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Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

With ‘All Purpose Music,’ the Virginia-based soul-funk-jazz quartet Butcher Brown shows why Nicholas Payton is so fired up about this band.

Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ is one of those albums that I can truly say changed my life.

Stanley Clarke + Stewart Copeland, Jimmy Herring, Joe Walsh, others – Up (2014)

Stanley Clarke + Stewart Copeland, Jimmy Herring, Joe Walsh, others – Up (2014)

A welcome return to fusion, ‘Up’ finds Stanley Clarke going back to his genre-defying ways.

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

Nastily elastic, fantastically dense, this heralds a new age. Or, really, an old one.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Here’s a greasy, funk-focused triumph that must have made Gamble and Huff turn green.

‘One of the most requested songs': On that mysterious date from Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘September’

‘One of the most requested songs': On that mysterious date from Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘September’

We’ve all heard the tune. But just what happened during the 21st night?

Deep Purple vs. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Vol. 3, Mistreated

Deep Purple vs. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Vol. 3, Mistreated

Enter bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and vocalist David Coverdale.

War – Greatest Hits (1976; 2014 reissue)

A force in its day, the music of this seminal funk-jazz-rock combo remains very much potent today.

One Track Mind: Rebirth Brass Band, “Rebirth Groove” Move Your Body (2014)

As this song trumpets – quite literally – there ain’t nothing like a Rebirth groove.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins, May 10, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins, May 10, 2014

Bootsy Collins came to North Carolina’s LEAF Festival to spread his gospel of funk.