Music

All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Sō Percussion

The members of Sō Percussion will bang on almost anything.
Janette Beckman

May is international drum month! To celebrate, we bring you a discussion in percussion with a group of guys who will bang on almost anything (including a cactus). The members of Sō Percussion are the guest quizmasters for this week's Drum Fill Friday.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

All Songs +1: 'Epic' Jazz From Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington's appropriately-named new album, The Epic, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 9:37 am

Even if you don't know anything about jazz, it's quite possible you've heard the music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington: That's him on the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. But that's only the very tip of his iceberg.

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Music
1:03 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Mathias Eick's 'Midwest': A Musical Landscape

On Mathias Eick's new album, Midwest, he composes musical impressions of the Midwestern landscape.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:07 pm

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Mountain Stage
11:15 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Carlos Nuñez On Mountain Stage

Carlos Nuñez.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Carlos Nuñez makes his first visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University. A writer for the Los Angeles Times once wrote, "If it's possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Nuñez could be the man." Nuñez has the rare distinction of being the world's premier player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia — Spain's northwest region, known for its vibrant Celtic traditional music.

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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Thu May 21, 2015

New Music: Patty Griffin Records Lost Karen Dalton Song

Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton comes out May 26.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:02 pm

Karen Dalton's career was built on covering the songs of others. Patty Griffin writes songs that others famously cover. Both artists are considered masters of their respective crafts by their peers, but neither is a household name. Each has a voice that sounds like it couldn't possibly be made by the person making it.

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Field Recordings
9:34 am
Thu May 21, 2015

History Runs Through Daniel Bachman's Guitar

Daniel Bachman performs for a Field Recordings video shoot at Stratford Hall, birthplace of Robert E. Lee in Stratford, Virginia.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Daniel Bachman calls Durham, N.C., home now, but he grew up around the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. It's a quiet town in Northern Virginia that still has a pharmacy with cheap sandwiches and milkshakes; but, as Bachman pointed out to us, it has more tattoo parlors than music stores these days. That's not a judgment, just the way things are.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
8:24 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

On the Next Presentation of All This Jazz, a Spotlight on the Compositions of John Coltrane

Please do tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 23rd -- right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM)...and online via stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

In the first half of our program, which will be a re-airing of a terrific show originally heard back in September, we'll dig tunes from Jane Ira Bloom, McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, and more.

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A Blog Supreme
5:06 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Bruce Lundvall, Jazz Record Executive, Has Died

Bruce Lundvall attends a ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which produces the Grammy Awards. In addition to his role as record executive, he also once served as director of the Recording Academy.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Bruce Lundvall, the longtime President of Blue Note Records who supported many top jazz artists over the last four decades, died yesterday, May 19. The cause was complications of Parkinson's Disease, according to a Blue Note statement. He was 79.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
4:56 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

A Tribute To Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler.
W. Patrick Hinely Courtesy of the artist

The late Kenny Wheeler's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees — trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler — revisited Wheeler's compositions after his death in 2014 at age 84. And in doing so, they realized they wanted to record their arrangements, paying tribute to the man who catalyzed their own careers.

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Songs We Love
1:12 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Songs We Love: Amy Helm, 'Rescue Me'

Amy Helm, daughter of the great Levon Helm, will release her new album, Didn't It Rain, on July 24.
Heidi Teuscher Courtesy of the artist

Is Amy Helm's new song, "Rescue Me," about what it means to be in love? Maybe. Is it a song that acknowledges that we need to hang on to the people who are most important to us? Most assuredly. It's also a song that lets Helm's glorious, soulful voice soar over a gentle piano and thrumming electric bass.

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