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Album: Sotho Sounds, Junk Funk (World Music Network)

Atmosphere is everything, and yet we hear so little of it in contemporary digital recordings. But that's not the case here with this band from the kingdom of Lesotho in South Africa. Approximately tuned tin guitars and one-string fiddles accompany raw, powerful vocals while oil drums thunder along in the background. Staff Benda Bilili and Konono No 1 have set the homemade instrumentalist's bar high, but this lot leap it with easy grace.

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Listen to the New Mountain Goats Album Transcendental Youth

Listen to the New Mountain Goats Album Transcendental Youth | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On October 2, the Mountain Goats will follow up last year's All Eternals Deck with a new full-length, Transcendental Youth. In the meanwhile, you can stream the whole thing below, via Rolling Stone.
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Race, Authenticity, and New Orleans: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Turns 50

Race, Authenticity, and New Orleans: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Turns 50 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

In this new box set, The 50th Anniversary Collection, Ben Jaffe gets to show off his family's history with New Orleans music, as well as a few new wrinkles of his own. I (Matt Cibula) made the trip 16 years ago. It was May, and it’s New Orleans, and the atmosphere outside 726 St. Peter Street was a sweaty sticky mess. But once I got into Preservation Hall, and managed to shoulder and slip my way through tourists and jazz aficionados up to the front of that boxy room, I fulfilled one of my greatest dreams: to hear authentic New Orleans jazz, played by some of the finest musicians in the world’s greatest musical city. It wasn’t glamorous—maybe it’s different now, but back then at least Preservation Hall was barebones, stark, purely functional—but it was real, and it was glorious.

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Sonic Youth Recover Stolen Guitars After 13 Years

Sonic Youth Recover Stolen Guitars After 13 Years | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On the morning of July 4, 1999, a Ryder truck holding Sonic Youth's massive collection of one-of-a-kind modified touring gear (amps, drums, pedals, guitars) was stolen in Orange County, California.
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Bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman: A boundless voice

Bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman: A boundless voice | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

NASHVILLE — Bluegrass Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman is a big man, though surveying his size won’t get you far in comprehending his musical enormity.

Wiseman is 87, and his history as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, as an original member of Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Boys and as a solo headliner at hundreds of bluegrass festivals for decades means folks are apt to characterize him as a bluegrass artist.

Ask in Nashville this week, as the International Bluegrass Music Association gathers for its annual conference and awards show, and you’ll find plenty of bluegrass banjo pickers happy to claim him as part of the family.

But while Wiseman is a much-celebrated bluegrass lynchpin — and certainly a part of the family — he’s not a bluegrass artist.

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Fuse Jazz Review: Ray Charles Inspires One Hell of a Party at Berklee

Fuse Jazz Review: Ray Charles Inspires One Hell of a Party at Berklee | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

InspiRAYtion: The Music of Ray Charles was the capstone concert of a weekend-long symposium (September 21–23) on the pianist’s work and legacy held by the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of music. The mixture of Charles’s devotees, colleagues, personal friends, and a striking number of blind musicians and members of the blind community that packed the sold out Berklee performance were treated to two hours and 15 minutes of sublime musical tribute—no intermission, no holding back, and no letting up.

The man behind the project was Matt Glaser, head of the Roots Music Program, and long time chair of Berklee’s string department. In addition to being a first-rate violinist in roots and jazz traditions, Glaser is an authority on the instrument’s role in American music and a dynamic and eloquent clinician with a wicked sense of humor. Playing on the symposium’s thesis that “all the great steams of American music flow through Ray Charles,” he sought to represent each one on the stage

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Forgetting the Roots: Does It Matter Who Makes Folk Music?

Forgetting the Roots: Does It Matter Who Makes Folk Music? | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The authenticity trap: How did folk music end up in such a paradoxical place? In 1946, a Jewish boy named Elliot Adnopoz was growing up in Brooklyn. Although his father was a surgeon at a local hospital and wanted his son to follow him into medicine, young Elliot had his heart set on a different profession: he wanted to be a cowboy. When Elliot was 15, he ran away from home with two friends to join the only professional rodeo east of the Mississippi. Even though it was a matter of months before his parents caught up to him and reeled him back to Brooklyn, the damage had been done—Elliot had developed a fascination with the singing cowboys of the rodeo. In other word, the music bug had bitten. Once back home in the big city, Elliot began to teach himself how to sing and play the guitar.

If this sounds like the beginning of a story about a misfit Brooklyn teen trying to escape middle-class angst through folk music, then you wouldn’t be quite right. But you wouldn’t be quite wrong either. (We’re heeding the famous dictum of the reporter Stoddard in the 1962 John Ford film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, when the legend becomes fact, we should print the legend.) In the case of this particular Brooklyn boy, generations of folk music enthusiasts have followed that principle. For while the name “Adnopoz” doesn’t mean much to the average folk fan, the name “Ramblin’ Jack Elliott” signifies a man who is more or less a demigod. The legend, it seems safe to say, won the battle. Elliott, of course, is Adnopoz, albeit transformed by culture, music, and the curious power of the public imagination. The name “Ramblin’ Jack Elliott” conjures a world of cowboy wonders and hobo life that could never have been conveyed by a Jewish kid from Brooklyn.

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Fleck and Roberts stretch the limits of jazz

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Béla Fleck has spent his entire career convincing people the banjo is much more versatile than we thought. And he makes a pretty strong argument.
In addition to winning 13 Grammys, he’s been nominated in more categories than anyone in history, from bluegrass to classical to world music to jazz. But that last genre continues to be a hard sell at times, as he showed Friday playing with the Marcus Roberts Trio in the early show at the Kessler Theater.
Roberts is one of jazz’s most daring pianists, and he and Fleck did find moments of transcendence as they merged their instruments and sailed off on long flights of fancy. Fleck also clicked with upright bassist Rodney Jordan for a delicious fusion of bluegrass and bowed bass.


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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Coltrane

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Coltrane | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating John Coltrane's birthday today!
John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. At the age of three his family moved to High Point, NC, where young Coltrane spent his early years.
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Miles Davis Quintet: Swiss Radio Days – review

Miles Davis Quintet: Swiss Radio Days – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Davis completed recording the most celebrated jazz album in history, the revolutionary Kind of Blue, in April 1959. It changed the way jazz would be played and heard from then on. He was still working through its implications a year later, when this live recording was made on tour in Zurich. With him was John Coltrane, also exploring the new ideas, but coming up with very different results. A few weeks later, they went their separate ways. You can hear the drama of a turning point in jazz history on this rare, remarkably well-recorded set. (TCB)Davis completed recording the most celebrated jazz album in history, the revolutionary Kind of Blue, in April 1959. It changed the way jazz would be played and heard from then on.
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Jazz Birthday: Slam Stewart (1914)

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Jazz Birthday: Slam Stewart (1914)Lew Rockwell (blog)In the free market for jazz, there is rivalry. Styles can be freely imitated. There is no copyright on style. Slam Stewart, longtime colaborator of Slim Gaillard and one of the most immediately recognizable bassists on the 1940s scene.

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JazzClip: Buddy Collette - JazzWax

JazzClip: Buddy Collette - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Buddy Collette could play just about every reed and woodwind instrument proficiently. As a result, the West Coast musician was called often by studio contractors and session leaders for pop and jazz recordings.
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Mumford & Sons: Babel – review

Mumford & Sons: Babel – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Mumford & Sons are vilified as often as praised, and their second album will do little to change that, reckons Maddy Costa...There's a phrase, midway through Mumford & Sons' second album, that neatly encapsulates their existence. "Watch the world tear us apart," Marcus Mumford sing-speaks in his tarry voice, "a stoic mind and a bleeding heart." They are the epitome of a Marmite band: vilified for their privileged background and narrow vision of folk music; celebrated for their spit'n'sawdust energy and biblical framing of love. Babel will only entrench these positions

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Album: Kurt Elling, 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project (Concord)

In concert he can more than look after himself but the great jazz singer Kurt Elling's career on this smooth label is getting worse. The big Brill concept doesn't work, Cahn, Cooke and Ellington not being song-factory writers.

 

The opening "On Broadway" is marred by would-be-hip fusion and "Shopping for Clothes" is jive-talk for squares. A fabulous "A House Is Not a Home' is the one killer, with even Carole King's "So Far Away" – a perfect choice – sinking in guitar-syrup.

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Jazz Legend Jaco Pastorius Gives a 90 Minute Bass Lesson and ...

Jazz Legend Jaco Pastorius Gives a 90 Minute Bass Lesson and ... | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
httpv://youtu.be/vrO7DZSYinQ Of the above video—an hour and a half long bass lesson and interview with the late, great jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius—one.
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CONTEST: Revisit the 2000 Electronic / Jazz Classic 'Tourist' by St. Germain

CONTEST: Revisit the 2000 Electronic / Jazz Classic 'Tourist' by St. Germain | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

With a newly remastered version of this widely praised album coming out September 25th, PopMatters offers our readers a chance to win a copy of Tourist. Don't know if we've got this one, but I sure remember it's first time through the rotation . . .

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Video of the Day: Old Crow Medicine Show

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Click here to view the embedded video. Old Crow Medicine Show- Mississippi Saturday Night
Old Crow Medicine Show throwin’ down a track off of their latest album, Carry Me Home, at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20, 2011.
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Review: Skaggs continues exploring on latest album

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, "Music To My Ears" (Skaggs Family/Fontana)

Ricky Skaggs has barreled down an eclectic path since going independent at the turn of the century – after two decades as an award-winning contemporary country singer.

In the last dozen years, he has shown off his skills as one of the most revered bluegrass and gospel artists of his generation, he's honored influences with tributes and collaborative works, and he has challenged himself with projects that explore adult pop songs and complex singer-songwriter themes.

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Cuban-born jazz manager buried in Miami; he was 95

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(AP) Cuban-born jazz manager buried in Miami; he was 95Wall Street JournalAssociated Press. MIAMI — A Cuban-born jazz pianist and manager who helped popularize the cha-cha in the U.S. has been buried in Miami. 

(http://latinjazzalive.org) In 1959, the "business as usual" attitude of New York City's Latin music world changed when bandleader José Curbelo disbanded and founded the Alpha Artists, a booking agency of Latin music aggregations. What happened the following twenty years is commendable or despicable depending on who you speak to.

Prior to 1959, every Latin band had a manager -- a band representative who would negotiate with club owners the amount of money the group would earn for an evening. The bands were at the mercy of ballroom proprietors, consequently, if a band wanted a gig, it would have to agree to the less-than-musician's-union-scale demanded, or not work at all.

In 1958, pianist/bandleader Charlie Palmieri directed a quintet which featured Johnny Pacheco on flute at the International Casino. The quintet was performing five hours a night for $180. When Curbelo offered Palmieri $200 for two hours work, Palmieri became the first of many Latin music artists to signa three year contract with Alpha Artists. Shortly thereafter, every music group of importance, including Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodríguez, La Playa Sextet, Pete Terrace, Orlando Marin, Ray Barretto, Noro Morales, Vicentico Valdés and Orquesta Broadway, had Curbelo representing them. The status quo of club owners of "take it or leave it" soon ended. They either agreed to Curbelo's demands or they wouldn't have any of the prominent bands. With Curbelo's help, musicians were now earning more money for one evening than ever before.

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Nic Jones and friends – review

Nic Jones and friends – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Cecil Sharp House, LondonNic Jones, a giant of 1970s folk, has become an almost mythical figure to a new generation of musicians who draw inspiration from his work, notably his seminal 1980 album Penguin Eggs.
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Joe Goddard: Mix it up, daddy cool

Joe Goddard: Mix it up, daddy cool | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
oe Goddard is a busy man. One half of the main writing duo in the band Hot Chip, he's on the road touring their latest album, the gloriously upbeat electro-pop confection In Our Heads. He also DJs by himself, as well as with The 2 Bears, a collaboration with Raf Rundell that's more rooted in house music; their debut album, Be Strong, was also released earlier this year. And, after collaborating with vocalist Valentina to create one of last year's best singles, the sparklingly infectious "Gabriel", this autumn Goddard is working with another strong female singer, the freshly Mercury prize-nominated and much-hyped Jessie Ware. The two got together in the studio in August as part of a Bacardi-funded mentoring project. He remixed her next single, "Night Light", out next month. And he had a second child this year. How does he manage it all?
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Lau: Race the Loser – review

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Thrice winner of BBC Folk's best group award, the Scots trio deserve their garlands. On this third album, they again transmute traditional elements – drones, reels, highland melodies – into elegant chamber folk whose orchestral richness far exceeds the normal limits of fiddle, accordion and guitar. (Reveal)Thrice winner of BBC Folk's best group award, the Scots trio deserve their garlands.
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Uprooted Music Revue: Coyote Grace Share Their Story of "Now Take Flight"

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Coyote Grace began as a duo of street performers consisting of Ingrid Elizabeth and Joe Stevens in 2004. The two performed frequently outside of Seattle's Pike Place Market and used their earnings to record and release their first album, Boxes and Bags. Since then the duo has added third member Michael Connolly, and continues to release popular albums with stringband music fans and tour nationally playing theaters, clubs, and festival stages.

As a trio, they celebrate and are influenced my musical styles of the past, while looking forward with openness to fuse these older sounds with new ones. The three accomplish this with the masterful use of guitar, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and accordion.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Chico Hamilton

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Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton, born September 21st, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr...

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On The Future Of Jazz Among Black Folk

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by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON

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From left to right, the panel included Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Jimmy Heath and Antonio Hart.
Every year, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation throws a concert and panel discussion as part of its annual conference. It's notable not only as a musical event — this year's show features drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's take on the classic album Money Jungle, featuring vocalist Lizz Wright, as well as alto saxophonist Antonio Hart's quintet with special guest Jimmy Heath — but also as a cultural one. In this century, anyway, it's become surprisingly uncommon to see documentation of black jazz artists performing for primarily black audiences.

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