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Deceptive Cadence
1:33 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Fine Quartets From A Forgotten Frenchman

A portrait of French composer Félicien-César David (from 1876), celebrating his famous orchestral ode Le Désert.
Edmond Morin Naive Records

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 6:04 am

Orphaned at age five from a musical family, French composer Félicien-César David had a religious upbringing, and would go to study at the Paris Conservatory in 1830. But he left after eighteen months, later making his way to Egypt, where music of the East would make a lasting impression on him.

David wrote a significant body of work, including a highly acclaimed and innovative symphonic ode Le Désert in 1844. It established him as the first French romantic orientalist and gained him a reputation throughout the continent.

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Music Videos
11:31 am
Tue May 22, 2012

David Bromberg: In The Studio, A New Lease On Life

David Bromberg performs on Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:37 am

You may or may not know who David Bromberg is, depending on your age. Odds are, though, you do know his friends. Bromberg has been featured on close to 200 albums, recording with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Carly Simon and The Eagles, among others.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Sonnymoon: The Sunnier Side Of Mortality

Courtesy of the artist

Singing about one's imminent death requires a certain level of delicacy, because it's way too easy to dive into melodramatic gloom. But Sonnymoon's "Just Before Dawn" — in which Anna Wise's ethereal vocals float across Dane Orr's palpitating soundscape as she contemplates mortality — takes on a more hopeful, universal tone. "Every night, you should have someone to hold," Wise sings, "to tell you that you did okay when your mind is against you."

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Mountain Stage
1:25 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The Cowboy Junkies On Mountain Stage

Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 9:35 am

Cowboy Junkies makes its ninth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. More than 25 years after forming, the band is more active than ever: Over an 18-month span beginning in 2010, Cowboy Junkies released four new studio albums.

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A Blog Supreme
12:10 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Crashing On Couches To Talk To Musicians

Jason Crane.
Courtesy of Jason Crane

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:59 pm

Usually, it's the musicians who go on tour, and the journalists who write about them for local publications. But one journalist is taking to the road to talk to musicians where they live.

As of today, Jason Crane has produced 374 episodes of The Jazz Session, a podcast of interviews with top jazz musicians. Last week, he announced he was going on a "World Tour."

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Music Reviews
11:38 am
Mon May 21, 2012

John Fullbright: How To Connect 'From The Ground Up'

Though he's not yet 25, Fullbright's music sounds like he's lived through a lot — or at least thought it through.
Vicki Farmer

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 7:51 am

John Fullbright's voice rises up and around the guitar chords in "Me Wanting You," his tone intended to haunt the person he's addressing. His desire, his "me wanting you," is as direct as he can possibly make it — it's not a cry of despair or hope or lust. It's the sound of someone intent on making as strong a connection with the listener as he possibly can.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:57 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Come Sing In A Philip Glass World Premiere — In Times Square!

Composer Philip Glass.
Barron Claiborne courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 2:31 pm

Ever dream of participating in a world premiere of music by one of the world's most widely beloved and celebrated composers? Here's your big chance.

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A Blog Supreme
4:58 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: May 18, 2012

Which 10 albums would you give to a jazz neophyte?

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 6:07 pm

Among the notable musician deaths of this week was go-go pioneer Chuck Brown. As prelude to this week's links, I find it fascinating how jazz so directly led into something that could be called an original musical style.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:04 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 18, 2012

Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and pianist Gerald Moore in an undated recital rehearsal.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:51 am

  • This week has ended on a very sad note with the passing of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died earlier today in Bavaria at age 86.
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A Blog Supreme
1:44 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

The Harmonica-Playing Baron Of Belgium

Toots Thielemans performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in July 2005. He's celebrating his 90th birthday with a series of concerts throughout his native Belgium.
Rick Nederstigt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:00 pm

People throughout Belgium are currently celebrating the harmonica player and guitarist Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, born in Brussels on April 29, 1922. That puts the NEA Jazz Master, also made a Baron by the King of Belgium in 2001, just a few days past 90.

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