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Turquoise Summers (Omega Supreme Records)

Turquoise Summers continues the modern-funk tradition for Omega Supreme Records

 In 2009, Los Angeles based interplanetary funk doctor, Dam-Funk dropped his debut album, Toeachizown, a monumental five-LP boxed set on…

December 19th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Terry Reid

Terry Reid passed on Led Zeppelin to follow his own path

Terry Reid passed on the opportunity to become the front man of Led Zeppelin—instead introducing Robert Plant to Jimmy Page. His choice to carry on as a solo act never paid off with the heights of fame and fortune of his musical pals, yet he recorded two soulful folk-rock masterpieces and has become known as an artist’s artist, championed by many of the greats as the genuine article.

December 8th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Apollo Brown and Ras Kass

Detroit producer Apollo Brown talks about his new album Blasphemy with Ras Kass

Apollo Brown is a producer with a rep. When you check out an Apollo Brown album, you know what you…

December 5th, 2014 | Chris Pattinson | Articles
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

December 5th, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
Jean Seberg in the film 'Kill!'

The insidious tale of actress Jean Seberg, FBI’s COINTELPRO, and the film Kill!

The scene was tragic. A casket covered with lilies, daisies, and yellow roses. A stunned and muted crowd of hundreds…

November 21st, 2014 | David Thrussell | Articles
The Peterson Brothers

Texas guitar prodigies the Peterson Brothers fuse the blues with soul, funk, and disco

Trying to fit in sessions with Bootsy Collins can be tough when you’re still in high school.

November 20th, 2014 | Greg Lemen | Articles
The One-derful! Collection

Chicago label One-derful! Records reissued as deluxe box set

Staff songwriter, arranger, and producer Larry Nestor reminesces on his time with the Chicago soul label.

November 17th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone

Freddy Stone discusses Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! on its 45th anniversary

By the end of the 1960s, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, Frederick “Freddie Stone” Stewart, Rosemary “Rose Stone” Stewart, Cynthia Robinson,…

November 14th, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles
El Michels Affair 'Sounding Out the City'

Sounding Out the City by El Michels Affair gets a deluxe reissue a decade later

Leon Michels and Tommy Brenneck reminisce on the original sessions.

November 6th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
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The musical life of bassist Jack Bruce existed between the worlds of jazz and rock

The legendary Cream and Lifetime bassist passed away on October 25, 2014.

October 25th, 2014 | Brad Farberman | Articles
Richard Evans "Dealing with Hard Times"

Bassist-turned-arranger Richard Evans put the soul in Cadet Records

As reported by friends and family, Chicago music heavyweight Richard Evans has passed.

October 8th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist channel Afrika Bambaataa and take his record collection on the road

In 2013, Shadow and Cut Chemist were asked to fly to New York to take a look at the Holy Grail of record collections—belonging to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.

September 30th, 2014 | Kyle Eustice | Articles/Record Rundown
Alice Russell

Singer Alice Russell discusses her 15-year career with Tru Thoughts

The label is releasing a deluxe box set.

September 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
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André Cymone plays the records that changed his life

  In 2012, writer Ericka Blount Danois searched out André Cymone and secured one of the first interviews from the…

September 18th, 2014 | Ericka | Articles
Joe Sample

Keyboardist and Crusader Joe Sample left a major legacy of soul-jazz, R&B, and hip-hop

Joe Sample passed away on September 12, 2014.

September 13th, 2014 | Stefan Trischler | Articles
Gussie Clarke

Reggae producer Gussie Clarke talks about some of the best—and rarest—sides from new VP Records comp

More often than not, a producer is summed up to his biggest hit—in Gussie Clarke’s case, he will, instinctively and…

September 3rd, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Articles
Aaliyah

Designing the cover for Aaliyah’s 2001 self-titled release and dealing with the death of an icon

August 25, 2001. I am driving on the Bay Bridge, on my way to celebrate my birthday, when I noticed that the radio stations were playing a lot of her songs.

August 25th, 2014 | Warren Fu | Articles
Jimmy Jam

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have become synonymous with recording excellence

  Over the past three decades, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Lewis have become synonymous with recording excellence….

August 20th, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles
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A look back 20 years to the debut album of Aaliyah, the R. Kelly scandal, and her Timbaland-produced follow-up that set the R&B format on fire

  On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a…

August 5th, 2014 | Michael Gonzales | Articles
L. C. Cooke

L.C. Cooke, Sam Cooke’s brother, discusses his SAR Records sides

  When it comes to SAR Records—Sam Cooke’s label—there is no such thing as too many Cookes in the kitchen….

August 1st, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Idris Muhammad

The Idris Muhammad interview

I met Idris through Jimmy Lewis. I needed a drummer. We’d had a drummer on Hair when we were doing…

July 31st, 2014 | Egon | Articles
"Love Money"
Cal Tjader. Photo by Chuck Stewart.

Vibraphonist Cal Tjader was one of the first American jazz musicians to embrace Latin music

  On July 16, 1925, while on a vaudeville tour in St. Louis, Missouri, Victoria Tjader gave birth to a…

July 16th, 2014 | Duncan Reid | Articles
DJ Disco Wiz and Solie, 42nd St., 1984

Latino hip-hop pioneer DJ Disco Wiz spins a hard-knock yarn

  DJ Disco Wiz, hip-hop’s first Latino DJ, left a permanent mark on the music and culture after teaming up…

July 14th, 2014 | Damian Ghigliotty | Articles

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