Hoagy Carmichael, Youssou N'Dour, Django Reinhardt

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New acoustic music from Youssou N'Dour; The African fusion of Mali's Salif Keita; The remastered Nonesuch Explorer Series; Stardust memories of Hoagy Carmichael; A jazz revolution from Django Reinhardt; An All Songs great unknown: Piñataland; And an infectious tune from Kim Richey.

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Hoagy Carmichael, Youssou N'Dour, Django Reinhardt

Nothing's in Vain

Tan Bi

  • Artist: Youssou N'Dour
  • Album: Nothing's in Vain (Coono du réér) [US]
  • Song: Tan Bi

Youssou N'Dour is known for his great African dance records. His new CD is more subdued and mostly acoustic.

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  • "Tan Bi"
  • Album: Nothing's in Vain
  • Artist: Youssou N'Dour
  • Label: Nonesuch
 
Moffou

Yamore

  • Artist: Salif Keita
  • Album: Moffou
  • Song: Yamore

Salif Keita is one of Mali's most popular artists, known for his fusion of traditional African rhythms and melodies with the sounds of Cuba, Spain and the Middle East.

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  • "Yamore"
  • Album: Moffou
  • Artist: Salif Keita
  • Label: Universal
 
Shona Mbira Music

Nhemamusasa

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Album: Explorer Series: Zimbabwe - Shona Mbira Music
  • Song: Nhemamusasa

The Nonesuch Explorer series, originally released on vinyl in the late '60s and early '70s, was the first to expose the West to what would later be called "world music." The series is now being re-mastered.

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  • "Nhemamusasa"
  • Album: Shona Mbira Music
  • Artist: Unknown Artist(s)
  • Label: Nonesuch
 
Stardust Melody

Stardust

  • Artist: Hoagy Carmichael and Friends
  • Album: Stardust Melody
  • Song: Stardust

Hoagy Carmichael is remembered as the author of several timeless classics, including "Lazy River," "Georgia On My Mind," and this unforgettable tune, "Stardust."

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  • "Stardust"
  • Album: Stardust Melody
  • Artist: Hoagy Carmichael
  • Label: Bluebird/RCA
 
1937

Body and Soul

  • Artist: Django Reinhardt
  • Album: 1937
  • Song: Body and Soul

Django Reinhardt was the first non-American to have a major impact on the development of jazz. Along with Stephane Grappelli on violin, Reinhardt's inimitable acoustic guitar work introduced the idea of jazz without drums or trumpet.

 
Songs for the Forgotten Future, Vol. 1

1939

  • Artist: Piñataland
  • Album: Songs for the Forgotten Future, Vol. 1
  • Song: 1939

Piñataland describe themselves as "Brooklyn's finest old-world dark oompah orchestrette."

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  • "1939"
  • Album: Songs for the Forgotten Future, Vol. 1
  • Artist: Piñataland
  • Label: Mekkatone
 
Rise

Girl in a Car

  • Artist: Kim Richey
  • Album: Rise
  • Song: Girl in a Car

Kim Richey got her start writing music for other artists, but with her fourth solo album, Richey is making a name for herself.

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  • "Girl in a Car"
  • Album: Rise
  • Artist: Kim Richey
  • Label: Universal
 

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