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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 8, 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 30, 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 19, 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 18, 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 13, 2014 | Stefan Trischler | Articles
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls Christopher Wallace "Ready to Die"

Ready to Die at 20: How Christopher Wallace created hip-hop’s definitive crime epic

Twenty years ago (September 13, 1994) saw the release of a wholly cinematic piece of art inspired by New York.

September 12, 2014 | Dean Van Nguyen | Guest Blog
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Father of beatdigging and hip-hop itself Afrika Bambaataa donated his record collection to Cornell University

Last summer, we made our way to the Master of Records Open Archive to take a look.

September 10, 2014 | Andrew Mason | Gallery
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 3, 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 25, 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 20, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles
Adrian Younge

10 records that influenced Adrian Younge while producing the new Souls of Mischief album

Adrian Younge recently got together with Bay Area golden boys Souls of Mischief to create a new album that harkens…

August 15, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Record Rundown
Jorge Dalto Chevere

Argentine pianist Jorge Dalto, who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and George Benson, released his debut solo album Chevere in 1976

Jorge Dalto Chevere (United Artists) 1976 In June 1980, seven years before his untimely death at just 38, Jorge Dalto…

August 12, 2014 | Matthew Court | Re:Discovery
Kaytranada

Producer/DJ Kaytranada pulls 10 records while beatdigging at New York’s A-1 Records

If you’ve ever bore witness to one of Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada’s DJ sets, you’ve likely been shuttled through an aural…

August 8, 2014 | Rico Washington | Record Rundown
Aaliyah-article-splash

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 5, 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 1, 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 31, 2014 | Egon | Articles
DJ Quik by Jorge Peniche

DJ Quik picks out 19 influential records at L.A.’s Amoeba Music

“When you sample,” says Compton, California, legend DJ Quik, “it’s more than just about the musical piece. It’s the wow…

July 29, 2014 | Tony Best | Record Rundown
"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 16, 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 14, 2014 | Damian Ghigliotty | Articles
Bob James One

Jazz keyboardist and arranger Bob James talks about his first three albums on CTI

#102683350 / gettyimages.com   “I’m flattered to be a part of hip-hop’s history,” says Bob James nonchalantly. “But I believe…

July 10, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
Joao Donato e Gal Costa

João Donato steered Brazilian music in new directions

  Where’s João Donato? It’s a frequently asked question, referring simultaneously to the physical location and the musical moment he…

July 9, 2014 | Allen Thayer | Articles
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Polysom is Brazil’s most popular—and only—vinyl pressing plant

Around the Praça Tiradentes in downtown Rio de Janeiro, used vinyl abounds. Vendors haul crates in with wheelbarrows and prop records up on building façades, lazily keeping an eye out for customers while they chat with taxi drivers and doormen…

| Gregory Scruggs | Guest Blog
Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack is a thread that runs through soul music

Perhaps more than any other artist of his era, he connects the major players in a six-degrees-of-separation game that keeps going until it seems that Womack must have known and played with everyone.

June 27, 2014 | Travis Atria | Articles
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Is Still the King

Five years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. He was one of the very few artists who transcended the world of music and the world as a whole through his irrevocable influence.

June 26, 2014 | Chris Williams | Guest Blog
Willie Mitchell at Hi Records

Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell set the tone for polished Memphis soul

  I’ve been fortunate enough to know “Poppa” Willie Mitchell for a handful of years. When we first met, in…

June 25, 2014 | Andria Lisle | Articles
Cole Marsden Greif-Neill and Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel. Photo by Grace Oh.

From their humble lo-fi start, Nite Jewel is crystallizing its analog-synth sound

Ramona Gonzalez is the face, voice, and lyrics of Nite Jewel, a retro-futuristic R&B project that sounds something like the love child of Sade and Kraftwerk.

June 20, 2014 | Allen Thayer | Articles
Epic Records/Cold Chillin' promotional photo for 4, 5, 6 (1995) by Sue Kwon

Kool G Rap talks about Marley Marl and the Juice Crew, crime raps, and his extensive catalog

  Kool G Rap’s early career was a minefield of shifty fictions anchored in large by a dizzying cadence and…

June 12, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
Liminha. Photo by Mario Luiz Thompson/Arquivo.

Brazilian bassist and producer Liminha worked with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Os Mutantes

Os Mutantes bassist Liminha (born Arnolpho Lima Jr.) is one of the multi-talented individuals responsible for shaping Brazilian music over…

June 9, 2014 | David Katz | Articles
Gabriel Roth at the piano. Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Behind the “scene” with Daptone Records founder Gabe Roth

Behind two of the most important R&B singers to emerge in the last ten years, there’s a pair of shades…

June 5, 2014 | Brad Farberman | Articles

A look back twenty years on Aaliyah’s short but influential career.

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