The son of pianist Kenny Drew, who rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s, Kenny Drew Jr. made his own way with a virtuosic career in both jazz and classical music. He favored direct, single-note lines, but could also play in a full orchestral style.
In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Monk's "In Walked Bud" — and he and host Marian McPartland collaborate in a performance of "Falling In Love With You."
Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:15 am
Earlier this week, the inimitable George Clinton sat for not one but two conversations about his work and where it comes from. First, he spoke with the host of NPR Music's R&B channel, Jason King, about soul music, swag and Kendrick Lamar.
Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:03 am
This week's Drum Fill Friday comes courtesy Otis Brown III, a young jazz drummer and composer who's best known for his work with Joe Lovano, but who recently released his own debut solo album, The Thought Of You. Brown's selected a number of intros and fills from some of his favorite vintage jazz tracks, along with some funk, soul and R&B classics, showcasing some of the greatest drummers of all time. Good luck, careful listeners!
Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:55 am
Sun Ra was a big-band innovator, a pioneer of recording and playing with electronics, a poet, a cosmic philosopher, a bandleader and a keyboard innovator who claimed to be from Saturn. Herman Poole Blount would have turned 100 in 2014 had he not left us more than 20 years ago. But his spirit lives on, and so does his music.
Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, is our guest today on World Cafe. Here, he and his band perform songs from his new album, Caustic Love, which has topped the charts across Europe.
In an interview with host David Dye, Nutini describes how a speech from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator resonated with him during the making of the song "Iron Sky."
Tony Trischka's Great Big World appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Cook County, Minn.
One of the most influential banjo players the instrument has ever known, Trischka has been playing, teaching and expanding the instrument's possibilities for more than 45 years. "There was a time," host Larry Groce says in his introduction, "when people were surprised when you took a banjo to anything besides bluegrass, old time and country. Trischka was one of the first to take the banjo to places it had never been before."
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Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:52 am
Taylor Swift's fifth album is called 1989, the year she was born. For the past few years, she's been the young queen of country music, by far its biggest-selling artist. But 1989 sidesteps country music entirely to become Swift's first pure pop album. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.