The Good Listener: How Do I Avoid ‘The iTunes Pit Of Despair’?

By Stephen Thompson

Music has become so abundant, it’s hard to keep track of your library — let alone give songs the time they deserve. But there are ways to start over and discover great new songs you already own.

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The Good Listener: How Do I Avoid ‘The iTunes Pit Of Despair’?

By Stephen Thompson

Music has become so abundant, it’s hard to keep track of your library — let alone give songs the time they deserve. But there are ways to start over and discover great new songs you already own.

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Herb Alpert On ‘Song Travels’

The jazz legend joins host Michael Feinstein for an instrumental duet of “When Sonny Gets Blue,” and singer Lani Hall (Alpert’s wife) performs “That Old Black Magic” with Feinstein’s accompaniment.

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Joe Wilder On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz honors the legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder. In this 2000 session, Wilder joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for the Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good.”

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OutKast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

By Frannie Kelley

The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.

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The New Pornographers On World Cafe

The Canadian supergroup visits the studio to perform songs from its new album, Brill Bruisers.

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Drum Fill Friday, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Edition

By Robin Hilton

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a sampling of songs from the soundtrack to the year’s biggest movie. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.

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What Does A Creative Brain Look Like?

By NPR/TED Staff

What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out.

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‘Follow The Music’: Alice Gerrard’s Life In Folk

By Joel Rose

The title of the singer’s new album neatly summarizes the thrust of her career — be it her influential collaborations with Hazel Dickens in the ’60s or her work as a folk music documentarian.

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JazzSet Signs Off

From outdoor festivals to concert halls in major cities, JazzSet was there. Hear an intimate, bittersweet farewell, with highlights that span the NPR jazz program’s 23-year run.

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