The music of Pink Martini melds jazz and cinematic themes with driving rhythms and exotic vocals. The project led by vocalist China Forbes and pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale has won fans around the world.
Hugh Masekela comes from an extensive jazz background; he is also known as one of the greatest innovators in world fusion. Now Masekela has a new CD, Revival, that draws on pop, jazz and R&B influences.
Hugh Masekela in-studio on World Cafe - 07/01/2005
In the burgeoning indie-rock scene of the 1980s, Camper Van Beethoven occupied a unique slot. The band's lyrics were clever but sometimes impenetrable; its sound was wide-ranging but hard to define — or market. A reunion has produced a concept record: New Roman Times.
Camper Van Beethoven in Studio on World Cafe - 12/27/2005
Unlike many classic-rock veterans, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has continued to push his musical boundaries. With his band the Strange Sensation, it all comes together on The Mighty Rearranger, featuring the World Café favorite "Shine It All Around."
For his latest project, the singer-songwriter brings together soul royalty Mavis Staples and Billy Preston, among others. Playing behind the singers was a skilled and smooth Allen Toussaint-led house band.
The Ike Reilly Assassination has just released Junkie Faithful, the next installment of the band's exploration of rock and roll. As its leader, Reilly pushes every song as far as he can, using a combination of striking guitar sounds and captivating melodies.
Ike Reilly Assassination in Studio on World Cafe - 12/21/2005
The Brian Setzer Orchestra has recorded a new Christmas album: Dig That Crazy Christmas. It's a rocking combination of traditional Christmas carols — and a few other spirited rock, swing and blues tunes.
Brian Setzer Orchestra in Studio on World Cafe - 12/19/2005