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The Faces

A tribute to Ian McLagan, organ player and member of rock groups the Small Faces and the Faces

The death of any artist can sting, but the passing of Ian McLagan, aka “Mac,” at age sixty-nine has had an unmistakable…

January 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Guest Blog
Ed Motta AOR 2 Mixtape

Ed Motta drops AOR Mix 2 chock full of funky and rare tunes

Mixtape of 20 funky and super-rare AOR tunes.

October 8th, 2014 | Allen Thayer | Mixtape
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
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 12th, 2014 | Matthew Court | Re:Discovery
The Winans Tomorrow

Producer Bill Maxwell discusses the Winans sophomore album, Tomorrow, on its 30th anniversary

By the beginning of the 1980s, Marvin Winans, Carvin Winans, Ronald Winans, and Michael Winans had embarked on a gospel…

May 29th, 2014 | Chris Williams | Features
DeBarge In A Special Way

DeBarge would skyrocket into another realm of superstardom with 1983’s In a Special Way

  By the beginning of the 1980s, Eldra “El” DeBarge, Randy DeBarge, Mark DeBarge, James DeBarge, and Etterlene “Bunny” DeBarge…

May 2nd, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles

Dérobé Dance Band

Download the MP3 and win a 7-inch!

March 11th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Tracks

The 40th anniversary of the Stevie Wonder classic, Innervisions

TONTO synth inventor Malcolm Cecil recalls the magic of working on Talking Book, Music of My Mind, and Innervisions….

August 7th, 2013 | Chris Williams | Articles

Between the Sheets: Collecting sheet music

“As well as digging for records,” says Nostalgia 77’s Ben Lamdin in Issue 15, “I realized you can dig for scores.” As fellow obsessive collectors, we eventually made our way to sheet music as well.

June 4th, 2013 | Wax Poetics | The Album
Fender Rhodes

Rhodes Electric Piano

World War II may have given us the atom bomb, but it also contributed what Ray Charles would call “an…

May 20th, 2013 | Peter Kirn | Articles
The Doors - L.A. Woman

Ray Manzarek

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

May 20th, 2013 | Wax Poetics | In Memoriam

Renaissance Man

Lenny Kravitz grew up singing classical music, learned to play multiple instruments like his idol Prince, absorbed the Beatles’ classic studio techniques, and espoused the virtues of vintage equipment before it was called retro. A student of the music who had a sustaining influence on his peers, he fought the stereotypes of the music industry and became a master of his game.

August 28th, 2012 | Ericka Blount Danois | Articles
beatswap 19-5

Put some clothes on that ass

Most trained record-scavenging machines out there only need a big fat ATM withdrawal before a Beat Swap Meet. They’ll usually get coffee and a muffin too, time permitting.

July 26th, 2012 | Logan Melissa | Guest Blog
Photo by Alysse Gafkjen.

Dr. John teams up with the Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach for new album Locked Down

“I didn’t want to make a retro album,” Dan explains. “We didn’t record it in a retro way. We recorded it live on the floor, but there’s lots of low end.”

March 29th, 2012 | Allen Thayer | Articles
The Emotions

The Emotions

By the time sisters Wanda, Jeanette, and Sheila Hutchinson were preteens, they were already seasoned performers. They won talent shows at the Regal Theater on the South Side of Chicago. They had sung for Mahalia Jackson. They had performed with the Jackson Five before they were ever signed to Motown.

July 1st, 2011 | Ericka Blount Danois | Articles

Freddie Hubbard Live in San Francisco

Recorded in the summer and fall of 1980 at the famed San Francisco jazz club the Keystone Korner, this set…

June 3rd, 2011 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Sesame Street

Sesame Street Soul

Towards the end of 1968, almost all of the pieces for a new television show aimed at inner-city kids were…

November 10th, 2009 | Kurt Iveson | Articles
Issue 34 - The Jazz Issue

Issue 34

Our landmark Jazz Issue (#34) features the classic Blue Train photo of John Coltrane, uncropped, as well as trumpet star…

March 31st, 2009 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine

Mystery man Clutchy Hopkins brings beats from the Southern California desert

  Southern California’s inland desert residents regard their local coffee shop, the Beatnik, as a haven for outsiders. These colorful…

April 7th, 2008 | Dominic Wagner | Articles
On the bass in Berkeley, 1984, and skating circa late '70s.

Double Time

“I’ll take the dusty sound of a 45 over slick studio tracks any day,” so says Tommy Guerrero, whose name…

June 1st, 2007 | David Ma | Articles

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