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Ulysses Owens Jr.: Songs of Freedom (Resilience Music Alliance)

One sign of a successful concept album is that it doesn’t wear out its welcome. Drummer, producer, and savvy musical ringleader Ulysses Owens Jr. showcases four very different vocalists on Songs of Freedom, an album that could have easily expanded to twice its nine songs—all of them associated with or written by Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, … Read More “Ulysses Owens Jr.: Songs of Freedom (Resilience Music Alliance)”

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Alicia Olatuja: Timeless

If you happened to number among the million-strong crowd that filled the National Mall for President Obama’s January 2013 inauguration, then you’re already familiar with Manhattan School-trained mezzo-soprano Alicia Olatuja, whose brief performance with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir earned her breakout accolades. Three days later she released The Promise, a buoyant, blissful world-music/jazz hybrid co-created … Read More “Alicia Olatuja: Timeless”

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