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Brad Mehldau's latest covers project, Where Do You Start, came out Tuesday.
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September 18, 2012 The jazz trio returns to covering classic rock, folk and pop tunes on its latest album, Where Do You Start. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the band's take on Elvis Costello, Nick Drake, Sonny Rollins and more.
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Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures.
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June 25, 2012 Bassist Matt Ulery, whose new album displays an affinity for strings, picks some of his favorite mergers of classical and folk music with the blues. Hear songs from Brad Mehldau, Chico Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Anne Mette Iversen and Wayne Shorter.
William Claxton's cover photo of Sonny Rollins standing in the desert — sporting a cowboy hat, gun holster and humorously knowing look — has only added to Way Out West's classic status.
May 17, 2011 Hear five jazz songs that express Western themes of space, freedom, pioneers and movement.
American-bred, U.K.-based Stacey Kent eschews jazz standards to sing in French.
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December 7, 2010 Jazz music is rooted in deep traditions that have sounded relatively timeless for decades. But here are five jazz artists who broke away from standard material for something different in 2010.
Ringo Starr's gold-plated snare drum will be on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum until December.
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July 21, 2010 "What a drag it is getting old" might be a sentiment appropriate for Mick Jagger's birthday, but Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th with boyish enthusiasm earlier this month. Join the celebration with five Beatles songs, as interpreted by jazz musicians.
Pianist Kris Davis has a delicate yet searching touch on Paradoxical Frog, a trio record with Tyshawn Sorey and Ingrid Laubrock.
June 22, 2010 While the most curious jazz album of 2010 features robots playing the works of guitar wizard Pat Metheny, we're not ready just yet to cave into our new jazz robot overlords. Outside of the robotic army, we pick the best new jazz albums 2010 has had to offer.
April 5, 2010 Springtime brings songbirds back to the sky. The first "bird" many think of when they think jazz is sax legend Charlie Parker (it was his nickname). This Take Five doesn't focus on Bird, Birdland or the many song titles that riff on that theme. Instead, this jazz ornithology lesson features songs of a different feather flocked together.
On Highway Rider, Brad Mehldau (pictured) and producer Jon Brion reunite for the first time since 2002's Largo.
March 17, 2010 The jazz pianist has improvised around Beatles songs. He's written works for operatic soprano Renee Fleming. And now, with his new double album, Highway Rider, he's created a large-scale work for chamber orchestra and jazz ensemble, produced by pop artist Jon Brion.
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September 28, 2009 How would you introduce someone to the jazz of today? We asked young jazz fans — none older than 24 — who run promising jazz Web sites to write about their five-album introductions to modern jazz. Here are highlights from our guest contributors.
Cole Porter contributed many songs to the Great American Songbook, including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."
June 8, 2009 Everybody loves Cole Porter. But most jazz musicians really love Cole Porter. Singers love his lyrics, which showcase great wit, amazing rhymes and beautiful imagery. Instrumentalists love his elegant melodies and sophisticated song structures. Celebrate Porter's birthday with Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nellie McKay and more.
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