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All Songs Considered
8:03 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 10:37 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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The Record
1:23 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Rickie Lee Jones Embraces 'The Big Invisible'

Rickie Lee Jones' new album, The Other Side of Desire, will be out on June 23.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 1:41 pm

Rickie Lee Jones needs no introduction. Seriously. The singer-songwriter is so elementally articulate, so gifted at grasping both the rawest and the most complicatedly cooked emotions in her compositions, that critical framing best comes after the experience of listening to her.

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All Songs Considered
12:03 pm
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 Fri May 22, 2015 9:24 am

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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A Blog Supreme
6:06 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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Music Lists
12:24 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Someday We'll All Be Free: 100 Hours Of Soulful Protest Music

The O'Jays in an undated photo. The Canton, Ohio, group also associated with Philadelphia is well represented in this stream: from "Love Train" to "When the World's at Peace" to "Back Stabbers."
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 10:34 am

This Memorial Day weekend, we're turning over our R&B and soul channel to protest music. These songs are timely and relevant and useful. We live and work in hope that one day our need for them will not be so acute. "I'll Take You There" is curated and hosted by Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University.

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Sample Size
9:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

New Mix: Letterman, La Luz & D'Angelo

David Letterman

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we celebrate the musical guests of Late Show with David Letterman, and play a disorienting  surf-rock tune from La Luz and a live D'Angelo cover of a Prince song for Spotify.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

All Songs Considered
9:54 am
Tue May 19, 2015

The Songs That Make Us Cry

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First Listen
6:03 am
Tue May 19, 2015

First Listen: The Vaccines, 'English Graffiti'

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All Songs Considered
4:28 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Song Premiere: DRINKS, 'Hermits on Holiday'

DRINKS is a collaboration between Cate Le Bon (right) and Tim Presley.
Cara Robbins Courtesy of artist

Cate Le Bon wrote some of my favorite words of 2013 on her album Mug Museum. White Fence is the swirly psych-like music of Tim Presley. Cate and Tim are friends — Cate played guitar on a tour with White Fence — and so now there's this: DRINKS.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:01 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

After 42 years, cellist Joel Krosnick (foreground, left) is bidding farewell to the Juilliard String Quartet.
Sony Classical Simon Powis

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 10:00 am

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders' intent was to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new."

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