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Cardiologists say listening to music is good for the heart

Cardiologists say listening to music is good for the heart | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

A new study has found that listening to music is good for your heart.

The report, which was delivered at the European Society of Cardiology's annual congress in Amsterdam, showed that music aided the recovery of patients with heart disease, and some cardiologists have also said that everyone can help their heart health by listening to music, reports the Telegraph.

The trial saw 74 people with cardiac disease put into three groups. Two groups took exercise classes for three weeks with one group also asked to listen to any music of their choosing for half an hour a day. A third and final group did not take part in any exercise, but simply listened to music. The group who listened to music and exercised improved their exercise capacity by 39 per cent and also showed significant, positive changes in heart function. 

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Goldings

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All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Goldings' birthday today!

With his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards, Boston native Larry Goldings has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic/alternative music.  

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Bob Dylan's Lost Years on the Cover of Rolling Stone | Music News | Rolling Stone

Bob Dylan's Lost Years on the Cover of Rolling Stone | Music News | Rolling Stone | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Bob Dylan's 1970 album Self Portrait was so derided upon its initial release thatRolling Stone critic Greil Marcus opened his review with a simple question: "What is this shit?" Now, 43 years later, Rolling Stone is revisiting the time period aroundSelf Portait — and some of Dylan's most misunderstood music ever — with a cover story by Mikal Gilmore probing why Dylan burned down his career at the peak of his fame to save himself.

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WNMC's curator insight, August 28, 2013 9:31 AM

Coincidentally, this album was part of my thrift-store-find record collection as a teenager. Since I didn't have many records, I listened to Self-Portrait a lot. I tried to find reasons why folks like Griel Marcus we blinkered idiots--completely missing Dylan's obscure genius. I finally had to give up. But perhaps I was just blind to Dylan's fascinating biography, which accounts for everything, apparently.

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Madison World Music Festival Announces 2013 Program

Madison World Music Festival Announces 2013 Program | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The Madison World Music Festival revealed the lineup for the 2013 edition of the festival. The free event takes place in Madison (Wisconsin) at both the Terrace (Memorial Union) and Willy Street venues.
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Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You: album stream

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You: album stream | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Case confronts inner turmoil and gives in to grief on her sixth album. Let us know what you think of this exclusive stream. On her last album, Middle Cyclone, Neko Case sung about creatures snuffling, frogs and tornadoes, the beauty of ancient nature and our inner animals. Her Attenborough-inspired artistry won her two Grammy nominations in 2009 as well as thrusting her into the glare of the mainstream. So will the singer's sixth album continue the wave of acclaim, given that it's largely about loneliness and death? The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You charts the internal minefield of childhood, love, and loss by way of power pop, classic rock, folk and Motown. The album emerges from a three-year period Case describes as full of "grief and mourning," in the wake of the deaths of many close to her.

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Music and More: Will Bernard - Just Like Downtown (Posi-Tone, 2013)

Music and More: Will Bernard - Just Like Downtown (Posi-Tone, 2013) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Guitarist Will Bernard presents a fine album of soulful modern jazz in the company of John Ellis on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Rudy Royston on drums and Brian Charette on organ. “Sweet Spot” has an upbeat tempo with nice saxophone and snappy drumming. Ellis’ sound is tightly wound and a bit gritty, perfect for this setting. Solos for organ and guitar are featured before everyone comes together to end the tune in a hard driving motion. 

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Motown meets Jazz in Gregory Porter's insta-classic BE GOOD

Motown meets Jazz in Gregory Porter's insta-classic BE GOOD | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Gregory is the real deal and a revelation in terms of new male jazz singers, but I think that his voice coupled with his songwriting may be the thing that leave. Every once in a while, there comes an artist who changes everything. New York-based Motéma Musicrecognized that back in 2009 when it signed Gregory Porter. Blessed with a stylistic vocal range that encompasses classic jazz, theater, Motown, and R&B, Porter went to town on his debut, 2010 album, “Water.” It went #1 internationally before the Grammy committee took notice, giving Porter a “Best Jazz Vocal” nomination. (Psst! He should’ve won.)

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Orrin Keepnews' Studio Secrets

In early 1953, Orrin Keepnews, a magazine editor and writer, and Bill Grauer, a bean-counter, started Riverside Records. Both had had some experience producing jazz reissues for RCA. As Orrin told me when I first interviewed him in 2007, “We were too damn dumb to be scared." The label was named after the office's telephone exchange following unfruitful attempts to come up with something better.

At first, Riverside's strategy was to use the new 10-inch LP format as a way to offer previously released pre-war jazz singles issued on the defunct Paramount label. Three singles would fit snugly on each side of the 10-inch LP. Then in 1954 Grauer heard a young pianist in Lenox, Mass. whom he thought Riverside should record. But Riverside could only afford a solo effort by Randy Weston, who wanted a trio session. A compromised was reached, and Randy was backed only by bassist Sam Gill.

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Albert Murray: The Hero Of The Blues And Jazz

Albert Murray: The Hero Of The Blues And Jazz | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Albert Murray, one of America's most significant writers and thought leaders of the 20th century on the blues, jazz and their influence on American culture, died in his Harlem home on the evening of August 18, 2013.


In his non-fiction books The Omni-Americans, The Hero and the Blues, Stomping the Blues, The Blue Devils of Nada and From the Briarpatch File as well as in his novels Train Whistle Guitar, The Spyglass Tree, The Seven League Boots and The Magic Keys, Murray detailed his philosophy about the affirmative nature of art vs. chaos and entropy; the power of a literary, historical and cultural perspective over the limiting box of social science and race; and vernacular identity and heroism as basis for action, with the blues idiom serving as an intellectual compass and touchstone.

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WNMC's curator insight, August 21, 2013 10:09 AM

Murray was a big influence on Stanley Crouch and Wynton Marsalis . . . though in he handled the same themes with a lot more subtlety and thought than the pronouncements of those two often reflect.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Count Basie

Jazz Musician of the Day: Count Basie | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Bill Basie studied music with his mother as a child and played piano in early childhood. He picked up the basics of early ragtime from some of the great Harlem pianists and studied organ informally with Fats Waller. He made his professional debut as an accompanist for vaudeville acts and replaced Waller in an act called Katie Crippen and her Kids...

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want – review

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

It's possible to tick off the influences on a Sharon Jones album; the Motown beats of Stranger to My Happiness, the Stax horns on You'll Be Lonely and Now I See (perilously close to Try a Little Tenderness); a Joe Tex riff here, an Aretha wail there. No matter, the 50-something from Brooklyn is her own diva and sounds at once wounded, defiant and exuberant. Producer-bassist Bosco Mann runs a tight band with its own tricks (no Motown hit used a congalero), and which purrs along so joyously the influences fade to leave a core of unadulterated soul. Long may Queen Sharon reign.

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Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: Pop snobbery

Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: Pop snobbery | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
This interesting discussion in the New York Times provokes a thought: there's nothing more pretentious than pretending to be dumber than you actually are. By that measure, American pop culture is pretentious in the extreme.
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Sarah Vaughan 'Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection' Coming on August 20.

Sarah Vaughan 'Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection' Coming on August 20. | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Concord Music Group will release the two-CD Sarah Vaughan set Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection on August 20, 2013. Featuring six previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes, the compilation celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, the jazz label founded by Norman Granz in 1973.

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Lester Young: Boston 1950 - JazzWax

Lester Young: Boston 1950 - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
In 1950, if you headed away from Boston's Symphony Hall on Massachusetts Ave. toward the South End, you'd encounter an archipelago of jazz clubs. 

One of the best known Boston clubs before George Wein opened Storyville in 1954 was the Hi-Hat. Located where Columbus Ave. meets Massachusetts Ave., the Hi-Hat served barbecue and often hosted radio broadcasts featuring the performances of famed jazz artists. [Pictured above: A post card of Boston's Hi-Hat Club, which opened in 1937 and burned down in 1959]

Several of these remotes were recorded between May 26 and June 11, 1950 at the Hi-Hat with tenor saxophonist Lester Young and his band—Jesse Drakes (tp), Kenny Drew (p), Joe Shulman (b) and Connie Kay (d). These recordings are now available for the first time on Lester Young: Boston 1950 (Uptown) and the label's owner, Bob Sunenblick estimates they were made on June 4 and June 11, 1950, with two from February 1, 1953. 

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Gary Burton on Music (Pt. 2)

Gary Burton on Music (Pt. 2) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Gary Burton started out in 1960 with Hank Garland, combining jazz vibes with country guitar. Then he was in the thick of the bossa nova movement with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto in 1964. In 1967 he released Duster, one of the first jazz-rock fusion albums and continued those explorations with Country Roads & Other Places (1968), Throb (1969) and Ring (1974). Through the '80s and '90s there were pairings with Chick Corea, Ahmad Jamal, Ralph Towner, Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny and others.

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WNMC's curator insight, August 28, 2013 9:37 AM

His new CD is really terrific, too

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Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: So it goes

Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: So it goes | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Michiko Kakutani's front-page New York Times piece on "I have a dream," an attempt to show the sources and aims of King's speech, entirely overlooks Marian Anderson's role, while giving spurious credit to Woody Guthrie.
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Listen To An Unreleased Sly & The Family Stone Recording

Listen To An Unreleased Sly & The Family Stone Recording | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

This year, Sly & The Family Stone are set to release Higher!, a 4-disc collection of recording the band made during their peak years in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The collection includes mono mixes of classic Sly songs, live recordings, outtakes, and a number of unreleased tracks. In the September/October issue of Elmore Magazine, writer Charley Raiff called Higher “a testament to why Sly Stone’s music is still relevant today.” The set comes out on Tuesday, but eager fans can now hear some of what Higher has to offer.

 

Elmore: Saving American Music | Blues, Roots, Country, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Folk

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Old Crow Medicine Show to be Inducted as Members of the Grand Ole Opry :: Music :: News :: Paste

Old Crow Medicine Show to be Inducted as Members of the Grand Ole Opry :: Music :: News :: Paste | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The Americana string band is set to be inducted as members into one of music’s most prestigious and long-running stage shows—the Grand Ole Opry. 

From performing on street corners to headlining some of the biggest venues and festivals in the world, Old Crow Medicine Show have certainly come quite a long ways. Now, the Americana band is set to be inducted as members into one of music’s most prestigious and long-running stage shows—the Grand Ole Opry.

Though the group has performed on the show frequently over the years, including a stint in the early 2000s where they entertained the crowds between shows, the inducution will mark their official place in Opry history.

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A History Of Blues Pt4

Part Four of Four. Documentary series on the origins and development of the Blues, as a guitarist's guide. The series features archive footage of performance...

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Cedar Walton, Pianist and Composer, Dies at 79

Cedar Walton, Pianist and Composer, Dies at 79 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Mr. Walton often said he preferred the role of accompanist to that of bandleader.
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Jazz Articles: Marian McPartland Dies at 95

Jazz Articles: Marian McPartland Dies at 95 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Marian McPartland, a pianist of ineffable swing and powerful grace, a groundbreaking figure in the history of female jazz musicians, and a beloved broadcaster whose syndicated NPR program, Piano Jazz, was a cornerstone of jazz broadcasting, died Tuesday night at her home on New York’s Long Island, according to NPR. She was 95.

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Howard McGhee: Before the Storm

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It's hard to know why so many jazz trumpeters wound up hooked on heroin in the late 1940s and early '50s. The list included Freddie Webster, Fats Navarro, Chet Baker and Miles Davis. The first died of an overdose, the second from tuberculosis and drugs, the third seemed to impale himself on his habit only to survive for decades in declining health, and the fourth managed to clean himself up and have a profound influence on jazz's direction multiple times. But perhaps the most unfortunate victim of junk was Howard McGhee, an early bebop pioneer with Dizzy Gillespie in the mid- and late-'40s. [Photo above of Miles Davis, center, and Howard McGhee, right, by William P. Gottlieb]

As a result of his addiction, McGhee spent critical chunks of the 1950s at the Narcotic Farm—the federal drug-treatment facility in Lexington, Ky. His first stay came in late '53 and lasted until '55. During his time away, Kenny Dorham, Clifford Brown and Art Farmer rose to LP prominence on the East Coast and altered the sound and purpose of the trumpet.

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WNMC's curator insight, August 21, 2013 10:10 AM

Dusty Blue is another fine outing from McGhee in this period . . .

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Jim James and Karl Denson To Rock Telluride With Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Jim James and Karl Denson To Rock Telluride With Preservation Hall Jazz Band | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
As part of next month's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, New Orleans legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform with special guests Jim James of My Morning Jacket and saxophonist Karl Denson. The gig will take place at the Telluride Conference Center on September 14 at 10 p.m.
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Johnny Cash - The 1950s Live TV Appearances

Johnny Cash - The 1950s Live TV Appearances | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

 

This is why the Internet is awesome. Someone on YouTube took the time to compile every TV appearance that Cash made between 1955 and 1959. It says that it;s an “incomplete” collection but who cares. These 16 gems of musical history will satisfy.

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Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas – review

Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Martin Simpson goes back to basics on this varied set, with his own new songs proving the highlights, writes Robin Denselow. Martin Simpson returns to basics. Two years ago, with his Purpose + Grace album, he surrounded himself with guests from the British folk scene, but now he shows off his guitar, banjo and vocal skills in an intimate but varied solo set. The tracks here range from self-written songs to re-interpretation of other people's work, British and American traditional material and elaborate instrumentals. 

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