We've all been here.
June 24, 2010 Everyone's had their fair share of heartbreak. And from Spain to the Dominican Republic, every band has sung about it. In today's edition of Alt.Latino, NPR's new show about Latin Alternative music, we pick our favorite songs to listen to while going through a breakup.
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Alejandro Escovedo's Street Songs of Love features songwriting collaborations with Chuck Prophet, as well as guest artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Ian Hunter.
June 20, 2010 From the beginning, Escovedo has been writing crafty, intelligent music. Yet he's still the kind of easygoing performer who can be found walking down the street without an entourage. His latest album, in collaboration with Chuck Prophet, may well increase the number of music lovers who claim him as their own. Street Songs of Love will stream here in its entirety until its June 29 release.
June 17, 2010 A sophisticated pop masterstroke -- or a hot mess? Felix Contreras and Patrick Jarenwattananon have an IM chat about the jazz pianist's star-studded new album, a collaboration with pop and rock stars from around the globe.
Superstar singer Juanes shares Alt.Latino's passion for music and soccer.
courtesy of the artist
June 15, 2010 In time for the World Cup, hear some of the greatest songs ever written about soccer on the first-ever episode of Alt.Latino, NPR's new Latin alternative music show. Also on this inaugural episode: an interview with superstar singer Juanes.
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June 13, 2010 Hancock has always had his feet planted firmly in both jazz and pop. His new album, a collection of collaborations with superstar vocalists, is unmistakably a pop record, but one that's as musically challenging as it is engaging and accessible. Hear The Imagine Project in its entirety until its release on June 22.
A small but not negligible minority of you said that your first Miles Davis records were from the 1980s and beyond.
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June 3, 2010 Nothing inspires blogging feedback like asking folks to talk about their personal relationships with music. To wit: here are some of your stories about your first encounters with the music of the great jazz trumpeter.
Live-Evil was Felix Contreras' first Miles Davis record. Whoa.
May 28, 2010 As a belated 84th birthday musing, we wonder: how did you start listening to Miles Davis' recorded works? We want to know, even if -- like Felix Contreras -- you started in the electric jazz-rock period of the early 1970s.
Four Valje congas by the late Southern California master drum maker Tom Flores, c. the mid-1970s.
courtesy of Felix Contreras
May 27, 2010 A beautiful set of conga drums for sale -- and later removed from the market -- gets Felix Contreras thinking about his own irrational, emotional attachment to his instruments. What's the story behind your favorite axe?
Hank Jones at NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas 2007.
Margot I. Schulman
May 20, 2010 Two separate items are floating around Felix Contreras' head this week. First, he recalls the late Hank Jones' old-school DIY approach to handling his business. And he also was as moved by Pat Metheny as Metheny appeared himself.
May 13, 2010 One of a handful of Cuban congueros who came to the U.S. in the years after World War II, he helped introduce authentic Afro-Cuban drumming stateside. During over five decades in music, he played on salsa, jazz, pop and rock albums.
Radmilla Cody and her grandmother, photographed in 2006.
John Running/Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian
May 10, 2010 Her mother was Navajo, her father African-American. Now, she sings traditional songs in the language of her Native American ancestors -- with more than one twist. Cody lends her soulful, bluesy voice to speak out against domestic abuse.
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April 29, 2010 The HBO show has folks in musical communities around the country tuning in and talking about it. Like, for example, the Latin jazz bandleader and percussionist Bobby Sanabria, who is watching the show through Afro-Cuban lenses.
April 27, 2010 The violin was partly responsible for bringing non-Americans to jazz. In the very early days of the genre, it was a European, Stephane Grappelli, who really carved out a place in jazz for the violin in the post-WWII era. Hear five examples of the way the instrument has blended seamlessly into decades of jazz.
April 25, 2010 The album compiles the previously unreleased late-'60s and early-'70s demos Kristofferson recorded before anyone knew who he was. Its songs include early versions of "Me and Bobby McGee," "Come Sundown" and "Just the Other Side of Nowhere." The album will be heard here in its entirety until its release on May 4.
The Dexter Gordon Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress
April 23, 2010 The Library's new collection of Gordon's materials, donated by widow Maxine Gordon, includes items from throughout a career than spanned five decades. Hear some of the recorded highlights.
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