With D’Angelo’s pertinent message, color-blurring harmonics and a total lack of slickness, ‘Black Messiah’ is a worthy successor to ‘Voodoo.’
Rhythm and Blues
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison’s long-ago tribute: ‘A wonderful, flattering thing’
George Harrison’s “Pure Smokey,” a 1976 tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles’ musical foundation.
Highly personal songs addressing both personal and political issues propelled Bill Withers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Steve Cropper has long advocated for the 5 Royales, newly announced recipients of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Early Influence Award.
Michael McDonald can come off as a guilty pleasure, principally because his voice was so often caught in a web of too-slick production. Not here.
Steve Cropper talks about a memorable moment of improvisation by Otis Redding, and debunks a myth that’s surrounded it ever since.
Steve Cropper has become one of the most respected of sessions men, a guitarist of economy, grit and grace. But how?
An artifact of a lost time, the Moody Blues’ newly reissued “Go Now” is a lasting testament to the legend that Denny Laine somehow never became.
With ‘All Purpose Music,’ the Virginia-based soul-funk-jazz quartet Butcher Brown shows why Nicholas Payton is so fired up about this band.
Allen Toussaint explores a Paul McCartney connection from long before their time together around the newly reissued ‘Venus and Mars.’