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Mountain Stage
1:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Minnesota With Peter Himmelman On Mountain Stage

Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:23 pm

Minnesota, a band featuring singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman, makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Grand Marais, Minn., in partnership with the North House Folk School. Himmelman appeared on Mountain Stage many years ago — way back in 1992 and '93 — but this is his first outing with Minnesota.

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A Blog Supreme
4:45 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 26: That's What Buddy Bolden Said

The Lambreaux men protest the demolition of housing projects.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Certain episodes of Treme seem to wear their ideological hearts on their sleeves, and this was one. You open with Desiree's mother's house getting torn down in a city mix-up; you have Davis throwing around phrases like "preservation through neglect"; you see housing projects torn down amid protest with the implication of a corrupt deal; you get protagonists like the Bernette family being harassed by police; you witness clueless developers trying to build a national jazz center while waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

'Nixon In China': An American Opera Inches Toward Classic At 25

The original production of John Adams' Nixon in China (at Houston Grand Opera) celebrates the 25-year mark.
Jim Caldwell Houston Grand Opera

Twenty-five years ago today, Houston Grand Opera mounted the world premiere of Nixon in China, the first opera by a young composer named John Adams. Two days later, The New York Times described it as a "coy and insubstantial work" and "hardly a strong candidate for the standard repertory."

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Mountain Stage
3:13 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Trampled By Turtles On Mountain Stage

Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:49 pm

Trampled By Turtles makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Grand Marais, Minn., in partnership with the North House Folk School. Born in the early 2000s as the duo of singer-songwriter Dave Simonett and mandolinist Erik Berry, the band has since grown into a quintet and released six albums.

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Music Interviews
1:48 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Stephen Hough's 'French Album,' A 'Musical Dessert Trolley'

Stephen Hough's newest release is the French Album.
Sim Canetty-Clarke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 6:40 pm

As with food, as with fashion, as with film, there does seem to be a distinct French style when it comes to composition. The much-heralded English pianist Stephen Hough has been studying what makes a piece of music uniquely French. It's resulted in his latest collection: the French Album.

With works by Debussy, Faure, Poulenc and a number of lesser-known composers, Hough says he considers this new album "a sort of musical dessert trolley."

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
8:42 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Jazz Groups Led by Drummers (Next Time on ATJ)

On the next All This Jazz, which kicks off at 10 o'clock on Saturday night (October 20th) on KWGS-FM 89.5-1, our second-hour theme will be jazz combos led by drummers.

Tony Williams, Buddy Rich, Matt Wilson, Art Blakey, and Jack DeJohnette: we'll hear from bands under the respective direction of all these greats, and a few others, on the forthcoming edition of ATJ.

Please join us, dear rhythm buffs!

A Blog Supreme
5:41 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

For The Love Of James Moody: Five Tributes

Clarinet and saxophone player Paquito D'Rivera wore a James Moody T-shirt during a recent recording session in Brazil.
Jorge Rosenberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 6:43 pm

"James Moody is the most beloved jazz musician in the world," reedman Paquito D'Rivera says.

These may be strong words, but D'Rivera is far from alone in his appreciation of the tenor saxophonist, who died in 2010. On the bandstand, Moody was universally admired for his musicality, his generosity — he gave away mouthpieces, saxophones and, once, even the coat off his back — and his ability to illuminate any room with his personal warmth.

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Music Interviews
3:13 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

'Dumplings,' Bunnies And Trains: Asian Folk Songs For Kids

Illustrated by Kristiana Parn, the booklet for Rabbit Days and Dumplings contains notes about each song and its East Asian origins, written by Elena Moon Park.
Kristiana Parn

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:19 pm

Billed as "all-ages folk and children's music from East Asia," Rabbit Days and Dumplings collects mostly traditional songs from China, Tibet, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. The album is the creation of Elena Moon Park. She's spent six years playing family music with Dan Zanes, who has a fanatically devoted following among the smaller set. For this project, she brought in dozens of other musicians from around New York City.

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Mountain Stage
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Tracy Grammer On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:29 am

Contemporary folksinger Tracy Grammer began her journey in music with her partner Dave Carter in 1998. The duo made three albums before Carter died in 2002 — less than a year before this performance was recorded in April 2003. She has also released three Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer albums in the years since his death, one of which came out earlier this year.

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Music Reviews
2:13 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs

On Matane Malit, the Elina Duni Quartet lays expansive instrumentation over traditional Albanian folk melodies.
Blerta Kambo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 6:12 pm

The spread of formal jazz education has created a new breed of global musician: one who uses improvisation, and other devices associated with jazz, to transform folk and traditional music. The Albanian singer Elina Duni is part of this rising class. Her latest release, Matane Malit ("Beyond the Mountain"), offers a transfixing balance of old and new.

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