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Monthly Archives: June 2003
When it comes to great soul albums of the 1960s, the music of vocalist Howard Tate and writer-arranger Jerry Ragovoy is among the very best. Today, 30 years after Tate left the music business, the pair have returned with a … Continue reading
Jennifer Higdon and Christopher Theofanidis are two composers whose works for orchestras have generated excitement and acclaim. Each has one composition on "Rainbow Body," a Telarc release, featuring Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Both works are alternately contemplative … Continue reading
Greta Gertler is an Australian singer-songwriter living in New York. Her debut CD, "The Baby That Brought Bad Weather," showcases her compelling voice and evocative Wurlitzer keys set against 1970s-style orchestral pop. The songs are lush, the production well-crafted. All … Continue reading
For 30 years, Ray Benson has been bandleader of Asleep at the Wheel, a freewheeling Western Swing band and nine-time Grammy winner. Benson has always written songs about matters close to his heart, but "Beyond Time" is his first solo … Continue reading
"Even Closer," the debut recording from Oakland, California’s Goapele Mohlabane, is an alluring mix of introspective, romantic and political songs from a notable young jazz and soul singer. Goapele’s voice is set against a range of sparse but sophisticated urban- … Continue reading