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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Sax, Drugs And Jazz: Charlie Parker's 'Lightning'-Fast Rise

Charlie Parker, shown here in an undated photo, was a legendary jazz saxophonist.
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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 7:53 am

Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, early 1942. The Jay McShann Orchestra from Kansas City, Mo., has the stage, and Charlie "Bird" Parker picks up his alto saxophone:

"The rhythm section had him by the tail, but there was no holding or cornering Bird. Disappearing acts were his specialty. Just when you thought you had him, he'd move, coming up with another idea, one that was as bold as red paint on a white sheet."

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Music
12:37 am
Fri September 27, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-10-03

Fare thee well, Kevin Haller.

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Dave Luxton begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Portal on Wayfarer Records.  Music by musicians appearing at area concerts will be featured.  Tonight's program is dedicated to Killer Haven/Burning Artist(s) Sale, a.k.a.

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Music
12:36 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The Special Focus for October, 2013.

The Special Focus for October, 2013.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On Galactic Travels, the Special Focus for October is Dave Luxton.  Originally from northern New England, Dave is drawn to music by its magical power to evoke emotion and communicate the human experience.  Creating music with synthesizers since childhood, Dave creates video and film scores as well as his own albums.

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Music Reviews
5:59 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

After 40 Years, Mulatu Astatke Still 'Sketches' Ethio-Jazz Deftly

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Mulatu Astatke is known as the father of "Ethio-jazz." His new album, Sketches of Ethiopia, is a multinational collaboration that mixes many styles but stays true to Astatke's Ethiopian roots.
Alexis Maryon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

It is bold indeed for any jazz artist to evoke Miles Davis' landmark album Sketches of Spain. But Mulatu Astatke, like Miles, is a true original.

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World Cafe
4:13 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge and his band, the South City Three.
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Pokey LaFarge transports listeners to a bygone era on Thursday's installment of World Cafe. Along with his band, LaFarge has turned his modern reverence for roots music into a full-time gig. The perceptible influences in his work range from bluegrass to Western swing to country blues. Whether you call it old-fashioned, dated or throwback, the Missouri-bred musician embraces it fully; he even dresses the part.

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All Songs Considered
3:34 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Good Listener: Does Using Spotify Make You A Bad Person?

Will listening to music streaming services land you here in the afterlife?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the online pharmacy's monthly supply of the pills that allow us to trudge productively through this waking life is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, an ethical query about online streaming services.

Andrea Sauceda writes via Facebook: "Does using Spotify (and/or other streaming services) make you a bad person?"

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Music Reviews
3:34 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:48 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:07 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Viking's Choice: Wooden Wand Is Playing At 'Debbie Harry's House'

Wooden Wand & The World War IV.
Leah Toth Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:26 pm

"What has Wooden Wand been up to lately?" It was a simple question that turned into an epic email thread with a friend a year ago; the kind where you find yourself a sudden apologist for a sprawling, decade-long discography. There was the noise jam-band phase, the bedroom acoustic recordings mistaken for "freak folk," the major-label "flop" that had more to do with the crumbling remains of the label than the artist...

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Music Interviews
2:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

'You Can Always Come Home': Alan Jackson On Family And Bluegrass

Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album combines new originals with some staples of the genre.
Russ Harrington Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:06 am

Alan Jackson has achieved huge success in country music, but he's not above trashing his own industry. The platinum-selling star once voiced his frustration with the narrow range of country music that receives radio play by writing a spot-on parody — "Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Up-Tempo Love Song" — that hit all the mainstream marks on the nose.

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Music
4:55 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Rokia Traoré On Taking Up Music, And Mali's 'Iron Women'

Rokia Traoré's latest album is titled Beautiful Africa.
Mathieu Zazzo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:40 pm

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