• Black History Month 2014: Our Musical Heritage

    18 fév. 2014, 12h30m par puremusic4ever

    Over the weekend, I was visiting with a friend. We were listening to music and having a great time. As we were listening to a song by Natalie Cole, I had asked the teenagers present if they had ever heard the song. Of course, their response was "no". It was not the fact that they had not heard the song that shocked me, it was they had never heard of Natalie Cole. They had no clue of who Natalie Cole is or what she has done. In addition, they had never heard of her father, the great Nat King Cole.

    As African-Americans, we need to make sure we pass down our American Musical Heritage to our children and grand-children. It is amazing how many young people of other ethnicities know and love Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Queen, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand. We cannot allow our descendants to forget the contributions of Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Michael Jackson, Thomas Whitfield, Danniebelle Hall, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Minnie Riperton, or Donny Hathaway. It is OUR job to expose OUR children to OUR musical heritage.

    Since this is Black History Month 2014, I challenge all of my African-American brothers and sisters to expose your children to more than just popular music. Take the time to tell your children and grand-children about the music your parents and grand-parents played for you. Have them listen to Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman, The O'Jays, The Jones Girls, Billy Paul, The Stylistics, Jill Scott, Anita Baker, Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey Osborne, The Emotions, Earth Wind & Fire, Jennifer Holliday, The Temptations, The Supremes, Mahalia Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland, Larnelle Harris, Babbie Mason, The Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Sara Jordan Powell, Vernessa Mitchell, and Rance Allen. Expose them to Margaret Bell, Commissioned, Witness, Yolanda Harris-Stover, The Clark Sisters, Dianne Reeves, George Duke, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Jerry Butler, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, The 5th Dimension, Gloria Lynne, Wynton Marsalis, Kathleen Battle, and Grover Washington, Jr.

    Please take time to compile your list of great artists.

    Let's keep our musical heritage alive for generations to come.

    Respectfully and passionately submitted.
  • Happy New Year to everyone on Last.fm!!!

    1 jan. 2014, 21h38m par puremusic4ever

    Happy New Year to everyone on Last.fm!!!
  • URL: Margaret Bell - Christmas With You

    27 nov. 2013, 19h05m par puremusic4ever

  • Remembering Minnie Riperton

    8 nov. 2013, 13h40m par puremusic4ever

    Today is the 65th Celebration of the birth of Minnie Riperton. Please take time to celebrate this timeless artist. We miss you, Minnie.
  • Collaboration of Gargle (post-rock) and Bosques de mi Mente (modern classical)

    5 nov. 2013, 23h21m par Velvetleaf

    Gargle and Bosques de mi Mente's Absence is a perfect album travels in the rivers of classical music, ambient and post-rock. The album is released by Fluttery Records.

    You can listen to it here.

    Bosques de mi Mente is a Spanish contemporary classical composer, that has been creating minimalist piano pieces over the years.

    Gargle is a duo from Japan that plays beautiful post-rock, ambient with modern classical influences. Absence is their first collaboration from these two artists, a delightful and pleasant record.

    From the beginning, the goal was to create a completely collaborative album. The process started by sharing small ideas and song pieces, and soon everything started to gall into place, leading to the three of them working together as a true three-piece band in a gradual and natural way. The result is pure harmony, beauty and a wing for atmosphere, space and time.

    Trailer Video

    Bosques De Mi Mente's pianos are like little paper ships floating over the water. String players from Tokyo College of Music, conducted by Jun gives the album a great symphonic dimension.

    Fluttery Records invites all the modern classical, ambient and post-rock fans to listen to this album on their website.
  • R.I.P. Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne dies at 83

    22 oct. 2013, 0h25m par puremusic4ever

    (CNN) -- Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne, whose career included dozens of albums and whose signature song was "I Wish You Love," has died, her son said.
    She was 83.
    Lynne died Tuesday night at Columbus Long-Term Acute Care Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, of a heart attack.
    Born in New York in 1929, she sang as a child in church, then won an amateur contest at age 15 at Harlem's Apollo Theater, said her son, P.J. Allen.

    Gloria Lynne
    The prize: $15, $5 of which she lost when her mother slapped the bills out of her hand upon discovering she had entered the contest without telling her.
    Soon, she was signed by Everest Records.
    "But her real break came with Harry Belafonte's 'Strolling '20s,'" Allen said, referring to the 1966 television special that included Duke Ellington, Sidney Poitier, Nipsey Russell, Sammy Davis Jr. and Diahann Carroll. "After that, she got the song, 'I Wish You Love,'" by Charles Trenet.
    Lynne was also an accomplished writer, said Allen, who cited her autobiography and said she was working on a sitcom to have been called "Bus Buddies" at the time of her death. It was "about the time in her life when she rode a bus, when she was out of the business for a little while," he said. "She met a lot of people, some of whom were very funny."
    Though her songs were widely popular, Lynne made her living neither through her writing nor through her nearly 400 recordings, but through live performances, Allen said. "She got ripped off," he said about the recordings. Everest has since closed.
    Still, the lack of payoff "never soured her on the business," he said. "She once quoted to me a line from the movie, 'All About Eve.' One of the characters says, 'At least you get applause.' That was always her."
    Lynne herself cited the problem in a 2009 interview for the Apollo Theater and Columbia Center for Oral History Collection. "I have never made any money making records, and I've made a bunch of them," she said.
    But, she added, she always had a response when people would ask her why she continued to sing.
    "I said because it was my way of getting music out of me onto the public. Other than that, I wouldn't have anything. If I had stopped and said, 'Well, no, they're not paying me. I'm not going to do any—' I couldn't do that. I couldn't throw away what gift I had because of the money. So God gave me another way. I worked for Bank of America, I did temp work, anything I could do."
    Lynne last performed on August 27 at 54 Below in New York, said Todd Barkan, who produced the show and knew her for 40 years.
    "She was really a giant of American jazz singing, but she never really got the recognition she so richly deserved, and lived the last 20 or 30 years of her life in relative obscurity," he said. "It's a brutal business and Gloria was a victim of that brutality, for sure. But she was one of our greatest singers, she was a true angel, no doubt about it."
    "Gloria Lynne was one of the great female jazz vocalists & lyricists of our time," said blues legend B.B. King. "She left the world with her beautiful music and will be missed by all the people whose lives she touched. Gloria was truly a jazz legend."
    Publicist Dell Long, who worked for Lynne since the 1990s, said funeral plans were being finalized.
    "She lived her song, 'I Wish You Love,'" Long said. "She's all about pure love. Her voice never petered. To this day, she sang those original notes like she did in her teens and 20s."
    Long added, "She said when she sang the notes she heard them for the first time."

    Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne dies at 83.
  • VIDEO: Sandi Patty - Revelation Song

    9 oct. 2013, 12h43m par puremusic4ever

  • VIDEO: Sandi Patty - "Sandi" With An "I"

    7 oct. 2013, 12h53m par puremusic4ever

  • NEW RELEASE: Erica Campbell - A Little More Jesus

    30 sept. 2013, 10h16m par puremusic4ever

  • NEW CD: Andraé Crouch - Live In Los Angeles

    28 sept. 2013, 20h48m par puremusic4ever