Category Archives: Music Reviews

Happy Birthday Miles Davis!

Today would have been Miles Davis’ 96th birthday.

I’ve been listening to his music over the past couple of days.  Considering the week that we’ve had as a country and on a personal level, Davis’ music has become a balm.

Songs like the classic So What & Freddie Freeloader from the landmark Kind of Blue album (still the best selling jazz album of time). Songs like Iris & Mood from the E.S.P. album.  Or songs like Tutu and Portia from the Tutu album.  Miles’ music catalog is vast and I could go on for awhile about all the songs I have listened too recently.

Miles Davis was one of the greats and his trumpet sound is distinct, unique, & unforgettable for music lovers.  Here is my favorite Miles tune, All Blues from the Kind of Blue album.  This song express a joy that is much needed.  Happy Birthday Miles and Rest In Love!

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 107: Celia: Mi Vida by Celia Cruz & Ana Cristina Reymundo

As a music lover, there are some songs you hear and immediately make you want to dance. Even if you cannot dance, the song commands you to move your body to the beat.  The Queen of Salsa (La Reina de la Salsa), Celia Cruz, has many songs that fit the prior description.  Every time, I… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Mary J. Blige’s My Life Documentary

Mary J. Blige’s My Life is one of my top ten favorite albums and one of the most important R&B albums to be recorded in the last thirty years.  Blige’s pain and vulnerability soars throughout the entire album and how sings over strong hip-hop beats makes it a landmark album that has stood the test… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Off The Wall Documentary

Questlove Supreme is one of my favorite podcasts and I have been listening to his backlist episodes over the past few weeks.  I recently heard the podcast with Spike Lee and they were discussing his career.  Spike mentions the Off The Wall Documentary as one of his favorite film projects he has done. Off The… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Ain’t Nobody Worryin by Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton is my favorite male R&B singer post the year 2000 (John Legend gets an honorable mention). I will admit that my favorite R&B music is from the late 1970s-early 1980s and Hamilton’s sound reminds me of that time period but its modernized for the current age.  His voice reminds me of Charlie Wilson… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

If Cookout Music was a musical genre, then Maze featuring Frankie Beverly would be the standard bearers.  For most of my life, the majority of cookouts I have ever attended would have music by Maze playing.  Their silky, elegant style of R&B reached its peak in the late 1970s-early 1980s but nearly four decades later… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions

One of the positive attributes of the internet is that you can be sent down a rabbit hole and pique your curiosity unexpectedly.  A few days ago, I went down that aforementioned rabbit hole and wanted to find out more Stevie Wonder’s Classic Period Albums from 1972 to 1976.  Those classic period albums were Music… Continue Reading