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New 7-inch featuring trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who is featured on Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead

Producer Jason McGuiness had previously released the Masterpiece EP, a tribute to Motown songwriting team Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. The…

April 5th, 2016 | | Tracks
Gary Clark Jr. by Jonathan Mannion

Blues Brother

Mentored on the axe by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother Jimmy and on the music business by friend Cody Chesnutt, Austin…

March 3rd, 2016 | | Features
D'Angelo 'Brown Sugar'

D’Angelo debut Brown Sugar sees long-awaited vinyl reissue

Long ago, D’Angelo issued his first album to much acclaim, blending R&B, gospel, and jazz into a fresh organic blend….

May 22nd, 2015 | | News
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah is magical

It’s fitting that D’Angelo decided to share the accolades of his album with his band, the Vanguard, since the meaning…

January 15th, 2015 | | Guest Blog

Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand,…

January 6th, 2015 | | Record Rundown
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'

A look back 20 years to the debut album of Aaliyah, the R. Kelly scandal, and her Timbaland-produced follow-up that set the R&B format on fire

  On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a…

August 5th, 2014 | | Articles
Bob Power

5 R&B records that producer/ engineer Bob Power put his stamp on

What’s in a name? Well, no one’s accusing Bob Power of false advertising. Since the mid-1980s, the esteemed producer and…

May 28th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
D'Angelo - Wax Poetics Issue 42

D'Angelo and the organic sweet soul of his debut, Brown Sugar, shook up modern R&B

  Singer, songwriter, and musician Michael Eugene Archer, who later adopted the jiggy stage name D’Angelo, released his groundbreaking album,…

May 21st, 2014 | | Articles
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Madlib revived the crate-digging tradition before flipping the script and embracing live playing

In our very first issue twelve years ago, we profiled a then relatively unknown producer we felt signaled the next generation of beatmaking…

November 19th, 2013 | | Articles

ATL’s Sleepy Brown and Organized Noize created a slept-on gem

Beginning in the mid-’90s, Organized Noize was one of the in-demand production teams to emerge from Atlanta, Georgia…

September 17th, 2013 | | Articles

Curtis Mayfield injected his own cultural commentary into the Super Fly legacy

The streets of New York City weren’t very pretty in the 1970s. Littered throughout once welcoming communities, an influx of…

June 3rd, 2013 | | Articles

“They’re never gonna know that I move like hell”

D’Angelo’s set at Bonnaroo contained nothing from Voodoo except for a snippet of “Chicken Grease.” But because it’s D’Angelo, earnest and sober (I think?) and in front of some keys, the audio from the show is still on daily rotation in my headphones…

June 20th, 2012 | | Guest Blog

Wax Poetics Issue 50 • Prince b/w Frank Ocean

The ten-year-anniversary, resized, and redesigned Issue 50: The Prince Issue, with Frank Ocean, Larry Graham, Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, the Family, Grand Central, Madhouse, DJ Quik, Questlove, Toro y Moi, and Blood Orange.

February 10th, 2012 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding and the future of fusion

With the release of Miles Davis’s revolutionary records In a Silent Way in 1969 and Bitches Brew the following year, the genius trumpeter, with the invaluable assistance of an amazing crew of young collaborators, created the musical future shock later called fusion.

May 31st, 2011 | | Articles
José James. Photo by Philip Angert.

José James dances effortlessly between classic vocal jazz and electronic funk

If it’s true what Zappa said, that “jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny,” then its oft-maligned and sickly cousin,…

January 13th, 2011 | | Articles
Photo by Pat Shepherd

New Zealand’s Electric Wire Hustle open doors with their debut album

“We’re all over the United Colors of Benetton,” jokes Electric Wire Hustle drummer Myele Manzanza from Berlin. On the other…

October 12th, 2010 | | Articles
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Wax Poetics Issue 42 (D’Angelo / Barry White / Erykah Badu / Gil Scott-Heron)

re:Discovery Tito Ramos, Curtis Mayfield, Joi, Jeff Redd, D.J. Rogers Bilal Philly soul cat comes full circle Spree Wilson Singer-songwriter finds his niche The…

July 22nd, 2010 | | Wax Poetics Magazine