Veteran singer Diana Ross is writing a memoir that will offer "a tough look at the recent heartaches in her life," including her drunken driving arrest, the breakup of her marriage, and her disastrous Supremes reunion tour. "Upside Down: Wrong Turns, Right Turns and the Road Ahead" is scheduled for release this spring from ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Soul superstar James Brown donated 400 tickets to military personnel for his concert last night (March 29) in Houston. Brown said the free tickets for the show were intended to give a boost to military workers as the U.S.-led war with Iraq continues.
2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from the 1950s through the 1990s.
A frequent foil to trumpet/flugelhorn poet Kenny Wheeler and the musical prime mover in the erstwhile Peter Erskine Trio, veteran English pianist John Taylor rarely takes the spotlight under his own name.
The debut of what promises to be a new brand in gospel anthologies does an admirable job of melding traditional and modern gospel, performed by artists with careers based in both secular and gospel music.
It gets tagged "noise pop" and "new garage," but basically what Danish duo Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner, aka the Raveonettes, do on Whip It On is rehash '60s guitar pop—from California surf music to swingin' London to Stooges-era Detroit—and overlay it with a translucent sheet of new millennium emotional asphyxia.
Ute Lemper's last Decca album—Punishing Kiss, in 2000, featuring songs by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, and Scott Walker—was a brave, artful attempt to break out of her avant-cabaret world into something wider and wilder.
Not unlike a blockbuster Hollywood sequel, the anticipated follow-up to Linkin Park's 2000 set, Hybrid Theory, isn't so much a revelation as it is a ready-made crowd pleaser that delivers on the familiar.