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Review: Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, 'Landfall'

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page. Hurricane Sandy was a horrific natural disaster that no one would care to relive, except perhaps for the brilliant polymath Laurie Anderson . In Landfall , her 70-minute multimedia piece featuring the Kronos Quartet , she doesn't revisit the storm so much as ruminate – sometimes with dry wit – on the idea of how we handle loss...

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John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16.

Alfredo Rodríguez is a figurehead of the new generation of Cuban jazz musicians who observe and honor their roots while constantly seeking new avenues for expression.

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Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or failed to, from a business perspective — he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke to him deeply.

This tune comes from a demo tape of a band's first-ever public gig. The recording engineer was a 19-year-old college radio kid scrambling to capture 18 musicians in a tiny basement club. But half a century later, that kid now runs a record label and deemed his work good enough to re-touch and issue as part of a deluxe 2-CD package. After all, this was no ordinary band. Within three months of that first gig, this group started making "real" albums — five LPs worth in the next four years, plus two album-length collaborations with singers.

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For several years now, I have been talking with Missouri Symphony Orchestra Maestro Kirk Trevor and my KBIA colleagues about a show that I felt we should be producing and broadcasting. The challenge was that we had to find support for and record the program. Let me explain.

Eden Atwood On Piano Jazz

Feb 5, 2016

One of the rare jazz discoveries of her generation, Eden Atwood is the daughter of arranger-composer Hub Atwood. She studied piano as a child and went on to have a performing career in New York and beyond. Eden Atwood has released several studio albums, and she tours regularly.

In this episode of Piano Jazz from 1996, she and host Marian McPartland perform a duet of "Old Devil Moon."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1996.

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Jazz Night In America's regular host, Christian McBride, happens to be a Grammy-winning bassist and composer, but he forbade us to feature him unless it was for something special. It so happens that he's written a special work: Teaming with choral director JD Steele, he's composed a bluesy and soulful oratorio for big band, gospel choir with soloists, and four speakers who represent great figures of the Civil Rights Movement.

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This week's CD of the Week on Classical 90.5 is a new-ish release from pianist Vassily Primakov and clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky. Their 2014 issue on Primakov's own LP Classics label features an update on a work that inspired both artists during their days at The Julliard School: Carl Maria von Weber's Grand Duo Concertante.

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Jan 29, 2016

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that we recently launched a new radio station, Classical 90.5. The station is dedicated to bringing you classical music, 24 hours a day.

If you don’t live in the Columbia/Boone County area, you’re probably wondering what your listening options are. Classical 90.5 is available for listening all over the world!

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Jane Ira Bloom On Piano Jazz

Jan 15, 2016

A supreme soprano sax player, Jane Ira Bloom is known for her innovative use of movement and her high-energy compositions. Bloom's debut album, Modern Drama, caught the attention of NASA, which commissioned her to write three pieces in 1989. She went on to release several studio albums, including her highly praised Sixteen Sunsets.

On this 1993 episode of Piano Jazz, Bloom and host Marian McPartland combine forces to freely improvise — and to play "My Romance."

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