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Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee) is an actor, soul singer, Academy Award- winning songwriter, musician, and arranger. He voiced the character "Chef", a singing ladies' man and elementary school cook, on the animated sitcom South Park. In 1972, Hayes won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the film Shaft. Hayes became the first African American to win an Academy Award in a non-acting category. After Hattie McDaniel, James Baskett and Sidney Poitier, he became only the fourth performer of African descent to ever receive an Academy Award. He was also nominated in the Best Original Score category (for Shaft) as well. Hayes won Grammy awards for: Best Instrumental Arrangement, "Theme From Shaft" (arranged with Johnny Allen) in 1971 Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special,"Theme From Shaft" in 1971 Best Pop Instrumental Performance By An Arranger, Composer, Orchestra and/or Choral Leader, "Black Moses" in 1972 In 1992, Hayes was crowned an honorary king of Ghana's Ada district thanks to his humanitarian deeds. On June 9, 2005, Hayes was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame alongside Bill Withers, Steve Cropper, Robert B

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Dionne Warwick: Déjà Vu: The Arista Recordings (1979-1994)

Read "Déjà Vu: The Arista Recordings (1979-1994)" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Every artist, even great ones, experiences peaks and valleys. When Dionne Warwick signed with Arista Records in 1979, she had nothing to prove, but her glory also seemed like a thing of the past. She was already a part of pop history with an unparalleled string of hits penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. In ...

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Various Artists: Sunny Side Up

Read "Sunny Side Up" reviewed by Chris May

London DJ Gilles Peterson's worldwide touring produces some singular jazz and near-jazz experiences, the best of which he documents on his Brownswood Recordings label. Modern Cuban music figures prominently in the catalogue, and there have been several Japanese jazz albums, most memorably the Toshio Matsuura Group's Loveplaydance: 8 Scenes From The Floor (Brownswood, 2018). The label ...

The Holy Trinity of Soul: Three Craft Reissues

Read "The Holy Trinity of Soul: Three Craft Reissues" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Last fall, Craft Recordings issued a four CD compilation focusing on Isaac Hayes and his recordings for Stax, Volt, and Enterprise. Spanning the years 1962 to 1976, the set cut a wide swathe of Southern soul and managed to put into perspective the importance of Hayes' impressive oeuvre. Now, Craft turns its attention to upscale vinyl ...

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Various Artists: Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest

Read "Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Stax Records defined the “Memphis Sound" of soul music in the 1960s. With a roster that took in Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Isaac Hayes, Stax and its sister label Volt provided the main competition to Motown as a home to classic soul acts. Three separate ...

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Hard Proof: Stinger

Read "Stinger" reviewed by Joe Gatto

Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous Jazz and deep Funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet. This jny: Austin, Texas based ten-piece collective began by studying the blueprint of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band, as well as Funk and Jazz from the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. And yet, they're a ...

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Various Artists: Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73

Read "Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

We call it “soul music" for a reason: Because from Ray Charles grooving on “America the Beautiful" to Maxwell gently hammering out his steps to “Ascension," the best soul music hits deep in our ears, our minds and our hearts. Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 -'73, which compiles more than 100 rare soul ...

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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 ...


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