Rhythm and Blues

Super Freak: The Life of Rick James, by Peter Benjaminson: Books

Super Freak: The Life of Rick James, by Peter Benjaminson: Books

‘Super Freak: The Life of Rick James’ offers a glimpse at the human being and musical legacy underneath all the coked-out madness.

Chris Greene, jazz saxophonist and composer: Something Else! Interview

Chris Greene, jazz saxophonist and composer: Something Else! Interview

Chris Greene joined Preston Frazier to discuss his genre-defying new album ‘Boundary Issues,’ and an unlikely origin story in jazz.

Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Though mainly thought of as a premium blues singer and guitarist, I tend to see Robert Cray as part of a long line of great soul men.

Terry Bozzio, David Gilmore, Jose James + others: Five for the Road

Terry Bozzio, David Gilmore, Jose James + others: Five for the Road

Five for the Road is a look at the compact discs and / or downloads that have been in my car recently – some new, some old.

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau’s distinctive singing style crossed boundaries, encompassing jazz, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, and even world music.

Preston Frazier’s Best Rock, Pop and Soul of 2016: Durand Jones, Childish Gambino, Circa

Preston Frazier’s Best Rock, Pop and Soul of 2016: Durand Jones, Childish Gambino, Circa

Preston Frazier surveys the best rock, pop and soul of 2016, selecting a widely varied slate of honorees.

Nancy Wilson, “What Are You Doing New Year’s?” (1963): One Track Mind

Nancy Wilson, “What Are You Doing New Year’s?” (1963): One Track Mind

The deeply underrated Nancy Wilson nails the sense of hopeful anxiety that surrounds Dec. 31 every year.

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon was a seminal force in the birth of fusion, and also had a notable impact on rock.

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

Mavis Staples joined the Band on “The Weight” after their famous ‘Last Waltz’ concert on Thanksgiving 1976 – and something amazing happened.

Leon Russell (1942-2016): The Last of the Bird-Flipping Genre-Busters

Leon Russell (1942-2016): The Last of the Bird-Flipping Genre-Busters

This gravelly marvel of a singer, Leon Russell leaves us as the consummate musician – and a never-ebbing rebel.