NPR Staff http://wrti.org en A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain http://wrti.org/post/guitar-hero-draws-his-own-sketches-spain If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> by Spanish composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98281968/joaquin-rodrigo" target="_blank">Joaquín Rodrigo</a>. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7508 at http://wrti.org A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow http://wrti.org/post/fred-hersch-floats-dynamic-trio-tow The last time <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14997031/fred-hersch" target="_blank">Fred Hersch</a> was featured on <em>Weekend Edition Saturday</em>, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.<em></em><p>A new studio recording by Hersch's trio came out earlier this month; it's called <em>Floating</em>. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7507 at http://wrti.org Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes http://wrti.org/post/richard-reed-parry-turns-musicians-metronomes Richard Reed Parry is famous for making music sound big. As a core member of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16334660/arcade-fire" target="_blank">Arcade Fire</a>, the Grammy-winning indie rock group from Montreal, he wields multiple instruments to help create deep, layered textures in which strings and synthesizers, slow ballads and disco dance tracks are all at home.<p>Parry's first solo album is a departure even from that broad sound. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7487 at http://wrti.org Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes The New Thing In Jazz, Revisited http://wrti.org/post/new-thing-jazz-revisited Impulse Records is the legendary label that proudly delivered the "new thing" in jazz in the 1960s: avant-garde records from the likes of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394783/john-coltrane" target="_blank">John Coltrane</a> and Pharaoh Sanders. It also helped jazz cross over to a larger audience; quite a few flower children bought Impulse albums.<p>But over time, the new thing got old. Impulse went dormant for nearly a decade. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:23:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7486 at http://wrti.org The New Thing In Jazz, Revisited Newport Jazz 2011: Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen, Live In Concert http://wrti.org/post/newport-jazz-2011-avishai-cohens-triveni-anat-cohen-live-concert What is it with trumpeter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/137246879/avishai-cohen" target="_blank">Avishai Cohen</a> and triples lately? He recently recorded a pair of albums with his band Triveni, a free-swinging trio which showcases his fervent imagination. He's also one of three Cohen siblings in jazz's top echelon; Avishai invited his big sister <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15384147" target="_blank">Anat</a>, the celebrated clarinet specialist, to join him here. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7466 at http://wrti.org Newport Jazz 2011: Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen, Live In Concert Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times http://wrti.org/post/bobby-hutchersons-good-vibes-fiery-times The vibraphone is a special instrument. That spooky, smoky, sparkling sound — there's nothing like it. And there's nothing like hearing the vibes played by Bobby Hutcherson.<p>Hutcherson has covered a lot of ground on his instrument. In the 1950s he was already playing professional gigs, as a teenager. In the '60s, he was a leading light of jazz's avant garde, breaking new ground on some of the most revered LPs issued by Blue Note Records.<p>Now 73 years old, Bobby Hutcherson has a new album on Blue Note called <em>Enjoy the View</em>. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:19:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7440 at http://wrti.org Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times Post-Apocalyptic Picnics And Hollywood Steakhouses In Gabriel Kahane's LA http://wrti.org/post/post-apocalyptic-picnics-and-hollywood-steakhouses-gabriel-kahanes-la Though New York City-based <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94294810/gabriel-kahane">Gabriel Kahane</a> wasn't raised there, <em>The Ambassador</em> feels like a musical tour of Los Angeles. The album makes 10 stops in the city where the composer and singer-songwriter was born and only came to appreciate later in life, each with a specific address used as the song title.<p>There's the imaginary post-apocalyptic picnic at "Griffith Park (1800 E. Fri, 30 May 2014 07:02:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7363 at http://wrti.org Post-Apocalyptic Picnics And Hollywood Steakhouses In Gabriel Kahane's LA Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75 http://wrti.org/post/cause-celebration-iconic-blue-note-records-75 Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. Wed, 28 May 2014 21:06:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7352 at http://wrti.org Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75 A Few Words With Ennio Morricone http://wrti.org/post/few-words-ennio-morricone Today at the Cannes Film Festival, attendees marked the 50th anniversary of the spaghetti western at a special screening of <em>A Fistful of Dollars</em>, the Sergio Leone classic that kick-started the genre. Sat, 24 May 2014 20:58:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7341 at http://wrti.org A Few Words With Ennio Morricone Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way http://wrti.org/post/heir-jazz-legacy-trumpeter-finds-his-own-way Jazz composer and trumpeter Theo Croker opens his new album, <em>AfroPhysicist</em>, with an ode to his grandfather: New Orleans jazz great <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94930761/doc-cheatham" target="_blank">Doc Cheatham</a>. The thing is, Croker didn't grow up in New Orleans or any other jazz hub. He's from Jacksonville, Fla., and he was just a child when his grandfather died in 1997. It wasn't until his grandfather's memorial services — attended by jazz legends — that he decided to join the legacy.<p>"I didn't understand what a legacy was," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. Tue, 20 May 2014 21:06:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7319 at http://wrti.org Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way