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Bettye LaVette: Blackbirds

Read "Blackbirds" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Com'è accaduto a Sharon Jones anche Bettye Lavette ha incontrato il successo in età matura--o nel suo caso avanzata--ottenendo quei riconoscimenti che non ebbe negli anni d'oro della soul music. È stato l'album del 2003 A Woman Like Me, quando aveva già 57 anni, a darle quel successo che attendeva da tempo, aprendole un percorso ricco di soddisfazioni. Con una scelta personale, Bettye non s'è collocata nel filone neo soul o degli Oldies but Goldies del repertorio ...

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2020's Travel Songs - Part 2

Read "2020's Travel Songs - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The second part of the mixtape is devoted to the best songs that in 2020 helped us travel across the walls that confined us. Click here to listen to the first part of the mixtape. Happy listening! Playlist Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven “Me and the Devil" We're New Again -A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven (XL Recordings) 46:28 Irreversible Entanglements “No Más" Who Sent You? (International Anthem) 4:47 Cosmic Vibrations feat. Dwight Trible “How Long" Pathways ...

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Romance in the Dark - Celebrating Bettye LaVette's Latest Release

Read "Romance in the Dark - Celebrating Bettye LaVette's Latest Release" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Included are new releases from Bettye LaVette (pictured), Champian Fulton, Nubya Garcia, The Moore-McColl Jazz Society and Kenny Washington plus singles from Emilie-Claire Barlow & Bocana and Sue Maskaleris with more birthday shoutouts to Charlie Parker (100!), Hilary Gardner, Naomi Moon Siegel, Russ Kassoff, Jimmy Rowles and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist Champian Fulton “Quasimodo" from Birdsong (Self released) 00:00 Giacomo Gates ...

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Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed

Read "Things Have Changed" reviewed by Doug Collette


Bettye LaVette's Things Have Changed isn't merely a homage to Bob Dylan, it is also a remarkable combination of invention and polish, as arresting in production, arrangement and playing as in the novel choice of songs. The venerable r&b/soul vocalist collaborates with an esteemed roster of musicians, overseen by producer/drummer Steve Jordan (Keith Richards, Boz Scaggs), all of whom sound as inspired by each other as by the range of the Nobel Laureate's compositions, spanning over forty years. The remarkable ...

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Bettye LaVette: Worthy

Read "Worthy" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello


Leonessa che non si stanca di ruggire (carriera ormai cinquantennale, tra sparizioni e riscoperte), Bettye LaVette si affida nuovamente alla illuminata produzione di Joe Henry per questo disco in cui personalizza in modo convincente un canzoniere molto vario. Si apre con “Unbelievable," canzone di un tardo Bob Dylan che, immersa in una marinatura pigramente funk, è certamente assai meglio dell'originale. E si procede di conseguenza, con la voce sabbiata e matura della LaVette a accarezzare “Bless Us ...

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Bettye Lavette: Thankful N’ Thoughtful

Read "Thankful N’ Thoughtful" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


"Non ci sono più vere cantanti di R&B" sentenzia Bettye Lavette in una recente intervista. “Penso che tutte queste giovani e adorabili signore come Beyoncé o Alicia Keys dovrebbero essere chiamate cantanti pop. Non sono delle cantanti di rhythm and blues e credo che se si trovassero su un palco fianco a fianco con Big Maybelle come è successo a me, verrebbero letteralmente spazzate via dal palco". Con un po' di superbia che l'età e l'esperienza le concedono, nonché con ...

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Bettye LaVette: Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

Read "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Cross Nina Simone with Tina Turner and you get Bettye LaVette. Finally receiving the attention she deserves, LaVette finds herself on a most receptive world stage. LaVette appeared at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors, in tribute to The Who's Peter Townsend and Roger Daltrey, singing “Love Reign O'er Me," from Quadrophenia (Polydor, 1979). Video of the performance shows a stunned and humble Townsend and Daltrey, hearing their iconic song sung by an icon. Interpretations is a bold and are breathtaking ...


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