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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."
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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.
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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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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri October 5, 2012

#wheresthebeat

Pablo Helguera

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

All Songs Considered Blog
10:47 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Six Minutes Of Absolute Majesty

Henry Jun Wah Lee

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:53 am

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