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All Songs Considered Blog
1:22 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Drop: Jessie Ware's Gently Seductive '110%'

Courtesy of Universal Island

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 4:25 pm

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Mountain Stage
12:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Kruger Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Kruger Brothers on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, alongside their longtime bassist, Joel Landsberg. Now living in North Carolina, Jens and Uwe were raised in Europe, where they grew up listening to the American bluegrass records that their father would bring back to their native Switzerland. ("We also come from the mountains," Jens Kruger joked with the audience.)

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JazzSet
11:50 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

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Note the message on Kevin Eubanks' cap: "Meet You at the Blue Room." It's a nice club in Kansas City, in the historic district where Count Basie, Lester Young and Mary Lou Williams used to play.
Len Katz Photography

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 9:58 am

Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.

Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in The Tonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.

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Music
11:28 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Juanes Changes Course On English-Language Songs

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 3:59 pm

Colombian superstar Juanes has been dominating music charts in the Spanish-speaking world for years. Now, the award-winning musician has decided to crossover to English-language music. Guest host Viviana Hurtado sits down with Juanes about his music and his social activism.

Alt.Latino
9:56 am
Thu August 23, 2012

This Ain't A Love Song: Seven Musicians Who Break Cliches

Ruben Albarran of Cafe Tacuba
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:33 am

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Deceptive Cadence
7:02 am
Thu August 23, 2012

An Elegy For New Albion

In a 1972 portrait, composer John Cage, whose music was one of the animating spirits of the New Albion label.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:54 pm

Earlier this month the pioneering contemporary music label New Albion shut its doors after 25 indispensible years. Although in retrospect it seems obvious — the label hasn't offered a new release since 2008 — the announcement from Foster Reed, the label's founder and creative visionary, was still shocking. All of New Albion's remaining physical stock is being shipped off to its artists, while some (though apparently, only a few) of its releases are available through a digital storefront.

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The Record
4:36 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

My American Dream Sounds Like Black Star

Talib Kweli and Mos Def of Black Star.
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Live At The Village Vanguard
3:10 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Tootie Heath: Live At The Village Vanguard

L-R: Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Albert "Tootie" Heath.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 8:01 am

Drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, 77, has certainly played thousands of gigs like this one, where he's hired to bring his casual brilliance to the extended songbook of jazz standards. After all, he played on John Coltrane's first album as a leader, and with every other name in hard bop from the late 1950s onward. In contrast, pianist Ethan Iverson's schedule currently revolves around touring with The Bad Plus, a band whose repertoire almost entirely omits common-practice jazz.

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World Cafe
12:18 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

JD McPherson On World Cafe

JD McPherson.
Samantha Franklin

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:57 pm

JD McPherson's "big break" came when he introduced himself to producer and bassist Jimmy Sutton of The Four Charms via MySpace. After receiving several of McPherson's demos, Sutton immediately recognized his talent, and the Oklahoma native moved to Chicago to begin recording with Sutton. The pair released a music video for "North Side Gal," which became a viral hit.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.
adoc-photos Corbis

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

In the western suburbs of Paris 150 years ago today, a boy was born to an unassuming couple, proprietors of a china shop who had no great taste for music. But that little boy felt otherwise, and grew up to write music of bold color, timbre and harmonic daring.

Claude Debussy ignored the old rules about how to write music and in the process created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

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