February 27, 1989 |
The Neville Brothers play soul music in at least, oh, seven-eighths of its various and sundry permutations. It's a busy sound, with the four Nevilles backed by another three band members, but even in its most frenzied moments the group isn't out to simply wring every sweat module it can out of the music. The Nevilles play a kinder, gentler soul--albeit one that would still spook George Bush, and maybe Lee Atwater, too.
October 15, 1990 |
The Scene: A welcome-to-L.A. party for the Neville Brothers, the musical group that is to New Orleans what the Grateful Dead is to San Francisco. A&M Records hosted the event Thursday night at Cha Cha Cha in East Hollywood, in the midst of the brothers' seven-night stand (with Linda Ronstadt) at the Universal Amphitheater.
January 7, 1991 |
It's heartening to know that just months after the Milli Vanilli lip-syncing scandal showed us how low pop music has sunk, the Neville Brothers could make their first San Diego appearance as headliners of a real concert venue, having finally graduated from nightclubs. Not only that, but the celebrated New Orleans rhythm-and-blues quartet's concert Saturday night at the Spreckels Theatre was sold out. The place only seats a little over a thousand people, but hey, it's a start.
May 20, 1989 |
Any television special that offers Ed Bradley singing "Sixty Minute Man"--and getting down with his bad self, as they say, in the process--would be essential viewing. That's the least of the reasons, though, to tune in "The Neville Brothers: Tell It Like It Is," an episode of "Cinemax Sessions" that puts the New Orleans rock/R&B/reggae family band together with a host of pop talents, some even more musically gifted than the "60 Minutes" journalist. (The show premieres on Cinemax at 10 p.m. Sunday, with repeat airings Wednesday, next Saturday and May 29.)
January 3, 1991 |
The Neville Brothers capture the spirit of Mardi Gras as completely as Bing Crosby or Charles Dickens embody the spirit of Christmas. So, with Mardi Gras coming next month, it seemed apt to start an interview with Cyril Neville, the youngest of the four New Orleans rhythm and blues brothers, by asking for his most vivid memory of his hometown's annual celebration.
January 23, 1992 |
How would you like to place a Super Bowl Sunday bet on a team that is virtually guaranteed to play with power, exuberance, intelligence, deft mobility, an amazingly varied attack and supreme cohesion? The tip here is to save the cash you might be inclined to risk on the Redskins or the Bills, and put it on the Neville Brothers.