Category: Grooves & Beats

CD Review: “Genesis” By Brian McKnight

CD Review: “Genesis” By Brian McKnight

| September 1, 2017 | Reply

…….It’s tempting to think that Genesis signals a return to McKnight’s gospel leanings; instead, what’s happening is Brian has rediscovered, and demonstrated, his playful yet passionate side (experiencing ‘crazy love’ as a newlywed can do that to you). Yes, there are modern twists and a few brow-raising couplets, but overall, Genesis harkens back to the sweetness and […]

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Talking “Honestly” With Lalah Hathaway

Talking “Honestly” With Lalah Hathaway

| August 26, 2017 | 1 Reply

When it comes to soul music, categorizing the ‘greats’ at any level has to include the contributions of Donny Hathaway. Thanks to an intuitive knack for musical arrangements, songwriting and his buttery, gospel-flecked vocals, the Chicago-raised Hathaway was an in-demand musician by his early 20s. By the time he left Howard University, Donny was a […]

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“eLife,” Mint Condition & Bio #1; Introducing “Melody Charles”

“eLife,” Mint Condition & Bio #1; Introducing “Melody Charles”

| August 20, 2017 | Reply

From “Adoring The Unsung”……. On an early spring afternoon in 2008, I got a call from their manager that completely threw me for a loop: apparently, on the verge of releasing their 6th studio CD, they were unhappy with the bio that had been written for their press kit. According to him, the guys withdrew […]

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Seems Like He’s Raping……

Seems Like He’s Raping……

| July 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

……..As a parent myself and the mother of two daughters, these allegations are heartbreaking and horrific. I cannot imagine the pain their loved ones are going through, having awareness of what’s going on and desperate to get their daughters away from the self-proclaimed ‘Pied Piper of R&B.’ But I also must ask, as a woman […]

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Stokley’s “Introducing….,” CD Preview/Review Link

Stokley’s “Introducing….,” CD Preview/Review Link

| June 19, 2017 | Reply

…..Layering contemporary narratives over time-honored musicality, Introducing…..sifts through facets of the human experience, elucidating the personal, the political and every other type in-between. The smattering of a few recognizable faves (for example, production duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barrias, along with jazz pianist Robert Glasper) enhance the project without compromising Stokley’s uniqueness or overtaking Williams’ […]

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“Prince Gave Every Moment To Creating His Brand.”

“Prince Gave Every Moment To Creating His Brand.”

| June 13, 2017 | 5 Replies

Back in 1981, when 19-year-old Mark Brown was chosen as a bassist for Prince’s then-unnamed band, he didn’t know that he was stepping into musical history. But that’s what the Revolution was launched into as they collaborated with, and played alongside, the future superstar. “I had heard, before he hired me, that Prince had auditioned […]

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Back For the First Time: Stokley’s Solo Moves

Back For the First Time: Stokley’s Solo Moves

| May 17, 2017 | Reply

For some, it’s a surprise; for others, it’s been a long time coming. Super group Mint Condition’s lead singer, Stokley, is stepping into the spotlight all on his own with his solo debut, Introducing…..Stokley. Slated for a June 23rd release, Introducing…..is a project that will display new dimensions, but one that’s been in the making […]

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Mary J. Blige: Drama, Divorcing & “The Strength of a Woman”

Mary J. Blige: Drama, Divorcing & “The Strength of a Woman”

| April 28, 2017 | Reply

…..Throughout the set’s tracks, MJB is running the emotional gauntlet –there’s betrayal, heartbreak, fury and yes, even a healthy dose of petty when she reminds listeners, and her soon-to-be ex, that she’s rocking “Queen” title for a reason. If folks thought she bared her soul with that first single, “Thick of It,” their ears will […]

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