October 30, 2002 As music legend Johnny Cash prepares to release another album, David Greenberger reviews two new CDs that pay tribute to Cash. They're called Kindred Spirits and Dressed In Black.
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October 22, 2002 Anouar Brahem, the Tunisian master of the Oud, the predecessor of the lute and guitar, took a break recently from his beloved instrument ... to play the piano. When he returned to the Oud, he created a new role for its ancient voice. Michelle Mercer has a review of Brahem's latest CD Le Pas Du Chat Noir, (The Black Cat's Footsteps) on ECM Records.
October 17, 2002 Music Critic Milo Miles reviews the reissue of Michael Hurley's 1965 debut album, First Songs. It's been reissued under the title Blueberry Wine (Locust Label).
October 15, 2002 Country singer Kelly Willis has come out with her fifth album, Easy. Reviewer Meredith Ochs says that with this album, Willis has found her true style.
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October 9, 2002 Charles de Ledesma has this review of the CD Bahamouk, by the French band Les Yeux Noirs — who blend Gypsy and Klezmer music. They were inspired by the Yiddish songs from the grandparents' homeland — Poland — and set out to preserve that sound, and create something modern on top of it.
October 8, 2002 Dr. Hukwe Zawose is well known in his native Tanzania as a respected traditional musician. He and his son recently collaborated with Canadian guitarist and producer Michael Brook, who is best known for creating electronica and ethnic "trance-pop." Banning Eyre, senior editor at Afropop.org, has a review of Assembly.
October 7, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews It's all Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis, an album of country classic songs written by Mel Tillis and performed by his daughter, Pam Tillis.
October 1, 2002 Singer-songwriter Steve Earle has a long history of folk music, country music — and controversy. His latest album, Jerusalem, is creating buzz for its political messages. Meredith Ochs has our review.
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September 25, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews trumpeter Steven Bernstein's new CD with the Sam Rivers Trio, Diaspora Blues (Tzadik label). He also mentions the reissue, Jewish Melodies in Jazztime by Terry Gibbs (Mercury).
September 24, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Home, the new CD from the country music trio the Dixie Chicks. This is their first new album since 1999.
September 24, 2002 Musician Loren Schoenberg has a review of the latest album by the young jazz pianist Jason Moran, titled Modernistic.
September 22, 2002 On his latest installment of Director's Cuts, Ned Wharton, music director of Weekend Edition Sunday, invites us to listen to bluegrass cuts. The featured artists are Phillips, Grier and Flinner — who cover such artists as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix — and Nickel Creek, a group of 20-somethings who've played together since childhood.
September 21, 2002 Glenn Gould was just 22 when his performance of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" made him a star. In 1981, he recorded another version, which was radically different, and was released just a few weeks before he died of a stroke at age 50. On Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon talks with music critic Tim Page about a new album featuring both versions.
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September 19, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Down in the Alley, the new CD from Alvin Youngblood Hart.
September 17, 2002 Music critic Jim Fusilli reviews the latest CD by jazz singer and songwriter Patricia Barber. The recording, called Verse, is a departure from her previous work. She wrote all of the tunes on this record. Her piano performance is less dominant on this album, but the recording is sustained by the band of musicians, including trumpeter Dave Douglas and drummer Joey Baron.
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