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  • Spike Lee Explores Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ - February 5, 2016
    If Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the biggest-selling album of all time, then his Off the Wall is the one many longtime fans cite as... The post Spike Lee Explores Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Alabama Shakes’ Daring ‘Sound & Color’ - February 5, 2016
    The critical and commercial success of Sound & Color proves that bucking expectations — though littered with challenges — is the creative path most... The post Grammys: Alabama Shakes’ Daring ‘Sound & Color’ appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • The Coen Brothers Love of Music - February 5, 2016
    Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen’s new movie, might seem to be covering familiar ground — like 1991’s oozing nightmare Barton Fink, it’s a... The post The Coen Brothers Love of Music appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Jazz Titan Charles Lloyd Returns With New Album - February 5, 2016
    After several years recording for ECM and last year’s live recording, Wild Man Dance, saxophone titan Charles Lloyd returns to Blue Note with a... The post Jazz Titan Charles Lloyd Returns With New Album appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White Dies at 74 - February 4, 2016
    Maurice White, founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire has died at the age of 74. The Associated Press reported White died at his... The post Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White Dies at 74 appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
Janet Jackson: Unbreakable
[January 10, 2016] To be honest, I forgot Janet had a new album. I wanted to wait awhile, so I can block out all the negative responses to her album, so I can finally listen to it objectively. I think the album sounds really nice; however, you guys know me, 90% old school, and I don't think it stood up to some of her earlier masterpieces. But I do think a couple of her songs is worth being on our playlists. First, I got to say that when I listened to the song called "The Great Forever," to me she sounded sooooo much like her brother Michael it was very scary. Not only that, the beat was like listening to a slow version of Michael's "Smooth Criminal." The song called "Gon' B Alright," sounds eerily similar to the Jackson's song "Can You Feel It." The song "No Sleep," both original and remix sounds cute. Listen on Rhapsody.

[January 10, 2016] To be honest, I forgot Janet had a new album. I wanted to wait awhile, so I can block out all the negative responses to her album, so I can finally listen to it objectively. Her album is called "Unbreakable (2015)." I think the album sounds really nice; however, you guys know me, 90% old school, and I don't think it stood up to some of her earlier masterpieces. But I do think a couple of her songs is worth being on our playlists. First, I got to say that when I listened to the song called "The Great Forever," to me she sounded sooooo much like her brother Michael it was very scary. Not only that, the beat was like listening to a slow version of Michael's "Smooth Criminal." The song called "Gon' B Alright," sounds eerily similar to the Jackson's song "Can You Feel It." The song "No Sleep," both original and remix sounds cute. Also, I liked "Should Have Known Better." Listen on Rhapsody.

NYTimes: The Movies
Shakira: Try Everything
[January 10, 2016] Shakira has a new song out called "Try Everything (2016)." It's one of many sountracks to a new movie called "Zootopia." The movie is a cartoon about wild animals that act and live like humans. A rabbit tries to solve a police case, and is forced to enlist the help of a fox, who makes her job harder. Cast includes, Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, and J. K. Simmons. The song sounds great, and very danceable. You know, I have no idea why her song reminds me of "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," they don't sound alike, maybe it's the tempo (I don't know) LOL.  Not sure what's up with these "oh ohs" in the songs today. Every song seems to have an "oh oh" in it. Are song writers running out of lyrics to write, or is this some kind of queue for people do dance? Maybe people just like it I guess. Listen to the song now on Rhapsody.

[January 10, 2016] Shakira has a new song out called "Try Everything (2016)." It's one of many sountracks to a new movie called "Zootopia." The movie is a cartoon about wild animals that act and live like humans. A rabbit tries to solve a police case, and is forced to enlist the help of a fox, who makes her job harder. Cast includes, Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, and J. K. Simmons.
The song sounds great, and very danceable. You know, I have no idea why her song reminds me of "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," they don't sound alike, maybe it's the tempo (I don't know) LOL. Not sure what's up with these "oh ohs" in the songs today. Every song seems to have an "oh oh" in it. Are song writers running out of lyrics to write, or is this some kind of queue for people do dance? Maybe people just like it I guess. Listen to the song now on Rhapsody.

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Days of Freeman
By accident, I came across this jazz album called "Days Of Freeman (2015)," by James Brandon Lewis. Now, jazz music seems to be the only exception to where I like contemporary/modern jazz better, than I do a lot of 70's jazz with hard & fast drumming and piano. Jazz with really fast piano or drums or both doesn't appear to have musical structure to me. The music on this album is the kind of music you would hear in one of those smoke/fog filled mixed poetry/jazz bars back in the day. Although I know I lot of people love that music, it's just not for me. However, there are two pieces from this album I like, it's called "Able Souls Dig Planets." I love this composition, it has a funk groove, almost club like jazz beat. It's almost Blaxploitation-ish, with a funky twist. The second song I like is "Boom Bap Bop." Still has that funk, a beat that Jill Scott could easily rock vocals to. Check it out on Rhapsody.

[January 1, 2016] By accident, I came across this jazz album called "Days Of Freeman (2015)," by James Brandon Lewis. Now, jazz music seems to be the only exception to where I like contemporary/modern jazz better, than I do a lot of 70's jazz with hard & fast drumming and piano. Jazz with really fast piano or drums or both doesn't appear to have musical structure to me. The music on this album is the kind of music you would hear in one of those smoke/fog filled mixed poetry/jazz bars back in the day. Although I know I lot of people love that music, it's just not for me. However, there are two pieces from this album I like, it's called "Able Souls Dig Planets." I love this composition, it has a funk groove, almost club like jazz beat. It's almost Blaxploitation-ish, with a funky twist. The second song I like is "Boom Bap Bop." Still has that funk, a beat that Jill Scott could easily rock vocals to. Check it out on Rhapsody.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame
Chris Brown: Royalty
You know, I made a promise to myself that I would no longer blog about albums and movies I didn't like; but I realize sometimes we have to. Chris Brown came out with a new album this December called "Royalty." First off, after the whole scandal with Rihanna went down, Chris was complaining nobody was buying or listening to his records. {Sorry guys, I have to make a side point. I do find this interesting that the public would have this reaction, considering domestic abuse is a HUGE world wide problem. Yet, because one young famous person was found guilty of doing this, most of the public goes ape shit. What about all the men who are not famous who commit crimes against the people they say the love? We forget so quickly about Al Green, Rick James, Ike Turner, James Brown? Huh? I digress} It's been years since the scandal broke out, and from my standpoint, the reason no one is listening to his album, is because it sounds too much like his old albums. It's one of those classic "let's use the same formula for all your music, and see if it makes money." I really don't like it unfortunately. The only song that was cute (at least from a dance perspective) is "Picture Me Rollin'." I also found the new album cover interesting. It is very obvious to me that he is trying to get ride of the "abuser image," he has acquired since the scandal broke. Rhapsody link here.

[December 27, 2015] You know, I made a promise to myself that I would no longer blog about albums and movies I didn't like; but I realize sometimes we have to. Chris Brown came out with a new album this December called "Royalty." First off, after the whole scandal with Rihanna went down, Chris was complaining nobody was buying or listening to his records. {Sorry guys, I have to make a side point. I do find this interesting that the public would have this reaction, considering domestic abuse is a HUGE world wide problem. Yet, because one young famous person was found guilty of doing this, most of the public goes ape shit. What about all the men who are not famous who commit crimes against the people they say the love? We forget so quickly about Al Green, Rick James, Ike Turner, James Brown? Huh? I digress} It's been years since the scandal broke out, and from my standpoint, the reason no one is listening to his album, is because it sounds too much like his old albums. It's one of those classic "let's use the same formula for all your music, and see if it makes money." I really don't like it unfortunately. The only song that was cute (at least from a dance perspective) is "Picture Me Rollin'." I also found the new album cover interesting. It is very obvious to me that he is trying to get ride of the "abuser image," he has acquired since the scandal broke. Rhapsody link here.

Hollywood Reporter
Missy Elliot: WTF
It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring  Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans my not know what to think at first. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

[November 13, 2015] It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans may not know what to think the first time you see something from her. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video.The video was extremely innovative and unique. I absolutely love the puppets! Way cool. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

Jazz Wax
  • Getting Into Jazz, Part 1 - February 5, 2016
    Yesterday I received an email from a friend of a reader who said he was interested in listening to jazz but wasn't quite sure how to approach the music or the history. To this person, jazz seemed tremendously exciting but...             
  • How Wee Became Allen's Alley - February 4, 2016
    Several years before drummer Denzil Best wrote Move, he came up with a catchy bebop line known as Wee. Where Wee was conceived by Best and how it was named is not known to me. But shortly after it made...            Related Stories Julie London: A Good Cry  
  • Dick Twardzik: Piano Enigma - February 3, 2016
    Before Bill Evans, there was Dick Twardzik. Not that they played anything alike. Twardzik was a much more percussive pianist who mixed stormy dynamics with cat-like sensitivity, while Evans was a smoldering, graceful swinger. But both musicians were romantics, both...             
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Monthly Archives: March 2009

I absolutely love this group. Shalamar  consisted of 3 people; Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel (later on Miki Free), and Howard Hewett. Some of their biggest hits were, “Second Time Around”, “dancing in the streets”, “A night to remember”, “full of fire”, and more. They have taken on the pop/rock era by storm in the 80’s. Check out their stuff on itunes.

Too my understanding, they all went solo. Jody Watly has done more dance music, and Howard Hewett has gone on to do gospel. Although I’m not sure what has happend to Miki Free & Jeffrey Danial. I am assume they is/was working in the background, song writing etc.,