Bob James

Sly Stone Small Talk

A collection of art director John Berg’s iconic album covers

Former Columbia Records art director John Berg passed away last week. When we read his obituaries and other blogs that talk…

October 19th, 2015 | | The Album
Wu-Tang Clan on Arsenio Hall Show

Golden Era hip-hop squad cyphers on final Arsenio Hall Show

  We recently discussed how David Letterman supported the Golden Era of hip-hop, but it’s more well known that Arsenio…

July 30th, 2015 | | Videos
Ratatat by Timothy Saccenti

Melody Maestros: As Ratatat, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast have a penchant for making catchy yet cerebral instrumentals, featuring smart interplay between guitar, synthesizers, and crisp beats

“I was so into [Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass]. I had all of his records,” says multi-instrumentalist/producer Evan Mast,…

July 8th, 2015 | | Features
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

December 5th, 2014 | | Articles

Father of beatdigging and hip-hop itself Afrika Bambaataa donated his record collection to Cornell University

Last summer, we made our way to the Master of Records Open Archive to take a look.

September 10th, 2014 | | Gallery
Adrian Younge

10 records that influenced Adrian Younge while producing the new Souls of Mischief album

Adrian Younge recently got together with Bay Area golden boys Souls of Mischief to create a new album that harkens…

August 15th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Bob James One

Jazz keyboardist and arranger Bob James talks about his first three albums on CTI

#102683350 /   “I’m flattered to be a part of hip-hop’s history,” says Bob James nonchalantly. “But I believe…

July 10th, 2014 | | Articles

A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders 20th Anniversary Mixtape

On November 9, 1993, A Tribe Called Quest also released their third studio album, the classic and oh-so-sublime Midnight Marauders.

November 12th, 2013 | | Mixtape

10 tracks that session guitarist Hugh McCracken graced

In honor of one of R&B, jazz, and rock’s most prolific session guitarists, Wax Poetics looks at ten tracks graced by the great Hugh McCracken.

April 2nd, 2013 | | In Memoriam/Record Rundown
The Cheebacabra

“Return from Exile”

I began by hiring three different drummers to play to some of my favorite grooves, tracks like “Westchester Lady” by Bob James and the theme from Knight Rider.

August 22nd, 2012 | | Tracks
Records / Logan Melissa / Danny Brown

There he she go.

“You will spend $120 for 17 albums at Poo-Bah Records in Pasadena,” said my palm reader a couple weekends ago. “You really should tone it down with the spending,” she added. “Take it easy, baby doll.”

June 4th, 2012 | | Guest Blog


Japanese Electro-Jazz Fusion from 9dw (NINE DAYS WONDER)

September 18th, 2009 | | Wax Poetics Records
The Mackrosoft

The Mackrosoft

As above, so below, wrote magician-philosopher Hermes Trismegistus. It’s the key to all the universe’s mysteries: the macrocosmos is the…

February 12th, 2007 | | Record Rundown

Issue 2

The Academic Archive: Vol 2 Pretty Purdie Bernard Purdie Bob James Calling Two Brothers With Beats Mr. Walt and Evil…

April 21st, 2002 | | Wax Poetics Magazine