Music Reviews
4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

A new box set shows that aboriginal artists were recording their own music in the '60s and '70s, largely outside of the media spotlight.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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10:19 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Starting 2015 On The Right Foot: An Alt.Latino Dance Mix

Valesuchi is a Chilean DJ, one of the many musicians setting it off in this first Alt.Latino of 2015.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:07 pm

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Toast Of The Nation
5:48 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Toast Of The Nation: Winter Jazzfest 2014

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performs at Winter Jazzfest 2014.
John Rogers for NPR

For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is the Winter Jazzfest, a marathon where dozens of bands play a cluster of adjacent downtown venues over two frigid nights. At its peak, lines flow out the doors of clubs to see the famous and obscure alike, often presenting their newest projects for thousands of ticketholders.

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Music News
4:42 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

At 84, acclaimed jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is still recording and touring
Karen Michel

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 6:48 pm

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
2:42 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Live From Detroit

Rodney Whitaker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 1:43 am

For decades, Detroit has launched countless jazz careers: Thad Jones and Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell and Tommy Flanagan, Yusef Lateef and Alice Coltrane, Betty Carter and Geri Allen. To the present day, the city's musical legacy remains strong, as witnessed every Labor Day at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Violinist Regina Carter and bassist Rodney Whitaker take special delight performing in their hometown. Jazz Night in America features their sets at the Detroit Jazz Festival, and explores the Motor City's jazz scene through their eyes and ears.

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The Best Music Of 2014
10:10 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Recommended Dose: A 2014 Dance Mix

The Best Dance Tracks Of 2014.

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 10:17 am

Recommended Dose is usually a monthly mix of our favorite new dance tracks. We listen to hundreds of new electronic tunes each month, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix. But we switched up the formula a bit for December: This month's mix features 32 of our favorite tracks from the last 12 months.

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All Songs Considered
10:18 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

Members of Unconscious Collective getting ready for ritualistic jazz-rock battle.
Ginger Berry Courtesy of the artist

"I thought I'd kick you in the pants."

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The Best Music Of 2014
10:13 am
Tue December 30, 2014

10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2014

Johnny, Riot's seal mascot, returns after a long absence on the cover of Unleash the Fire.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 1:16 pm

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The Record
7:03 am
Tue December 30, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Neal Brennan On What The Hell Happened This Year

Neal Brennan.
Courtesy of Neal Brennan

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Favorite Sessions
4:47 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

KEXP Presents: ADHD

ADHD performs live for KEXP's Iceland Airwaves broadcast.
Jim Bennett KEXP

The members of ADHD keep busy with a multitude of projects, but that's not to say they distract easily. Since forming on a whim in 2008, this award-winning Icelandic supergroup of sorts has produced five albums of expressive avant jazz. Yet bringing brothers Óskar and Ómar Guðjónsson (saxophone and guitar, respectively), Davíð Þór Jónsson (organ and piano) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (percussion) together into one room to record with us has taken a few years.

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