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Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence

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Every Tuesday night at the Northern Lights Lounge on Baltimore Street in Detroit, you'll find a funky little guitar-organ trio setting up musical shop. You'll find Julian Vanslyke on drums and Phil Whitfield on organ. And playing right in between them, you'll find one of the world's best guitarists--Dennis Coffey.

You may not know ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin' at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge

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If the name Dennis Coffey only faintly rings a bell, it's because the guitarist was a member of the ensemble know as The Funk Brothers, the studio session crew who supplied the musicianship at the heart of Motown classics. Like many of his brethren, Coffey often availed himself of the opportunity to venture outside the confines ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Thelma Houston at the Catalina Jazz Club

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Thelma Houston and Taalam Acey
Catalina Jazz Club
Los Angeles, CA
April 29, 2016

It was a beautiful starry night. The weather was just right. Perfect for a stroll down Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. I took a short cut walking from the Walk of Fame ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73

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We call it “soul music" for a reason: Because from Ray Charles grooving on “America the Beautiful" to Maxwell gently hammering out his steps to “Ascension," the best soul music hits deep in our ears, our minds and our hearts.

Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 -'73, which compiles more than 100 rare soul ...

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Smokey Robinson at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Smokey Robinson
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
October 11, 2015

Smokey Robinson stood at the center of the small revolving stage of the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. It was just him and a lone spotlight, the band situated off-stage in the pit, Robinson, dressed all in white ...

Dave Sharp: Worlds

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Detroit-based bassist Dave Sharp and the Secret 7 ensemble he leads have found acclaim for their expansive grasp of world music, including and especially jazz: Sharp has toured jazz clubs throughout Japan and studied jazz theory and music at the New College of California with bassist Herbie Lewis, who nailed down rock-solid rhythmic bottoms for soul-jazz ...

Worlds Apart, Whirled Together

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BossaCucaNova
Our Kind of Bossa
Six Degrees
2014

Our Kind of Bossa celebrates fifteen fun years of BossaCucaNova, one of Brazil's most adventurous contemporary ensembles (and was also timed to coincide with Brazil hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup). These eleven tracks fuse the electro-bossa nova for which the group ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fort Knox Five: 10 Years of the Fort Knox Five

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“All good things come in five, baby...You can't get around no prime number, you dig?"

Some music just makes you feel good. You can't explain it but some music makes you feel like life's a party and you're invited. (It's that “can't explain it" part which drives writers crazy.) 10 Years of The Fort ...

Six Stops Around the Whirled

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Fort Knox Five
10 Years of The Fort Knox Five
Fort Knox Recordings
2013

“All good things come in five, baby...You can't get around no prime number, you dig?"

Some music just makes you feel good. You can't explain it but some music makes you feel like life's a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Marcus Belgrave: Preserver of Jazz

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If you trace the careers of many of today's jazz artists, you'll discover that they all converge around one man--trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. He gave Karriem Riggins his very first drum set. Ray Parker, Jr. got his first gig thanks to him. He even took a then 15- year-old James Carter to Europe for the first time. ...