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A Blues for Walter: Remembering a Gospel Legend

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.

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Running the Voodoo Down: An Interview with Meshell Ndegeocello

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 ...

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Kenny Garrett: Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium

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.

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Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story - Legacy [$49.98]

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Nina Simone: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

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.

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Roy Hargrove: Earfood

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.

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Ndidi Onukwulu: The Contradictor

Exploring the many shades of blue, Ndidi Onukwulu's Contradictor sparkles with wicked humor, intelligence, and an uncompromising emotional depth.

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D'Angelo: The Best So Far

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.

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The O'Jays: The Essential O'Jays

Say it ain't so? An essential compilation that's actually essential!

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Cassandra Wilson: Loverly

On her exciting new release, Loverly, Cassandra Wilson further solidifies her status as not only the most brilliant jazz singer of her generation, but one of the New South’s most provocative voices.

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Al Green: Lay It Down

Leave it to a seasoned veteran from the red dirt of Arkansas to deliver not only the Soul album of the year, but remind us that artistic excellence is still attainable in this age of mediocrity.

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Otis Redding: Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

Essential listening for anyone interested in the artistic and emotional depth of American popular music, Redding’s Otis Blue is nothing short of spectacular.

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Various Artists: The Sound of Philadelphia

Looking at the familiar and the obscure, these two discs provide fascinating snapshots of the amazing music of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

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Marcus Miller: Marcus

A disc with the vibe of an extended jam session among friends who appreciate each other’s company.

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Lizz Wright: The Orchard

Out of the fertile soil of Southern culture comes Lizz Wright’s exquisite new release, The Orchard.

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Honoring Philly's Finest: Gamble and Huff

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.

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Horace Silver: Live at Newport '58

One of the most anticipated jazz releases of the year, Horace Silver’s Live at Newport ’58 captures one of the genre’s most popular composers at the height of his artistic creativity.

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The Staple Singers: Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Combining the inspirational lyrics of traditional gospel with the rhythms of the Delta blues, Swing Low Sweet Chariot features the Staple Singers at their sanctified best.

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A Blues for Otis: The Life and Legacy of a Soul Legend

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.

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Rahsaan Patterson: Wines and Spirits

Fusing funk, rock, soul, gospel, and jazz, Wines and Spirits showcases Patterson’s broad musical palette and his uncanny ability to deliver universal messages of uplift based on the chaos and joys of his own experiences.


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