Blues

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Art Rosenbaum obituary
Folklorist, painter and musician who documented traditional American music with warmth and tenderness

Tony Russell

21, Sep, 2022 @4:02 PM

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Gris-gris enigma: can a new posthumous release shed light on the elusive genius of Dr John?
How did a middle-class white kid break into New Orleans’ feverish 1950s R&B scene and enjoy a wildly eclectic six-decade career? As a new release puts it: things happen that way

Garth Cartwright

21, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Jake Blount: The New Faith review – Afrofuturism for the apocalypse
Blount and co draw on spirituals on this strikingly minimalist album set in a future world devastated by climate change

Neil Spencer

17, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Michelle Branch: The Trouble With Fever review
While the album lands some damning jabs, the songwriting is insightful and even-keeled

Jenessa Williams

16, Sep, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The secret recordings of genius producer Charles Stepney
The soul music visionary died in 1976 at the peak of his career. But his legacy endures – thanks to sampling, fans such as Elton John and Chaka Khan, and the efforts of his three daughters

Alexis Petridis

01, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘To sing in Kashmiri is political’: Ali Saffudin, the singer-songwriter who smuggled his album to the world
The 29-year-old’s bluesy debut album almost didn’t get made because of a communications blackout. He talks about utopia, the Kashmiri spirit and the fight for freedom of expression

Dhruva Balram

30, Aug, 2022 @7:41 AM

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Abdul Wadud obituary
Cellist who gave his instrument a new, original and influential voice in the world of jazz music

Richard Williams

24, Aug, 2022 @12:33 PM

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Moor Mother: Jazz Codes review – a stunning continuum of Black music
What started life as a poetry book has evolved into an ambitious anthropological project spanning jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more

Tayyab Amin

01, Jul, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Kelly Joe Phelps, blues and country musician, dies aged 62
Musician celebrated for slide guitar playing and soulful voice released a string of acclaimed albums between 1994 and 2012

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jun, 2022 @11:36 AM

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Johnny Depp to release album with Jeff Beck
Joint-project will be released in July, says guitarist who has toured with Depp during the denouement of high-profile defamation trial

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jun, 2022 @9:44 AM

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Don Craine obituary
Other lives: Singer and guitarist with the English R&B and blues-based rock band the Downliners Sect, which he formed in the 1960s

Niall O'Donnell

31, May, 2022 @1:49 PM

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On my radar: Eva Rothschild’s cultural highlights
The Irish artist on a thrilling Mexican novel, a lovable comedy about two Cork misfits, and some devastating Mississippi blues

Kathryn Bromwich

21, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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