”

With that, Voxtrot reunited, releasing two archival vinyl compilations (Early Music – a collection of their first two EPs – and Cut From The Stone: Rarities & B-Sides) in conjunction with a largely sold-out US tour.

At the beginning of 2023, all five original members (Srivastava, Jason Chronis, Matt Simon, Mitch Calvert and Jared Van Fleet) convened in the little town of Lockhart, Texas to break ground on new material and see if the spark was still there. And it was.

Returning to their DIY roots, the band self-recorded and produced a slew of new material, including singles “Another Fire”, “New World Romance” and “My Peace”, bringing Erik Wofford (from their early EPs) onboard to mix.

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July 17, 2024 melodicmuse

Paul Kelly Joins Keb’Mo’ And Shawn Colvin On Fall Tour

After an extended absence from North America, celebrated Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly will return for a long-awaited tour this Fall. Supporting fellow icons Keb’Mo’ and Shawn Colvin for a circle of dates that kicks off September 11th in Ottawa, Kelly will bring his colorful masterclass in narrative songwriter back to the States after a seven-year absence (his last tour Stateside was in 2017).

In addition to these dates, he will be playing a handful of solo shows with his nephew Dan Kelly, bringing his stories of redemption, struggle, and celebration, which have been the focus of his series of theme, career-spanning compilations that have revisited his music over the decades. His most recent, Poetry (2023), Kelly collected two dozen tracks where he set music to words penned by legendary writers such as William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes, William Butler Yeats, Thomas Hardy, and Dylan Thomas, which ABC News called “crucial, fantastic and thrilling.” His previous collection, People (2023), was celebrated by NME as “vividly told snapshots of people whom he describes as “truly remarkable”.

TOUR DATES:

  • designates dates with Keb’Mo’ & Shawn Colvin

designates Paul Kelly with Dan Kelly

09.11 Ottawa, ON @ Landsdowne Park/CityFolk 2024 #
09.14 Springfield, IL @ UIS Performing Arts Center *
09.15 Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Symphony Center *
09.16 Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park *
09.18 Joliet, IL @ Rialto Sqaure Theatre *
09.20 Nashville, IN @ Brown County Music Center *
09.21 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
09.22 Knoxville, TN @ Tennesse Theater *
09.24 Greensboro, NC @ Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts *
09.25 Richmond, VA @ Dominion Energy Center/Carpenter Theatre *
09.27 Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium *
09.28 Columbus, GA @ RiverCenter For The Performing Arts *
10.01 Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater *
10.02 Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre *
10.04 Fayetteville, AR @ Walton Arts Center/Baum Walker Hall *
10.05 Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts *
10.06 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion Ballroom *
10.07 Los Angeles, CA @ Tertegram Ballroom #
10.09 New York, NY @ TBA #
10.11 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival #

For the past five decades, Paul Kelly has earned worldwide accolades for his music, but he holds a special place in his native land. Kelly has earned the prestigious title of Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the arts and is a member of the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. He has written best-selling books, been involved in film and theater projects, and had a documentary, Stories of Me, made on him. And, of course, he continues to create albums, the most recent being an expanded version of Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train which added the new Christmas classic, “How To Make Gravy” to its tracklisting.

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July 16, 2024 melodicmuse

Joe Jonas To Release First Solo Single ‘Work It Out’ On July 19, 2024

Joe Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, has revealed that he will be releasing new music and his first solo single ‘Work It Out,’ set to be released on Friday, July 19th by sharing the single artwork along with a message to his fans on Instagram:

“I’m both excited and emotional as I’m gearing up to release new music. I’m humbled and grateful to collaborate with some of my favorite musicians and creators. I hope you find as much happiness & peace as I do when you listen to these songs.”

Standing out as one of the most successful groups of the 21st century, Jonas Brothers – Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas – have sold north of 20 million albums and counting, garnered two GRAMMY Award nominations, earned 26 Billboard Hot 100 hits, logged three consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard 200, and generated billions of streams. Among many accolades, they’ve recently claimed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2019, they notably ignited the comeback of the decade with their Platinum-Certified Republic Records debut, Happiness Begins.

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July 15, 2024 melodicmuse

OneRepublic New Album “Artificial Paradise,” Out Now

GRAMMY nominated band, OneRepublic, debuted their new album, Artificial Paradise. The new album arrives on the heels of the band’s recently released single “Hurt” from last week. Earlier this summer, OneRepublic shared their smash hit with David Guetta, “I Don’t Wanna Wait”, which has amassed over 130 million streams globally since its release.

Next week, OneRepublic will perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 7/18 and TODAY’s Summer Concert Series on 7/19. The band will play songs from the new project and some fan favorites as well.

Earlier this year, the band also shared “Nobody (from Kaiju No. 8)”, which serves as the end credit song for the hugely successful manga-turned-Anime series Kaiju. No 8. The band collaborated with Italian Electronic group Meduza and German artist Leony for the release of “Fire”, the official song for the UEFA European Championships 2024 tournament, which they will perform in Berlin at the Closing Ceremony for the tournament.

GRAMMY nominated OneRepublic, is comprised of singer/songwriter and lead vocalist Ryan Tedder, guitarists Zach Filkins and Drew Brown, keys Brian Willett, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle, and drummer Eddie Fisher. The band released their debut set Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. The release included the 20mm selling smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and received a Grammy nomination. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced the hit singles “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” The certified-platinum album Native followed in 2013, featuring the No.1 hit and 41 million selling single “Counting Stars.” OneRepublic released Oh My My, their fourth full-length album in 2016. OneRepublic has amassed 5B streams on Spotify to date.

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July 12, 2024 melodicmuse

Omari Banks Celebrates African Heritage with New Single “Africa Identity”

Renowned recording artist and songwriter Omari Banks is thrilled to announce the release of his highly anticipated new single, “Africa Identity.” This powerful track is set to release July 19th via ONErpm, marking Omari’s triumphant return to the music scene after a two-year hiatus since his last release, “Educate Us,” in 2022.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of carnival celebrations in Anguilla, “Africa Identity” is a vibrant fusion of soca and Afro beat that pays homage to the island’s rich cultural heritage and its deep-rooted connections to African ancestry. Omari Banks, who produced and wrote the song, drew from his childhood memories and the music that shaped his upbringing in Anguilla.

“The song was inspired by the 50th year of carnival celebrations in Anguilla, which is a celebration of the emancipation from slavery and how our African identity should be at the forefront of our celebrations,” Omari explains. “I was inspired by the memories as a child growing up in Anguilla, the music I heard, and how it made me feel, and also how it ties into our African ancestry.”

Collaborating closely with Dennis Warrington, Omari crafted a beat that seamlessly blends soca and Afro beat elements, while his signature guitar playing adds a unique touch to the track. The legendary Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser also lends his talents to the song, adding a dynamic and soulful dimension to the horns.

Recorded between the studios of Dennis Warrington and Justin Richardson in Anguilla, “Africa Identity” is a celebration of identity and cultural pride. “The song is about celebrating our identity, which is Anguillian but rooted firmly in African culture, and this we should never forget,” Omari emphasizes.

With lyrics that resonate deeply, the opening line of the song sets the tone: “Once a year I does jump around and play mass in the street / Yep it’s that time of year, slave master set we free.”

Omari Banks has always been passionate about spreading messages of love and consciousness through his music. “The message I want to convey is we must be proud of who we are and never forget the lessons of the past as they shape our future,” he says.

As fans eagerly await the release of “Africa Identity,” Omari also hints at the exciting news of a full album set to be released in 2025. “Music and life continuously change as we grow, and that I believe is natural. But as a musician, I’m constantly inspired by what I’m hearing in the present, so expect more of me and my guitar and a bit more uptempo tunes at times,” he shares.

While there are no immediate plans for a music video, fans can look forward to a lyric video, and Omari will be performing “Africa Identity” on his upcoming summer and fall tours in the US and UK.

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July 11, 2024 melodicmuse

New York Singer-Songwriter Rachael Sage Releases New Video for ‘The Place Of Fun

New York-based singer-songwriter Rachael Sage has introduced her mesmerising single, ‘The Place Of Fun (Reimagined)’ but is now releasing a powerful video to go with it. Scheduled for release under Sage’s own label, MPress Records, this release arrives after a recent tour supporting legendary Scottish singer Lulu and comes directly from Sage’s recently released 15th studio album ‘Another Side’, where Sage combines acoustic folk melodies with contemplative lyrics, capturing the essence of classic ‘70s songwriting effortlessly.

The convivial ‘The Place Of Fun (Reimagined)’ is an acoustic, completely reimagined version of this favourite from Rachael Sage’s album ‘The Other Side’. With the upfront mandolin laying the bedrock of the song, ‘The Place Of Fun’ features guest vocals and mandolin by breakthrough, award-winning Americana duo Annalyse & Ryan. Sage’s signature finger-picking and acoustic guitars also set the foundation, which bursts with percussion provided by Austin-based Katie Marie (Sophie B. Hawkins), along with Sage’s own acoustic guitar and percussive grooves. The song explores self-examination and a yearning for connection with loved ones, as one can expect from Sage’s introspective songwriting.

Rachael discusses ‘The Place Of Fun’, revealing: “This song is one of those musically upbeat tunes that sounds like it’s a cheerful, groovy track – but when you really listen to the lyrics, it’s chronicling the ups and downs of relationship miscommunication and overthinking. Gradually the words unravel into the resolve to make positive, lasting changes in one’s life. I do truly think there’s wisdom in creating a space where the noise of everything you’re used to, whether it be advice from family, social media or a loved one’s expectations, is turned down so low that you can actually hear your own essence. As a chronic people pleaser, it’s always fun to try to write lyrics that encourage others to do the exact things I find so difficult, including meditating, reflecting, and choosing balance over chaos.”

‘Another Side’ is a reimagined companion acoustic album to Sage’s critically acclaimed record, ‘The Other Side’. The entirely acoustic instrumentation brings Sage’s intimate vocals to the front and centre, resulting in lush versions of her most carefully crafted, exquisitely realized work yet. Here, the alt-folk singer-songwriter has stripped back to the inner roots of ‘The Other Side’. With memorable Americana-infused hooks and folk-fueled poeticism, Sage’s timeless writing reminds us what’s most important is always worth waiting for, via songs steeped in just the right amount of best-is-yet-to-come optimism.

Following her recent tour with Lulu, which included performances at prestigious venues such as The London Palladium, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Sage also made her debut at The Great Escape Festival in May. Fans in the UK can look forward to her return in both July and in November, when she will be supporting Hue and Cry on their ‘40th anniversary full-band tour’.

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July 10, 2024 melodicmuse

Gerem3 Releases New Single ‘Safe Space’

Returning with his latest offering ‘Safe Space’, the single stands as a testament to Gerem3’s ability to transform personal experiences into musical artistry. The song is a vivid representation of his tenacity and dedication to honesty, as well as his development as an artist.

The single discusses the good and bad experiences of a sneaky link turned “situationship.” With R&B elements mixed in with alternative sounds, synth-heavy backing, soulful elegance in Gerem3’s flawless vocal performance, and a catchy, approachable pop essence, the rest is a commercially viable track with a tonne of emotional depth. ‘Safe Space’ emerges as a beacon of hope and sonic embodiment as he navigates the complexities of relationships and self-discovery.

The track features electric guitars and synths, along with Gerem3’s captivating vocals. His distinctive tone will grab the listener’s attention from the first note. With this dark and sexy piece, he demands the attention of music lovers everywhere far and in between while showcasing his talent as a music artist.

On the release, Gerem3 shares, “Because my songs are so personal, I like to maintain that my relationship with my audience is a safe space. So this record is a bit more of a confessional piece.”

In his evolving story, Gerem3 promises to charm listeners with this new addition to his music discography. With his effortlessly amazing songwriting and intense live performances, Gerem3 is quickly becoming the next big R&B and pop star to watch.

Accumulating press coverage across the likes of Vents Magazine, PureMzine, Backseat Mafia, and Flex Music Blog, Gerem3 has presented himself as an exciting musical talent with a lot of promise for the future.

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July 9, 2024 melodicmuse

HUNXHO RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “CLOSER TO OVER” OUT NOW

Rising East Atlanta rapper HUNXHO unveils the new music video for his song “Closer To Over” today via 300 Entertainment.

Watch BELOW. It graces the tracklisting of his nine-track EP, Before The Album, out now. Listen BELOW.

The visual hinges on the push-and-pull of HUNXHO’s music. As always, he spits bars straight from the heart, yet he also projects raw feeling through unshakable melodies. In the clip directed by BENMARC, he’s seen in the strip club, but is hyper focused in his thoughts, while vignettes of cash piles and dancers can’t diminish his pain. On screen, he holds nothing back.

“Closer To Over” has already amassed over 10 million global streams and counting. XXL named it one of “The 13 Best New Hip-Hop Songs This Week,” and HotNewHipHop praised how “Hunxho wears his heart on his sleeve.”

Capping off a scorching summer, he will support Sexyy Red on her much-anticipated “Sexyy Red 4 President” Tour. It kicks off on August 22 in Seattle at WAMU Theater, rolls through major markets coast-to-coast, and concludes on October 1 in Nashville, TN at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

HUNXHO recently concluded his sold out “One Night Only” Tour and he joined a stacked lineup at “Birthday Bash,” sharing the stage with Latto, Killer Mike, Tee Grizzley, and more.

TRACKLISTING:
Ups & Downs
Recording In The Dark
Do This For Me
Can’t Fall Off
Hot Topic
Closer To Over
Y’all Get It
How It Feel
Last Song

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July 8, 2024 melodicmuse

Choca Blues’ Debut Album ‘The Wind’ Takes You On A Genre-Defying Journey Through Blues

Released on the 21st of June, ‘The Wind’ is an astounding offering from Guatemala-based band Choca Blues. From the vibrant opening title track, ‘The Wind’ through to the country-inspired ballad ‘Old Man’ to the concluding anthem ‘Kabuki Dance’, Choca Blues showcase their unique flair for blues. Lead singer Delta Dina’s vocals soar over each of the diverse soundscapes, with a powerful performance prowess. Her vocals unite each of the soundworlds together, her incredible tone acting as a grounding force in the eclectic album. With the band members mixing in elements from rock realms and harpsichord country, Choca Blues boasts a sound like no other. And that’s what makes this album such an exciting release this year.

Band Members:
Delton Dina – Lead Singer
Carlos Funk – Guitar
Laura Charnaud – Bass
Whitney Petty – Drums & Mandolin
Zach Bluestown – Harmonica

Credits:
Recorded at La Finca Studios in Panajachel, Guatemala
Produced by Whitney Petty
Engineered by Frank Wild
Mixed by Josh Evans
Mastered by Rachel Field at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA

About Choca Blues
Welcome to the soul-stirring world of Choca Blues, where the essence of blues music intertwines with diverse influences drawn from our multinational backgrounds. Founded amidst the serene landscapes of San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala, Choca Blues is a testament to the serendipitous power of musical connections.

Front and centre, the charismatic Delta Dina leads the ensemble, infusing her unique blend of blues with international experience. Alongside her, the talented Carlos Funk skillfully wields his ‘National Resonator Style O’ guitar, setting the stage for our harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation. Complemented by ‘The Law’ on bass – Laura Charnaud, ‘The Wind’ – Whitney Petty on drums and mandolin, and Zach Bluestown on harmonica, our collective journey embodies the spirit of unwavering dedication and musical excellence.

Their compositions, born from Guatemala, the United States, and the Netherlands, weave a tapestry of diverse influences that transcend boundaries and genres. From their debut album ‘The Wind’ landing this year, and a second album on the horizon, Choca Blues invites you to join our musical voyage and be part of the magic.

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July 5, 2024 melodicmuse

Blue Note Announces Aug. 23 Release Of Wayne Shorter “Celebration, Volume 1”

Blue Note Records has announced an August 23 release of Celebration, Volume 1, the first in a series of archival releases that the legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter curated before he passed away in 2023. This thrilling 2014 live recording captured Shorter’s acclaimed quartet with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade at the Stockholm Jazz Festival in Sweden. The intrepid set includes some of the band’s favorite vehicles of exploration including “Zero Gravity,” “Smilin’ Through,” “Orbits,” “Lotus,” and “She Moves Through The Fair.” The album is introduced today with the single “Edge of the World (End Title),” a theme by composer Arthur B. Rubinstein from the 1983 film WarGames.

“In the fall of 2022, Rob Griffin started sending a lot of unreleased music for Wayne to sort thru,” writes Carolina Shorter in the album’s liner notes. “He started listening around the clock. I’d be doing something around the house, talking on the phone, doing work and he’d yell ‘Carolina! You’ve got to come and hear this shit! Check out what these guys are doing!’ Wayne made detailed notes – some of them are reprinted on this album jacket.”

“When he heard the Stockholm concert, he said ‘this is the album!,'” she continues. “Then he started listening to more things and, over time, realized that it was going to have to be more than one record. He originally wanted to call the collection Unidentified Flying Objects – thinking of the notes everyone played as being UFOs! In January 2023, when he was hospitalized for the last time, he continued picking tracks and laying out the albums. His ‘Never Give Up’ spirit, which underlines his entire mission, was stronger than ever and he was excited to release more music. It was only in the last 10 days of his life that he realized he was not going to be around to see it to fruition. He started feeling the urgency of celebrating life and decided to change the name of the collection to Celebration. I said ‘Yes Wayne! Let’s celebrate!!! That’s what it should be called. A celebration!'”

Blue Note will also be celebrating Shorter’s legacy with several reissues of his classic albums including a Tone Poet Vinyl Edition of Odyssey of Iska (1970) out July 5, a Classic Vinyl Edition of JuJu (1964) out August 16, and a Blue Note Authorized Dealer exclusive blue vinyl reissue of Speak No Evil (1964) which will be available August 9 at participating independent record stores. Celebration, Volume 1 is available for pre-order now on limited edition Blue Note Store exclusive color vinyl, black vinyl, CD, and digital download. The credits are as follows:

Side A

  1. Zero Gravity to the 15th Dimension
    Written by Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
  2. Smilin’ Through
    Written by Arthur A. Penn

Side B:

  1. Zero Gravity to the 11th Dimension
    Written by Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
  2. Zero Gravity to the 12th Dimension
    Written by Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
  3. Zero Gravity – Unbound
    Written by Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
  4. Orbits
    Written by Wayne Shorter
  5. Edge of The World (End Title)
    Written by Arthur B Rubinstein

Side C:

  1. Zero Gravity to the 90th Dimension
    Written by Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
  2. Lotus
    Written by Wayne Shorter

Side D:

  1. She Moves Through The Fair
    Written by Wayne Shorter

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