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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest

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Stax Records defined the “Memphis Sound" of soul music in the 1960s. With a roster that took in Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Isaac Hayes, Stax and its sister label Volt provided the main competition to Motown as a home to classic soul acts.

Three separate ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Inside Music Analytics: Chris Stapleton Has More In Common With Etta James, Van Morrison, Otis Redding Than You Think

Inside Music Analytics: Chris Stapleton Has More In Common With Etta James, Van Morrison, Otis Redding Than You Think

In this piece Glenn Peoples looks at the rise of Chris Stapleton's cross genre success with is cover of “Tennessee Whiskey" and how the soulful country number has been able to capture the attention of audiences typically more focused on R&B/soul legends. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, of Medium “Tennessee Whiskey” plays ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Rolling Stones From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015

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Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre 2015
Eagle Rock Video
2017

The Rolling Stones have been nothing if not savvy (most of the time) throughout their fifty- year plus history, so it's no surprise the release of their latest title, Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015, is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Eric Burdon and the Animals At Stern Grove Festival

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Eric Burdon and the Animals
Stern Grove
Summer Of Love 50th Anniversary
San Francisco, CA
July 16, 2017

Influential Eric Burdon and the Animals gleefully rocked the Stern Grove Festival on a perfect mid July Sunday afternoon. His lethal band of Animals included: guitarist Johnzo West, ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

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Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Blake: Red Hook Soul

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Il saxofonista canadese Michael Blake è ormai newyorkese fino in fondo all'anima ma se date retta ai profumi che si spargono nell'aria ascoltando questo ottimo Red Hook Soul si direbbe che, quando serve, almeno una parte della sua anima si trasferisca magicamente nelle vie di New Orleans, a caccia di quel groove solido, viscerale e fantasioso ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dominic Duval: Follow Your Melody

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In memory of Dominic Duval: 1945-2016. This article was first published in October 2010.

Bassist Dominic Duval is a mystery to many--even to those interested in free music. Seemingly emerging out of nowhere in the mid-1990s, over the course of 15 years he has built a formidable discography, firmly establishing him as one of ...

Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969

Read "Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969" reviewed by Marc Davis

1969 was the grooviest year in a very groovy decade. The Beatles, on the verge of a breakup, urged everyone to get back and come together. The Temptations couldn't get next to you. And Sly Stone took everyone higher at Woodstock.

At that very moment, in the waning days of 1969, Reuben Wilson funked ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Booker T. Jones at Yoshi's

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Booker T. Jones
Yoshi's
Oakland CA
February 6, 2016

The esteemed Booker T. Jones and his band performed in front of a sold out house at Yoshi's in Oakland. He presented a set of Booker T. & the MGs vintage originals mixed in with some popular songs from artists he has ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Why Otis Redding Matters

Why Otis Redding Matters

In its heyday, soul music was powered by sheer romantic emotion that was animated by gritty riffs, a strong beat and an uninhibited determination to make audiences feel. Over time, soul evolved through artists' varied personal and regional experiences. For example, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin brought the church to soul. James Brown gave soul a ...