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Ramsey Lewis
Mother Nature's Son

Ramsey Lewis didn’t want to record a Beatles cover album.

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Booker T. and the M.G.’s
McLemore Avenue

…gives the Beatles the Stax treatment that they wanted so badly…

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The Other Side of Abbey Road

Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles debuted in America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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"Powerline" (Prelude) 1981

Powerline was a young septet from North West London…

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Goodbye to a synth master

As a world wide web of George Duke fans have taken to the Internet today to fellowship and favorite, I keep coming back to this video…

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The Bobby "Blue" Bland Playlist

Bobby “Blue” Bland, soul and blues pioneer, died at age eighty-three on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his home outside of Memphis, Tennessee.

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Ray Manzarek
Remembering the Doors cofounder and keyboardist

Ray Manzarek, founding member of the Doors, has passed away at age seventy-four on May 20, 2013.

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Bassist and songwriter journeys into the inspiration of Nina Simone

Me’Shell Ndegéocello’s latest album, Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, celebrates the late, great songwriter’s legacy

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Lord Finesse is on a habitual quest for musical knowledge

As founding member of the D.I.T.C. Crew, Lord Finesse’s search for vinyl is routine and has remained so for decades.

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Remy LBO
Instrumental maestro picks ten

Exceptionalism, the fourth full release from composer and producer Remy LBO, marks both a summation and transition of artistic objectives. It’s a glassy, funky work of permuting textures, one through which the delicacy of craftsmanship is realized.

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DJ Babu
A Top Ten Record List from a World Famous Beat Junkie

DJ Babu, part of the World Famous Beat Junkies and Dilated Peoples, shares his top ten, a list that tells the story of his maturation as a kid in Oxnard to a world-class, international DJ.

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Norman Connors

He was a young drumer trying to keep up in the serious world of spiritual jazz. Then Norman Connors traded the rigorous life for expensive cars, fashion models, and R&B hits.

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Detroit Techno

A Number of Names, Blake Baxter, Cybotron, Derrick May, Intercity, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Kreem, Modell 500

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Harold Rhodes left a bright legacy

World War II may have given us the atom bomb, but it also contributed what Ray Charles would call “an atom bomb on the musical landscape.” Predating synths like the Moog, the Rhodes piano was the great keyboard instrument innovation of the twentieth century. Its history is intertwined with the history of jazz, and while […]

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Talk Box
This Bob Heil–invented vocal-effects module is not a vocoder

In an age in which robotic vocals have become cliche, the most important thing to know about the talk box is that it’s not a vocoder. That’s not to say the ideas aren’t related. The vocoder models human speech as the combination of a carrier and a formant—the sound of your vocal cords, and the way […]

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The surreal Afrobeat ballet of Fela’s Nigerian shows

You can hear the sonic ripples of Fela Kuti’s legacy anywhere in the world. But to appreciate the explosive power of the man as a musician, a bandleader, and a booming voice for social justice, the tale becomes a Nigerian story, an African story. Rikki Stein was Fela’s manager and close friend, a veteran of […]

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The Frank Ocean Interview
Frank Ocean finds himself in a unique position of calling the shots and taking his time on his forthcoming major label debut
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The saga of Hey Good Lookin’, Ralph Bakshi’s fractured masterpiece
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Border Crossing
Brownout traffics in Tejano funk