Finland is home to a flourishing
circle of improv jazz musicians. The latest CD from that floating cadre opens
in fractured waltz time; one could imagine a couple, weary from sleeplessness
and liqueur, dancing clumsily around the tiny floor of a broken-down café.
Likewise, the smudges of
Whether or not the legends
surrounding Phil Lee as a Cain-raising outlaw are true, his songwriting is
infused with genuine grit and he sings his compositions with authenticity. His
thoughts on broken love and living out of a suitcase
Spearheaded by the songwriting/production team Gamble & Huff, the Philly
soul renaissance produced almost impossible volumes of great music throughout
the ’70s, the biggest and most memorable of which came from
Taj Mahal’s self-titled debut solo
album (1967) was a rough-sawn blues-rock affair. Afterward, he moved back in
time for Delta blues and antique folk songs, sideways into calypso and reggae
and forward toward easy-going soul and
is called The One, but the title does
not refer to its subject, James Brown. Instead, “the one” is a reference to the
way Brown orchestrated his music with an unyielding emphasis on the first beat
On their self-titled debut album, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero and vocalist-instrumentalist Quinn DeVeaux partner on an accomplished collection of originals and covers. The music melts through genre boundaries...
Milwaukee singer Ocie Jackson's first release caters to soul-gospel sensibilities. Jackson adds her sweet, emotionally effusive soprano to songs of praise and testimony, most of which would sound as at home in smooth jazz and adult R&B contexts...