An evening of soul and alcohol draws Billie Holiday to her demise. Carl F. Gauze reviews Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Orlando Shakes.
She is woman, and I heard her roar.
Kate Zaloumes and Lindsay Nancz serenade us with pop and Broadway as they sparkle in front of Chris Levey’s piano.
The Breakthrough gang sings the highlights of the Barry Manilow Songbook.
On the run from an assassin, international rock superstar Bené hides out in Los Angeles and prepares for a showdown with death. But he cannot fool death; for death knows that Bené microwaves his soup.
The Best of the Improv Recordings (Concord). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Open Your Heart / Portrait of Petula Clark (Collectors’ Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.
40th Anniversary Singles Collection (1966-2006) (Collector’s Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.
How do you dethrone the “King of Pop”? Let the current king disappear to Bahrain and get sued for $7 million by an Arab sheik; take your kaleidoscopic and playful songs to California’s Westlake Studios where Michael Jackson recorded Thriller; or simply be a boy named Pop. Pop Levi goes 2 of 3 and emerges with Never Never Love, an album shot through with the ghosts of Prince, MJ, and R. Kelly. S D Green and the musical shape-shifter talk the process of Pop.
Groovin’ (Collector’s Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.
The Power of Pop (Shut Eye). Review by James Mann.
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