Category: Jazz, Pop, Etc.

“Sing” Soundtrack, CD Review/Preview Link

“Sing” Soundtrack, CD Review/Preview Link

| December 31, 2016 | Reply

….It can delightful, or somewhat disturbing, to watch an ambitious koala bear (Matthew McConaughey), a pig (Reese Witherspoon), a mouse (Seth McFarlane), a crested porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a mountain gorilla (Taron Egerton) and an Indian elephant (Tori Kelly) go through the motions of putting together a stage show, but that’s what one experiences in Sing. […]

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CD Review, Najee’s “You & Me Forever”

CD Review, Najee’s “You & Me Forever”

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

The sparks, the synergy, the synchronizing of two heads and hearts on the bumpy path to ‘Love Always’….getting there as partners is part of the fun and that’s what’s heard in this exhilarating confection of jazz and soul. Najee continues to surround himself with an enviable peer set (Alex Bugnon, Robert Damper) that enhances his […]

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Dave Koz’ “The 25th Of December,” A MOC Preview and ST Review Link

Dave Koz’ “The 25th Of December,” A MOC Preview and ST Review Link

| November 10, 2014 | Reply

…..Since anyone can (and let’s face it, practically everyone has) create a Christmas album, what makes one memorable rather than just marketable is the amount of effort put into the expected favorites and upping the appeal factor on the less-familiar tracks. Koz actually succeeds with both, pouring as much warmth and richness into “The First […]

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Jonathan Butler’s “Living My Dream,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

Jonathan Butler’s “Living My Dream,” The MOC Preview & ST Review Link

| June 29, 2014 | Reply

……Today, Jonathan’s 18 studio CDs and over 30 years of performing with a who’s who of jazz and soul musicians would make any struggling ingénue jealous, but there are times that trials and tragedies can make one forget how blessed they actually are, which explains the intent and optimism of Butler’s latest set, Living My […]

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“Something” About Snarky Puppy, The MOC Preview & Knowshi Interview Link

“Something” About Snarky Puppy, The MOC Preview & Knowshi Interview Link

| February 23, 2014 | Reply

….For years the Ft. Worth, TX-based performer did the moonlight hustle as a marketing professional by day who jammed different joints and genres by night. After that grind wore him down, Letteri “ditched the desk” and went full-on pro on the ax, establishing his rep as a go-to stage and session musician long before joining […]

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Jonathan Butler’s “Merry Christmas To You,” The MOC Preview/ST CD Review Link

Jonathan Butler’s “Merry Christmas To You,” The MOC Preview/ST CD Review Link

| November 25, 2013 | Reply

…..After over a dozen studio CDs and collaborations on-stage and in the studio with the best and brightest of the music industry, Jonathan pours those enviable gifts of production, songwriting, guitar virtuosity and vocal instrumentation into traditional favorites and two self-penned performances. The presence of some very high-profile players certainly doesn’t hurt (Rick Braun, Dave […]

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Musiq Soulchild’s & Syleena Johnson’s “9ine,” The MOC Preview & ST Full-Length CD Review Link

Musiq Soulchild’s & Syleena Johnson’s “9ine,” The MOC Preview & ST Full-Length CD Review Link

| September 23, 2013 | Reply

….A project sparked from the cumulative spontaneous combustion effect of Musiq Soulchild, Syleena Johnson and acclaimed pop-reggae songwriter and producer Kemar “Flava” McGregor, 9ine expands on the Caribbean influence and Reggae-rich flavoring that the dynamic duo tapped into for the glib mid-tempo duet, “Promise.” The instant chemistry and camaraderie generated by Syleena and Musiq spiraled […]

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Justin Timberlake: “The 20/20 Experience” ST CD Preview/Review Link

Justin Timberlake: “The 20/20 Experience” ST CD Preview/Review Link

| March 19, 2013 | Reply

Let’s face it, friends: aside from the steady stream of musical cameos (Madonna, 50 Cent, Timbaland), film and TV roles (Saturday Night Live, Shrek 3, The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits, etc.), big business moves and last year’s marriage to actress Jessica Biel, one of the likely reasons for Justin Timberlake’s unhurried pace […]

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