The mÉlange of music, nationalities, and styles that is Manu Chao has met with extraordinary success worldwide, embraced by widely disparate listenerships that find a home in the music of the former Mano Negra frontman.
What makes Eliades Ochoa one of the most enjoyable artists of the modern Cuban folk movement? His exquisite guitar playing? His consummate band-leading skills? His adventurous embrace of musicians and styles outside his rural roots? All of the above, and more.
This much stronger follow-up to 2000's Tomorrow Today still finds Jarreau in enviably fine vocal form, working once again with arranger/producers Paul Brown, Steven Dubin, and others from the talented Tomorrow Today camp.
With the Los Angeles Master Chorale's fourth CD—and first with second-year music director Grant Gershon—the group showcases its virtuosic flair in works by a pair of highly divergent contemporary composers.
At a time when many successful artists aren't mindful of their platform and the impact their music can have on young people, Christian pop foursome Point of Grace (POG) understand the responsibility and embrace the opportunity to be positive role models.
Here Legacy has completely revived one of the most exciting hard-rock records of the late '80s; while it's already thrilling just to hear these songs again, the digital remastering here has this listener feeling as though a blanket's been removed from around his speakers.
The roster of guest artists on Santana's long-awaited "Shaman," due Oct. 22 via Arista, is an impressive one. Previously announced contributors include Ozomatli, Placido Domingo, and Michelle Branch, who is featured on first single "The Game of Love." The album also features appearances by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, P.O.D., Macy Gray, Dido, Seal, Citizen Cope, and Musiq, among others.
Former Geto Boys rapper Scarface, one of hip-hop's most consistently successful artists, has recorded one new track for a greatest-hits set that streets Oct. 22 on Rap-A-Lot/Virgin Records. The new "Love & Friendship" will grace the disc alongside classic tracks like "Mr. Scarface," "A Minute to Pray," and "Money & the Power."
Blues-leaning singer/songwriter Susan Tedeschi is gearing up for the release of her third album, "Wait For Me," due Nov. 19 on Tone-Cool/Artemis. The disc is her second for the label, and the follow up to 1998's "Just Won't Burn," which earned Tedeschi a best new artist Grammy nomination. It peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart and has sold 571,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A man who allegedly ran over a woman outside a radio station where a crowd had gathered to see 'N Sync singer Justin Timberlake has pleaded innocent to murder. Cameron Albert Duty is charged in the Sept. 9 death of 21-year-old Anna White of Bellevue, Wash., who was standing on a sidewalk outside the Burbank, Calif., studios of KIIS-FM when a pickup truck in reverse struck her.