Tuesday, July 27 2010
A towering figure in gospel music history, the late Bishop Walter Hawkins not only built an impressive discography that helped shape the contemporary gospel sound, but he also created a body of work that remains central to the black religious experience.
Tuesday, October 27 2009
With a new understanding of herself (and a new album to go with), the innovative singer Meshell Ndegeocello freely talks about some of her controversial lyrics, her deepest inspirations, and how she's reached a point where she doesn't need to prove anything anymore ...
Sunday, March 9 2008
Few producers in the history of American music moved bodies, warmed hearts, and inspired souls as effortlessly as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Befitting their achievements, Gamble and Huff head this year’s class of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Thursday, December 6 2007
Though all too often overshadowed by those who came after him, the 40th anniversary of his death affords us a moment to pause and reconsider the all-too-brief life and enduring legacy of soul pioneer Otis Redding.
Wednesday, January 21 2009
Combining the deep spiritual probing of John Coltrane, the intellectualism of Wayne Shorter, and the ebullient style of Cannonball Adderley, saxophonist Kenny Garrett's latest release represents the absolute best of the jazz spirit.
Thursday, October 16 2008
Maybe one day Nina Simone's searing messages and righteous indignation will be completely irrelevant to the here and now, but in these trying times, this fearless leader's music and spirit remains as relevant now as four decades ago.
Thursday, September 25 2008
A tour-de-force in hard bop funk and romantic balladry, Roy Hargrove's Earfood stands out as one of the finest musical moments of 2008.
Wednesday, July 23 2008
Exploring the many shades of blue, Ndidi Onukwulu's Contradictor sparkles with wicked humor, intelligence, and an uncompromising emotional depth.
Wednesday, July 2 2008
Say what you will about the enigmatic career of one Michael Eugene Archer, but nearly a decade after his "disappearance" from the music world, his art still provides a paradigm for post-modern soul of first-rate quality.
Sunday, November 30 2008
Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story - Legacy [$49.98]