LIVING FUNK – THE DOC

What’s extraordinary about this is how, not that long ago, a deep dive history such as this would have amounted to a blog post, at best. But these days, you can go out, shoot and edit a mini-doc about a lost record without having to break the bank.

You can find out more at Living Funk.

A BETTY DAVIS FILM

If you know anything about me, it’s that I’m a huge fan of Betty Davis and it’s good to see that someone’s finally making a film about her (with her participation). Help to fund the project here.

THUNDER SOUL: L.A. FILM FEST SCREENING

The Kashmere Stage Band doc, Thunder Soul is screening this Saturday (as part of the LA Film Fest) at Ford Amphitheater and as an added bonus there’ll be a performance by the band. If you’re in L.A. (and uh, not going to the Sharon Jones show), you should definitely try to haul it out for this one.

Here’s a short PBS interview with the doc’s director:

EGO TRIP GOES TO THE MOVIES

I love how, even all these years after the original magazine decided to shut down, ego trip continues to stay in the conversation of culture and always in surprising ways. Their latest has been a new documentary movie series in New York:

They kick off with a film I still need to see – 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s.

Get your tickets here.

A SONG FOR OURSELVES PREMIER THIS SAT

Back in 1997, I had the distinct honor of working on a reunion concert for A Grain of Sand, arguably the first self-identified Asian American musical group, a folk trio that originally formed in the early 1970s between Nobuko Miyamoto, William “Charlie” Chin and Chris Iijima.

A Grain of Sand were important beyond just their historical stature – having come out of the Asian American Movement of the late 1960s, the group were tackling any number of critical – and complex – social and racial issues through their music at a time where Asian […]

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Soul Purge Pt. 1: Eurojazz



Ted Atking and His Orchestra: The Man From Nowhere
From Pop Music For Dancing (Concert Hall, 1970)

The Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra: Cast Your Fate to the Wind
From Big City Soul (Pye, 1975)

Rogier Van Otterloo: My Dearest Fluffie
From On the Move (Polydor, 1976)

Jacques Loussier: Ballet Photo Rogue
From You Only Love Once Soundtrack (London, 1968)

As noted in an earlier post, I realized that I had a long set of songs I’ve been meaning to post about but haven’t gotten to yet. This first batch are all ’60s/’70s funk-influenced […]

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JENNIFER HOLLIDAY/HUDSON: YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THIS

Jennifer Holliday: And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going Away
From Dreamgirls (Original Broadway Cast) (Decca, 1982)

Jennifer Hudson: And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going Away
From Dreamgirls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Sony, 2006)

I’m breaking away from James Brown contemplations to share a small, personal confession: I haven’t cried in years. At most, once or twice in the last 10 years and even then, not since the late ’90s. I’m sure this is something a therapist could get to the bottom to but regardless, it takes a lot to move me to tears.

I share […]

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THE FOXY SOUND OF WILLIE HUTCH


Wilie Hutch: Tell Me Why Our Love Turned Cold
From Fully Exposed (Motown, 1973)

Willie Hutch: Overture of Foxy Brown
From Foxy Brown OST (Motown, 1974)

Willie Hutch: Baby, Come Home
From Concert in Blues (Motown, 1976)

Trae: Restless
From Restless (Rap-A-Lot, 2006)

Except for the fact that he, you know, uh, died in Sep 2005, Willie Hutch has had a solid year. The late R&B star’s music has been coming back into play thanks to a few high-profile hip-hop songs sampling his work. The most famous example was Three 6 Mafia’s “Stay Fly” from 2005 […]

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