Various Artists, Ace: An entertaining and inspiring collection
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Wednesday 11 April 2012
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Thursday 29 March 2012
In jazz they’re called ghost bands: the eerily deathless, headless groups of a Basie or Mingus, allowing the late leader’s music to still be played.
Friday 10 February 2012
Belgian/Australian singer Gotye's music has the dense, occasionally cluttered manner of the obsessive bedroom producer – or in his case, the barn-based musical obsessive, the album having been put together in an isolated outbuilding.
Friday 03 February 2012
When Swedish-Iranian singer Jasmine Kara relocated to New York, she found her homeland of the soul – not to mention an influential advocate in music-biz legend Marshall Chess, who considered her "the real deal".
Sunday 22 January 2012
This band is now so good that our critic is prepared to put its background of privilege to one side; plus, a new soulstress
Sunday 15 January 2012
First time on CD for a 1976 Fantasy recording by cult trumpeter Gasca, who also played with Carlos Santana and Van Morrison (on Tupelo Honey).
Friday 13 January 2012
Friday 23 December 2011
Thursday 22 December 2011
Manchester City 3 Stoke City 0
Friday 16 December 2011
The Temptations were the most significant '60s root of the close-harmony boy-band style that has come to dominate R&B, their voices combining with creamy smoothness, their intricately-choreographed steps the envy of less nimble outfits.
Friday 16 December 2011
Drums - Ginger Baker
I think we need to go with a vintage drummer such as Ginger Baker, who played in bands like Cream and Blind Faith, because he was a machine. There's no other word for it. I used to play drums, it was the first instrument I learnt, and although I never really got into Cream that much, I used to drum along to what he was doing on record because I thought he was great.
Thursday 08 December 2011
There have been wonderful, anthemic records about the beneficial powers of popular music – Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music" (1957), Cliff Richard's "Move It!" (1958), Danny and the Juniors' "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay" (1958), the Showmen's "It Will Stand" (1961), John Miles' "Music" (1976), the Who's "Long Live Rock" (1974) – but there are not many of them. However, Dobie Gray is associated with two such celebrations – "The In Crowd" (1965) and "Drift Away" (1973):
Sunday 04 December 2011
A ceremony at Leeds United's ground and a record by Stereophonics frontman honour the Wales manager
Saturday 03 December 2011
What I Learnt This Week
Friday 02 September 2011
Esther Gordy Edwards, who died on 24 August at the age of 91, was known as "the Mother of Motown", writes Pierre Perrone, not only to her brother Berry Gordy Jr, the founder of the label that defined the Sixties as much as The Beatles, but also to artists like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, whom she chaperoned on tour.
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