‘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…

Grammy Predictions: Who Wins in the Urban Categories?


The Grammy nominations have been announced. Now it’s time to dig in (early) and predict who wins within the urban categories – aka R&B and rap. Names to remember – Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Eminem. There are others, but wouldn’t many agree the three heavyweight vets have a great chance of being victorious?   Best…

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…

November’s Playlist: The Best of October 2013


I’ll admit that during the month of October I missed out on a couple of albums (Pearl Jam, Scotty McCreery, Korn, Paul McCartney, etc.).  Alas, that is the life of a music journalist and music critic – you can’t listen to ‘em all.  Despite this, from the albums I did partake of, I’ve assembled a…

Grammy Dissection, Part 3: R&B


Background Since I consider R&B one of my areas of expertise, I find myself always shaking my head about the Grammy choices in this category. This year has some good ones and some that make me just want to rip something apart.  I will try to contain my inner beast as I analyze both the…