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Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour

Read "Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Backing a new record with a live tour is, of course, standard practice. So, a tour in support of Double Vision (Warner Brothers, 1986) would be nothing out of the ordinary. The Bob James and David Sanborn classic, that also features Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd, proved to be visionary in its scope and profound in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Live at Baker's

Read "Live at Baker's" reviewed by Doug Collette

The intimations of springtime on guitarist Dennis Coffey's Live at Baker's place it more closely in line with the balmy tone of Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge (Resonance Records, 2016) than the insistent rhythm workout of One Night at Morey's: 1968 (Omnivore, 2018). Nevertheless, this three concert release, like its ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bobby Broom: Soul Fingers

Read "Soul Fingers" reviewed by Jim Trageser

A thematic sequel to his 2007 release, Song and Dance, Bobby Broom's Soul Fingers is a deep-pile take on late 1960s--early 1970s pop, with Broom in his best Wes Montgomery vein, giving new soul-jazz life to one-time chart hits. And yet, it's also a break from Song and Dance because Broom has changed his ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence

Read "Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Every Tuesday night at the Northern Lights Lounge on Baltimore Street in Detroit, you'll find a funky little guitar-organ trio setting up musical shop. You'll find Julian Vanslyke on drums and Phil Whitfield on organ. And playing right in between them, you'll find one of the world's best guitarists--Dennis Coffey. You may not know ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin' at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge

Read "Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin' at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge" reviewed by Doug Collette

If the name Dennis Coffey only faintly rings a bell, it's because the guitarist was a member of the ensemble know as The Funk Brothers, the studio session crew who supplied the musicianship at the heart of Motown classics. Like many of his brethren, Coffey often availed himself of the opportunity to venture outside the confines ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Thelma Houston at the Catalina Jazz Club

Read "Thelma Houston at the Catalina Jazz Club" reviewed by Belinda Ware

Thelma Houston and Taalam Acey Catalina Jazz Club Los Angeles, CA April 29, 2016 It was a beautiful starry night. The weather was just right. Perfect for a stroll down Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. I took a short cut walking from the Walk of Fame ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Smokey Robinson at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Smokey Robinson at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Smokey Robinson NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY October 11, 2015 Smokey Robinson stood at the center of the small revolving stage of the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. It was just him and a lone spotlight, the band situated off-stage in the pit, Robinson, dressed all in white ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Sharp: Worlds

Read "Worlds" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Detroit-based bassist Dave Sharp and the Secret 7 ensemble he leads have found acclaim for their expansive grasp of world music, including and especially jazz: Sharp has toured jazz clubs throughout Japan and studied jazz theory and music at the New College of California with bassist Herbie Lewis, who nailed down rock-solid rhythmic bottoms for soul-jazz ...


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