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'Ask Rufus' At 40: Lifting You Up With An Everlasting Love

Ask Rufus was actually the original name of the band-named from an article in Popular Mechanics. It was a long road from their original lead singer Paulette McWilliams to her young friend Chaka Khan taking over. 1,022 more words

Jazz Funk

New Order Groove

Inspired by the big band writing of Chuck Owen while attending the International Jazz Composers’s Symposium several years ago, I set out to compose a work that paid tribute to one of his compositions.   468 more words


Anatomy of THE Groove: "Silky Smooth" by Irene Cara featuring Hot Caramel

Irene Cara is a seminal figure in the history of women in music. This Bronx born singer/songwriter/actress began her career as a child beauty queen before recording her first album in 1968 at the age of 9. 392 more words


Black Flower - Artifacts (2017, Sdban)

Οι Βέλγοι Black Flower ξεκίνησαν το ταξίδι τους στη μουσική ήπειρο το 2013 παρουσιάζοντας μας τοτέ μέσα από το “Abyssinia Afterlife” μια ιστορία, αποκύημα της φαντασίας -ή μήπως όχι- του ιθύνοντα νου του συγκροτήματος, … 9 more words


Anatomy of THE Groove For The Brothers & Sisters Who Aren't Here: "Roof Garden" by Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau’s artistry as a world class vocalist/singer has seldom been disputed. Though there was a time when it was said that,after the mid 70’s,Jarreau abandoned jazz for pop crossover. 400 more words


Kenny Wellington - Free Spirit

Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wellington is one of the founders of the legendary British jazz funk band Light Of The World. Wellington is also a member of the offshoot band Beggar & Co. 124 more words

CD Reviews

Randy Crawford - 'Street Life'

From the excellent soundtrack to Jackie Brown comes a re-recording of ‘Street Life’ by Randy Crawford (originally by The Crusaders with Crawford on featured vocals). I like both versions, but the re-recording has punchier production that matches Crawford’s booming vocals. 19 more words