• 10 Essential Albums From the Singles Era

    September 14, 2020 by

    For better or for worse, the last few years have seen the music business move back into being a very singles driven medium. With the dominance of streaming services making physical musical media a shadow of what it used to be, more and more artists are seeing that the big money is in singles that… Read more

  • Essential Albums: Nat King Cole’s After Midnight

    August 24, 2020 by

    It was 1956, and Nat King Cole was ready to go back to his roots. Since the Nat King Cole Trio truly broke out in 1946 with their version of The Brown Dots song “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” Cole had gradually been doing less and less piano playing, instead focusing on his singing.… Read more

  • 10 Essential Songs by Smokey Robinson

    July 25, 2020 by

    When ranking the greatest songwriters in rock and popular music of all time, most lists are capped off by either John Lennon, Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan. Although the quality of their work speaks for itself, and I think they are all certainly worthy of high praise, my pick will likely always be the incredible… Read more

  • Farewell to Little Richard

    May 10, 2020 by

    I remember the first time I was ever asked who my favorite musical artist or band was. I’m not sure who it was that asked me, probably one of my uncles, but I was about 6 or 7 years old. I had become obsessed with music already, thanks to constantly being in the car with… Read more

  • Album Review: Louis Armstrong – Live in Europe

    November 6, 2019 by

    Imagine being dead for almost 50 years, but having left behind such an incredible legacy of material that new releases are still worthy of discussion compared to the best albums of the year. This is the case with Live in Europe, a “new” live album by the legendary Louis Armstrong.

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