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Chicago’s Musical Memory

On a recent visit to Chicago I didn’t get the sense that Chicago memorializes their native (or adoptive) musical sons very diligently. This article confirms this impression: worth following the links in this article. This recently released collection by Rhino commemorates Curtis Mayfield’s 50 years as a solo artist and this year marks 20 years since Mayfield’s…

Lou Rawls

Born on this day, one of my favourite vocalists. None other than Bobby Womack references Rawls in a song of his.   bobby womacklou rawlsmusicsoul

Free on the Inside: Jazz Fest eat your heart out

I’m astonished that the music press, especially the Southern-based press, haven’t given this concert any mention — at least so far as I can determine. It has the most distinguished of lineups one can imagine and is exquisitely performed — Jamie Davis, Scotty Barnhart, Dennis Wilson, Ken Miller, Greg Errico (drummer with The Family Stone!!!!), Wycliffe Gordon, Lady Bianca, Charles McNeal,…

Lou Rawls

Lou Rawls really is a “Jesus of Cool” — I’m puzzled as to why so many people (Rawls included) have thought that Sinatra was a great singing talent (a sacrilegious view I realize) — Rawls has THE style and voice, a fantastic baritone! To Sinatra’s credit he admitted as much: Thus, talent and dedication, rather than marketing…