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Noisey/VICE Premieres The Soul Rebels’ Power = Power Mixtape Featuring Remixes, Live Recordings and Covers of Jay-Z, Daft Punk, Drake, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and More.
In the mid-1980s, Gary Burton was just entering middle age, but he’d had experiences as a jazz player to fill several lifetimes. Duke Ellington had treated him with kindness, Milt Jackson with suspicion, Miles Davis with a death threat. And Stan Getz? Book review by Siddhartha Miller for the BOSTON GLOBE
"I am thrilled to have won the Latin Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album for What’s Up?,” says Camilo. “It truly feels like a dream come true since it was my wish to perform and record an album full of contrasts of color and rhythm as a contribution to the rich tradition of Solo Piano styles."
President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor Wednesday to 16 Americans, including one of the greatest living jazz artists, Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, at a star-studded – and often poignant – celebration at the White House. Feature by Anita Kumar for THE MIAMI HERALD.
Complacency is no match for the human hurricane known as Barrence Whitfield. His recent reunion with the Savages came after decades apart, but time melts away as soon as the band slams into the first chord each night in front of their typically jacked-up fans. Feature by Greg Kot for THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
There's a constant exchange of ideas, some-times expressed as classic counterpoint, at other times as contrasting rhythmic and melodic figures. Fred Hersch and Julian Lage's Free Flying given a Five Star Review by Jon Garelick for DOWNBEAT
The Vigil is one of Corea's best groups in decades, a lithe band of meticulous yet heated improvisers who scale his compositional heights with balletic grace. Review by Ken Micallef for DOWNBEAT
NPR's Melissa Block remembers her Uncle Allan. He died in October at the age of 90. Allan Block, a self-taught leather worker and old-time fiddle player owned a small sandal shop in Greenwich Village during folk music's heyday in the 1950s and 60s. Musicians such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were known to stop by.
Acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, sings from the soul, telling her stories with faultless phrasing and a lucid, enchanting voice. Stacey will be returning to Canada to present her brand new album, THE CHANGING LIGHTS (Parlophone/Warner).
Barrence Whitfield is a treasure, with unbelievable pipes (and not just on the album cover), an unimpeachable discography (with great taste in cover tunes) and undeniable appeal. If you care a, uh, whit about soul and garage rock, you need this in your life. Album review by Stephen Haag for POPMATTERS