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THE NEW, HIGHLY MUSICAL MAIN PAGE IS UP!
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:20:00 am »
It's a preview for my BLACK MOVIE SOUNDTRACK show at the Hollywood Bowl on September 3rd.  Check it out and if you haven't bought tickets, do it NOW.

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2014, 11:30:03 am »
Spectacular!   :)

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014, 06:51:45 am »
Been rehearsing with the band and the orchestra all day yesterday....it's insane. Any west coast heffas need to buy a ticket and come check this out.  There will be church tonight.

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014, 12:22:37 pm »
This show was unprecedented. The 70's medley alone was worth the price of admission. Shaft, Freddie's Dead, and Trouble Man with a ridiculous all-star band led by the incomparable Marcus Miller AND the Hollywood Bowl orchestra. 

Or the Prince medley, Let's Go Crazy to Purple Rain with Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar sounding just like Prince himself on demand.

Or En Vogue doing Giving Him Something He Can Feel just like the video except with this mad, mad band and orchestra.

Or Public Enemy (what!) doing Fight The Power (with a detour into Soul Power) with this ridiculous live band.

Oh, and best the black movie montages you have never seen anywhere else ever. It's good to have the backing of The Academy and access to their vaults.

This show was a moving, uplifting, funny, loving celebration of the best black culture has to offer. It was a big idea flawlessly executed with skill and heart. I feel privileged to have been there.

Congratulations, Reggie, and thank you. When's the sequel?
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2014, 12:54:24 pm »
Working on dates for next summer. 

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2014, 06:31:39 pm »
Five things we learned from the Bowl's black movie music salute

The most revered black films aren't just beloved for all-star casts or compelling plots -- the soundtracks were just as pivotal. From “Do the Right Thing” to “Boomerang” and “Waiting to Exhale,” the music that scored these was just as lasting.

In a salute at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, beloved tracks from black cinema classics such as “Shaft,” “The Bodyguard” and “Purple Rain” received an orchestral treatment. Grammy-winning musician/composer Marcus Miller and producer/director Reginald Hudlin assembled the show, which covered seven decades of soundtracks.

Clips of iconic black actors like Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis Jr. flashed alongside current box-office draws like Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and Jamie Foxx as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra breezed through arrangements. Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Public Enemy, Lalah Hathaway, Princess and En Vogue all popped up to sing and Craig Robinson served as the master of ceremonies.

Here are five things we learned from "The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack" on Wednesday.

1. Anthony Hamilton and Bilal are undervalued soul men. The instant ubiquity of the themes from “Shaft” or “Trouble Man” can’t be denied and the orchestra, led by Vince Mendoza, tackled them with soulful precision. But Hamilton and Bilal unpacked them both with a suave swagger that reminded us how underrated these guys are. Hamilton shined further when he turned the Quincy Jones-composed theme to “In the Heat of the Night” into a scorcher.

2. Maya Rudolph’s Princess needs a bigger stage. The “Saturday Night Live” alum’s perfected self-deprecating humor has already made her a screen star. But her music chops remain underappreciated outside of her fanbase. Her side-gig, a hilarious take on the rock cover band – Prince, if the band’s name didn’t tip you off – offered the night’s best laughs (apologies to the host). Rudolph and her bestie Gretchen Lieberum are like the boozy gals who turn the boring wedding reception into a rager. Their takes of “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain” were a deliciously messy, crowd-pleasing riot, and an easy sell for a big-screen musical.

3. En Vogue’s still got it. The funky divas have gone through more changes than we dare try to count, but the ladies haven’t lost any of their signature sultriness. Their cover of the “Sparkle” classic “Something He Can Feel” was a stunner, even if all the original members weren’t there.

4. “Happy” is tired. We all love Pharrell William’s gleeful pop smash. It’s completely perfect and deserving of the accolades it’s received (there’s some Grammys likely coming its way too). The song is a global phenomenon, but we need a break from it. Williams' hit closed the show courtesy of the night’s performers and a slate of cute kids with bright T-shirts and an endless supply of jazz hands. For a night celebrating the black movie soundtrack, capping things off with a sluggish performance of a hit pulled from a kids' flick without a black voice in the main cast seemed odd.

5. Public Enemy can rock the Bowl. Twenty-five years after its release, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” remains a crucial look at racial tensions within neighborhoods. But the film also birthed one of Public Enemy’s greatest records, “Fight the Power.” Seeing the politically charged anthem ring out at the Bowl as Chuck D and Flavor Flav worked the stage was a reminder of hip-hop's lasting influence. But seeing the thousands of fists waving in the air to the music was a poignant reminder that the fight is long from over.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2014, 06:33:02 pm »
Here are five things we learned from "The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack" on Wednesday.
4 out of 5 ain't bad...
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2014, 11:03:30 pm »
Here are five things we learned from "The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack" on Wednesday.
4 out of 5 ain't bad...
Hard for any critic to give a pure rave.  However, he was wrong.  HAPPY is a great song, doesn't matter what the racial composition of the film is, that's part of the point of the project.  Our musical influence is everywhere.