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Article: Album Review

Tower of Power: 50 Years of Funk and Soul

Read "50 Years of Funk and Soul" reviewed by John Pietaro


In the realm of power funk and jazz-rock, Tower of Power was an original voice, one carved from a unique place within an exceptionally heady moment. And this convergence of forces, clearly, has yet to cool some 53 years hence. Horns? They've carried up to six at a time, to hell with diminished door ...

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Article: Album Review

Chicago Soul Jazz Collective: It Takes a Spark to Start a Fire

Read "It Takes a Spark to Start a Fire" reviewed by John Pietaro


Solace. Listening to classic 1960s soul-jazz as an escape from today's stresses united the musicians who founded the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective. Many of us know of that comfort, the one carried by a cursory view of nostalgia. But don't look too close. Tenor saxophonist John Fournier and trumpet player Marques Carroll built a band on ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Introducing Melanie Charles and The Journey at Nublu (NYC) on April 23rd

With a tone reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, melodic lines inspired by John Coltrane and Miles Davis coupled with soulful yet funky vibes, Melanie Charles is the quintessence of soulful Jazz. Along with her band, The Journey, she transports her listeners back in time to the Harlem jazz clubs of the twenties while at simultaneously breathing a ...

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News: Recording

One of Most Prolific Musicians Bill Laswell Forms Super Group Method of Defiance with New Release

INAMORATA: New album from super group METHOD OF DEFIANCE, JUNE 2007 Bill Laswell's super group METHOD OF DEFIANCE spawns highly ambitious new project entitled INAMORATA. This compositional masterpiece intertwines and weaves the best electronica artists with the most sublime virtuoso musicians on the planet. It's a riveting and refreshing concept album that's the brainchild and creation ...


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