Rant ‘N’ Roll: Motown – The Musical

MANHATTAN, NY—The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 46th Street, built in 1910, now houses the power, glory and soul of 2648 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit, where Berry Gordy built his empire and recorded some of the greatest names in soul-music history. The original two-story building is now a museum but the …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Genre Hopping

Seven new CDs, seven genres, the best of the pile in one fell swoop.

FUNK: Funk Road (Catbone/MVD Audio) by Mutiny is commandeered by longtime Parliament/Funkadelic drummer “Bigfoot” Brailey whose worldview goes beyond George Clinton’s to incorporate soul, electro, rap and jazz.

JAZZ: Trios (ECM), by pianist/composer Carla Bley, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazzin’ It

The New York band of trumpeter Ralph Alessi is perfect for his mysterioso pilgrimages into outer and inner space on Baida (ECM). Time itself is altered on the title-track. It stands still, then seemingly moves both backward and forward at the same time (a paradox to be sure). By the …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: George Duke 1946-2013 – An Appreciation

In 1980, while promoting his beautiful Brazilian Love Affair album, keyboardist/composer/arranger/producer George Duke had the misfortune to talk to me for this newspaper. Aquarian owner/publisher James Rensenbrink fostered an attitude of total editorial rebellion, if not intellectual anarchy, in his staff. We were left of left and it seeped through …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Elvis Presley’s New Album

Being dead has no bearing on an artist’s career other than not being able to tour. In the case of Elvis Presley, though, he actually toured after he died. His recent Radio City Music Hall show was part of a tour that featured his exact band, back-up singers, opening-act comedian …

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Rant N’ Roll: A New Favorite, An Old Favorite And The Master Musicians Of Jajouka

Ooh I do loves me some Cane Sugar (Louisiana Red Hot Records) by Honey Island Swamp Band. Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar/mandolin) and Chris Mulé (electric guitar) were stranded in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina washed them right out of New Orleans. It was in the Bay Area where they …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Musikfest Diary


Image by Mike McIntyre

The 30th anniversary of the largest free music festival in the country with 500+ acts on 14 stages (13 of them free) from noon to midnight 10 days straight August 2 to 11 spread out on a huge chunk of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is but a memory …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: I’m A Sucker For A Red Hot Mama

Bliss Avenue (Ruf Records) by Dana Fuchs had me staring at the cover while I grooved to the music of this badass bitch, especially “Daddy’s Little Girl.” Now I’m going to have to go back to 2011 to hear her sexily-titled Love To Beg. Fuchs co-wrote everything with her …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Back To The CD Pile

CC Coletti “Sings The American Roots Of Zeppelin” in the eminently listenable Bring It On Home (Chesky Records) where she towers over the blues like a young Robert Plant on such beloved fare as “In My Time Of Dying,” “When The Levee Breaks,” “You Shook Me,” “Black Dog,” I Can’t …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Another Bruce Book!?!

The library of books about Bruce Springsteen is growing. The latest comes from England: E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days Of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Constable Robinson Publishing) by Clinton Heylin. He’s written 24 books, including epics on Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, …

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