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Dr. Dre: Straight Outta Compton

Read "Dr. Dre: Straight Outta Compton" reviewed by Solomon J. LeFlore

I read a headline today in Daily Variety (motion picture industry magazine) that said: “Straight Outta Compton chronicles the origins and history of N.W.A. ("Niggaz With Attitude"), arguably the most influential hip hop group in the history of American music. The title is taken from the title of their 1988 debut studio album, and it is ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Quincy Jones: An Evening With A Legend

Read "Quincy Jones: An Evening With A Legend" reviewed by Solomon J. LeFlore

I love jazz! I love everything about it... the improvisation, syncopation, the forceful rhythm, and the fact that it is truly America's original art form. Its unique and innovative use of brass and woodwind instruments and the piano is jazz. And, it is as American as apple pie. Ask 100 different people “What is ...

David Basse: Uptown

Read "Uptown" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast singer Mark Winkler (Sweet Spot [Cafe Pacific Records, 2011]) heard David Basse and immediately signed him to his Cafe Pacific Records. Uptown is the first product of this partnership and, for the sake of the male jazz singer, does not come a moment too soon. There exists a huge disparity between female and male ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Mike Melvoin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Jazz legend Mike Melvoin to be honored with the Los Angeles Jazz Society's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for his esteemed body of work as a Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Producer and Recording Artist. The annual Jazz Tribute Awards Dinner and Concert was established in 1983 to recognize and honor Los Angeles based artists for their contributions in ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

It's Time for the News! But First, a Brief Report from Sick Bay...

Read "It's Time for the News! But First, a Brief Report from Sick Bay..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

August 2010 has been an interesting month. A few weeks ago I noticed a slight twinge in the right shoulder. The twinge soon became an ache, followed by loss of mobility and muscle tone in the right arm. The pain varies but is always there. As this is being written, I can raise the right arm ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lainie Cooke: Speaking to the Heart

Read "Lainie Cooke: Speaking to the Heart" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

When Lainie Cooke sings, the heart sinks in poetry made music; air seems to stop to avoid interrupting the flowing of such a magical, beautiful voice. She fills the barely-noticeable silence between notes with a voice that caresses the heart. Her life has been a jazz-bound adventure inspired by an early need to entertain others, landing ...

You Know

Label: City Light Entertainment
Released: 2006
Track listing: Long Ago and Far Away; Life Is What You Make It; Blue Skies; They Sing the Blues in Kansas City; Giant Steps; You Know; Son of the Beach; This Is the Moment; Exactly Like You; I'll Be Seeing You; La Luna Negra.

Playing The Word

Label: City Light Entertainment
Released: 2006
Track listing: All Cats Turn Gray When The Sun Goes Down; Over On Main; Turning The Town; Walking With Mingus; Remembering Frank Smith; After Hours; Notes From The Williamsburg; Starting With Langston; Blowing; Bird Talk; High Flyers; It Sure Is Risky And Afterwords; Bass Talk; Who Knows Where The Blues Was Born?; Cajon/Gojazz; All Cats Turn Gray When The Sun Goes Down.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Melvoin Trio: You Know

Read "You Know" reviewed by William Grim

"Adult songs for and about adults." That is Mike Melvoin's description of this trio album, and all of the prose poems that could be written about the technical brilliance of the performances contained therein would miss the essential truth of those six words. This is music of the highest quality with a seriousness of purpose that ...


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