March 2016 Archives

DeepSoul: Carl Anderson - "Buttercup"

The versatile and sophisticated singer shines on this deep Stevie Wonder-penned cut.
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Songs can travel through complicated paths, with the intended artist ultimately not recording the song. Such is the case of "Buttercup," the Stevie Wonder-penned gem originally created for the Jackson 5, but finally released in 1986 by vocalist Carl Anderson. Both versions contain unique elements, although Anderson's version contains Latin, jazz, and R&B elements that lend sophistication to "Buttercup." Best known for the 1986 hit "Friends and Lovers," a duet with Gloria Loring, Anderson passed away in 2004 after a battle with leukemia. His remarkable vocal versatility is his legacy, and should not be overlooked. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Anderson

Blu-ray Review: Elvis Costello - Detour: Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Elvis Costello shines in this solo performance with a little help from Larkin Poe.
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In 2015, celebrated singer-songwriter Elvis Costello was given the honor of "The most prodigious writer of fine songs in British history" from UK newspaper The Independent. High praise to be sure, but his record speaks for itself. His solo tour from that year, appropriately titled "Detour," featured Costello on guitar and piano, often telling the stories behind the songs, not unlike on Storytellers. The combination worked, making for an evening of great music and conversation. A show was filmed at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and makes up the excellent new Blu-ray Detour: Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Costello does his

CD Review: Groove Legacy

A killer jazz funk debut from these session pros.
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A shared love of the jazz funk music prevalent in the 1970s is the common thread bringing together the seven main members of the group Groove Legacy. Individually, the players are no slouches, having backed up the likes of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles and Carrie Underwood, but together they offer an exciting, tight sound of a band with several albums under their belt. The fact that this self-titled collection is their debut makes the offering all the more impressive and guest appearances from ace players such as Larry Carlton and Robben Ford don't hurt either. The album opens

DeepSoul: Lakeside - "It's All the Way Live"

Before they took a "Fantastic Voyage," Lakeside scored an R&B hit with this funk workout.
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Funk with a dash of old school soul, a hint of Latin percussion, and a pinch of jazz: that recipe results in "All the Way Live," Lakeside's breakthrough 1978 hit. Members of the Ohio funk wave of the late 1970s, Lakeside is forever connected to hip hop through their classic "Fantastic Voyage." Yet their second album yielded this irresistible single featuring popping bass, an unusual drum beat, impeccable harmonies, and lead vocalist Mark Woods' gritty vocals. Lakeside's roots trace back to 1969, when guitarist Stephen Shockley formed the group the Young Underground in Ohio. Woods, who had previously been with

DVD Review: The Jam - About The Young Idea

About the Young Idea is an excellent look at the lasting influence of The Jam.
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England during the late 1970s was host to a thriving punk scene, with bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash leading the way. There was also a bit of a mod revival going on at the same time. Enter The Jam. Fronted by Paul Weller, the band had the energy, attitude and socially conscious lyrics of many of the punk bands, but they did so in neatly tailored suits. In this sense, they didn't fully fit into either world, but they forged their own identity in the process. Then, in 1982, seemingly at the height of their powers,