Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

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Joe Lovano With Us Five: A Different Kind Of Bird

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Saxophonist Joe Lovano and his group Us Five get down to business in this session with KPLU. Listen to the band play works from jazz great Charlie Parker.

Joe Lovano With Us Five: A Different Kind Of Bird

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Oh Land, a.k.a. Nanna ├śland Fabricius, and drummer Hans Hvidberg-Hansen. Christopher Nelson/KEXP hide caption

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Oh Land: Toe-Tapping Danish Pop

KEXP

The singer-songwriter known as Oh Land wasn't always an electro-pop star. In this session with KEXP, she plays a set of catchy songs and discusses her reincarnation from ballet dancer to musician.

Oh Land: Toe-Tapping Danish Pop

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Allen Toussaint: Heartwarming Jazz

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Hear the legendary jazz man liven up KPLU's studios with his New Orleans-style piano work and his stories about what makes New Orleans tick.

"It's A New Orleans Thing"

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Black Joe Lewis And The Honeybears: Rock 'n' Roll Grit

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Lewis and his band play a raw, rocking set and talk about the hazards of scandalous women in this session for WFUV. Hear the entire set here.

Black Joe Lewis And The Honeybears: Rock 'n' Roll Grit

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Monty Alexander: Trenchtown Meets Uptown

WBGO

The lively pianist Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express meld the rhythms of Jamaican music and the improvisation of American jazz in this session with WBGO. Alexander says he loves Jamaican music and jazz so much, he doesn't see them as separate.

Monty Alexander: Trenchtown Meets Uptown

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Femi Kuti And Positive Force: Making A Statement

KEXP

Talk about filling big shoes. The son of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti joined host Jon Kertzer in KEXP's studios with his 12-member band, Positive Force, for a lively session.

Femi Kuti And Positive Force: Making A Statement

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Ellie Goulding: England's Royal Upstart

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The singer-songwriter reveals her intimate side in a stripped-down studio session with WFUV.

Ellie Goulding Live In Studio at WFUV

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Mark David Ashworth: Repurposing Poetry

WNYC Radio

The San Francisco-based singer draws inspiration from Spanish songwriters and English poets. Hear Ashworth perform live at WNYC's Spinning on Air with host David Garland.

Mark David Ashworth: Repurposing Poetry

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Noah And The Whale: Following Its Muse

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Noah and the Whale got its start at the leading edge of the current folk revival in the U.K. But the band's new album, Last Night on Earth, is full of fist-pumping, sing-along songs, engineered to make you move.

Noah And The Whale: Following Its Muse

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The Baseball Project: A Rock 'n' Roll Home Run

KEXP

The Baseball Project was born from its members' mutual love for the game, but you don't have to be a sports fan to appreciate these joyful, melodic songs. Hear the band, whose members include rock veterans Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon.

The Baseball Project: A Rock 'n' Roll Home Run

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Communist Daughter: A Twin Cities Original

The Current

This Twin Cities group took its name from a song with the intent of forming a Neutral Milk Hotel tribute band. Thankfully, they decided to write their own material. Watch them perform "Not the Kid."

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The Civil Wars: A Match Made In Nashville

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White aren't an item, but you'd be forgiven for thinking they were. Hear one of 2011's breakout bands speak with WFUV's Claudia Marshall and perform live in the studio.

The Civil Wars In Studio at WFUV

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Dessa: Twin Cities Hip-Hop, Sparkling With Energy

The Current

Nervous, jittery and sparkling with energy, Minneapolis' Dessa stopped by The Current's studios to record a session with the help of local luminaries Jeremy Messersmith and Aby Wolf.

Dessa: Twin Cities Hip-Hop, Sparkling With Energy

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Charles Bradley: Hip-Jerking, Heartfelt Soul

KEXP

In this riveting and heartfelt performance from Mellow Johnny's at SXSW, Bradley is possessed by the spirit of James Brown. Hear Bradley's performance from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop for KEXP, recorded in Austin, Texas.

Charles Bradley: Hip-Jerking, Heartfelt Soul

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