Chick Corea

Chick Corea: The Sound of Crystal Silence The news came through last month that jazz legend Chick Corea had passed away. Fronting his group Return To Forever, he did as much as anyone to codify the sound that would come to be called “fusion”, and alongside Herbie Hancock was one of the key jazz pianists … Continue reading Chick Corea

45 From The 70s

This list came about naturally enough a couple months back, when my sister-in-law Leah decided that she'd like to do a 'top 45 of the '70s' list for her 45th birthday. Although she's Gen X to the core, the 1970s were crucial in shaping her musical tastes — which roughly put center primarily on canyon, country, and … Continue reading 45 From The 70s

Toots And The Maytals

The Maytals: Kingston Superfly The great Toots Hibbert passed away a couple months back, and I've been meaning to spin up a little something in honor of his crew, one of the great shining stars of reggae. The Maytals were one of the first Jamaican group to make a serious splash worldwide, predating Bob Marley … Continue reading Toots And The Maytals

Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango: Superfly ambassador of the funky Soul Makossa Belonging to the continuum of storied ambassadors of African music alongside the likes of Babatunde Olatunji, Hugh Masekela and Fela Kuti, saxophonist Hugh Masekela was one of the original leading lights of the continent to break out into the wider world of pop music. Making a … Continue reading Manu Dibango

Schoolly D

DJ Code Money & Schoolly D Emerging from the ice-cold wastelands of the mid-1980s with partner-in-crime DJ Code Money on the wheels of steel, Schoolly D was larger than life. Spiking his rhymes with casual violence and more than a little criminal intent, he often gets the credit for inventing gangsta rap. Indeed, no less … Continue reading Schoolly D