Monthly Archives: December 2012

In 2012 We Said Goodbye

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Jimmy Castor Funk Pioneer

Johnny Otis Godfather of R&B

Etta James The Matriarch Of The Blues

Clare Fischer Master Arranger

Belita Woods Soul Singer

Don Cornelius Soul Train Founder

David Peaston R&B singer

Whitney Houston Pop Queen Actress

Dick Clark Media Mogul

MCA One third of pioneering rap group The Beastie Boys Film Director Activist

Ms. Melodie Member of Boogie Down Productions

Donald “Duck” Dunn Bass of Stax Records

I.G. Off NYC Underground Rap Star of the ’90’s

Chuck Brown King of Go-Go

Donna Summer Queen Of Disco

Faruq Z. Bey Detroit jazz innovator

Robin Gibb One-third of the Bee Gees

Fontella Bass “Rescue Me” singer

Jayne Cortez Master Poet Activist

Dave Brubeck Progressive Jazz Leader


Kickmag’s 2012 Picks

THEESatisfaction –awe Naturale
High-tech Nubian poetry for the future of soul.

Nona Hendryx-Mutatis Mutandis
Hendryx’s latest funk party of Americana political truth.

The Coup-Sorry To Bother You
The Coup reinvents itself with irascible rock/rap to command your attention.

Esperanza Spalding-Radio Music Society
Spalding’s well-bred jazz/R&B mash.

Take 6-One
Take 6’s timeworn vocal harmonies elevate parts of the gospel canon with sublime arrangements.

Santigold-Master Of My Make Believe
Santigold adds more ruggedness to her errant ’80’s influenced pop.

Childish Gambino-Royalty
Gambino’s third mixtape is intelligent fun and progress with his muse.

Heady rhymes from Bay Area battle king.

Nas-Life Is Good
A return to Nas’s classic street cinema

Incognito- Surreal
The UK’s favorite jazz/funk masters deliver another solid excursion.

Kendrick Lamar-Good Kid M.A.A.D City
The next wave of West Coast rap from the region’s number one commercial upstart.

Oddisee-People Hear What They See
Unpasteurized hip-hop from D.C.’s favorite underground emcee.

Meshell Ndegeocello-Pour une ame souveraine
A divine tribute to Nina Simone from R&B’s most prominent forerunner.

Robert Glasper-Black Radio
Black pop surveyed with smoothness and a superb cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Flying Lotus-Until The Quiet Comes
Otherworldy electronica, lo-fi jazz and re-tooled New Wave.

Dwele-Greater Than One
Dwele’s self-contained R&B gets posher.

Miguel-Kaleidoscope Dream
A honest trip from a self-avowed R&B maverick.

Frank Ocean-Channel Orange
A brave debut from one of R&B’s new voices.

Hawthorne Headhunters-Myriad Of Now
Left-field soul from Coultrain and Black Spade.

Bad Brains-Into The Future
Standard speed reggae elixir from the punk hardcore kings.


Rosevelt-Blessings Feat. Kokane & Brooke Jean

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West Coast rapper Rosevelt has company from Kokane and upcoming poet Brooke Jean to convey his “Blessings” from his Rock Bottom High album that is available for free download.


Throwback: Phyllis Hyman-Be One

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Philadelphia born singer Phyllis Hyman began her music career after she graduated high school and went on tour with the band New Direction. She performed with other local bands and appeared in the film Lenny before moving to New York City in 1975. Her big break came when she met Norman Connors and appeared on his 1976 You Are My Starship album. Their cover version of “Betcha By Golly Wow” was commercially successful and officially introduced her voice to the public. Hyman’s self-titled premiere on the Buddah label disclosed prodigious emotions that delivered ancient luster to songs that would later define her legacy including The Spinners’ “I Don’t Want To Lose You,” “No One Can Love You More,” “Loving You Losing You” and “The Night Bird Gets The Love.” Somewhere In My Lifetime was her debut album for Arista and it gave her fans more of her tortured sensuality in the form of “Living Inside Your Love” and “Be Careful (How You Treat My Love)” and the title track. You Know How To Love Me was Hyman’s marketplace tour de force thanks to the headlining track, “But I Love You” and “Complete Me.” The album was a Top Ten album and got her onto the dance charts but a Top Ten single did not arrive until her ’81 duet with Michael Henderson “Can’t We Fall In Love Again.” It was during this time period that Hyman appeared in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies which earned her a Tony nomination. Goddess Of Love was her last album for Arista in ’83 and was overlooked despite pleasantries like “Let Somebody Love You” and “Riding The Tiger.” Living All Alone reiterated her masterful expression of intense feelings evidenced in “You Just Don’t Know,” “Living All Alone” and “Old Friend” that made the collection a somber but important R&B outing. School Daze is Spike Lee’s second feature film and Hyman’s performance of “Be One” was a rare, priceless and immortalizing cameo. Prime Of My Life was Hyman’s last studio album and it had the pop hit “Don’t Wanna Change The World.” I Refuse To Be Lonely was posthumously released in ’95 months after her suicide. In 1998 Volcano Records put together a collection of unreleased songs from her time on the Philadelphia International label and it became her tenth studio and second posthumous release Forever With You.


The Latin Jazz All Stars Jan 26th At Detroit’s Jazz Cafe

Nestor Torres

(Detroit, MI) Jazz Café welcomes back, M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars for one hot and spicy night – and two shows, Saturday, January 26, 2013 with two sets 8pm and 10pm

M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars are a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz. This year’s version includes Jazz Cafe veterans, pianist, Arturo O’Farrill and percussionist, Chembo Corniel who have each headed their own groups here, are joined by Flautist, Nestor Torres and Steve Berrios on drums.

The Latin Jazz All Stars are a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz. Combined, these talented musicians have played with an enormous range of greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Candido, Art Blakey, Grover Washington, Max Roach, Paquito D’Rivera, Paul Simon and Dionne Warwick just to name a few.

Arturo O’ Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill is a Jazz Café favorite, who recently played the Jazz Café earlier this Fall with his blistering trio and will lead this iteration of the Latin Jazz All Stars with his Afro-Cuban flavored playing which is second to none in the idiom. Grammy Award nominated, Conga-playing Chembo Corniel divides his performance time between his two musical loves: Latin jazz and “old-fashioned salsa that swings.”

Line up-
Nestor Torres – Flute
Arturo O’Farrill – Piano
Chembo Corniel – Conga Drums
Steve Berrios – Drums

Tickets: $30 Advance $40 Door – Available at The Music Hall Box Office or Ticketmaster.

Jazz Café
350 Madison
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 887-8501