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Before I jump into this month’s column, I need to issue some corrections from last month.
James Brown. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 50-plus years, you have been touched by this man’s genius.
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After our recent R&B vacation in Miami, let’s once again search the genre for early bass lines that eschewed the familiar walking patterns o...
This month, we’re heading back to Miami for more fun in the sun and soul-shaking grooves.
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