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Aretha Franklin - A Woman Falling Out of Love

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 09:22 Published in Cds from abroad

To mark her 50th anniversary in show business, Franklin will finally release her thirty-eighth studio album, Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love, in May 2011, through WalMart. It would be the first release off Franklin's own record label.  The Queen of soul says her new CD is a glimpse into a failed relationship she was in several years ago.

Ralph Peterson

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 16:47 Published in Musicians in town

"In addition to total musicianship, a drummer must have good time, big ears, imagination, and humility (to the music). Technique and a healthy, positive attitude are also invaluable.” Ralph Peterson

Jazz: A History of America's Music

Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:56 Published in Books

The big problem with this book is that it provides, at best, a severely truncated and tendentious history of the music.  One chapter gives a cursory overview of several developments in the 1950s. The final chapter covers the remaining 40 years in a slim, almost perfunctory twenty or thirty pages. Perhaps the book should have been titled "Jazz: The First 50 Years."

Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns



The First book of Jazz

Thursday, 02 June 2011 15:41 Published in Books

Langston Hughes, great writer and poet, was also a jazz fan.