Monthly Archives: December 2000

DJ Assault: Off the Chain for the Y2K

DJ Assault, aka Craig Adams, is the Ayatollah of "Ghetto Tech", the Motor City club sound that marries the turntablist’s art with lyrics at the frontier of raunch. With its whacky chipmunk voices chanting x-rated lyrics at break-neck tempos, the … Continue reading

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Toni Lynn Washington: Good Things

Toni Lynn Washington is a modern link to the giants of R&B. On her latest release, Good Things, she offers up a sizzling combination of standards and new offerings, each of them stamped with Toni’s smoky and understated vocals. With … Continue reading

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Lifehouse: No Name Face

Lifehouse is led by 20-year-old Jason Wade, a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist who combines reflective lyrics with a range of modern rock feels. Wade grew up overseas and met his bandmates after moving to California when he was 15. … Continue reading

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Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030

On the hip-hop album "Deltron 3030", Dan the Automator, Deltron Zero, and Kid Koala have combined forces to create a futuristic musical diary set in the year 3030. Produced and composed by The Automator, the album is crammed with guest … Continue reading

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Tabla Beat Science: Tala Matrix

The Indian tabla is the father of all accelerated syncopation, including modern electronic music, says renowned bassist-composer Bill Laswell. On "Tala Matrix", Laswell brings together some of the drum’s most virtuoso players to create a sonic tour-de-force that’s dramatic, orchestral … Continue reading

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Allison Moorer: The Hardest Part

This sophomore album is a deadly serious look at love and relationships. Moorer comes from a musical family; her sister is singer Shelby Lynn. Her beautiful alto is reminiscent of singers such as Patsy Cline and Tracy Nelson. In classic … Continue reading

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John Wesley Harding: The Confessions Of St. Ace

His real name is Wesley Stace. He’s from Hastings, England, took his current name from Bob Dylan’s classic 1967 album, and currently lives in Seattle. He’s produced several critically acclaimed roots rock-based albums, and one traditional folk album. "The Confessions … Continue reading

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Alison Brown: Fair Weather

In recent years, band leader, entrepreneur and banjo player Alison Brown has pushed the banjo past its country/bluegrass boundaries into jazz. On this album she revisits her bluegrass roots, supported by an all-star cast that includes such greats as Vince … Continue reading

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John Pizzarelli: Let There Be Love

That’s exactly what guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli did for this album: gathered a collection of songs about love, placed them before some of his favorite musicians, including his father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and let the songs speak for themselves. … Continue reading

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Arturo Sandoval: For Love or Country, the Arturo Sandoval Story

Virtuoso Cuban Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval has another achievement to add to his Grammy-winning jazz albums and his stints with great symphony orchestras: a soundtrack album from the HBO movie of his own life. The subject of this Tom Sawyer-esque tribute … Continue reading

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