Felix Contreras http://wcbe.org en Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies http://wcbe.org/post/ethereal-jazz-singer-jimmy-scott-dies Singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395174/little-jimmy-scott" target="_blank">Jimmy Scott</a> died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc. <p>Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 57729 at http://wcbe.org Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-meridian-brothers-salvadora-robot It takes just two words to sum up <em>Salvadora Robot</em>, the new album by the Colombian band Meridian Brothers: "happy weirdness."<p>Last year's release of the anthology <em>Devocion: (Works 2005-2011)</em> introduced the quirky group to audiences beyond avant-garde circles in Bogota, and <em>Salvadora Robot</em> reiterates that these free thinkers don't merely throw out tradition. They make it sound, well, weird.<p>There are no actual Meridian brothers in Meridian Brothers. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:54:26 +0000 Felix Contreras 57433 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot' First Listen: Pacifika, 'Amor Planeta' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-pacifika-amor-planeta The music of Pacifika draws you in almost immediately: The Vancouver trio's musicianship is superb, buoyed by a voice that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. Pacifika's sound has been labeled as world fusion, but that label is more of a restriction than a description. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:59:32 +0000 Felix Contreras 55188 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Pacifika, 'Amor Planeta' Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died http://wcbe.org/post/marian-mcpartland-piano-jazz-host-has-died <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a>, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.<p>For more than 40 years, she hosted <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/piano-jazz/">Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz</a>, an NPR program pairing conversation and duet performances that reached an audience of millions, connecting with jazz fans and the curious alike. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:38:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 41658 at http://wcbe.org Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer http://wcbe.org/post/ingenuity-and-insane-clown-posse-5-books-music-whats-left-summer It's already August 8, which means you've got maybe three or four weeks left to complain about preseason football, inadequately shield yourself from the scorching heat of the sun, and communicate with your kids about something other than why they haven't done their homework. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:06:47 +0000 Felix Contreras 40935 at http://wcbe.org Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer A Kind Of Magic: New Latin Music, Sprinkled With Discovery Dust http://wcbe.org/post/kind-magic-new-latin-music-sprinkled-discovery-dust <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww6GFzYQwoc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImhVuHSs_g</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:37:05 +0000 Felix Contreras 35777 at http://wcbe.org A Kind Of Magic: New Latin Music, Sprinkled With Discovery Dust First Listen: Original Soundtrack, 'Hecho En Mexico' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-original-soundtrack-hecho-en-mexico <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>The soundtrack to the documentary film <em>Hecho En Mexico</em> is ambitious and complicated, but the music more than justifies the journey.<p>Director Duncan Bridgeman's project exploring the history of Mexican culture (released in theaters on Nov. 30) functions as a visual mashup of styles and messages, and the music reflects that. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 01:22:32 +0000 Felix Contreras 28284 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Original Soundtrack, 'Hecho En Mexico' Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Books Of 2012 http://wcbe.org/post/staff-picks-our-favorite-music-books-2012 In 2012, writers who tackled musical topics dove deep, got weird, burrowed into a niche; we joyfully followed them to depths we never would have expected when the year began. We devoured works of criticism, history, biography and the Zen of John Cage <em>and</em> Tony Bennett. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:43:02 +0000 & 27918 at http://wcbe.org Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Books Of 2012 How The Wolf Survived: 40 Years Of Los Lobos http://wcbe.org/post/how-wolf-survived-40-years-los-lobos <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn3rQ6DrcLE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ornSpLMUzbw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFbLzqFaykU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsf3P4ji_7M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPkJwKz91Ds</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJVsUMKftMo</p> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:39:36 +0000 Felix Contreras 27146 at http://wcbe.org How The Wolf Survived: 40 Years Of Los Lobos First Listen: Bomba Estéreo, 'Elegancia Tropical' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-bomba-est-reo-elegancia-tropical <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Many musicians say that the second album is harder to write than the first, especially when a debut is successful: There's more pressure, higher stakes, fewer ways to surprise and less time to work. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:00:35 +0000 Felix Contreras 25011 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Bomba Estéreo, 'Elegancia Tropical'