The Malta Independent 19 February 2018, Monday


'Laila Biali' masterfully mixes jazz and pop

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 09:30 Last update: about 11 hours ago Associated Press

Laila Biali, "Laila Biali" (Kobalt) Smooth jazz might be an even worse idea than soft rock or light beer, which makes Laila Biali's self-titled album a miracle of sorts. The Toronto pianist...

John Gorka's new album bridges the past and present

Friday, 16 February 2018, 09:28 Last update: about 11 hours ago Associated Press

John Gorka, "True In Time" (Red House) The past is present on "True In Time." John Gorka digs into his songwriting archives for several tunes, including two he had lost, and the title cut was...

For songwriter Marc Cohn the Grammys aren't in his past

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 09:26 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

Marc Cohn is rightly proud of his Grammy Award but it's not the most valuable thing in his house. The trophy sits in a heaving bookcase right above a copy of Bob Dylan's "The Lyrics." That thick...

Craig David rewinds the years with great comeback

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 09:24 Last update: about 4 days ago Associated Press

Craig David, "The Time Is Now" (RCA) If the name Craig David sounds vaguely familiar, congratulations — you're officially old. David was the British pop prodigy who at the turn of the...

Chick Corea, Steve Gadd join up on impressive album

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 09:22 Last update: about 5 days ago Associated Press

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band, "Chinese Butterfly" (Concord Jazz) Compared to other genres, flexibility of lineups is one of the most fascinating aspects of jazz bands. Musicians are...

Timberlake previews album in forest-like space, bugs and all

Friday, 9 February 2018, 11:23 Last update: about 5 days ago Associated Press

If the latest photos from Justin Timberlake's new album campaign don't relay the message that he's into nature and the woods, his first listening for the project drove the point home. Tuesday's...

The 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' band wins? Grammy's big shocks

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:20 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

There was little doubt who should take home the album of the year Grammy in 1984. That was Michael Jackson with a little record called "Thriller." He won, of course, but the Recording Academy hasn't...

Prince photographer Afshin Shahidi shares his intimate trove

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:18 Last update: about 10 days ago Associated Press

No assistants. No wardrobe or make up people. No lighting technicians. That's how Afshin Shahidi spent his most cherished moments with Prince over nearly a decade as his go-to photographer, and...

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