Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus play the Detroit Jazz Festival.
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May 18, 2015 Both the saxophonist and the collaborative trio are among the most celebrated and thoughtful jazz acts of the last couple decades. Their new quartet together remakes each others' tunes.
Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.
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May 26, 2013 A 100-year-old ballet, composed by a Russian for a French audience, has become something of a standard in an idiom which didn't exist when it premiered. Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's masterwork has inspired multiple generations of improvisers.
September 7, 2010 This week on NPR Music, we've got a whole bunch of full CDs to hear as part of our Exclusive First Listen Series. The albums, including new music from The Walkmen, Blonde Redhead and Mavis Staples, won't be out for another week, but you can hear the full recordings streaming online. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we've got select highlights from the First Listen Series, plus a look back at the recent All Tomorrow's Parties music festival.
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November 16, 2009 All Songs Considered's list of the 50 most important recordings of the decade begins with composer John Adams and runs through Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
February 13, 2009 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews For All I Care, the new album from The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis.
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January 5, 2009 We start the new year with a new mix, featuring an exclusive preview of Andrew Bird's latest album, Noble Beast. The classically trained violinist and singer performs a quirky mix of whistled melodies, Gypsy ballads, folk and art-rock. We've got the song "Oh No" here, but you can also hear the entire album as part of our "first listen" series. Also on the show: classic folk-rock singer Benjy Ferree, the Afro-funk rhythms of Chopteeth, an eclectic mixtape from Malawi-born singer Esau Mwamwaya, the haunting guitars of Begushkin, and the jazz trio Bad Plus covers the music of Pink Floyd.
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August 17, 2006 It's been a busy year for live music on All Songs Considered. Bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Belle and Sebastian, Neko Case and, mostly recently, Sleater-Kinney have appeared so far. On this edition of All Songs Considered we look back at some of the highlights from our year in live music.
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February 17, 2003 A musical trainwreck from Bill Joy; The poetry of Poe as sung by Lou Reed; Rebel warriors turned musicians: Tinariwen; Vanguard electronica producer Suba; A jazz trio does Nirvana: The Bad Plus
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