November 18, 1991 |
You'd think that with four decades of performing under their sequined belts, the O'Jays would be as loose on stage as the Grateful Dead. But the years of experience seem to have had the opposite effect on the veteran R&B outfit.
February 10, 2007 |
Gerald Levert "In My Songs" (Atlantic) * * * When Gerald Levert died suddenly of heart failure in November at 40, fans were deprived of the soulful, romantic singer they called "Teddy Bear," and the pop music world lost one of that increasingly rare breed, the R&B auteur.
October 25, 1987 |
* 1/2 MARLON JACKSON. "Baby Tonight." Capitol. * * 1/2 LEVERT. "The Big Throwdown." Atlantic. Former Jacksons member Marlon Jackson has produced his own debut solo album and written most of the tracks. He shows promise, especially when it comes to cooking up a chunky, fat-bottomed dance jam. But as a singer, Jackson is toe-curlingly bad. (And unlike the street vernacular in big brother Michael's hit of the same name, that ain't good.
March 21, 1996 |
Three-night stands by James Taylor and Santana and the return of "Tommy" are among the highlights of the Greek Theatre and Universal Amphitheatre seasons, which will both begin advance subscription sales on Sunday. The Who's "Tommy," which played at Universal for six weeks in 1994, will be back June 5-6. Taylor is scheduled for Sept. 17-19.
February 6, 1989 |
Replacing a cog here, a valve there, the Temptations are one Detroit model that has managed to keep running strong for almost 30 years--and a few weeks ago the definitive Motown soul group was awarded a designated parking place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But even a classic car won't yield peak performance if it is missing a spark plug.
December 18, 2006 |
It's been a pretty good couple of weeks for Corinne Bailey Rae. First, she got three key Grammy nominations, which boosted her status as this year's hot newcomer a la Norah Jones/Alicia Keys. Then she had a prominent mention on Thursday's episode of the pop-culture-aware "Scrubs." And Saturday she was the must-see buzz artist at Stevie Wonder's 11th annual House Full of Toys benefit at the Gibson Amphitheatre -- along with Wonder himself, of course.
January 15, 2010 |
Perhaps it's fitting that music critics often characterized the fervid baritone of soul music icon Teddy Pendergrass, who died from colon cancer on Wednesday at 59, as having the metaphoric power of an earthquake -- rumbling, potent, vital. Two days ago, a catastrophic earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti, leaving in its wake incomprehensible tragedy mingled with everyday stories of heroic acts of courage. Pendergrass, whose mainstream commercial career declined in the aftermath of a 1982 spinal cord injury resulting from an automobile accident, spent the last two decades living out his own version of resilience in the face of tragedy.