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Zambia's debt to Bert

Although the main emphasis was Bert Weedon's influence on UK guitarists (Obituary, 21 April), he did influence musicians beyond these shores, including Zambia, in sub-Saharan Africa, an unknown in terms of music. In a part of the world where music is more a hobby than a big money earner, the early Zambian bands and musicians of the 60s through to the 80s emulated his clean sound, to which they could add their fuzz and distortions.

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Video of the Day: The Band and Friends

Video of the Day: The Band and Friends | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Click here to view the embedded video.The Band and friends- I Shall Be Released
Levon Helm. May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012. You are already missed. Give our love to Rick and Richard in heaven.
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Spoon Photos - Houston, Texas

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Check out Mark C. Austin's photos of Spoon's performance at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas.
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Old music: Frank Zappa – Charva

Old music: Frank Zappa – Charva | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Adam Boult: In which our hero becomes the first person in history to listen to Frank Zappa in an effort to enhance his sexual attractiveness. . .Looking through my CD collection one afternoon in the mid-90s, it occurred to me that my music tastes were in need of a shake-up. As a 16-year-old with delusions of musical connoisseurship, my shelf of NME-approved indie suddenly looked a bit embarrassing. "I'm off to university next year," I thought. "Do I really want to arrive there with such a limited listening pool? No one will want to have sex with me if my entire musical world can be summed up with a Shine compilation album."

And so off I went to the music section of my local library, determined to find something clever and complicated, qualities that would surely rub off on me after a few listens. Browsing through the racks I came to the Z section and an album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

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Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game – review

Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

We've already had Wainwright's brazenly hit-seeking record – 2007's Release the Stars – so when he describes this as his "most pop album", he means something different: a smooth, easygoing collection, informed by 70s soul and MOR and given...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus

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One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church-- choir and group singing-- and from “hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old...One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer.

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54 Musicians Remember Levon Helm

54 Musicians Remember Levon Helm | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
While the news was somewhat expected, the announcement of the death of Levon Helm, the legendary drummer and singer for The Band, had a huge effect on the music world.
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Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst To Open a Bar in Omaha

Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst To Open a Bar in Omaha | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst has made plans with fellow musician Phil Schaffart to open a cocktail lounge in their hometown of Omaha, Neb.
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Watch Bon Iver Cover the Band's "Ophelia"

Watch Bon Iver Cover the Band's "Ophelia" | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Photo of Bon Iver at Coachella by Natalie Kardos Bon Iver performed at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco last night, and played a cover of the Band's Northern Lights -- Southern Cross song "Ophelia".
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson - jazz industry news at All About Jazz...e.s.t. is a phenomenon: A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members, which not only plays jazz- venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, which uses light effects and fog-machines in their live shows, which gets a whole audience to sing-a-long with jazz-standards as eg. Thelonious Monk\'s “Bemsha Swing".
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Dedication - Prism Quartet | AllMusic

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With one exception, Matthew Levy's set of Three Miniatures (which marks a kind of interlude), all of the short pieces on this album were commissioned by the PRISM saxophone quartet in commemoration of its 20th anniversary in 2004. As such, the album marks a little survey in miniature of the state of concert music at that time, at least setting aside the spheres of electronic music and of tonal neo-Romantic crowd-pleasers. You could buy it with that in mind rather than out of sheer admiration for this crack ensemble, who have done for saxophones what the Kronos Quartet did for strings. Yet the range of music only goes to show how versatile the group is, and in the end the album is a virtuoso display. Consider the controlled violence in a work like Gregory Wanamaker's speed metal organum blues (which sounds just about like you might expect from the title), the peppy cross rhythms of Jennifer Higdon's Bop, the humor of Frank J. Oteri's four-movement Fair and Balanced?, and the lyricism of Adam B. Silverman's Just a Minute, Chopin, for starters: all of these little works receive committed, precise performances, and there really are few dull moments on the entire 26-item program. Fans of funk-jazz saxophonist Greg Osby may be interested purely because of the alternate versions of his Prism #1 (Refraction), on which he joins the PRISM quartet. Highly recommended.


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Album: Loudon Wainwright III, Older Than My Old Man Now (Proper)

LW3's dad was Loudon Wainwright Jr, a senior journalist at Life magazine. And we all know there comes a time in every chap's life when he has to face up to the reality of his old man, whether we like it (or him) or not.
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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bessie Smith

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bessie Smith | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

All About Jazz is celebrating Bessie Smith's birthday today!
"Empress of the Blues" She embodied the meaning of the blues, living the life she sang about. Bessie Smith set the standard for blues singers on how it should be done.

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Erroll Garner: London, 1964 - JazzWax

Erroll Garner: London, 1964 - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

I'm on the road this week for the Wall Street Journal. Which is neither here nor there when it comes to why you're here at JazzWax now. So, I can think of no better way to start the week than with 35 minutes of Erroll Garner, filmed in London in 1964. In jazz, there are pianists. And there is Erroll Garner. That's Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums. Special thanks to John Cooper for passing along this clip...

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The Chieftans: Voice of Ages – review

The Chieftans: Voice of Ages – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Inveterate collaborators, the Chieftains celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new generation of roots acts.

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Iggy Pop Announces Album of Mostly French Covers

Iggy Pop Announces Album of Mostly French Covers | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Iggy Pop has announced a new album of mostly French covers set for May 9th Après will feature the singer's versions of songs by Serge Gainsbourg Edith Piaf the Beatles Frank Sinatra Yoko Ono and more "I wanted to sing some of these songs myself...
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Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd's album Jazz Samba, which launched the bossa nova craze in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

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'I lost my life's collection of vinyl records'

'I lost my life's collection of vinyl records' | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
How do you replace 1,600 LPs after a shipping mix-up results in US Customs destroying the whole lot?
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Marley, the movie: the view from Jamaica

Marley, the movie: the view from Jamaica | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley biopic opens in cinemas this weekend - after receiving its premiere in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday night in front of thousands of locals and family membersFor your run-of-the-mill movie premiere, a red carpet will...
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Preview Radiohead on "Austin City Limits"

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Last month, Radiohead taped an appearance on the performance-based TV show "Austin City Limits".
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Catching Up With Guster’s Ryan Miller

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Alternative rock band Guster is nearing the end of a short cross-country tour. It’s an acoustic-only adventure with comedian Jeff Garlin opening each evening.
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Chet Baker: New York, 1964 - JazzWax

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By 1964, Chet Baker was damaged goods. The '50s had been a series of ego flights and emotional letdowns for the trumpeter. The vulnerable and naturally pretty look he had coolly projected at the start of the decade was lifted by Hollywood in the form of James Dean and Montgomery Clift. By 1958, Baker's sensitive-victim look was out, replaced by tough guys like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Burt Lancaster. Even jazz on the West Coast had lifted much of his moody, melodic style.

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Talking to Ralf Hütter of Kraftwerk

Talking to Ralf Hütter of Kraftwerk | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
As Kraftwerk’s series at MoMA comes to a close, Ralf Hütter, the group’s founder, says it has more to do.
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Texas Monthly: Todd Snider Records a Tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker

Texas Monthly: Todd Snider Records a Tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
When Todd Snider first moved to Texas, Jerry Jeff Walker inspired his singing and songwriting career. Now Mr. Snider is releasing a tribute to a hero and friend.
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