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Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-'60s hits with Atlantic Records—"Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and several others—earned her the title "Lady Soul," which she has worn uncontested ever since. Yet as much of an international institution as she's become, much of her work—outside of her recordings for Atlantic in the late '60s and early '70s—is erratic and only fitfully inspired, making discretion a necessity when collecting her records. Franklin's roots in gospel ran extremely deep

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Take Five With Renée Manning

Read "Take Five With Renée Manning" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Renée Manning Widely celebrated vocalist/composer, Renée Manning, has been educating students ages 2 to 100 years for the past 35 years. During her 10 years as instructor and Vocal Chair at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, she has been awarded several grants including Met Life grants for her choral work with Prospect Hill Senior Center, ...

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Article: Album Review

Celeste: Not Your Muse

Read "Not Your Muse" reviewed by Chris May


The mega-concert staged in front of London's Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2022 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee was not an obvious save-the-date event for British jazz fans or non-monarchists. It was, however, brilliantly staged, and worth watching for that reason alone. And as it turned out, it contained three-and-a-half minutes of transcendent song ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kris Davis, Cole Porter & Lenny Marcus

Read "Kris Davis, Cole Porter & Lenny Marcus" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Washington DC-area pianist Lenny Marcus begins the 755th Episode of Neon Jazz with new material off his latest 2022 album When a Door Opens. We also hear new works from Ermelinda Cuellar, Kristina Koller and the Diva Jazz Orchestra. Balancing all this new material are classics from The California Ramblers, Aretha Franklin and Muggsy Spanier. A ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Exposures

Read "Exposures" reviewed by John Kelman


Between the impact of the COVID pandemic since 2020, and in the eight year-long tenure of King Crimson's final lineup, which toured between 2014 and 2021, there's been a lot revealed about its sole remaining founding member, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Fripp. Since 2012, the more than five-decade history of King Crimson, live and in the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Harold Arlen, Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Harold Arlen, Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalist Liz Terrell, guitarist Ron Jackson and pianist Wendy Kirkland with birthday shoutouts to Harold Arlen (who wrote with several fine women lyricists) in the first hour and Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson in the second hour, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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Article: Interview

Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors

Read "Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Kenny Garrett has always respected the music of his predecessors. He knows its importance. He knows the value of the tradition, knowledge and innovation passed on to new generations of musicians. He's recorded, for example, dedications to John Coltrane (Pursuance, Warner Bros., 1996), as well as Joe Henderson and Sonny Rollins (Trilogy, Warner ...

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Article: Interview

Georgia Cécile's Brand New Timeless Classics

Read "Georgia Cécile's Brand New Timeless Classics" reviewed by Peter Jones


While Gregory Porter was waiting backstage during his four-night run at London's Royal Albert Hall in October, some friends in the audience texted him: Your support act is dope! Glasgow-born singer and composer Georgia Cécile is indeed dope, and her talent—developed over the last ten years—is finally being recognized: in 2020 she was nominated ...

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Article: Interview

Christian Sands: Renaissance Man

Read "Christian Sands: Renaissance Man" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Christian Sands is more than a jazz pianist, though he excels at it and it is central to his art. After all he started playing at about the age of two and first performed in public at age nine. Sands is a prolific composer. He has written music for television. He wants to do ...

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Article: Film Review

Sam Cooke: Legend

Read "Sam Cooke: Legend" reviewed by Doug Collette


Sam Cooke Legend Abkco 2021 With a running time of seventy minutes, the documentary on singer/composer/producer Sam Cooke is far shorter than the bonus material included on the DVD of Legend. But in its own way, that's fitting as the late r&b/soul icon's lasting influence, based on his varied career as ...


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