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Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s.

Read The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

November 21, 2012 – A new 10-CD box set collects the complete works of the colossus who straddled jazz and blues.


The Insect Trust.

Watch The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

November 20, 2012 – Free jazzers, hippie rockers and country-blues musicians made up this ragtag late-'60s band.


The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style.

Read Calculated Instability: The Pioneering Sonatas Of C.P.E. Bach

November 20, 2012 – The quirky music of J.S. Bach's most impressive son delights in an album by pianist Danny Driver.

Bill Withers onstage in 1973.

Read Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

November 19, 2012 – Since the singer's 1971 debut, he has had nine albums, all of which are now available in a box set.


Read An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson Covers Hank Cochran

November 14, 2012 – The country-music star has enlisted the likes of Merle Haggard to salute the prolific songwriter.


Read Cody ChesnuTT Contains A Universe On 'Hundred'

November 9, 2012 – ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac: On Landing on a Hundred, he's preachy but delightful.


Watch Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

November 8, 2012 – Yirga finds his way into standards with a voracious talent that savors each musical flavor.


Read Young Cellist With An Old Soul Plays Elgar, Elliott Carter

November 6, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from an excellent album of cellist Alisa Weilerstein playing music classic and new.

Watch Taylor Swift Leaps Into Pop With 'Red'

November 5, 2012 – Red challenges Swift's diehard fans while inviting naysayers to give her music another try.


Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD.

Read After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

October 30, 2012 – The late saxophonist's 2007 concert with his classic 1970s small group has been released on CD.


Watch Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill'

October 30, 2012 – Whenever things get too cozy on Psychedelic Pill, Crazy Horse is there to rearrange the furniture.


For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.

Read Gidon Kremer's Bach Makeover

October 30, 2012 – Hear the violinist play a newly commissioned work based on Bach.

Saxophonist Art Pepper called George Cables his favorite pianist.

Read George Cables: A Heartfelt Tribute To His 'Muse'

October 26, 2012 – Critic Kevin Whitehead says My Muse is so unassumingly good, you could miss just how good it is.


Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, both country stars in their own right, recently released the collaborative album Wreck and Ruin.

Read On Record, A Husband And Wife Are 'Familiar Strangers'

October 24, 2012 – For married country stars Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, working together isn't always easy.


The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, founded and directed by Brad Wells (left).

Read Roomful Of Teeth: Experimental Singing, Smiles Guaranteed

October 23, 2012 – Hear this exciting group bring a 21st-century spin to a capella singing on their debut album.

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