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11:10 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Maureen Malloy Recommends...

Giacomo Gates: The Revolution Will Be Jazz - The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron

The ever-witty vocalist Giacomo Gates is usually compared to Eddie Jefferson or Jon Hendricks when it comes to style. If not those artists, he's compared to instrumentalists due to his mastery of Vocalese. That being said, I'm sure you're wondering how the art of the late Gil Scott-Heron can even be associated with Gates.
 

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12:38 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Bob Perkins Recommends...

Carmen McRae: The Great American Songbook

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12:26 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Mark Pinto Recommends...

Michael Daugherty: Route 66
Marin Alsop conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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4:38 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Maureen Malloy Recommends...

Irvin Mayfield: A Love Letter To New Orleans

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10:36 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Mark Pinto Recommends...

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres

You don't need to listen long into Langgaard's Music of the Spheres to know you're experiencing something remarkable - a sound world decades ahead of its time (1918). This is visionary music by a Scandinavian composer who forged his own way despite the criticism of, and rejection by, the musical establishment in his own country.

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11:05 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Bob Perkins Recommends...

Karrin Allyson Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. If that is true, than singer/pianist Karrin Allyson must find it a necessity to be inventive: She appears to be always looking for new ways to present her music...taking chances that other singers either have not thought of, or dare not try.

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12:37 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Kile Smith Recommends...

A Grand Celebration: The Philadelphia Orchestra Live with the Wanamaker Organ at Macy's Center City
The Historic Grand Court Concert
Peter Richard Conte, organist. Rossen Milanov, conductor

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10:55 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Maureen Malloy Recommends...

Charlie Haden and Quartet West
Sophisticated Ladies

Charlie Haden and Quartet West have been around for years, and could easily be compared to a chameleon. They have a unique, distinctive style, but blend in easily performing with orchestras and vocalists. They stand out at certain times, but then long stretches of time go by when no one can find them. Well, they're back, and better than ever on Sophisticated Ladies.
 

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3:27 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Kile Smith Recommends...

John Zorn: The Gift

Composers have always used elements of popular music to make high art. The suites of Bach and entire movements of Mahler would never have appeared without the seeds of middlebrow entertainment. John Zorn cultivates this field, and, for The Gift, keeps to a corner of it called "The Sixties."

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10:01 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Kile Smith Recommends...

Relache: Press Play
Music of Mark Hagerty, Guy Klucevsek, Cynthia Folio

Relache has been slipping the thin leading edge of new music into Philadelphia since 1979. They've done it with a jolly indifference to the clashing of styles or the rocking of boats. Even their name, which in French means "the show is closed," exhibits their iconoclasm and humor. Downtown, uptown, no town, doesn't matter: if it's new - brand new - Relache is all over it.

 

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