Songs We Love
7:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Songs We Love: Eyelids, 'Psych #1'

The Portland band Eyelids made one of opbmusic's favorite local albums of 2014.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:49 am

It's hard to meet the lofty expectations created when successful musicians unite. But in Portland, Ore., one band is quietly bucking that trend.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
1:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

When Henry Met Steven

Henry Butler (left) and Steven Bernstein.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 4:09 pm

In 1984, when a young Steven Bernstein first encountered the blind virtuoso New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler, he was astonished. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place. But now it's all coming from one person." Nearly two decades later, Butler and Bernstein finally had the chance to collaborate when they were booked for a run together at New York's Jazz Standard.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:47 am
Thu January 22, 2015

A David Murray Double Bill

David Murray performs at Winter Jazzfest 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 5:52 pm

For decades, David Murray was known as one of New York's most monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific artists — a tenor saxophonist who played and wrote for just about every imaginable context. He's still these things, but he lives in Europe now. So this year's Winter Jazzfest — already jam-packed with over 100 acts in two nights — saw fit to give New York audiences a proper saturation of what they'd been missing, presenting David Murray in three completely different sets.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:32 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Marcus Strickland (saxophone) of Our Point of View.
David Tallacksen WBGO

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 5:27 pm

Blue Note Records celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, marking three-quarters of a century issuing music by the biggest names in jazz history. The company continues to aspire to that standard, with a contemporary roster ever on the lookout for today's movers and shakers. The supergroup Our Point Of View — the name references a 1963 Herbie Hancock album — combines six of those Blue Note artists for a program of originals and classics heard on Blue Note Records alike.

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Music News
5:00 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Country Quartet Little Big Town Finds Fun In Being A Foursome

The Nashville country quartet Little Big Town recently released its sixth studio album, Pain Killer.
Courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 8:36 am

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