Music

Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

BADBADNOTGOOD: A Moody Jazz-Hop Think Piece

BADBADNOTGOOD.
Courtesy of the artist

A Toronto-based jazz trio whose approach to the genre has angered aficionados and grabbed the attention of young fans, BADBADNOTGOOD carries on jazz's rich tradition of reinvention and provocation. Its two full-length albums cover material that's of interest to your average oddball twentysomething: experimental rock, video-game soundtracks and electronic music, among others.

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Piano Jazz
5:32 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gerald Wiggins On Piano Jazz

Gerald Wiggins on the cover of Wiggin' Out.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 12:34 pm

Piano Jazz remembers jazz piano master Gerald Wiggins, who died in 2008, in a session recorded in 1992.

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Piano Jazz
5:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

George Shearing On Piano Jazz

George Shearing shares a laugh with his fiancé Ellie Geffert in 1976.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 12:17 pm

This week's Piano Jazz was originally broadcast in 1987, when pianist George Shearing made his second appearance on the program.

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Piano Jazz
5:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

Barbara Carroll.
Julie Skarratt

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 8:15 am

Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll is an old and dear friend of Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. In fact, Carroll was the second ever guest to appear on Piano Jazz when the show began 30 years ago. Carroll recalls 1979 as a banner year for her, as well — it's the same year she started what became a 25 year run performing at Bemelman's Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

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A Blog Supreme
4:39 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Different Beat Of The Same Drummer

Henry Cole (center) has assembled many of his favorite musicians across genre to create what he calls the Afrobeat Collective.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:58 pm

The drummer Henry Cole plays brilliantly in the quartet of saxophonist and fellow Puerto Rican Miguel Zenón, a band responsible for my favorite jazz album of 2011 (Alma Adentro) and one of my favorites of 2009 (Esta Plena). This year, Cole released his debut album as a bandleader, an Afrobeat record called Roots Before Branches.

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World Cafe
4:38 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Next: Two Man Gentlemen Band

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Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:54 pm

  • Hear two new tracks from Two Man Gentleman Band

Self-described as "hot, raucous, retro swing for two," Two Man Gentlemen Band lives up to its claim. But, as the name suggests, there's a subtle ridiculousness to the group's sound. Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have made a career of recording old-school, '60s-style folk on vintage equipment, only to pack their songs with parodies, anachronisms and absurdities.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Britten's War Requiem: 50 Years On, Still As Harrowing As Ever

Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten's War Requiem was written for the church's reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by Nazi bombers.
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There are two war-related anniversaries this week that make today's album review all the more timely. Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the U.S.; tomorrow, May 30, marks 50 years since the world premiere of English composer Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral. The War Requiem was commissioned for the cathedral's reconsecration after it had been destroyed by a Nazi bombing raid in 1940.

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Music Reviews
11:52 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

Left to right: Masabumi Kikuchi, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian.
John Rogers

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 12:11 pm

The death of a great musician ripples through the jazz community. It's a special loss to those improvisers we might call immediate survivors: working partners who'll miss that special interaction with a singular musician.

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Favorite Sessions
11:27 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Trampled By Turtles: Midwest Bluegrass Royalty

Courtesy of Nate Ryan/The Current

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 10:52 am

It's taken a decade, but Trampled by Turtles' music has officially crossed over into the mainstream. The Minnesota band's most recent albums, Palomino and the new Stars and Satellites, have helped Trampled by Turtles make the transition from club favorite to the sort of cult sensation that draws enormous festival crowds.

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Studio Sessions
4:51 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Vanessa Perez: A Rising Star From Venezuela

Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 9:25 am

Some of the best recent classical music stories have come from Venezuela, that country's youth orchestra program El Sistema and its most popular graduate, Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

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