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Solomon Burke was an important early soul pioneer. On his '60s singles for Atlantic, he brought a country influence into R&B, with emotional phrasing and intricately constructed, melodic ballads and mid tempo songs. At the same time, he was surrounded with sophisticated "uptown" arrangements and was provided with much of his material by his producers. The combination of gospel, pop, country, and production polish was basic to the recipe of early soul. While Burke wasn't the only one pursuing this path, not many others did so as successfully. And he was an important influence upon the Rolling Stones, who covered Burke's "Cry to Me" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" on their early albums.  Burke came by his gospel roots even more deeply than most soul stars

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Christine Connallon

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 27, 2019 Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

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Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker" Out September 28th

Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker" Out September 28th

When a 24-year-old Blue Lu Barker stepped up to the microphone at Decca Records studio in Manhattan in 1938 to record Don’t You Feel My Leg, she had no way of knowing that that initial recording would turn out to be such an enduring piece of blues artistry. An immediate hit, the song instantly established Barker ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss

Read "Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Michael Vlatkovich è un trombonista e compositore di St. Louis attivo dal 1973 a Los Angeles, parte di quella nicchia sperimentale presente dagli anni cinquanta nella West Coast. È membro regolare del Vinny Golia Large Ensemble e del Rob Blakeslee Quartet ma collabora anche con artisti di varie tendenze espressive: Bobby Bradford e Gerry Hemingway ma ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Miles Mosley, contrabbassista per ogni stagione

Read "Miles Mosley, contrabbassista per ogni stagione" reviewed by Andrea Murgia

Bassista, cantante, compositore di colonne sonore: Miles Mosley è tutto questo e molto ancora. Dopo aver studiato con titani del contrabbasso come John Clayton e Ray Brown, Mosley ha cominciato a supportare in tour musicisti del calibro di Lauryn Hill, Jeff Beck, Gnarls Barkley e Mos Def e registrare sui dischi di Jonathan Davis dei Korn ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes: The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings

Read "The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings" reviewed by Doug Collette

Unless a musiclover becomes fully-versed in the full career trajectory of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes via their latter-day work with Barry Beckett, Nile Rodgers, et.al., as compiled on All I Want Is Everything (Rhino 1993), it's difficult if not impossible to avoid seeing the group as a novelty act at best or worse, a ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Christmas 2016 II: Contemporary

Read "Christmas 2016 II:  Contemporary" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling says of the holidays, “In the Western world, whether you're Christian or not, Christmas has some kind of seasonal relevance to you...You really cannot escape the holiday--even if it is just coming at you on television...for me, the holiday comes enriched with a lot of beautiful personal memories. It also comes freighted ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kevin Hays: New Day

Read "New Day" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Jazz ma ancora più soul e funk segnano il ritorno in studio di Kevin Hays, il quarantasettenne pianista newyorkese che per la Sunnyside licenzia questo piacevole New Day, album da gustare tutto d'un fiato lungo le 12 tracce che, insieme a tanti brani originali, includono anche un paio di cover eccellenti. La parata ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Eric Legnini: The Afro Beat from Europe

Read "Eric Legnini: The Afro Beat from Europe" reviewed by Jean-Pierre Goffin

Starting very young with his own trio--Stéphane Galland (Aka Moon, Joe Zawinul, Lobi) on drums and Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, bassist of the European Chet Baker's trio with Philip Catherine--Eric Legnini left jny: Brussels and has been living in jny: Paris since then, appearing first with drummer Aldo Romano, alto saxophonist Stefano Di Battista and trumpet player Flavio ...


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