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Blue Notes: 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project, by Kurt Elling

Blue Notes: 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project, by Kurt Elling

There is probably no building in the world that has provided a setting for more songwriting history than 1619 Broadway in New York.

Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 10:50am

Ushering in rather lame lyrics

While Usher was Looking 4 [Him]self, the rest of us should've been looking for the attention span to sit through to an hour of the man whining about love. And there are some pretty awful lyrics, starting with lead single, Climax: 'I gave my best, it wasn't enough ... You say it's better if we love each other separately'. PUH-lease.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Glambert' finds his voice

Glam rock has never quite been the same since Adam Lambert strutted his stuff on the American Idol stage. Even though he lost out in the final vote to Kris Allen, it was Lambert, with his awe-inspiring performances, sartorial flamboyance and powerhouse voice, who consistently displayed rock-star panache.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Blue notes

I've just returned from attending the second half of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, an extraordinary four days of music spread across 12 stages with live shows from 11am to 7pm. The only problem is that you can't be in two places at the same time and there are always at least that many performances worth seeing taking place simultaneously.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tuskegee Lionel Ritchie

Music legend Lionel Richie goes country on his latest album Tuskegee, named after his hometown in the American state of Alabama.

The album features 13 of Richie's biggest hits since his 1982 solo debut. The tracks were all written or co-written by Richie, and feature duets with country artists, such as Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain and Willie Nelson.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Richie's hits get a homecoming

Music legend Lionel Richie goes country on his latest album Tuskegee, named after his hometown in the US state of Alabama. The album features 13 of Richie's biggest hits since his 1982 solo debut. The tracks were all written or co-written by Richie, and feature duets with country artists, such as Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain and Willie Nelson.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Two true giants of R&B died in the past two weeks - Johnny Otis on January 17 at the relatively ripe old age of 90, and his protegee, Etta James, on January 20.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Starry-eyed in cyberspace

The week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1. 21, Adele

2. Fallen Empires, Snow Patrol

3. Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys]), David Crowder Band

4. These Times, SafetySuit

5. El Camino, The Black Keys

6. Peace of Mind (Deluxe), Rebelution

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The People's Party

British pop-funk quartet Metronomy, New Zealand indie rock band The Naked and Famous (left), Australian indie music group The Jezabels, and local indie folk-pop band 9 Maps perform. Jan 10, 7pm, Kitec, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, HK$530 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: untitled.asia

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hitting the right note in 2011

Best Album - I'm With You by original funk rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers. I've literally had it on an infinite loop for months now. Many feel it's barely up to par with their earlier albums. For me, that's what makes the whole thing so scary - the infinite loop part, not the music.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Russell Simmons

ART OF GIVING 'The more I give, the more happiness I get.' I say that every day, using differ- ent words. I send out tweets to that effect all the time.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Few saxophonists are as comfortable in the exposed setting of a duo format as Branford Marsalis.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Actor Hugh Laurie is best known to British audiences for his collaborations with Stephen Fry, and his appearances in assorted roles in Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder TV series. To everybody else he is the irascible Dr Gregory House. He is noteworthy as one of the few English actors able to sound consistently and convincingly American.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Q&A: Khalil Fong

Singer-songwriter Khalil Fong Dai-tung has moved away from the R&B sounds he is known for and infused his new album with blues-rock guitar riffs. The 27-year-old musician named the album 15, the age when he taught himself to play guitar.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Marysia Juszczakiewicz, founder of Peony Literary Agency

1. Happy Feet - Paolo Conte

I always enjoy Conte's gravelly voice and great lyrics. I always associate music with a time and a place - sadly, this track reminds me of Hong Kong during Sars.

2. Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai

17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

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