December 26, 2002 Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell says Travelogue, just released, will be her last. It's a retrospective of Mitchell's long career, performed with a choir and orchestra. The Wall Street Journal's Jim Fusilli reviews Mitchell's ultimate release.
December 13, 2002 Argentine composer Guillermo Klein moves to the United States to study jazz and ends up combining new American influences with his native country's music. The new, double-CD release is Los Guachos III. Hear Michelle Mercer's review.
December 11, 2002 Music reviewer Will Hermes tells us about two posthumous releases of music from singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. They are The Grace EPs and Songs To No One 1991 - 1992. Buckley died in 1997, just as he was becoming known in the music world. He was the son of the late folk musician Tim Buckley. The Grace EPs, by Jeff Buckley, is a box set on the Columbia label from Sony Music Entertainment. Songs To No One 1991 - 1992 by Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas is from Knitting Factory Records.
December 9, 2002 Ken Tucker reviews Original Pirate Material the debut collection by white British rapper Mike Skinner otherwise known as The Streets.
December 3, 2002 Phrenology, the latest release by The Roots, mixes funk, hip-hop, jazz and soul. Critic Tom Moon says the album proves that hip-hop can be provocative without aggressive, in-your-face rapping. It's on the MCA label. See http://www.mcarecords.com/artistMain.asp?artistid=49
December 3, 2002 Music critic Milo Miles reviews the new box set: Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers: The Complete Specialty Recordings (Specialty label).
December 2, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews rapper Paul Barman's new CD, Paullalujah.
November 28, 2002 On Morning Edition hear about the perfect accompaniment for preparing the holiday turkey. Music commentator Miles Hoffman joins the show to discuss pizzicato and the joys of plucking stringed instruments.
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November 27, 2002 Music Critic Michelle Mercer reviews the re-issue of Money Jungle, the 1962 recording featuring Duke Ellington, bass player Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach. On the album, these legendary players push and challenge each other and create a truly beautiful recording. It's on Blue Note Records. See http://www.bluenote.com (4:45)
November 27, 2002 Tori Amos' new album describes a journey across America after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The story is told through the eyes of a character named Scarlet, who encounters various personalities along the route. NPR's Elizabeth Blair profiles the singer-songwriter.
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November 24, 2002 In his special year-end installment of Director's Cuts, Ned Wharton, music director of Weekend Edition Sunday, offers musical gift suggestions, including albums by Tim Sparks, Joni Mitchell and Rachel Z.
November 21, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Under Construction (Warner) the fourth album by Missy Elliott.
November 12, 2002 Music Critic Jim Fusilli has a review of the latest recording from Tin Hat Trio, a group that blends an eclectic array of styles. The CD is called The Rodeo Erodes. (3:45) The CD is on Rope-a-Dope Records.
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.
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