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Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.
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April 21, 2011 If being hopped up on baskets full of sugary springtime sweets doesn't put a spring in your step, then here are five songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit.
Stan Getz Quintets: The Clef & Norgran Studio Albums
March 18, 2011 Before he was famous for popularizing bossa nova with "The Girl from Ipanema" in the early 1960s, saxophonist Stan Getz recorded with small jazz groups all through the '50s. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says a new reissue shows Getz was one of the best at playing pretty.
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Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux's Jazz is a new guide for both novice listeners and longtime fans.
November 17, 2009 Attempting to make your way into jazz is never easy, but the jazz writer and cultural critic Gary Giddins has rendered it a bit more approachable. His new book, Jazz, is a new guide for novice listeners and longtime fans alike. Giddins picks five songs from his list of 101 entry-way jazz recordings.
A classic West Coast jazz quartet: saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Dodge, pianist Dave Brubeck, bassist Bob Bates.
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October 14, 2008 As opposed to the hard-bop sound dominant on the East Coast during the '50s, the West Coast sound was a bit mellower and more lyrical, with blended harmonies and more interest in composition and arrangement than improvisation. In these five songs, you'll hear all the definitive aspects of the West Coast jazz sound.
August 11, 2008 It's the end of a summer day, and the heat's been hammering you since you woke up. Now, at last, the sun has gone down, and it's time to seek a little relief. Take a sip of an icy beverage and listen to the sound of five cool songs at the end of the day.
Joao Gilberto was one of the key bossa nova pioneers.
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June 2, 2008 The summer of 1958 was the season of bossa nova. Fifty years ago, a movement of melody, harmony, lyrics, and rhythm sent a fresh wave of sound throughout Brazil. In the years to follow, a small group of idealistic musicians would write some of the most enduring melodies in music history.
February 9, 2006 Fantasy Records releases a new collection of classic recordings from the 1950s and 1960s, called Jazz for Lovers. Musician and critic David Was reviews the collection, and finds some nice surprises.
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January 11, 2004 Two years before his death from cancer in 1991, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz entered the studio with producer Herb Alpert. The tapes were shelved at the time in favor of a more ambitious project; they were only recently found. Alpert speaks to NPR's Liane Hansen about his friendship with Getz and the '89 session, now on the CD Bossas and Ballads.
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August 1, 2001 Bossa nova, the Brazilian dance, swept the United States in the 1960s. Stan Getz was at the forefront of the movement, along with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. The trio teamed up to produce this highly successful bossa nova album, which commentator A.B. Spellman calls a "cool ocean breeze."
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August 1, 2001 Three months before his death, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz teamed with pianist Kenny Barron at the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen to record a series of duets. The brilliant collaboration was recorded for the 1991 album, People Time.
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