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Bob Marley


Robert Nesta Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Marley's contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade. Over the course of his career, Marley became known as a Rastafari icon, and he infused his music with a sense of spirituality.[6] He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican music and culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for democratic social reforms


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Baby do Brasil at City Winery New York

Read "Baby do Brasil at City Winery New York" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Baby do Brasil City Winery New York, NYSeptember 23, 2023 Backed by a six-piece band (guitars, drums, percussion and keyboards), Baby do Brasil (formerly known as Baby Consuelo) took to the stage showcasing a collection of hits from her five-decade career, including her time as a member of the legendary band ...


Article: Play This!

Monty Alexander: No Woman No Cry

Read "Monty Alexander: No Woman No Cry" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A regular dose of Monty Alexander is good for the soul. He always has an inner positivity running through everything he touches--much like his most-admired heroes, such as fellow Jamaican icon Bob Marley. Combine the spirits of the two, as with a heart-stirring take on the warmest of Marley songs, and you've got a special kind ...


Article: Album Review

Albert Vila: Levity

Read "Levity" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Spanish jazz guitarist Albert Vila has been around. His biography includes studies in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Manhattan and Brussels. His discography has quintet, quartet, trio and duet dates. So, this solo album represents a significant departure. The approach was conceived during the heaviest time of the pandemic, making it one of many documents created during those times ...


Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day 2023 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day 2023 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Record Store Day, which started in 2007, is a biannual event designed to promote independent record stores. Every Record Store Day drop features limited-edition vinyl releases in practically every genre of music. The releases, however, are offered on a limited basis, and they are available for one time only. As a result, collectors often wait in ...


Article: Album Review

Albert Vila: Levity

Read "Levity" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Levity in these times usually refers to a state of humorousness or lightness of manner. From the liner notes of guitarist Albert Vila's Levity, however, we read that levity was originally thought to be a physical force, like gravity, but pulling in the opposite direction. But consider a word grown from the same root ...


Article: Jazz Fiction

Interruptions On A Christmas Eve

Read "Interruptions On A Christmas Eve" reviewed by Arthur R George

The small restaurant and occasional music bistro was closed for Christmas Eve. Its owner Ernie DiVitale had darkened the room. There was light enough, from the Christmas tree in the corner and spilling in from a lamp over the prep area in the kitchen, to relax with his wife Veronica at a back table over cappuccini ...


Article: Under the Radar

Ill Considered - Reconsidered

Read "Ill Considered - Reconsidered" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

London Calling, AgainAround 2010, the South London jazz scene began breaking with tradition for an alternative union of music rooted in global cultures. It represented a fundamental change in the way young Londoners related to music; the rhythms were infused with hip hop, spiritual jazz, dubstep, funk, groove, reggae, and future soul in various combinations. In ...


Article: Film Review

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73

Read "Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bob Marley and the Wailers The Capitol Session '73 Mercury Studios 2021 Talk about buried treasure indeed! Bob Marley and The Wailers The Capitol Session '73 would not exist in this CD/DVD package (or it's other configurations) if not for a series of deceptively fortuitous events that occurred nearly a half-century ...


Article: Interview

Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations

Read "Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations" reviewed by Chris May

At the time of writing in summer 2021, there are a number of super-talented musicians on London's alternative jazz scene who deserve far more prominence than they have yet to achieve. Some of these players have been ill-served by their record labels. Others have only recorded as sidepersons. A few have chosen to confine their music-making ...


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