Archive for March 15th, 2012

The Rockologist: What to expect from Bruce Springsteen and his new 'E Street Big Band'

Bruce Springsteen has just notched his tenth U.S. No. 1  album — knocking off the previously unstoppable juggernaut that is Adele, no less — on the Billboard charts.

Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society (2012)

Esperanza Spalding comes into this already boasting an impressive resume: flinty jazz bassist, carmel-voiced chanteuse, Grammy sensation. With Radio Music Society, she clearly hopes to add another line: Pop star.

Robert Cray set to enter studio with legendary rock producer Kevin Shirley

Five-time Grammy-winning soul-blues star Robert Cray will enter the studio later this month to begin recording a new album with producer Kevin Shirley, known for his work with Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Joe Bonamassa and the Black Crowes, among others.

Half Notes: Steve Horowitz – New Monsters (2012)

Steve Horowitz can be considered a jazz musician, but you’re not likely to have heard some of his music through the same channels as other jazz musicians.

Nile Rodgers on “Like a Virgin,” “Rapper’s Delight,” “Upside Down” + others: Gimme Five

The truth is, even if you never bought a record like “Le Freak,” Chic’s wall-to-wall late 1970s hit, Nile Rodgers was all over your radio dial anyway. So we decided to pick his brain about some of the more notable contributions he and Chic made on other people’s records — from R&B to pop to blues to hip hop. FindRead More

Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Abyss (2009)

Saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart’s roots come from both Switzerland and Guadeloupe, but his debut album for ObliqSound was informed by much more, including music descending from Morocco as well as American jazz and funk.