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Stagecoach, California’s biggest country music festival, runs April 25-27 this year. Besides such massive hitmakers as Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, Stagecoach also includes beloved legends John Prine, Lynard Skynard and Don McLean as well as Americana outsiders such as Shelby Lynne and Hurray For The Riff Raff.
A towering figure in American music, Ray Charles melded the proto-rock jazz of Louis Jordan and the sophisticated supper club vibe of Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra with the earthy howl of the black church. This is a complete portrait of The Genius at work, from his groundbreaking R&B hits to his big band and orchestral sessions and his detours into hard-bop instrumentals, country and the blues.
We inaugurate this Classical spotlight with new releases from young titans like Julia Fischer, Laurent Korcia and Simone Dinnerstein as well as generation-spawning giants Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. The Bad Plus were already infamous for turning indie rock tunes into jazz instrumentals. Now, they put their own stamp on Stravinsky’s The Rites of Spring.
In the ‘90s, Dave Fridmann helped bands like The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev (with whom he was once the bassist) achieve a broad and shimmering neo-psychedelic sound. He has since become one of the most sought-after producers in the game, adding magic to albums from MGMT and Tame Impala and numerous others.
The pre-rock ‘n’ roll explosion of R&B and jazz wasn’t solely an influence on the USA. The advent of transistor radios meant that places like Jamaica were also able to hear the sound of young Black America. The result, when combined with the surrounding sounds, was ska and gave a voice to artists like Desmond Dekker and Bob Marley. Highly energetic and locally produced, it became the sound of Jamaica in the early to mid ‘60s before it slowed down a bit, added more harmony and called itself rocksteady.
With Future’s new album out, take the time to explore the deep funk and hip-hop sounds of the Dungeon Family, including Outkast, Killer Mike & more, hand-picked by the man himself.