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Second Outing from Corea McBride & Blade Finds Trio as Virtuous and Versatile as Ever


 
Chick Corea / Christian McBride / Brian Blade
Trilogy 2
(Concord Jazz)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
At 78-years-young, pianist/composer Chick Corea has assembled, led and cultivated a number of uncannily synergistic groups – large and small, acoustic and electric – in several sub genres of music classified as “Jazz.” Among his more recent alchemies is Trilogy, the Chick Corea Trio featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade.

Fantasia | Sketchbook


 
Fantasia | Sketchbook
 
Album review by Brent Faulkner
 
Releasing her first independent album, Grammy-winning, gospel-infused, contemporary soul singer Fantasia doesn’t miss a beat on her sixth studio album, Sketchbook.
 
“You see I’ve waited all my life for this moment to arrive / And finally, I believe.” Ah, those were the moving lyrics that Fantasia Barrino sung on “I Believe,” the future Billboard Hot 100 number one single that would win her the third season of American Idol.

Raphael Saadiq | Jimmy Lee


 
Raphael Saadiq | Jimmy Lee
 
Following an eight-year hiatus between albums, the legendary R&B musician, Raphael Saadiq, drops an album for the ages with Jimmy Lee
 
Raphael Saadiq is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most notable musicians when it comes to R&B music. His style of R&B often incorporates elements of the past, embracing retro and neo-soul sub-styles, while also exhibiting freshness and progressiveness.

Poncho Sanchez | Trane’s Delight


 
Latin jazz veteran Poncho Sanchez returns to the studio after a 7 year absence with Trane’s Delight, a hearty thank you to his hero, jazz pioneer John Coltrane
 
The love affair was launched when he was only 11 years – staring intently at John Coltrane’s self-titled 1962 album. After he saved some money to make that monumental purchase, Poncho Sanchez gathered his drums and congas and played along with the album that guided his musical spirit.

Jéssica Pina | Essência


 
An already established international jazz talent, trumpeter/songwriter/vocalist Jéssica Pina is now being introduced to North America with Essência
 
Amongst the countless independent musicians that are waiting in the wings, it is refreshing for new blood in offering their special artistry to the contemporary jazz landscape. Portuguese trumpeter Jéssica Pina, born of African descent, blends her roots with various urban flavors from U.K. soul/jazz, R&B and funk.

Kirk Franklin | LONG LIVE LOVE


 
Kirk Franklin | LONG LIVE LOVE
Fo Yo Soul / RCA
by Peggy Oliver
 
Kirk Franklin boldly proclaims Long Live Love, his first solo CD in four years
 
Kirk Franklin certainly knows the pulse of the gospel industry for over two decades. As one of the architects that have defined contemporary gospel’s current direction, the producer/musician/songwriter clearly zones in to what many listeners are seeking for in music that moves scripturally and inspirationally.

Amazing Grace: Aretha Brings The Mountaintop Down to South Central L.A.


 
Amazing Grace is Aretha Franklin’s Regally Rousing Cinematic Hallelujah
 
A Film Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
There’s something powerfully unique about seeing footage of music you’ve only been able to listen to for decades. The first example that comes to mind is the black and white video of Les McCann & Eddie Harris’ 1969 set at the Montreux Jazz Festival that, for years, was only heard as their Atlantic Records album Swiss Movement.

Chaka Khan | Hello Happiness


 
Chaka Khan | Hello Happiness
Island Records
by Darnell Meyers-Johnson
 
It seems fitting that Chaka Khan’s first album in over a decade was released during Black History Month. Her voice provided the soundtrack for black culture since her 1973 debut with the funk band Rufus. Her lone female presence and soaring vocals became the band’s trademark, eventually leading to a solo career with the 1978 hit “I’m Every Woman”.

The Return of The Undisputed Truth is a Sonic Blast From The Past


 
The Undisputed Truth
Truth Gon’ Set You Free
(EarVisions)
 
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
In 1971, songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield had something to prove. After helming hits for established stars such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips and more, he challenged himself to create a group of his own vision to put across messages weighing on his spirit.

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