Donny Hathaway

Earth Wind & Fre

Cosmic Heights

That’s the handsome MC Perry Jones onstage. It’s 1974 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and Jones is looking out…

February 5th, 2016 | | Articles
The Show, the After Party, the Hotel

Legendary engineer Jimmy Douglass on his role in constructing Jodeci’s The Show, the After Party, the Hotel on album’s 20th anniversary

By the mid-1990s, Donald “Devante Swing” DeGrate, Jr., Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey, and Joel “Jojo” Hailey—collectively known…

December 23rd, 2015 | | Guest Blog

New Zealand duo Electric Wire Hustle recalibrate electronic R&B

Straight out of Wellington, New Zealand, hails the type of steam-sexed soul we all thought died in the ashtray of…

August 13th, 2015 | | Articles
Nina Simone

Natural Fact: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone had no filter. She spoke with candor about civil rights when many in her position didn’t dare. She sang about uncomfortable subjects and made sure her audiences understood what those songs were really about. Whether due to the demons that haunted her or the overpowering desire for social justice that burned deep in her heart, Simone always told the goddam truth.

June 25th, 2015 | | Articles
Richard Evans "Dealing with Hard Times"

Bassist-turned-arranger Richard Evans put the soul in Cadet Records

As reported by friends and family, Chicago music heavyweight Richard Evans has passed.

October 8th, 2014 | | Articles

André Cymone plays the records that changed his life

  In 2012, writer Ericka Blount Danois searched out André Cymone and secured one of the first interviews from the…

September 18th, 2014 | | Articles

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
Colin Wolfe Dr. Dre

Musician Colin Wolfe built beats with Dr. Dre for The Chronic, NWA’s Niggaz4Life, and Jimmy Z’s Muzical Madness

Venice, California, is a haven for creative types. The beachside city is permeated by a beatnik postmodernism vibe, influenced by…

June 3rd, 2014 | | Articles

King & Queen of the Soul Court

Rhino/Atlantic continue their onslaught of revisiting the great soul musicians in their catalog.

February 5th, 2014 | | New Releases

Working-class Scots Average White Band found R&B magic stateside with soul-music maestro Jerry Wexler

Confounding conventional racial stereotypes, resulting in transmissions of cognitive dissonance across the radio waves, these five White Scots became the green-eyed soul group for the blue-collar U.S. soul scene, most of whom were Black.

January 3rd, 2014 | | Articles

Chico Hamilton was the quintessential jazz drummer

Percussionist and jazz legend Chico Hamilton passed away on November 26, 2013. He was ninety-two. The following article was written for Wax Poetics Issue 23, June/July 2007.

November 27th, 2013 | | Articles

Never My Love

Never My Love: The Anthology is a set more than a decade in the making.

November 12th, 2013 | | New Releases

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
D.J. Rogers

D.J. Rogers

“Because I write songs with a message,” D.J. Rogers explains at the start of “You Are My Joy” from his 1979 LP, Trust Me, “I’ve been called a philosopher, a messenger, and even a reverend.

May 3rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery
Gene McDaniels

Singer-songwriter Eugene McDaniels reinvented himself as a folk-soul outlaw

  Wax Poetics: You’ve said you dropped out of the music industry because of flesh peddlers? Eugene McDaniels: Well, anyone who’s…

April 29th, 2013 | | Articles

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
Royal Flush

I mastered what?

You’ve heard, loved, and looked out the window wistfully to “I’m a Fool to Want You” and “Cristo Redentor,” and watched me walk down the street to “The Emperor” (DON’T LIE I SAW YOU)…

March 4th, 2013 | | Guest Blog
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
Photo by Brick Stowell

The Frank Ocean Interview

Singer-songwriter quickly gained fame for his album Nostalgia, Ultra and now has the luxury of planning what comes next.

February 10th, 2012 | | Articles
The Emotions

The Emotions

By the time sisters Wanda, Jeanette, and Sheila Hutchinson were preteens, they were already seasoned performers. They won talent shows at the Regal Theater on the South Side of Chicago. They had sung for Mahalia Jackson. They had performed with the Jackson Five before they were ever signed to Motown.

July 1st, 2011 | | Articles
Photo by Heinrich Klaffs. Permission BY-SA.


It’s January 16, 1969, and the soul duo Peaches & Herb are performing a cover of Sam Cooke’s “You Send…

May 4th, 2011 | | Articles
Syl Johnson

Syl Johnson

A heavyweight soul workout that comes on mean as pugilist, pounding drums and an unstoppable riff make Syl Johnson’s pledges…

January 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Issue 4

re:Discovery Wojciech Karolak On the Blackhand Side Race Records and the Flight of the Black Swan 12×12 with Louie Vega…

April 21st, 2003 | | Wax Poetics Magazine