April 17, 2010 Among music composers, there's always been a desire to hear their works performed exactly as conceived. One distinguished jazz guitarist acted on that impulse: He built his own collection of computer-controlled acoustic instruments.
April 3, 2009 Twenty-five years after RUN DMC's first single was released, member Darryl McDaniels sees the group's success as coming from a deliberate decision to create music that was sparse, hard-hitting and extremely rhythmic — just the way it sounded in those city parks.
April 3, 2009 When it's inducted on Saturday, RUN DMC will not be the first rap group to make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — that was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. But RUN DMC did achieve a number of historic firsts during its heyday in the 1980s.
September 2, 2008 Soul may be a full-fledged style of music or just a flavor, but whether you like it straight-up or blended with other music and innovations, there's a sense that soul is always going to be part of the mix. Newcomers Sharon Jones and Eli "Paperboy" Reed share their thoughts.
January 24, 2008 The Fab Faux focuses on the songs of The Beatles, but don't expect matching suits, shaggy haircuts, or Liverpool accents. Its members are full-time musicians and singers, and all are meticulous in their approach to the band's most complex late-period material.
January 10, 2008 Bey sings some of the slowest tempos today: Listening to him is like looking over a master artist's shoulder as he applies paint to a canvas. Calling him simply a jazz singer misses the point. There's the passion of gospel in his baritone, plus an operatic sense of drama.
June 18, 2007 One of the most widely imitated saxophonists of the past four decades, Michael Brecker won widespread praise for his awe-inspiring technique and smooth tone. He also earned and maintained the respect of the jazz world while working successfully in the world of popular music.