Daily Archives: February 12, 2017

A Tribe Called Quest Steals The Show At The Grammy’s

A Tribe Called Quest surprised the Grammy audience with their powerful performance of “We The People.”  Busta Rhyme’s declaration that “President Agent Orange is perpetuating evil” and  ATCQ are the most popular trending topics on Twitter regarding The Grammy’s. The group brought Muslims onstage, knocked down a wall and encouraged everyone to ‘resist’ in obvious reference to President Trump’s proposed wall and travel ban. Portraits of Phife Dawg hung high above in the ceiling and there was a lone microphone stand where he would normally be onstage Anderson.paak and Consequence joined Jarobi, Q-Tip and Busta as the audience became more alive.

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Beyonce’s Grammy Performance Of Love Drought & Sandcastles

Beyonce celebrated motherhood at The Grammy’s with her performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” Tina Knowles proudly introduced her daughter and was happy to say that both of her daughters won Grammys tonight. Beyonce wore a beautiful gold sequined dress and her image was multiplied along with Blue Ivy.  Several women dancers surrounded her as she walked the aisle and sang in a chair.  Beyonce won awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video.

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R.I.P. Al Jarreau

 
Jazz and R&B singer Al Jarreau died today at the age of 76 after being hospitalized for exhaustion. Jarreau became known in the ’70’s for his fierce jazz scatting that led to a successful recording career on the R&B and jazz charts. His music was a combination of R&B, jazz and pop sensibilities and he was the rare artist to win Grammys (seven) in all those categories. He recorded 16 studio albums, five live recordings and toured endlessly right up until his last bout with sickness. Jarreau’s ability to enunciate a song into the stratosphere paved the way for vocalists like Bobby McFerrin and Kem.

The Milwaukee native’s first album 1975’s We Got By, was critically acclaimed and the beginning of his popularity as a singular voice in the jazz world. Any questions about his mainstream viability were answered when he wrote the theme song to the ’80’s TV show Moonlighting which starred Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. In the 2000’s he received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and appeared on American Idol. Jarreau’s website has a special message regarding his passing and his family has asked that in lieu of flowers and gifts, donations be made in his name to the  Wisconsin Foundation For School Music.

 

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Throwback: Al Jarreau: Raging Waters

 

Al Jarreau became famous for blending his blissful jazz scatting and R&B into his own vocal style. “Raging Waters” from his High Crime album steps away from his usual vehicle for something rock-oriented and very much the ’80’s. The synthesizer and guitar work made “Raging Waters” a perfect fit for the times and its usage in the TV show Miami Vice. But those elements and strong lyrics gave Jarreau a different sound that was still as intriguing as his known style because the vintage in his voice and charisma still made it an Al Jarreau production. “After All” was the hit song from High Crime but the album is best remembered for offering a disparate Jarreau but still a good one.

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