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  • "My Funny Valentine"
    Baker-Mulligan's "Valentine" added to National Recording Registry
    Essential jazz and blues – alongside such pop-rock staples as The Doors’ debut album, Sly and the Family Stone’s “Stand!,” Radiohead’s “OK Computer” and Steve Martin’s “A Wild and Crazy...
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    MC New Kid: 'One Man Army'
    With the overflow of artists on social media today, it's easy to overlook some really talented people. But if one is lucky, there will always be someone around to help bring said talent to their attention. Thus how The Examiner came across MC...
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    Camb: 'ONE' album review
    Milwaukee's own Camb kicked off 2015 by officially releasing his full length project, ONE. The album is described as a tale that chronicles the last two years of the 414 talent's life. It is his testament of surviving his trials &...
  • Sound Prints
    Sound Prints celebrates Wayne Shorter with “Live at Monterey Jazz Festival"
    Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas’ latest project, Sound Prints, grew out of the musicians’ mutual admiration for Wayne Shorter. The album, due out April 7, is rooted in the Northern California jazz scene.Lovano and Douglas conceived the...
  • Happy 75th birthday, Al Jarreau
    Happy 75th birthday, Al Jarreau
    Today marks Al Jarreau’s 75th birthday, a significant milestone in any life and surely a cause for reflection. The jazz-pop vocalist, it’s safe to say, has much to be thankful for, including his recovery a few years ago from a heart...
  • Grant Green
    Remembering Selma and Grant Green's "The Selma March"
    The American media will be full this weekend – and rightly so – of stories marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma voting rights marches. You can expect to see plenty of vintage photographs and footage, references to the recent movie...
  • Record albums by Leonard Nimoy featuring classic rock cover songs
    Leonard Nimoy’s classic rock era albums: ‘The Way I Feel,’ Spock-themed works
    On February 27 Leonard Nimoy passed away where fans, colleagues, and others still continue to leave a vast trail of tributes for the actor best known as Mr. Spock. His unforgettable character from the 1960s original “Star Trek”...
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    News and notes: SFJAZZ previews track, Healdsburg celebrates Black History Month
    The SFJAZZ Collective has new album set for release March 10, “Live: SFJAZZ Center 2014, The Music of Joe Henderson and New Compositions.” You can preview the track "Fire," originally recorded in 1973 by Henderson and...
  • 2015's most anticipated metal albums
    2015's most anticipated metal albums, part 1
    Last year was one of the best in a long time as far as new metal albums go. Phenomenal new records by Machine Head, Judas Priest, Overkill, Sister Sin, Steel Panther, etc., made 2014 truly unforgettable. Another reason last year was so glorious...
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    Dank Sinatra & Ran Rich: 'Heavyweight: Volume 1' album review
    Dank Sinatra is an artist who has been making a buzz for himself within the Milwaukee music scene for some time now. Thus, decided it was finally time to dig into some of his music for the readers. He offered up his Heavyweight: Volume 1 project...
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    Montrey Slayton: 'Love At First Sight' album review
    414 crooner Montrey Slayton is gearing up to release a new EP. In order for his fans to appreciate where he's going though, Montrey thought they should first get a taste of where he's been. So he decided to place his last project Love At...
  • Kendrick Lamar
    Most anticipated Hip-Hop albums of 2015
    If you would like to buy a bunch of rear-view mirrors and put the year 2014 behind your car, then this list is for you. Here is a list comprised to spark debates and mostly arguments about the most anticipated Hip-Hop albums of 2015.The list is...
  • Paying tribute to the varied Santana tribute bands
    Sincerest form of flattery: Santana tribute bands
    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It certainly is the case with the numerous Santana tribute bands in existence. Who are these tribute bands? What Santana albums and songs do they play? Where do they come from? They range from...
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    Kia Rap Princess: '#NoLimit' album review
    After a long running campaign and complimentary movement, Kia Rap Princess officially added a new edition to her catalog with the release of her #NoLimit LP earlier this month. It's a 17 track offering that includes the smash hit title single...
  • "The Bridge"
    Rollins, Coleman albums added to Grammy Hall of Fame
    Twenty-seven new titles have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame (15 singles, 12 albums), recognizing their "qualitative or historical significance.” The new inductees raise the total number of recordings honored by the Recording...
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