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A Blog Supreme
4:30 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library Of Congress

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 9:54 pm

When tenor saxophonist John Coltrane recorded his composition "Giant Steps" in 1959, he created something that changed the way musicians thought about improvisation and harmony. Decades earlier, the man who took the first leaps and bounds with the tenor sax in jazz was Coleman Hawkins.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Erik Weiss Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:57 pm

Composer Max Richter has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic, specifically, Vivaldi's four violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. He has a new album simply titled Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons.

Richter says that as a child, he loved The Four Seasons. But as he grew older, that passion faded.

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Music Reviews
12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

circa 1935: American singer Bessie Smith (circa 1894 - 1937), known as the Empress of the Blues. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Three Lions Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 10:39 am

Vocalist Bessie Smith's musical career, spanning 1923-33, has been collected in a new 10-CD box set, Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings.

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Alt.Latino
11:59 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Alt.Latino: Special Guest Calle 13

Calle 13 singer Rene Perez
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:30 pm

This week we are bringing you an encore presentation of one of our favorite Guest DJ sessions of all time — with Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13.

Calle 13 is one of the most exciting and creative groups to hit the Latin alternative scene in the last decade. But not everyone agrees. The duo is as polarizing as it is provocative.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:12 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ode To Joy Of Cooking

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Mountain Stage
10:30 am
Wed November 21, 2012

The Trishas On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:33 am

Roots music band The Trishas make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Although none of the women in The Trishas are actually named Trisha, each of them sings, plays and writes her own music.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:37 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 12:29 pm

  • In the New York Times this week, Anthony Tommasini has a series in both print and video about those microcosmic musical moments like "a fleeting passage, a short series of chords, some unexpected shift in a melodic line — when something occurs that just grabs us." What links these diverse bits from Chopin to Puccini to Mahler together?
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World Cafe
4:51 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Leonard Cohen On World Cafe

Leonard Cohen.
Nicolas Maeterlinck AFP/Getty Images

It's hard to write a biography of an artist with as many career and relationship arcs as Leonard Cohen has experienced in his 78 years on Earth. But that's exactly what celebrated music journalist Sylvie Simmons has done with I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

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Mountain Stage
4:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Kat Edmonson On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:48 pm

Kat Edmonson makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Originally from Houston, Edmonson relocated to Austin, where her classic jazz-inspired singing soon made her one of the town's most talked about musicians.

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A Blog Supreme
4:16 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Pete La Roca, Top Post-Bop Jazz Drummer, Has Died

The drummer Pete La Roca, a top freelance drummer during New York's post-bop heyday in the 1950s and '60s, died early this morning in New York. The cause was lung cancer, according to Randa Kirshbaum, a former girlfriend. He was 74 years old.

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