Roy C may not have lived to see the current regime toppled or his litigation over past royalties resolved to his satisfaction, but he died knowing that he was — without a doubt — a Black American original.
The intimate emotions captured by Hannah are enhanced by Lomelda’s ability to be both revelatory and inscrutable in the same breath.
Lovers of Baroque opera will welcome this release: the first recording — and a very accomplished and communicative one —of an important opera by a pioneer and master.
As anyone who is familiar with “Toots” Hibbert’s near sixty-year career could testify, he was an artist who wrote songs that were guaranteed to transcend the contexts of their particular place and moment.
“You’re always gonna be yourself, your unique self, so it’s important to incorporate the things that you really love.”
There’s a larger story to tell about black composers and musicians breaking into the film and TV business, but its only lightly touched on here.
A pair of recent books help keep the glorious spirit of Carnival alive.
A pair of beauties: an Eric Revis quintet album and a solo excursion from Chick Corea.
Antônio Carlos Gomes’s Lo Schiavo (The Slave) receives its first major recording — and stakes its claim in the repertory.
A Mother Cow of jazz iconoclasts takes on German lieder, because why not?