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12:59 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

William Parker's Abstract Grooves Collected In Box Set

William Parker.
Roberto Serra - Iguana Press Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 2:55 pm

Steve Lacy used to say that the right partner can help you make music you couldn't get to by yourself. Take the quartet William Parker founded in 2000, for example. Parker's bass tone was always sturdy as a tree trunk, but power drummer Hamid Drake gives him lift. The upshot is that free jazz can swing, too. The quartet's front line is another firm partnership: quicksilver alto saxophonist Rob Brown and flinty trumpeter Lewis Barnes.

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A Blog Supreme
12:34 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals

The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.
Chris Ware Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 4:21 pm

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Movie Interviews
12:02 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Gyptian: New Album 'Like Insanity'

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 10:38 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, let's talk music. If you were anywhere near a nightclub or turned on the radio a few summers ago, you no doubt heard this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOLD YUH")

MARTIN: That was "Hold Yuh" from Jamaica's reggae and dance hall star, Gyptian. And now he's back and making waves in the U.S. with his latest album, "Sex, Love, and Reggae." And Gyptian is with us now. And as the album title suggests, this conversation may not be suitable for all listeners. With that being said, Gyptian, welcome. Thanks for joining us.

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Best Music Of 2013
11:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Lorde Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Lorde performs in Sydney, Australia, in October.
Mark Metcalfe Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 7:49 am

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Favorite Sessions
11:08 am
Thu December 5, 2013

KCRW Presents: Glasser

Glasser performs lives on KCRW.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:57 pm

Whether she's creating songs in L.A. or New York, it's clear that Glasser (a.k.a. Cameron Mesirow) has put as much effort into her music as she has into the total artistic package of form and atmosphere. In songs like "Shape," she creates moody, intoxicating environments with her voice and presence.

Watch the entire session with Glasser at KCRW.com.

Best Music Of 2013
9:18 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Alt.Latino's Favorite Songs, Albums And Artists Of 2013

Clockwise, from top left: Bosnian Rainbows, Mala Rodriguez, Frikstailers, Raquel Sofia, La Santa Cecilia.
Courtesy of the artists

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Movie Interviews
5:59 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

On Becoming Llewyn Davis, A Hero Who Excels At Failing

Oscar Isaac as the titular character in Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.
Alison Rosa Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:10 pm

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The Checkout: Live
3:10 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Patrick Cornelius: Live At Berklee

Patrick Cornelius.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:18 am

Many jazz musicians write music here and there, but it's still a leap for someone to go from "writing tunes" to taking pride in the art of composition. The alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, based in New York for a decade now, is headed that way. After releasing his fourth album, Infinite Blue, earlier this year, he's now set to premiere a new set of compositions for jazz octet. While We're Still Young is a suite based on the illustrated book of children's poems When We Were Very Young, by Winnie-The-Pooh creator A.A.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
3:05 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Brian Blade Fellowship: Live At The Village Vanguard

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:19 am

A Brian Blade Fellowship concert feels a bit like a family reunion. Its core — drummer Blade, pianist Jon Cowherd and bassist Chris Thomas — has played together for more than 20 years, and its horn players have stayed loyal to the operation, too. Its repertoire feels rooted in a deep emotional well where sacred abuts secular and jazz meets its Southern folk cousins. Sparks always seem to fly when it gathers for an infrequent recording or string of tour dates.

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Mountain Stage
2:59 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The James Hunter Six On Mountain Stage

James Hunter (left) and members of The James Hunter Six perform live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:25 am

The James Hunter Six appears on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Van Morrison once called Hunter "one of the best-kept secrets in British R&B and soul," but after a series of acclaimed albums and an award from the Americana Music Association, the secret is out.

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