Seeing its release today is the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra’s third volume in its “Black Manhattan” series on New World Records. The group specializes in neglected works by African American musicians from the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. The sum total of their efforts on all three of their recordings is some sixty piecesContinue reading “Out Today: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra”
Contemporary soul singer Charles Bradley has died at the age of 68. The cause was cancer. He will be remembered as the finest shouter in blues, funk, and soul circles since James Brown.
Mose Allison, one of the great blues singer-songwriters, and a superlative piano player, has died. Allison mixed Beatnik wordplay, boogie-woogie, bebop, and a sardonic sense of current events to craft an amalgamated, distinctive style. His songs were covered often and were durable enough to withstand a variety of approaches. I saw him play at the IronContinue reading “RIP Mose Allison (1927-2016)”