Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Debussy a la Washington Sax Quartet, Les Primitifs Du Futur

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This edition brings you the music of Debussy, from the Washington Saxophone Quartet; R. Crumb and his band, Les Primitis du Futur. You'll also hear Michael Masley's cymbalom; Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole; extraordinary guitarist Michael Hedges; the Austrian group, Die Knodel; and the rock-and-roll sounds of The Sprague Brothers.

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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Debussy a la Washington Sax Quartet, Les Primitifs Du Futur

To China and Bach

Golliwogg's Cake Walk

  • Artist: Washington Saxophone Quartet
  • Album: To China and Bach
  • Song: Golliwogg's Cake Walk

The Washington Saxophone Quartet offer unique interpretations on everything from Bach and Beethoven to Joplin and Gershwin.

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Golliwogg's Cake Walk
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To China and Bach
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Washington Saxophone Quartet

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World Musette

The Fox Musette

  • Artist: Les Primitifs du Futur
  • Album: World Musette
  • Song: The Fox Musette

Cartoonist R. Crumb plays the claw-hammered-style banjo and sings in this group from Paris. If you like music from the 1920s, you'll enjoy this unique sound.

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The Fox Musette
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World Musette
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Les Primitifs du Futur

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Cymballenium

Tip of the Icebird

  • Artist: Michael Masley
  • Album: Cymballenium
  • Song: Tip of the Icebird

Michael Masley plays an instrument you likely haven't heard of: a "cymbalom." Masley picks, bows, and strikes the strings of this dulcimer-like instrument to create a beautifully haunting sound.

Facing Future

Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

  • Artist: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • Album: Facing Future
  • Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

Nicknamed the "Gentle Giant," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has a tender voice with a giant sound. He gained international fame with this featured selection: A medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World."

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World
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Facing Future
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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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Mountain Apple

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Taproot

Ritual Dance

  • Artist: Michael Hedges
  • Album: Taproot
  • Song: Ritual Dance

Michael Hedges pioneered an inimitable playing style sowcased on this Grammy Award-winning album, Taproot.

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Ritual Dance
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Taproot
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Michael Hedges
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Windham Hill

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Die Noodle!

Die Wurst (Die Noodle!)

  • Artist: Die Knodel
  • Album: Die Noodle!
  • Song: Die Wurst (Die Noodle!)

The Austrian group, Die Knodel is sometimes comical with a cinematic sound.

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Die Wurst (Die Noodle!)
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Die Noodle!
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Die Knodel

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Forever and a Day

Money Makes the Man

  • Artist: The Sprague Brothers
  • Album: Forever and a Day
  • Song: Money Makes the Man

The Sprague Brothers are reminiscent of the Beatles or the Everley Brothers, but with a sound that is very much their own.

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Forever and a Day
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