‘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: Ruben Studdard, ‘Unconditional Love’


Studdard is in excellent voice on the relatively safe Unconditional Love  Ruben Studdard • Unconditional Love • Verve • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 On February 4th, R&B artist Ruben Studdard released his sixth album, Unconditional Love. It is hard to believe that the “Velvet Teddy Bear” has released six albums.  Unless you’re an…

56th Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs and Fails


Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed.  As always, there were moments that thrilled me while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year.  Still, even being…

Thoughts on the 56th Annual Grammy Nominations


The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking…

Review: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio 2’


Black Radio 2 may not supersede the original, but is still quite the exceptional listen Robert Glasper Experiment⎪ Black Radio 2⎪ Blue Note ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 29, 2013 After a successful first installment of Black Radio (the album received a Grammy for Best R&B Album earlier this year), the Robert Glasper Experiment returns…