July 31, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews The Rising (Sony) the new CD by Bruce Springsteen, inspired by the events of Sept. 11.
July 28, 2002 Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton reviews three CDs highlighting jazz groups working the so-called "jam-band" circuit, attracting young rock fans to a new breed of jazz: Medeski Martin and Wood's Uninvisible (Blue Note), Stanton Moore's Flyin' the Koop (Verve) and John Scofield's Uberjam (Verve).
July 26, 2002 Sarah Bardeen reviews The Tight Connection, the latest CD from the electronic pop duo I Am The World Trade Center. All of the group's music is recorded and performed on a personal home computer. (4:00) The Tight Connection by I Am The World Trade Center. Kindercore Records, July 2002; ASIN: B0000
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July 26, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Footprints Live! (Verve) the new recording by saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.
July 15, 2002 The musical compositions and arrangements of the late Tito Puente are classics in jazz, Latin music and rock. Writer Alfredo Alvarado has a review of the new recording of Puente's 1994 concert at the Hollywood Bowl titled Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival.
July 11, 2002 Rock historian Ed Ward reviews Preflyte (Sundazed Records, 2-CD set) recordings of early rehearsals of The Byrds.
July 4, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three re-releases from a massive CTI Records reissue.
July 3, 2002 Charles de Ledesma reviews the new CD from the band Doves called The Last Broadcast. The trio from Manchester, England, have a distinctive sound that the city's bands are known for — dreamy guitar with a rough-edged rock beat. They've been compared to other great bands from northern England. But unlike their more famous predecessors, they are less dark and downbeat, and more bright and playful. The band is getting rave reviews for the new album, their second. (4:00) The CD is from Heavenly Recordings, distributed by Capitol Records. See http://www.doves.net.
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June 27, 2002 Mondo Head is the latest release from the Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble Kodo. The CD was produced by Grammy-award winning musician and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Reviewer Banning Eyre says the release is a much more spontaneous recording than Kodo's previous releases, and it features a much denser array of sounds. Mondo Head is published by Red Ink. ASIN: B0000641BD
June 19, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Veni Vidi Vicious from the Swedish rock group The Hives.
June 11, 2002 Music reviewer David Greenberger tells us about the new CD from Los Lobos, Good Morning Aztlan. He says the album displays the five band members at their best — working together, as they have for 30 years. (4:00) The CD is on Mammoth Records. See http://mammoth.go.com/loslobos/.
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June 10, 2002 Music critic Milo Miles reviews Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music. (Acapella Records)
June 7, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new CD by hip-hop artist Cee-Lo Green, Cee-Lo Green and his Perfect Imperfections.
June 4, 2002 Writer Reuben Jackson has a review of Bobby McFerrin's newest release Beyond Words. (Beyond Words, Blue Note. More information is available at www.nprjazz.org)
May 31, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the third album by Marshall Mathers (otherwise known as Eminem) The Eminem Show.
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