Author: Richard Torres

  • Bajofondo’s Mar Dulce

    Gustavo Santaolalla’s career has followed a number of distinct but equally rewarding paths. The native Argentinean is the premier rock en español producer, having overseen a number of works by artists like Juanes, Café Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, and the aptly named hip-hop group Molotov. For others, he’s probably best known as the new millennium’s Mancini, […]

  • Otis Redding and Marie Queenie Lyons

    Whither soul? Nowadays, any poseur with a whiskey-voiced rasp gets tagged as a soulster, but even with such credible singers as Sharon Jones and Bettye Lavette working within the critical confines—blaring horns backed by a thunderous rhythm section—nobody in this age of prefabricated cool (with the exception of Mary J. Blige) willingly mines the depths […]

  • Soul Summit

    Did adult r&b die with Luther Vandross and Gerald Levert? Seems that way. Not to be confused with the “neo-soul” movement—merely the sound of young, inexperienced musicians rifling through their parents’ record collections—what was once a thriving genre is now reduced to hawking soul-karaoke records: Michael McDonald or Vanessa Williams blandly replicating the classics they’re […]