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Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

Artist: Mack Avenue SuperbandFeatured: 1List Ranking: 0Review: It all started with a New Yorker article written by a guy who normally contributes humorous pieces to The Onion. The writer, Django Gold, wrote a satirical article titled ?Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words.? Gold?s Rollins trashes the music that made the legendary tenor saxophonist famous and pretty much states that his Rollins believes that he wasted 60 years of his life. At this point, I kind of feel the need to note that The New Yorker and jazz music have a lot in common. The New Yorker also has a following among the elite class and the quality of the magazine?s work ? mainly long form journalism ? is excellent. But here?s the flip side. Most people come across copies of The New Yorker during the visit to the doctor or dentist where it sits on a table right along with old issues ofSports Illustrated, People and Entertainment Weekly. And if the person picks up a magazine, it will probably be one of the other three. Truth be told, the person?s more likely to be using a smart phone or tablet to read stuff on Buzzfeed. That?s because the magazine industry ? like jazz ? has seen better days. Rollins? best course of action would have been to note the irony and continue putting out music while basking in his legacy as one of the last men standing from jazz?s golden era. However, he took the bait and created a video commentary wherehe accused Gold of trying to kill jazz. Rollins? commentary prompted writers to riff on the ideas stated in the original satire, most notably a scorching critique of jazz that ran in The Washington Post where the writer slammed everything from that jazz staple the improvised solo to the way jazz performers ruin pop songs by discarding the lyrics and making the melody unrecognizable. Like two musicians in ahead cutting session, that article elicited a counter commentary that also ran in the WaPo. While the commentators commentated, jazz musicians offered their rebuttal by taking to the stage. That included the Mack Avenue Superband, who released their second Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival album. The inaugural album featured the all-star band?s performance at the 2012 festival, and this year?s release highlights the ensemble?s concert at last year?s fest. The band, which includes MackAvenue artists such as pianist Aaron Diehl, guitarist Evan Perri, saxman Kirk Whalum, trumpeter Sean Jones, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen didn?t know they would called on to rebut another ?jazz is dead? article. However, the ensemble managed to address Justin Moyer?s piece. Moyer?s primary criticism is that jazz music stopped evolving about 50 years ago ? an argument that might have had some merit a generation ago when older musicians engaged in a war with popular music, and the young lions were taking their crack at the Great American Songbook. However, the new generation of artistswho grew up loving their parents? Donny Hathaway albums while maintaining a comfort and love for hip-hop and contemporary R&B has emerged. Many of those artists were raised in the church or knew musicians who played in the Missionary Baptist Church and the Church of God in Christ, and these Young Lions are dogmaticin their belief that jazz can incorporate all of those elements while not becoming unidentifiable. Moyer?s argument that jazz genre has become too elastic for its own good does have merit. However, the Superband?s willingness to expand the jazz standard canon by reimagining Donnie McClurkin?s ?Speak To My Heart? pays dividends. The band?s rendition refutes several of Moyer?s criticisms as if they anticipated them more than a year in advance. The tune does not suffer by being performed as an instrumental. In fact, this allows listeners to appreciate the conversational interplay between and among the musicians. The solos do not come across as pretentious, as each player knows when to cede the spotlight to the other players. As creative as the musicians get on their take on McClurkin?s classic, they never stray so far that they can?t return to the basic melody, thanks in large part to the sturdy undergirding provided by Whitaker and Allen. Today?s players have a refreshing willingness to add their original voices and tunes to the jazz conversation. This edition of Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival includes several originals including Dielh?s lush and expressive piano playing on ?Blue Nude? and the mid-tempo swing of Jones? ?Of Mars and Venus.? The album could have benefitted from the presence of a vocalist such as the fabulous Ceclie McLorin Salvant. Her performance brought some additional fun to the 2012 show. Still, Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival shows that jazz has plenty of artists who will ensure that those waiting for jazz?s demise will have to wait quite a bit longer. Recommended. By Howard Dukes Album Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Live-Detroit-Jazz-Festival-2013/dp/B00MK7IVZW/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=soultracks-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=KIM73OUBTBJ5QL3T&creativeASIN=B00MK7IVZWFacebook Comments: 1Title: Mack Avenue SuperbandASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B00MK7IVZW'; amzn_wdgt.title='Mack Avenue Superband'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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World Premiere First Listen: SILK is back with great new song!

Featured: 1It's been eight long years since we've heard anything on record fromSILK,one of the great vocal groups of the 90s. The quintet has been touring this Summer with such stagemates as112, Jagged Edge, Mint Condition, Ginuwine and Tank, but we were really hoping for some new music.So we wereveryexcited to hear that they were in the studio.Facebook Comments: 1
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First Look: Calvin Richardson is "Gon' Love Tonight"

Featured: 0Calvin Richardson has been a soul music favorite for a decade now and is a past SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award winner for Best Male Vocalist. So you know we like to follow what he's up to.Facebook Comments: 1
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Against Concrete Walls (2014)

Artist: Candice SandFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: I almost succumbed to the temptation of beginning this review of Against Concrete Walls, the recently released EP by Canadian Candice Sand, with a dig at the twin terrors of the Great White North, Justin Bieber and Robin Thicke. However, that would reaching for the low hanging fruit. They?ve suffered enough and Sand definitely deserves a better fate because Against Concrete Walls is a solid effort. Candice Sand brings a wealth of training and experience to this project. She was a highly decorated child performer in Canada before attending college, where she first studied opera and then jazz and other contemporary vocal styles, such as pop, R&B, rock, blues and country. Listeners will hear the results of all of that experience on Against Concrete Walls. ?What U Do 2 Me? is a track that fuses blues, country and rap. The tune is a duet between Sand and Canadian rapper Choclair. The combination of Sand?s youthful but rangyvocals and Choclair?s languid vocal delivery and slick word play is effective because the two engage in a conversation that actually reveals a conflict. Sand ignores the warnings and falls hard for this guy and desires exclusivity. Choclair? Not so much. ?Oh Darling,? is a country pop ballad that gives Sand a platform to showcase her ability to handle the three minute pop ballad. The track has all of the pop elements including a simple yet infectious melody and a power ballad hook that Sand delivers with power and passion. However, the best moments on Against Concrete Walls come in the form of two pop anthems positioned at the EP?s start and conclusion: ?Go On,? is a contemporary R&B cut that pairs Sand with fellow Canadian vocalist JDRN. As the title implies, ?Go On? is a song of perseverance, and the duet drops the line: ?So tired of knocking on the door/So sick of staring at the floor/Trying hard to lift your head up/Keep holding out for something more/So tired of always hearing no/And trying hard to be strong/When every day you?re getting beat up/But you gotta keep marching on/It?s so easy to give up and be through/But there?s a winner in you.? Sand?s demand for independence, ?I Got This? is Against Concrete Walls standout track ? three and a half minutes of self-realization and defiance enveloped by a power hook and a contemporary pop/R&B arrangement. The three to four minute pop song is not an easy thing to handle, but Against Concrete Walls shows that Candice Sand is adept at creating both pop confections and substance while working against the clock. Recommended By Howard DukesAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Against-Concrete-Walls-Candice-Sand/dp/B00L2IYAJQ/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=soultracks-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=LXBDITJWQXJTCCGK&creativeASIN=B00L2IYAJQFacebook Comments: 1Title: Candice SandASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B00L2IYAJQ'; amzn_wdgt.title='Candice Sand'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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First Listen: The Trammps return to get some "Lovin"

Featured: 0The Trammps have been a long time SoulTracks favorite. Fueled by the drum work of Earl Young and the vocals of the late Jimmy Ellis, The Trammps were among the first great disco groups.Facebook Comments: 1
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