Persona Records launched the recording careers of Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle and showed the world that house music could really sell
Danny Alias cofounded the mysterious and short-lived Persona Records, the precursor to Chicago’s house-music boom
…gives the Beatles the Stax treatment that they wanted so badly…
Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles debuted in America on The Ed Sullivan Show.
By 1977, Knuckles had left New York to run Chicago…
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…
Bobby “Blue” Bland, soul and blues pioneer, died at age eighty-three on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his home outside of Memphis, Tennessee.
Me’Shell Ndegéocello’s latest album, Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, celebrates the late, great songwriter’s legacy
As founding member of the D.I.T.C. Crew, Lord Finesse’s search for vinyl is routine and has remained so for decades.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]