LINER NOTES & ESSAYS

As a writer and music lover, fewer endeavors bring me more gratification than writing liner notes or essays that document the history of an album. Since 2010, I've penned more than 160 liner notes for CD re-issues of classic soul, R&B, pop, jazz, and disco by a number of labels, including Big Break Records (BBR), Cherry Red, Gold Legion, Demon Music Group, among others. For each essay, I interview the artist (when available), plus key personnel, including songwriters, producers, and musicians. I tell the story through their words and point of view. Below is just a sample of some of the re-issues that include my essays. Click on the cover and you'll see who I interviewed for the re-issue and when the album was re-released. Underneath the description, I've provided a link where you can find more information about where to get the re-issue.  Click here to hear/view Qool DJ Marv's musical mix of my liner notes portfolio.

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CARMEN McRAE: I Am Music

original label: Blue Note (1975) re-issue: Big Break Records (2013) interviews with Alan Bergman, Mike Stoller, Benard Ighner, Roger Kellaway, Jelsa Palao, Aziza, Dianne Reeves, Diane Schuur, and Dee Dee Bridgewater Carmen McRae's first album for Blue Note contained a stellar cast of songwriters, many of whom shared their recollections of working with the legendary vocalist. Also includes reflections by jazz greats who've been influenced by the singer.

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