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  • Frank Kimbrough On Piano Jazz

    When pianist Frank Kimbrough was Marian McPartland's guest in 1997, he was performing regularly with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at Visiones Jazz Club in New York, where he has been active on the jazz scene for nearly four decades. An educator and recording artist, Kimbrough was a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective.In this Piano Jazz session, Kimbrough's graceful, romantic style is evident on a Herbie Nichols tune, "Wildflower." He and McPartland duet on Sonny Rollins' "Doxy."Originally broadcast in the spring of 1997.SET LIST"Wildflower" (Nichols)"20 Bars" (Kimbrough)"Sweet and Lovely" (Arnheim, Tobias, Daniels)"All Too Soon" (Ellington, Sigman)"Wish I Knew" (Warren, Mack)"Lonely Woman" (Coleman, Guryan)"Doxy" (Rollins)Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • Tanya Donelly Reunites Belly, Announces Comeback Album

    Enlarge this image Belly's DOVE comes out May 4. Chris Gorman/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Chris Gorman/Courtesy of the artist Belly is back. The group fronted by Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses and The Breeders will release a new album, Dove, on May 4, its first new music in 23 years.Donelly paired the announcement with the release of the album's first single, "Shiny One," a shimmering, propulsive reflection on the universal struggle between good and evil.[embedded content]YouTubeBelly was an alt-rock force in the early 1990s, thanks largely to its breakthrough singles "Feed The Tree" and "Gepetto," but broke up in 1996 after its sophomore album, King.[embedded content]YouTube[embedded content]YouTubeIn an official statement, Donelly says now is the right time to reunite."We had just gotten to the point where we were just missing each other, and missing the music," she says. "The music I've been doing ...

  • Janelle Monáe Bends More Than Gender In Two New Videos From 'Dirty Computer'

    Enlarge this image Janelle Monae's third album Dirty Computer arrives April 27. Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of the artist Janelle Monáe has always been adept at shrouding herself in mystery. It's not that she wasn't keen on expressing the depth of her humanity; she just went the length of creating an android alter-ego named Cyndi Mayweather to do so.Like her against-the-grain affinity for formal wear at a time when most of her pop counterparts were reveling in various states of undress, it added a layer of dimension and intrigue. Yet there was always the sense that more might lie beneath the surface — that maybe Monáe's Afro-Futurist metaphors and otherworldly explorations were an elaborate guise for a tangibleand present soul.One week after teasing us with a trailer for her forthcoming release, Monáe confirms as much with the premiere of "Make Me Feel" and "Django Jane" — the first two songs ...

  • Mt. Joy On World Cafe

    [embedded content]VuHaus"Silver Lining" "Sheep""Astrovan" What if your goal was to just write some good songs? What if you and your longtime friend did that and then went back to your day jobs at a law firm and in the music industry? Then what if everything changed? Your song gets 10 millions plays on Spotify, you are spotlighted by NPR Music, you perform live on Conan and you sign a major label deal — and all before your debut album's release!In a nutshell, that is the whirlwind story of Mt. Joy, who is releasing its self-titled debut album on March 2. It's a charming affair, filled with beautiful vocals and melodies that are one listen away from being ingrained in your head. Seriously, "Silver Lining" is playing on repeat in my brain! Founded in the Philadelphia area by Sam Quinn and Matt Cooper, the band's ambitions were to records songs. And that's what they did, before heading back to their day jobs, as a manager in the music industry and as a lawyer. Everything changed, though, when they uploaded the song "Astrovan" to Spotify.In this session, we talk to Sam and Matt about ...

  • Sexual Harassment In Nashville Spurs A New Bill To Extend Protections To Artists

    Enlarge this image The Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville. New legislation recently introduced would extend sexual harassment protections to contract workers — a designation that applies to many artists. Paul D. Van Hoy II/Getty Images/age fotostock RM hide captiontoggle caption Paul D. Van Hoy II/Getty Images/age fotostock RM Since last fall, when reporting on film mogul Harvey Weinstein's decades-long pattern of sexual assault instigated the movements now known as #MeToo and #TimesUp, many have wondered when the music industry's own dam would break. While few high-profile music industry leaders have met with the striking repercussions brought to celebrities such as Louis CK and Charlie Rose, the movement within music hasn't been stagnant. There have been stunning declarations of collective power, reporting that has alleged other instances of serial misconduct resulting in the severance of business relationships ...

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