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Bob Baldwin | The Gift of Christmas

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Bob Baldwin
The Gift of Christmas
(City Sketches)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Keyboardist/Producer Bob Baldwin eases us into the 2016 holiday season with some much needed aural relief via his 10 song offering, The Gift of Christmas. The CD opens with a pleasant jaunt through Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” then lifts off into space for a celestially reharmonized sojourn through Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here.”

Celebrating the Passion of 13 Y.O. Jazz Pianist Joey Alexander

A Place for Joey: Celebrating the Passion of 13 Y.O. Jazz Pianist Joey Alexander
by A. Scott Galloway
 
There’s a very tricky tightrope that young jazz musicians come upon when thrust into the public eye. It is a hurdle that has tripped up many a prodigy over the eras. That is when a teenage or pre-teen wonder arrives at 18 or 21 and no longer has youth as a hype mechanism. Usually what happens is a player who develops or happens upon a lot of chops and ability early on winds up sounding like everybody else when they reach adulthood. What they failed to develop was individualism, adventure and heart. It’s like a young runway model that gets by on youthful freshness yet never develops a style of their own as an adult. In those cases, you just pray their parents saved her money.
 
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Joey Alexander, at 10, Lincoln Center Gala

Charles Bradley | Changes

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Charles Bradley | Changes
Daptone Records
by Peggy Oliver
 
For a particular singer who was living the hard knocks life as captured in the 2012 documentary entitled Soul of America, Charles Bradley always expressed himself without any qualms. Known for many seasons as a James Brown impersonator from the mid-nineties, this surefire survivor of his past surroundings who outright bore his soul musically struck a wonderful chord with the powers that be at Daptone Records, a revivalist label that first brought us Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Lee Fields, amongst others.

Bacon Cooks Up Sizzlin’ Salute to P-Funk

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Rob “Fonksta” Bacon
“Cause & E-Funk”
(Fonkstarr Productions)
An A. Scott Galloway Song Reflection
 
Rob Bacon is among the music industry’s most sought after guitarists in the studio and on the road for bringing fiery uncut funk to everything he does – from Brian Culbertson to Chaka Khan (who he’s touring and recording with as I type) – thus his nickname, “Fonksta.”

Neo Soul Trio KING’s L.A. Concert Reveals Promise and Problems

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Neo Soul Trio KING launches Fall Tour with Spirited Yet Problematic Hollywood Show
A Concert Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
October 3, 2016
 
For the past several years, twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother, and Anita Bias – collectively known as KING – have been building a fan base from Los Angeles outward with their loving homage to the synth, Moog bass and rhythm machine groove of the `80s via inspired original material and choice covers.

Eric Benet | Eric Benet

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Eric Benet | Self titled
by Peggy Oliver
 
When an artist bears their soul in concert or in the studio, their devoted fans will quickly soak it up like a sponge. Crafting powerful, profound music is an arena that Eric Benet takes extremely seriously since the day he struck a mighty chord in the urban market twenty years ago with his solo debut, True to Myself.

Love Fuels the Music of Piano Empress Aziza

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Aziza Miller
The Journey of Love (EP)

(Lind Mill)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Keyboardist/Composer/Singer Aziza Miller has produced a tight 6-song EP of laidback songs that float in that space where Caribbean Jazz and Latin Soul mingle, dance and make love all day long. “A Brand New Song” is a groove reminiscent of Tania Maria that starts off instrumental then at the very end opens up into a vocal affirmation that can start one’s day on a sunny note.

Dave Hollister | MANuscript

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Dave Hollister | The MANuscript
Shanachie
by Peggy Oliver
 
There are just a handful of R&B artists who simply cut to the quick with every story they tell and every emotion they express. Dave Hollister knows how to work the live stage and the stage he sets in the recording studio with reality scenarios about romance and relationships, which provide plenty of musical meat (and seasoning for that matter).

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