It’s been a month yet it’s still very much in the forefront of my mind. Although he was not an actual friend, he was a very dear companion to me through his music, as he was to millions. My last entry on him was merely a mention of his latest release “Hit-N-Run: Phase 2.”
A couple of classics were released this past year, a few tributes, music from some that are jazz favorites and a couple of relative new-comers. Harry Connick’s new release is a little different from what is longtime fans may be used to from him. His CD “That Would Be Me” was released this month. Herb Alpert’s “Come Fly with Me,” became available last month, as well as Lizz Wright’s “Freedom & Surrender.” http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/09/17/for-the-funkin-love-of-lizz/
All true Prince friends, fans and admirers don’t believe he makes any bad music, we just like some of his albums more than others. I honestly have not heard all of his releases, in their entirety over the past several years, but his latest CD “HIT n RUN” is FUN!
Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre, has dropped his new album “Compton”. The release came like a thief in the night, with minimal promotion and fanfare, just before the movie “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters.
In the midst of societal ills and personal challenges I look to family and music for solace. Holy Moly! There are a few things that I am remiss about discovering at this juncture and some new releases and tunes forthcoming that I’m very excited to hear. Music serves as therapy for me, and is and will always be, the universal language that conjoins the hearts and minds of humanity.
Prince is releasing not one, but 2 new albums this fall. Expected for release on September 30th, “Art Official Age,” is a solo project and “Plectrumelectrum,” is the long anticipated project that features 3rdEyeGirl. Friends and fans may already have seen the video for the previously released single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” which features Dave Chapelle on the cover art – if not, go here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbyNrGXpAA…
In five days Oxygen’s new series “Sisterhood of Hip-Hop” hits the tube. A new show from the mind of T.I., the tagline is “Chasing the Dream, Changing the Game.” While chasing the dream is all too real, it remains to be seen if any of these “up and comers” will “change the game.” The 5 cast members are: Brianna Perry, Nyemiah Supreme, Diamond, Bia and Siya. The show will have special appearances of established talents, Pharrell, Rick Ross, Eve, Lil Jon, Irv Gotti, Tank and Travie McCoy.
Patti LaBelle is back on Broadway this month! Appearing in the stage production of “After Midnight,” she fills in where Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton and Fantasia have all taken bows, opposite Dule Hill http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/02/25/vanessa-williams-funks-up-broadway-again/. Her run goes through June 29th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Recently my friend Gary Harris, who happens to be a former EMI A&R exec, has been criticized and bashed by several fans and other outlets on the web. One who introduced me to the music of D’Angelo back in 1992 prior to it’s release while I was at WBLS, he wrote an open letter to the artist, expressing a personal point of view.
D’Angelo has taken the stage over the past two months. He did a few sets in London a couple weeks ago and another at Minneapolis’ popular venue First Avenue (that Prince made famous) with Questlove in June, according to okayplayer.com. I discovered this in light of a poster saying he’s performing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on August 1st. That date is the kick-off of several sets through October.
Dave Chapelle wraps a run of shows in Atlanta tomorrow night. The brilliant sketch comedian began his run of performances on Thursday at ATL’s Tabernacle concert hall, which sold out almost immediately, prompting LIVE Nation to add more shows. Chapelle’s closing show marks seven sold out sets, that included opening night; and early and late shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday… I smell a DVD. Eight shows evolving from one initial scheduled show, THAT’S FUNKY!!!
Born in 1937, actor Morgan Freeman has been featured in more films and appeared on more television shows, than the years he’s been alive. His first acting job in film was as an extra in “The Pawnbroker” released in 1964. The actor has taken on 101 acting gigs thus far.