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9:47 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:45 am

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DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. Ted Rosenthal an early winter of the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of the problem. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Rosenthal has a real feel for the material.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RHAPSODY IN BLUE")

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All Songs TV
8:41 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Phil Collins Performed 'In The Air Tonight' With Son's Middle School Band

Phil Collins performing at his son's middle school in Miami, Fla.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 10:48 am

The video begins with Collins thanking the school and band and just about everyone for their hospitality. Skip ahead about 2:20 if you just want the music. But it's pretty awesome. The band has a smoke machine and light show! And kudos to the young drummer for braving the kit for "In The Air Tonight's" iconic fill, with the guy who wrote it standing right in front of him.

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All Songs Considered
8:19 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For May 30

Drummer Topper Headon, seen overhead, with the rest of The Clash, at the band's first U.S. performance, in 1979.
Roger Ressmeyer CORBIS

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 9:02 am

The warmer weather brings out the air-drummer in me, which means I'm remembering and rediscovering some of my favorite fills, including the ones in this week's puzzler. I think most of these will sound familiar to anyone who's had commercial FM rock blasting with the windows down. So turn it up, pay attention, and good luck!

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:02 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Post-Apocalyptic Picnics And Hollywood Steakhouses In Gabriel Kahane's LA

Gabriel Kahane is the rare musician who travels easily between classical, musical theater and pop. His new album is The Ambassador.
Josh Goleman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:35 pm

Though New York City-based Gabriel Kahane wasn't raised there, The Ambassador 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.

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Shots - Health News
1:01 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

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Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:32 am

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Elbow On World Cafe

Elbow.
Tom Sheehan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 11:09 am

British alt-rock band Elbow formed in 1997 near Manchester. Just over a decade later, the group's album The Seldom Seen Kid won the Mercury Prize, catapulting it into major arenas in the U.K. On this installment of World Cafe, Elbow plays an acoustic set of songs from its latest album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, and host David Dye speaks with lead singer Guy Garvey and bassist Pete Turner about the evolution of the band.

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Music Reviews
2:27 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Fullbright's Sophomore Album Features Spacious, Confident Songs

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:46 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Singer-songwriter John Fullbright's debut album catapulted him from obscurity to a Grammy nomination for best Americana artist. That was in 2012. Now Meredith Ochs has this review of his follow up album titled simply "Songs".

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIGH ROAD")

JOHN FULLBRIGHT: Susie was a pearl of a woman. and Jack was a golden man. She told him she loved him forever. And he gave her a wedding band.

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Mountain Stage
1:33 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

John Hammond On Mountain Stage

John Hammond performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:16 pm

John Hammond appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. One of America's foremost acoustic blues artists, Hammond began his career more than 50 years ago.

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All Songs Considered
12:21 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Viking's Choice: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Lose The Flute Solo

Blood Ceremony.
Matthew R. Manna Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 12:31 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Viking Invasion

Annbjorg Lien appears on this week's show.
Morten Lindberg Courtesy of the artist

From time to time, where Vikings once held sway, a piece of jewelry, a coin or a tool is unearthed somewhere in northern Scotland or eastern England. What would the Norsemen raiders who left these artifacts in their wake have made of our haul of Nordic music?

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