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One of the most enigmatic and talented Soul men of all time, Bobby Womack has been a link from 50s Gospel to 60s Soul to 70s Rock and to some of the greatest musicians in each genre. Born in an extremely devout religious family, he was singing Gospel with his brothers Cecil, Friendly, Harry and Curtis as the Womack Brothers while he was still a child.The talented group was discovered by Gospel/Soul legend Sam Cooke, who renamed them the Valentinos and transformed them into a teenage secular vocal group. By the early 60s The Valentinos were touring with James Brown and scoring on the R&B charts with their first hit, "Lookin' For A Love." Cooke's death in 1964 sent the group on a spiral from which it would never recover

Article: Profile

Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965

Read "Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Questo lussuoso cofanetto di sei LP in edizione limitata dedicato all'arpista Dorothy Ashby è un importante contributo che colma l'attuale vuoto di registrazioni e rende giustizia a un'artista tanto importante quanto dimenticata. Non troverete il suo nome sulle massime storie ed enciclopedie del jazz, e la sua morte prematura dell'aprile 1986 (aveva 55 anni) fu data ...

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Article: In Pictures

Ancient To The Future: Fatoumata Diawara At Carnegie Hall

Read "Ancient To The Future: Fatoumata Diawara At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Fatoumata Diawara was a featured performer at the Journey into Afrofuturism Festival, organized by Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 4. It is a (NY) city-wide festival “where music, visual arts, science fiction, and technology intersect to imagine alternate realities and a liberated future viewed through the lens of Black cultures." Chimurenga Renaissance, a Zimbabwean-centered hip-hop collective, ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Winter 2022

Read "Winter 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. The Ronnie Wood Band Mr. Luck: A Tribute to Jimmy Reed Live at the Royal Albert Hall BMG

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Article: Album Review

Emma-Jean Thackray: Yellow

Read "Yellow" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Many of the most prominent exponents of melding jazz with soul, funk and hip-hop have been trumpeters. Even in the late 1970s, Chuck Mangione was already taking soul-jazz and moving it further into an R&B orbit (and taking heat from jazz purists for supposedly “selling out"), and in so doing exposing lots of pop fans to ...

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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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Article: Live Review

Euge Groove At Yoshi's

Read "Euge Groove At Yoshi's" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Euge Groove Yoshi's Oakland, CA February 5, 2016 Eclectic saxophonist Euge Groove (Tower of Power, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt) and his fantastic group performed to a capacity house during Friday's second show at Yoshi's Oakland. EG's outstanding band included: Randy Jacobs guitar, Cornelius Mims bass, Chris Miskel drums, and Colin Clausen ...

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News: TV / Film

Documentary: Bobby Womack

Documentary: Bobby Womack

Soul singer-songwriter Bobby Womack died on Friday, June 27, at age 70. His career lasted 50 years, and he played a role in the recording careers of Sam Cooke, Sly Stone, the Rolling Stones and many other artists. His heartfelt sound is probably closest to Marvin Gaye and his influence was substantial, connecting gospel to romantic ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Inspiration Information / Wings of Love

Read "Inspiration Information / Wings of Love" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Shuggie Otis might not have been born holding a guitar but he probably picked his first one up soon thereafter. He did grow up playing guitar in bands led by his dad Johnny Otis, who introduced such artists as Charles Brown and Esther Phillips to R&B and soul audiences. He debuted ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Fusion Groovin’

Read "Fusion Groovin’" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Analog Players Society Hurricane Season in Brooklyn Studio Brooklyn 2012 Hurricane Season in Brooklyn marks the debut of the Analog Players Society (APS), an extension of the lifelong pursuit of the groove by the percussionist, engineer and producer known as Amon, who first discovered Turkish, West African and Middle Eastern music ...


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