‘Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone’ [Review]


  ‘Nina Revisited’ is a Rarity – A Legitimately Exceptional Tribute Album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone • RCA • US Release Date: July 10, 2015 Tribute albums can be a music critic’s worst nightmare. Why? Because often, the artists paying tribute just don’t have that same “oomph” or don’t match the sensibilities…

Review: Al Jarreau Delivers Solid Tribute on ‘My Old Friend’


Al Jarreau • My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke • Concord • US Release Date: August 5, 2014 On My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, legendary jazz musician Al Jarreau delivers a tribute album to late, great musician George Duke, who died in 2013. Most of the songs on the album were written or co-written…

Review: Amp Live’s ‘Headphone Concerto’ is Sweet Music to the Ears


Amp Live • Headphone Concerto • Plug Research • US Release Date: August 5, 2014 The best way to describe Headphone Concerto: ambitious. On Headphone Concerto, hip-hop producer Amp Live truly flexes his creativity and musicianship to the upmost. Mixing cues from numerous genres including classical and jazz, Headphone Concerto is genuinely something special to…

Review – José James, ‘While You Were Sleeping’


James’ Artistic Restlessness is a Virtue on While You Were Sleeping Among 2013’s ‘best kept secrets’ was an album titled No Beginning, No End, released via storied jazz label Blue Note. The LP fused jazz sensibilities with soulful execution. The exceptional affair was released by versatile, if underrated singer/songwriter named José James. James has proven…

Music Shopping List: Albums to Consider Purchasing June 10th, 2014


Last week, the music world received new offerings from the likes of Miranda Lambert (Platinum) and a comeback from 50 Cent (Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win). This week, June 10th, 2014, the sole gargantuan offering comes from former White Stripes front man Jack White, who releases his second solo album Lazaretto. Otherwise, new release…

Review: The Roots, ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’


The Roots continue to ‘transcend’ the confines of hip-hop on the ambitious …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin The Roots • …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin • Def Jam • US Release Date: May 19, 2014 The notion that “hip-hop don’t stop” is certainly a true statement as the genre hasn’t really ended, but…

Music Shopping List: 13 Albums to Consider May 6, 2014


April left a lot to be desired as far as the number of ‘blockbuster’ album releases that graced the music industry. Hopefully, the first official releases of May 2014 adds some spark to an incredibly slow music market in 2014. Tuesday May 6 is a big release day filled with a number of options. Again,…

Review: Dana Salzman, ‘Deep Down’


 On Deep Down, Dana Salzman delivers an eclectic album mixing jazz, funk, and hip-hop On her third album Deep Down, vocalist Dana Salzman presents herself as a premiere eclectic artist, delivering a mix of jazz, funk, and hip-hop.  Throughout the 16-track album, Salzman’s musicianship shines through both her nuanced pipes as well as her thoughtful…

Shopping List: Nine Albums to Consider Buying February 4, 2014


January has come and gone – thank goodness!  Still it’s cold and those bills keep on coming in – SMH (add a “D” or an “F” between the “M” and the “H” for extra intensity).  Still, there’s nothing like the gift of music to give us those “High Hopes” that Bruce Springsteen was singing about…