Music Interviews

3:02pm

Sat July 27, 2013
Music

Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 8:26 am

Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul.
Laura Ferreira Courtesy of the artist

It's been too long since we simply sat up and pointed out a few of the many new releases worth a set of ears. Luckily, the staff on weekends at All Things Considered thought the same. They invited me to sit down with host Jacki Lyden and play a few cuts for them.

Here's music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.

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6:21am

Sat July 27, 2013
Music Interviews

In A Desert Encampment, Songs Of A Vanishing Way Of Life

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 7:20 am

The musicians of Etran Finatawa come from the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, two nomadic groups who have historically been rivals.
Courtesy of the artist

In January, English musician and record producer Colin Bass found himself in the midst of an extraordinary assignment. Bass had traveled, with microphones and recording equipment in tow, to the Sahara desert to meet up with a musical group called Etran Finatawa.

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2:41pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Music Interviews

Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 4:16 pm

Tools line the walls of Guy Clark's basement workshop at his home in Nashville, where he still builds guitars.
Jinae West NPR

If you want to learn how to write a song — one that's built to last, with vivid characters and images that plant you squarely inside a scene — listen to Guy Clark.

Songwriters who revere Clark will tell you he crafts songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he builds guitars. But Clark has a simpler, blunter explanation, as he told me with a glint in his eye when I visited him recently at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

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2:59pm

Sun July 21, 2013
Music Interviews

Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 3:58 pm

Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü.
Courtesy of the artist

In the 1980's, few bands bridged the gap between hardcore punk and what would become alternative rock quite like Minnesota's Hüsker Dü.

The personalities in the trio, however, were not as harmonious, and their partnership dissolved before the decade's end. Guitarist Bob Mould went on to a successful recording career. Bassist Greg Norton dropped out of music and became a chef. And that leaves ... drummer Grant Hart.

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1:33am

Sun July 21, 2013

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