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11:43 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Musician Ben Folds Plays Not My Job

Jeff Bender

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 9:28 pm

Years ago, musician Ben Folds started a band with his two friends and called it the Ben Folds Five. This was confusing, but it didn't keep the band from becoming a huge success.

Ben Folds went on to have a solo career, but he's brought the band back together and their new album is The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Folds plays a game called "I'll Be Back!"

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Music Interviews
3:48 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Wyclef Says Karma Kicked His 'Caesar Complex'

Ramon Espinosa Associated Press

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 11:03 am

Multi-platinum musician, producer, activist and aspiring politician Wyclef Jean's new memoir Purpose: An Immigrant's Story provides a candid insight into his life and career. In an interview airing on Monday's Tell Me More, he sits down with host Michel Martin to discuss his family, his music and his hopes for Haiti. Jean also talks about his rocky romantic past with Lauryn Hill, how it inspired his music, and how it eventually broke up the group that made them both stars, The Fugees.

On His Childhood In Haiti

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The Record
3:07 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

This Is My Jam: Jaden Smith's 'The Coolest'

Jaden Smith in a still from "The Coolest."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 3:42 pm

Why we like what we like is sometimes a mystery, even to ourselves, and taste often has as much to do with the listener as it does with the song. Kwasi Ansu heard Jaden Smith's "The Coolest" and liked it more than he expected to.

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A Blog Supreme
1:39 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Django's Legacy: 21st-Century Gypsy Jazz

Versatile guitarist Frank Vignola has clearly studied Django Reinhardt-style jazz.
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Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 4:05 pm

Django Reinhardt has achieved an almost godlike status among those who love jazz guitar. When he and violinist Stephane Grappelli formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1934, they created a new sound in jazz: The guitar and violin served as the lead instrumental voices, propelled by two hard-swinging rhythm guitars and a bass.

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A Blog Supreme
12:52 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 5, 2012

Times are (relatively) tough for Kenny G and other smooth jazz musicians, whose lifeline of radio airplay is quickly disappearing.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Happy long weekend.

  • Whither smooth jazz? Though straight-ahead and experimental fans might assume their, uh, less bumpy cousin is weathering the storm, the loss of many radio stations is affecting the field a lot. David Adler talks to many musicians and industry insiders for JazzTimes. That includes Kenny G, who is identified on subsequent reference as "G," in a sidebar.
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