September 2016 Archives

Review: Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau - Nearness

Two jazz masters master the stage as a duo on this live collection of standards and originals...
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Nearness is not their first collaboration between saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau, both having appeared on one another's records over the years and Mehldau having produced Redman's 2013 album Walking Shadows. This is, however, their first album as a duo, these six cuts having been culled from a series of shows the two performed in 2011. I approached the album with a hint of apprehension despite these being perhaps my two favorite contemporary jazz musicians because I wondered if I would miss the presence of a drummer keeping time or a bass player as rhythmic glue. Would piano

BBS First Listen: Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

The title track from Cohen's 14th studio album finds him again bringing dignity and beauty to the inevitable defeat...
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The great Leonard Cohen gave the world two gifts on his 82nd birthday last week when he announced an October 22nd release date for his new studio album You Want It Darker and made available for streaming and download the title track that day. He said in a 2011 speech, "As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. What were these instructions? The instructions were never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty." Welcome

DeepSoul "Behind the Scenes": Rod Temperton

He may have a low-key presence, but the songwriter is responsible for some of the most iconic songs of the late 1970s and 1980s.
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You may know hits such as Heatwave's "Always and Forever," Michael Jackson's "Rock with You" and "Thriller," Patti Austin and James Ingram's "Baby Come to Me," and Michael McDonald's "Sweet Freedom." What you may not know is one person is responsible for penning all of these 1970s and 1980s classics: English-born Rod Temperton, the Heatwave member who became one of Quincy Jones' chief collaborators. Temperton's ear for disco, funk, pop, and jazz attracted numerous artists in all categories, making him one of the most important--and underrated--tunesmiths in modern music. Born in Cleethorpes, England in 1947, Temperton loved music from an

DeepSoul "Behind the Scenes": Kashif

A pioneer of modern R&B, Kashif's multi-genre sound paved the way for New Jack Swing and dance/hip hop fusion.
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Kashif may not be a household name, but he virtually defined early 1980s R&B. His blend of layered vocals, smooth keyboards, and modern beats appealed to both pop and soul audiences, and set the stage for musical potpourri genres such as New Jack Swing. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1959, Kashif endured a rough childhood. Both parents died when he was quite young, and he subsequently endured abuse in a variety of foster homes. Music was his salvation, however, and keyboards became his chosen instrument. His first break occurred at 15 years old, when he joined B.T. Express (best known