Host and award-winning journalist Angélika Beener and special guests thoughtfully examine a curated selection of landmark albums celebrating milestone anniversaries.
'They Created a Language': An Isley Brothers Celebration of 3+3 and More
In Part Two of our special Isley Brothers celebration, award winning vocalist, instrumentalist, producer, composer, and cultural historian TL Cross is back to help unpack the genius of The Isley Brothers' 1973 classic 3+3. On its 50th anniversary, we delve into the pivotal album that transformed the Isleys from a group to one of the greatest bands of the 20th century, with the official addition of younger brothers Ernie and Marvin and brother-in-law Chris Jasper. With songs like "That Lady," which hints at a future rock guitar icon in Ernie Isley and "Summer Breeze," which broadened the breadth of what could be called black music and offered a master class in reinterpretation, 3+3 is an album deserving of deep reflection and reverence.
'Be Great. Be You. And That's What The Isley Brothers Did': An Isley Brothers Celebration of 3+3 and More
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Rudolph Isley of the legendary Isley Brothers passed away on October 11 at the age of 84. In honor of the co-founding member, who helped pen some of the biggest popular classics of the 20th century, including “Shout,” “That Lady” and “It's Your Thing," award winning vocalist, instrumentalist, producer, composer, and cultural historian TL Cross joins us on this special two-part episode. In Part One will dive into the astounding six-decade career of The Isley Brothers and celebrate their milestone 1973 album 3 + 3, which turns 50 this year, in Part Two.
The Astrology of John Coltrane: A 97th Birthday Celebration
When thinking about harmonizing the subjects of music and astrology, there may be no more interesting of an artist to examine than John Coltrane. An avid student of philosophy, religion, and metaphysics, Coltrane entwined astrology with his innovative music more transparently than any other artist. Over the course of his life, his quest for a deeper knowledge of self and the universe became increasingly central to his music. In honor of Coltrane's 97th birthday, renowned astrologer Sam Reynolds (Ebony magazine, New York Magazine, Netflix's Explained) joins Milestones to explore the inner journey of John Coltrane through the lens of astrology, examining his birth chart and the ways key periods of his life are seen within it. We'll also break down some of Coltrane's astro-themed song titles. Want to know the backstory of a song like "Equinox" or "Fifth House"? We've got you covered. This and so much more!
'Cheers to Joe Henderson': A Celebration of Page One at 60
Lauded musicians Josh Evans and Marcus Strickland join Milestones to discuss the debut album from saxophone giant Joe Henderson. Together they examine Henderson's harmonic and rhythmic innovation; the essentiality of collaborator and friend Kennny Dorham; and why it's always the right time to give flowers to one of the most important yet somehow underexplored musicians of our time. As members of Christian McBride's New Jawn, they share thoughts on the special relationship between the saxophone and trumpet in small group formats and why Henderson and Dorham are at the top of the list of dynamic duos.
'This Is the Real Narrative': Ralph McDaniels Reaches 40 Year Milestone With Video Music Box as World Gears Up For Hip Hop's Historic Moment
It's Hip Hop's 50th birthday! On the latest episode of Milestones, black media legend Ralph McDaniels joins to discuss the legacy of his pioneering television program, Video Music Box. Celebrating a milestone of its own this year, Video Music Box became one of the most important shows in music video history, as it illuminated a budding genre called hip hop, and centered black youth culture overall at a time when it was not a consideration in mainstream media. Debuting in 1983, Video Music Box stands as the longest running music video program in history.
'I Feel Free As a Musician Because Of That Music Existing': Donald Byrd's Black Byrd at 50
GRAMMY® award-winning trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and activist Keyon Harrold joins Milestones to discuss Donald Byrd's groundbreaking masterpiece Black Byrd, released 50 years ago this year. The NEA Jazz Master whose work has profoundly impacted generations that followed through his stylistic pioneering of R&B infused jazz, helped birth an entirely new era of black music while experiencing breakthrough commercial success after two decades of being one of the greatest hard bop players of his time.
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