After performing in front of sold out crowds in Europe, Turkey and Russia “superhero” blues man, John Lee Hooker, Jr., son of the late blues legend, John Lee Hooker, returned to the states just in time to receive news of his Grammy nomination, for his third CD release “All Odds Against Me.” This is the second Grammy nomination for Hooker, Jr. who is nominated in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.
Oliver Nelson | The Blues and the Abstract Truth [Classic Jazz]
There are very few sessions that somehow transcend all the other great stuff that’s available out there and have that special something or other that brings the music close to perfection. Obviously Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme fall in that category… Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch comes to mind as well. This is one of those sessions that transcends all the other good stuff that is out there. Maybe it isn’t the masterwork in the spirit of those three aforementioned releases but it is still extraordinarily good. Stolen Moments is just an amazing arrangement – so good that I am going to order Nelson’s chart for my own septet. All of the arrangements are great and the soloist’s note and line selections are just perfect. ~ Amazon.com
African American artist and native Pennsylvania Keith Mallet studied painting at the Art Students League, Hunter College in New York City.
Keith Mallett has been creating paintings for the fine art print market for over fifteen years. A prolific artist, his subject matter ranges from still life to abstracts. In recent years he has concentrated his talents on themes that portray the love and strength that exists within the African American family. ~ Grandpasart.com
Keith Mallet | Round Midnight [Etchings]
Lori Jenaire | Fruition [Music/Review]
As music lovers, we’re constantly in search to discover the next quality artist to add to our music collection. In this case, is she unique vocally or similar to artist like Anita Baker, Phyllis Hyman, Lalah Hathaway, or even song stylist Angela Bofill? Recently, I was blessed to hear new music by a relatively fresh voice on the music scene vocalist, composer and musician named Lori Jenaire of Chicago.
We’re honored to have the prophetic poet, author and American icon Maya Angelou’s first original writing’s published in over ten years as our book of the week titled “Letter to My Daughter.”
Maya Angelou | Letter to My Daughter
For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.
Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son. ~ Amazon.com
The Christmas Season just isn’t the same unless you spend a little time with our fictional friend and musical genus “Charlie Brown.”
David Benoit | Jazz For Peanuts [Peak Records]
2008’s Jazz For Peanuts is the brainchild of five-time Grammy nominated musician, composer and arranger David Benoit, ,who has been composing music for Peanuts TV specials for over 15 years Features Vince Guaraldi’s ‘Linus & Lucy’, which has become popularly known as the Peanuts franchise theme. Most of the tracks from various Peanuts specials were re-recorded by Benoit while a few, most notably ‘Linus and Lucy’, were remastered from the original tapes. ~ Amazon.com