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Gary Burton: Four Mallets, One Vibraphone

Jazz24

Here's a rare treat: a solo performance from six-time Grammy-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton. He's mastered the technique of using four mallets when playing the vibes, rather than just two, which was the standard when Burton first took up the instrument.

Gary Burton In Studio On KPLU 4/13/10

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Yeasayer: Electrifyingly 'Odd'

KEXP

KEXP hosts more than 400 in-studio performances a year. When a band comes in multiple times with new set lists and more miles and experience under its belt, it can be an amazing experience. Yeasayer recently returned for its second KEXP session on the eve of Odd Blood's release.

Yeasayer In Studio On KEXP 1/29/10

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Jozef van Wissem: Transcendental Lute

WNYC Radio

Jozef van Wissem would like to open our ears to the gorgeous sonorities of the lute. Simultaneously austere and lush, van Wissem's music draws inspiration from minimalism in an hour-long session from WNYC's Spinning On Air.

Jozef van Wissem: Transcendental Lute

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Madison Violet: 'No Fool' For Folk

Folk Alley

After a chance meeting at an open session in Toronto, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern began writing songs together. Between songs at Folk Alley, the duo talks about MacIsaac's initial fear of singing (she was a fiddler first), and how Adrian Lawryshyn, their quiet bass player, is an equal part of the trio.

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Missy Mazzoli: The Sound Of Indie-Classical

WNYC Radio

Heralded as "Brooklyn's Post-Minimal Mozart," Mazzoli is making a name for herself as one of the most talented young composers around. Hear Mazzoli and her group, Victoire, perform in the WNYC studio.

Hear Missy Mazzoli And Victoire In The WNYC Studio

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The Blasters: The L.A. Rock Legends Return

KEXP

The Blasters' lineup has changed many times since the band formed in 1979 in Downey, Calif., but its commitment to American roots music remains steadfast. At KEXP, The Blasters put on an energy-fueled performance worthy of the group's '80s heyday.

The Blasters In Studio On KEXP 2/5/10

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Angelique Kidjo: Dancing Her Way To The Front

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Kidjo's music is completely contagious, with rhythms that sound like a complex combination of soul and Brazilian music. At its core, though, her work reflects her West African roots. Hear a complete concert Kidjo recorded for WFUV in New York City.

Angelique Kidjo In Concert On WFUV 2/8/10

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Linda Oh: The Places She'll Go

WBGO

What do Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Holland and North Indian classical music have in common? With her trio, bassist Linda Oh channels all these disparate sounds into a WBGO session with an uncommonly spare sound.

Linda Oh Trio In Studio On WBGO 10/7/09

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Martin Taylor: Solo Jazz Guitar

Jazz24

Not only is Martin Taylor widely acclaimed as one of the finest solo acoustic jazz guitarists alive, he's always great company. In a session from Jazz24, Taylor performs "Stompin' at the Savoy" and talks about his new passion: teaching guitar online.

Spotlight: Martin Taylor Performs 'Stompin' At The Savoy'

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Pacific Grooves Straight Outta Choc Quib Town

KUT 90.5

Choc Quib Town, a hip-hop act from Colombia's Pacific coast, mixes in marimba and other traditional instruments with turntables and keyboards, creating a world beat-infused sound. In a session from KUT, the joy they bring to their craft is evident and infectious.

Choc Quib Town In Studio On KUT

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