Music » Spun

Boardwalk Empire presents Sounds of the Onyx

Giant Step Records


The HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which takes place in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, has just released a series of vintage jazz recording remixes titled Sounds of the Onyx.  The artists who participated on this six-track album include top hip-hop and urban music producers, including Pete Rock, Om’ Mas Keith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Today’s artists reconstructed original recordings by musical legends such as Ethel Waters and Clarence Williams, Lloyd Scott & His Orchestra, Jim Jackson and Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra — carrying their early jazz creations into the highly produced, “cut and paste” world of the 21st century. The remix project is available via Soundcloud, and ABCKO Records has also just released Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music from the HBO Original Series. The album’s title refers to Season No. 4’s showcase, the Onyx Club — a nightclub run by Chalky White, played by Michael K. Williams, an actor best known for his portrayal of Omar Little in the acclaimed series The Wire


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.