Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band

New Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP, 55

  It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost ten years since the first we heard from Bjorn Wagner’s Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band. Over the…

May 17th, 2016 | | Contests/New Releases
Apollonia 6

The Prince-penned “Manic Monday” was originally written for Apollonia 6

When Prince’s girl-trio pop project Vanity 6 morphed into Apollonia 6, the Purple One wrote the track “Manic Monday” but decided against giving it to…

May 17th, 2016 | | The Album
Lootpack

Mad Loot: Lootpack featured on Toyota of Oxnard commercial

Toyota of Oxnard commercial circa late 1990s featuring the Lootpack.

May 17th, 2016 | | Videos
De La Soul is Dead 25 Artwork
Norvis Junior by King Texas

Vocalist and producer Norvis Junior’s “space gospel” stretches the boundaries of rhythm

  Beat conductor and Dallas native Norvis Junior exploded onto the global electro scene in 2013 with his first EP, Coming Down. Tonight in Brooklyn…

May 12th, 2016 | | Articles
Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri to perform free Harlem River Drive concert in New York!

Released in 1971, Harlem River Drive saw Eddie Palmieri marrying Latin, soul, funk, and jazz with socially conscious tales of the inner city. Red Bull…

May 10th, 2016 | | Events
Eddie Palmieri
5_8_Kamasi+Washington,+Pharoah+Sanders+The+Sun+Ra+Arkestra-cropped

Live on RBMA Radio: Kamasi Washington, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra Arkestra – May 8 at 8PM

On Sunday, May 8 at 5:00pm (Pacific Time), Kamasi Washington, Pharoah Sanders, and the Sun Ra Arkestra share a bill on RBMA Radio Live! Multiple…

May 5th, 2016 | | Events
Kamasi Washington by Mike Park
The Continental Bath
San Lazaro

Australia’s salsa band San Lazaro bids farewell

  Hailing from musical Melbourne, Australia, San Lazaro releases La Despedida—the farewell—on July 22, 2016, on HopeStreet Recordings. This band of Latinos living in a far-flung adopted…

May 3rd, 2016 | | New Releases/Videos
The Jazz Cafe: Just Blaze

Wax Poetics Presents Just Blaze at the Jazz Cafe in London

Wax Poetics presents Just Blaze, with Hannah Faith (Soulection) and Finnish rapper Noah Kin, at the Jazz Cafe in London on Friday, May 27. Get tickets…

May 2nd, 2016 | | Events
The Relatives

Psychedelic funk-gospel outfit the Relatives return for their final album

Listen to their cover of Tim Maia’s “Rational Culture”

April 29th, 2016 | | Tracks
Nomade Orquestra

Stream new jazz-funk album from Brazil’s Nomade Orquestra

Far Out Recordings has always been a go-to label for great Brazilian music new and classic. Out of the bustling megatropolis of Sao Paolo emerges…

April 29th, 2016 | | New Releases
City Pop Vol. 2-splash
Ned Doheny LP

Ned Doheny’s elusive debut album reissued on 180 gram vinyl

“On and on the story goes, it appears to have no end…no beginning.”   Los Angeles royalty Ned Doheny tried to make it big in his…

April 27th, 2016 | | Reissues & Box Sets
Todd Simon

Todd Simon of Ethio Cali spins 45s and plays trumpet over a few tracks

Trumpeter, DJ, and Ethio Cali bandleader Todd Simon returns with Jazz on 45, Vol. 3. Not only does he come with some North African heat, but…

April 27th, 2016 | | Mixtape
Prince 1991 MTV Music Award courtesy of MTV

Prince was a prophet. Prince was necessary.

I have a friend who often used to say Prince wouldn’t be truly appreciated until he died. I mention this because I just realized it’s…

April 27th, 2016 | | Guest Blog
Michael Jackson Off the Wall

Spike Lee’s documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

There are some who say that Off the Wall—and not Thriller—is the crowning album achievement of Michael Jackson’s storied career. We certainly won’t try to convince…

April 26th, 2016 | | News
DJ Cassidy

Digging in the disco crates
with DJ Cassidy

Most people know DJ Cassidy from his smash hit single with R. Kelly, “Make the World Go Round.” After Puffy discovered him, DJing in the…

April 25th, 2016 | | Record Rundown
Prince and the Revolution
Eric Leeds in the Madhouse promo photo (original photo B&W).

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse. Perhaps looking to exorcise jazz demons inherited from his father, Prince masterminded a lighthearted and funky sound that anticipated the “acid jazz” genre that would break years later.

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Illustrations by Joshua Dunn.

33 reasons why Prince is hip-hop

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a drummer, a tweeter, a political provocateur, a music encyclopedia, a founding member of hip-hop royalty the Roots, the bandleader of The…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Courtesy of Chuck Statler

Prince tapped “godfather of the music video” Chuck Statler to helm the ill-fated film The Second Coming

Director and producer Chuck Statler—widely considered as the “godfather of the music video”—was tapped by Prince & Co. to helm The Second Coming and execute the twenty-three-year-old’s creative vision.

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Grand Central: Linda Anderson, André Cymone, Morris Day, Terry Jackson, Prince, and William Doughty.

Prince and André Cymone formed the band Grand Central while still in high school

  In the early 1970s, the Way Community Center, a local recreation center in the heart of Black Minneapolis, hosted battles of the bands as…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
An outtake from Justica. Photo by Warren Flagler.
Debruit

Listen to French producer Débruit’s new synth track “Gelecek,” recorded in Istanbul

French producer Débruit recorded his upcoming album, Débruit & Istanbul (due out May 27 via ICI), in Istanbul, Turkey, with the help of some important…

April 18th, 2016 | | Tracks
Boston Creative

Listen to the funky track “Road Through the Walls” from The Boston Creative Jazz Scene

In the 1970s, Boston was a fertile ground for a very creative jazz scene. Small, independent venues ranging from lofts to churches to clubs opened…

April 14th, 2016 | | Reissues & Box Sets/Tracks
Shawn Lee

Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield among the library-music giants interviewed for new film by Shawn Lee

Prolific producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Shawn Lee is working on a film about library music. Himself a one-man music library, Lee is the perfect person…

April 14th, 2016 | | News
Kelela by Yev Kazannik

After leaving her native D.C., Kelela couch-surfed her way through the L.A. electro-bass scene

  Behind Kelela’s intoxicating locks and soft-spoken nature lies a fierceness, a simmering urgency, which serves as the true source of her power. Rest assured,…

April 13th, 2016 | | Articles