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Radio & Podcasts

New Releases And Birthday Shoutouts To Nina Simone, Ida Cox, Nancy Wilson & More

Read "New Releases And Birthday Shoutouts To Nina Simone, Ida Cox, Nancy Wilson & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Jill McCarron, Lynne Arriale, Mamiko Watanabe, Debby Wang, Sara Michaels, Natalie Douglas, a digital release for Nina Simone's Back and a second single from Rachel Z plus birthday shoutouts to Nina Simone, Patti Wicks, Ida Cox, and Nancy Wilson, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they can continue to distract, comfort, provoke and inspire.Playlist Jill McCarron ...

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Album Review

Nina Simone: You've Got To Learn

Read "You've Got To Learn" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Socially conscious black troubadours such as William Warfield, Harry Belafonte, Odetta and many others were challenging the U.S. government's questionable policies on numerous things including war, civil rights, equality and more, by the mid-20th century. R&B soul master Marvin Gaye would follow in the early 1970s and pointedly ask “What's Going On" while the Temptations were declaring that both the question and the answer were that we were all living on a “Ball of Confusion." There was another ...

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Album Review

Nina Simone: You've Got To Learn

Read "You've Got To Learn" reviewed by Chris May


The release of this magnificent album, recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966, is headline news for fans of Nina Simone. None of the material, all of it high grade, has been made available before. Newport promoter George Wein donated the tapes of Simone's performance to the US Library of Congress, where they lay forgotten until, following Wein's passing in 2021, Simone historian Nadine Cohodas unearthed them. Simone is in peak form, accompanied by guitarist Rudy Stevenson, bassist ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jazz "Twofers": Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Bob Brookmeyer And More

Read "Jazz "Twofers":  Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Bob Brookmeyer And More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


In the tradition of Classic Rock radio's “Twofer Tuesdays," this show features sets of two (or three) tracks by a single jazz artist displaying some of the variety of music they have played in their careers. Musicians featured on this program include Nina Simone, Lester Bowie, Jazz Passengers and Bob Brookmeyer. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Bob Brookmeyer ...

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Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Harold Arlen, Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Harold Arlen, Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalist Liz Terrell, guitarist Ron Jackson and pianist Wendy Kirkland with birthday shoutouts to Harold Arlen (who wrote with several fine women lyricists) in the first hour and Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson in the second hour, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so they can continue to distract, comfort and inspire. Playlist Dena DeRose “A Tip ...

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Book Review

Playing For Keeps: Improvisation In The Aftermath

Read "Playing For Keeps: Improvisation In The Aftermath" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Playing For Keeps: Improvisation In The Aftermath Edited by Daniel Fischlin & Eric Porter 352 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4780-0814-9 Duke University Press 2020 Musical improvisation is often described as a conversation. A universal language. Musicians trading back and forth seem to be having a blast, which, on occasion, for players and for listeners alike, can attain transcendent qualities that are difficult to interpret, never mind articulate. As the twelve essays in ...

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Radio & Podcasts

I See You; I Hear You

Read "I See You; I Hear You" reviewed by H William Stine


I think one of the responsibilities of having a microphone every week is knowing when to shut up. I did that (for the most part) this week and let singers and songwriters who for so many years have seen and heard with perception and then written with eloquent honesty about this painful struggle playing out once again across America. Playlist Cody Owen Stine “Paris Mismatch (Theme Music)" from Unreleased Master (Unreleased) 00:00 Nina Simone “I Wish I Knew ...


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