Review: Lalah Hathaway in Concert

By Madeline Sutton Before Lalah came on stage in Atlanta on October 1, 2016, she asked that all cell phones be turned off, so that we could be “fully in the experience.” And what an experience it was! Lalah’s voice is exquisite and silky and powerful and something meant to be experienced live. The recording […]

CD Review: Maysa – Back 2 Love

This Baltimore-born singer’s 11th solo release might be one of her best in years. It is a passionate, swinging album with a collection of pristine tunes from start to finish that also reveal her ability to tackle topics that most singers probably wouldn’t. Let’s begin with “Go Away Little Boy,” a slow-tempo tune in which […]

CD Review: Najee – You, Me And Forever

On his seventeenth album as a bandleader, the New York-born saxophonist revisits a handful of classics alongside a collection of well-crafted originals.  The first cover to catch our attention was his complete reinvention of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s ”Wave,”  which here is miles away from Rio de Janeiro.  The tune begins with a flurry of notes and then follows with a neo-soul arrangement featuring accomplished solos from Najee and master pianist Robert Damper, a musician […]

Exhibit Review: One Way Ticket

One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North On a Tuesday afternoon I made my way to the Museum of Modern Art to check out the Jacob Lawrence Migration series, which for the first time in two decades is being shown its entirety, since half the collection was purchased […]