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Gimme Five: Dr. Lonnie Smith on his funky times, classic sessions and psychedelic turns

Go inside the earliest sessions featuring legendary Hammond B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, as he takes over our regular One Track Mind feature.

Ray Charles – Live in France 1961 DVD (2011)

Ray Charles, by this point, had left Atlantic for ABC-Paramount and was well on his way to becoming one of the 20th century’s most important crossover artists — dabbling in everything from country to big band to adult contemporary music.

David 'Fathead' Newman (1933-2009): An Appreciation

David 'Fathead' Newman (1933-2009): An Appreciation

David “Fathead” Newman, one of our favorite tenor men, has passed after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. A Dallas native, Newman left college to tour with Charlie Parker’s mentor, Buster Smith. He then found fame as a sideman with Ray Charles, spending 12 seminal years in his band beginning in 1954 as the foundation of modernRead More

David "Fathead" Newman – House of David (1993)

NICK DERISO: Take some time with this one, which underscores the impressive contributions of a guy who first blew us away backing up with bluesman ZuZu Bollin, later came to fame playing a sideman’s role with Ray Charles, made some bold moves in jazz — then settled into R&B and pop-influenced fusion. This two-disc anthology does a good job ofRead More

Bluesiana – II (1991)

NICK DERISO: As reliably great as the first Bluesiana release was in 1990, this one packed its own considerable surprises. I didn’t have high hopes. See: Art Blakey, this jazz-soul-and-something-else supergroup’s original drummer, passed in the interim between releases — who could forget one of his final turns on “Shoo Fly”? — only to be replaced by … Will Calhoun.Read More

One Track Mind: Ray Charles, "Night Time Is the Right Time (Live)" (1958)

by Pico Ray Charles had been such a fixture on the American music scene for so long, it’s still hard to reconcile the fact that he’s been gone for over two years, now. True, it’s been a long time since he had a bona fide hit but his presence permeated our culture through the music of others. But y’all alreadyRead More

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