April 26, 2002 reviews When I Was Cruel the new release by Elvis Costello. It reunites him with two members of his first rock combo, The Attractions.
April 25, 2002 Alanis Morissette knows people either love her or hate her. And she wants them to know that despite her reputation, she doesn't necessarily hate men. On Morning Edition, NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on Morissette and her new CD.
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April 23, 2002 Wilco's new album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot takes the erstwhile alt-country band even further from its roots. Frontman Jeff Tweedy talks with John Ydstie on All Things Considered. And Meredith Ochs reviews a new anthology of music from Tweedy's old band, the legendary Uncle Tupelo. (8:15) The CD is on Nonesuch Records. See http://www.wilcoworld.net/.
April 23, 2002 Meredith Ochs has a review of a new Uncle Tupelo anthology that complies highlights from the band's four albums along with rare tracks. The collection highlights the music that helped launch a movement known as alternative country. (4:15) The CD is 89/93: An Anthology, by Uncle Tupelo. Released March 2002 by Columbia/Legacy; ASIN: B0000
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April 22, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews an installment of the legendary Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts, produced by Norman Granz. This particular show comes from Carnegie Hall in 1949, and was recently released on CD.
April 17, 2002 West African singer Angelique Kidjo has been gaining fans on the international music scene for more than 10 years. Banning Eyre reviews her latest CD, Black Ivory Soul.
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April 15, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews The Element of Swing (Stunt) featuring drummer Ed Thigpen and saxophonist Joe Lovano.
April 3, 2002 A CD from Mali's Issa Bagayogo attempts to combine traditional African roots music and modern pop sounds into songs that don't sound like throbbing dance-club tunes. Reviewer Banning Eyre says Timbuktu strikes a magical balance between roots authenticity and 21st century hip.
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March 29, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Come Away With Me, the debut album from vocalist Norah Jones.
March 24, 2002 Weekend Edition Sunday's Ned Wharton is back with his latest samplings of cutting edge music. This time around, hear the music of Neil Finn, John McLaughlin's Remember Shakti and Monty Alexander.
March 14, 2002 Susan Stamberg talks with Richard Perlmutter about his CD called Beethoven's Wig. This children's CD is a series of classical music favorites, but the twist here is that Perlmutter composed silly lyrics for them that both tell a story about the artist and can help classically impaired remember the names and composers of these old faves. (5:00) Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies, by Richard Perlmutter is on Rounder Kids records. See http://www.rounder.com.
March 5, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Ornette Coleman Trio at the Golden Circle, Vols. 1 and 2 (Blue Note).
February 21, 2002 Meredith Ochs reviews American Roots Music, a four-CD box set of American country, blues, gospel, folk and other genres. (4:30) The compilation is inspired by last year's television documentary series of the same name. Copyright 2001, Palm Pictures. See palmpictures.com.
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February 21, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Don't Worry About Me, the posthumously released CD from Joey Ramone. The lead singer of the punk band the Ramones died last April at the age of 49.
February 12, 2002 Banning Eyre reviews the new live CD from Hakim, one of Egypt's most popular young singers. Hakim is known to his fan as the "Lion of Egypt." He recorded "The Lion Roars: Live in America in New York early last year. (4:00) The CD is on the Mondo Melodia label.
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