Wax Poetics

Wax Poetics is a quarterly American music magazine dedicated to vintage and contemporary jazz, funk, soul, Latin, hip-hop, reggae, blues, and R&B in the crate-digger tradition; the name of the magazine is itself an allusion to vinyl records.

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Al Green gave us some time over the Easter holidays to reminisce about his long career and his recent comeback album, spearheaded by Questlove, James Poyser, and Rich Nichols. Wax Poetics finally caught up with the legendary Q-Tip, who explains what it’s like to feel trapped by his past.

re:Discovery Quincy Jones, Newkirk, The LeBron Brothers, Ndikho Xaba and the Natives, Delroy Wilson In Memoriam: Joe Gibbs 1940-2008 Everything is Illuminated Flying Lotus Follows a Familial Path to Musical Enlightenment On the Beat Drummer Karriem Riggins Does the Necessary Legwork Northern Exposure Shadrach Kabango Champions Provincial Hip-Hop High Art Franklyn Ajaye Blazes a trail for Serious Comedy Back to the Future Dam-Funk Stays Ahead of the Game by Dipping into ’80s Boogie Notes From the Underground Soviet-Sanctioned Record Label Documented the Liberties in Estonian Music Labor of Love Reverend Al Green Strives for Perfection Laying it Down Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, James Poyser, and Rich Nichols on the Making of Al Green’s Lay It Down Down to Earth Drummer Doug Hammond Grounds the Avant-Garde in the Blues Jazz Messenger Phil Ranelin Delivers Consciousness in Tune with the People Original Sound Saxophonist Orlando Julius and His Modern Highlife Fostered Afrobeat The Metamorphosis Ever-evolving Q-Tip Emerges with New Sounds Cuttin’ Heads Headhunters Drummer Mike Clark Chops it Up with Mackrosoft’s Aja West The Journeyman Saxman J.C. Davis Set the Tone for JB Before Making His Own Path 10×10 Ten Remarkable 10-inch Disco Acetates Cinematic Soul King Britt Screens Soundtracks For All Settings Super Sessions Studio Musician and Producer Dan Ubick Stays on His Grind

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