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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

Read "Let Your Light Shine On" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But music is only one of many real good things this set has going on.

Light is the first ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Heartbeats Full of Soul

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy
Let Your Light Shine On
MPS
2018

One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michon Young: Love, Life, Experiences, Vol. 2: Driving to Purpose

Read "Love, Life, Experiences, Vol. 2: Driving to Purpose" reviewed by Jim Olin

While a number R&B artists are pretty good and content at making fun, engaging, and catchy music, others actually love to go the extra mile and take a different direction. These artists are hoping and willing to inspire the audience as well as sharing their personal views and opinions on many different topics, including relationships and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vivi Hu Becomes New Creation On New EP

Vivi Hu Becomes New Creation On New EP

Don’t tell singer, songwriter, and bandleader Vivi Hu that fairy tales never come true. Once upon a time, a young girl was born in Xiamen, China, where she grew up studying traditional Chinese music, along with vocals and flute. After her first exposure to jazz at a festival in Shanghai, she ambitiously determined to infuse jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Hot 8 Brass Band: On the Spot

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On the Spot celebrates the fifth album and twenty year history of The Hot 8 Brass Band, the first American band signed by UK-based Tru-Thoughts Records. Like their New Orleans hometown, The Hot 8 knows tragedy, from Hurricane Katrina to the separate deaths of five bandmates, yet triumphantly and fiercely embody the Dionysian energy and gospel ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

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Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

Philippe Baden Powell: Notes Over Poetry

Read "Notes Over Poetry" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Notes Over Poetry is Philippe Baden Powell's tribute to his personal and musical connections and encounters. “I can't remember a time making music just by myself, I've always felt like a kid with toys waiting for friends to come and play," he recalls.

Notes Over Poetry seems to grow more beautiful as you progress ...

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

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My ears are not accustomed to hearing cello as the lead instrument in an ensemble, and so Akua's Dance by cellist and baritone violinist Akua Dixon took some getting used to.

Dixon took quite a circuitous route to her third release: After graduating from New York's Fame High School of the Performing Arts, then ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

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Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries.

Bossacucanova
The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
2016

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

Eliane Elias: Dance of Time

Read "Dance of Time" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Two years ago, Eliane Elias released Made In Brazil (Concord, 2015) and all it did was win the 2016 Grammy for Best Latin Album. It's a great album and with Dance of Time, Elias hasn't repeated a successful formula; she's perfected it. This is an opulent recording, rich in its authenticity and lavish in its glorious ...