It’s just over 40 years since global music icon Dionne Warwick signed with Arista Records marking a defining fifteen-year chapter in the star-studded career of the Lifetime Achievement and multi-Grammy-winning songstress, celebrated here with this first-of-its-kind box set of her … Continue reading R&B News: Dionne Warwick: Déjà Vu – The Arista Recordings (1979-1994), 12CD Boxset
The definitive 1991 anthology Howlin’ Wolf: The Chess Box has been chosen as 2020’s Classic of Blues Recording: Album for the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame. The 1991 release was a much-lauded collection of Wolf’s work from 1951 to 1973, with … Continue reading Jazz News: Howlin’ Wolf’s 1991 ‘Chess Box’ Inducted Into Blues Hall Of Fame
Blue Note Records has announced the continuation of the lauded Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series in 2020, starting with titles by Hank Mobley and Stanley Turrentine. The 2020 release schedule will kick off with the 24 January release of Hank Mobley Poppin’ (1957) and the 1961 … Continue reading Jazz News: Blue Note’s Tone Poet Audiophile Series Continues Into 2020
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s rebirth as an independent entity after its split with Atlantic Records, in a period that became known as Stax’s “Soul Explosion.” Craft Recordings has been paying to the label and its artists … Continue reading R&B Music News: ‘The Memphis Masters’ Video Series On Stax Is Coming.
Gospel-soul pioneers the Staple Singers will have their storied Stax years commemorated with the 6 December release by Craft Recordings of the 7LP vinyl box set Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection. This celebration of one of the greatest gospel and … Continue reading R&B Music News: Staple Singers Honored On New ‘Come Go With Me’ Vinyl Box Set
Buddy Guy epitomizes “good guy.” That’s one takeaway from Jim Farrell’s admiring, affectionate documentary of the 83-year-old Chicago bluesman. The film illustrates the inspiration that Guy received from such giants as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his own dedication … Continue reading Blues Music News: New Documentary ‘The Torch,’ About Blues Legend Made Its World Premiere,
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan is among the 16 artists and groups nominated Tuesday for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 class of inductees. The group, nominated three times but not yet inducted into the Hall of Fame, originated … Continue reading R&B Music News: Legendary funk band Rufus featuring Chaka Khan nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame For The 3rd Time.
Mary J. Blige, the legendary Grammy and Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated singer-songwriter will release a collection of her biggest 1990s hits along with rare remixes, HERstory, Vol. 1, on 6 December via UMe. The new collection will be released in three physical forms: as a 2LP , in … Continue reading R&B Music News: Mary J. Blige’s ‘HERStory, Vol.1’ Singles Collection Coming Soon
Pedro Bell, the artist responsible for numerous Funkadelic and George Clinton album covers, has died. Both Clinton and bassist Bootsy Collins confirmed the news on social media, though a cause of death was not announced. “We lost the Master Mind behind the Graphic’s [sic] & Artwork … Continue reading R&B Music News: Funkadelic Cover Artist Pedro Bell Has Died
Here are 24 more tracks from the deep reserves of Kent/Modern ’60s and early ’70s soul. The selection is a thorough cross-section of the company’s favored stylings – blues, funk, straight soul, jazz-tinged ballads and deep wailers along with a … Continue reading R&B Music News: Los Angeles Soul Volume 2: Kent-Modern’s Black Tracks 1963-1971