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2:23 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

How Jan Garbarek Came To Epitomize Nordic Jazz

A new box set of early albums captures Jan Garbarek's forming saxophone sound — austere and astringent.
Roberto Massoti ECM Records

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 2:22 pm

Saxophonist Jan Garbarek was a teenage protege of American composer George Russell in Norway in the 1960s and later played in Keith Jarrett's Scandinavian quartet. More recently, he has collaborated with the vocal quartet the Hilliard Ensemble, improvising as they sing medieval music.

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Live in Concert
1:46 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Live Friday: Dirty Projectors, With Wye Oak

Shantel Mitchell For NPR

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 7:36 pm

  • Full Audio: Dirty Projectors Live From The 9:30 Club

Few bands make music as strangely captivating - or make it as as fearlessly - as Dirty Projectors. The group's always unpredictable songs crisscross a mind-bending mix of genres and styles, with disjointed rhythms and structures, unusual melodies and harmonies that make it one of the most creative but polarizing groups of the past decade. For some it's an inspired form of high art, while others think it's just plain weird.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:43 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 15

iStock

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:01 am

I guess it's not that big of a surprise, but according to last week's poll, 67 percent of you haven't heard Big Star's #1 Record. One of the nice side benefits of doing this series is that it gives people a chance to discover great albums they've never heard before, so if you're part of the 67 percent that hasn't heard Big Star, take some time to listen. You'll love it.

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Thistle and Shamrock
1:25 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: One, Two...

Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 10:49 am

Enjoy an hour dedicated to some great solo artists and duos that deliver uncluttered, pure acoustic arrangements.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Deceptive Cadence
11:57 am
Wed August 15, 2012

We Asked For Six Songs, We Got Thousands

Music by the Beatles appeared on many "Six Songs of Me" lists.
istockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 10:00 am

Last week we asked you to do some musical soul-searching — and boy, did we get responses. In the first day, 250 people commented on the blog post "You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You." Several thousand more comments have since rolled in via social media.

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