reviews http://wwno.org en First Listen: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 'That's It!' http://wwno.org/post/first-listen-preservation-hall-jazz-band-thats-it <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>There's a magnificent design to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16317454/preservation-hall-jazz-band">Preservation Hall Jazz Band</a>'s new album. The 11 songs hang together so well that, like the most flattering gowns, they seem to be cut on the bias.<p>Out July 9, <em>That's It!</em> features entirely original material — a first in Preservation Hall's 50-year tradition. Like previous recordings, the music conjures the band's intimate performance space, just a can-kick away from the crush of Bourbon Street. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:43:19 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 38590 at http://wwno.org Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set http://wwno.org/post/earl-hines-big-bands-and-beyond-new-box-set By 1928, Earl Hines was jazz's most revolutionary pianist, for two good reasons. His right hand played lines in bright, clear octaves that could cut through a band. His left hand had a mind of its own. Hines could play fast stride and boogie bass patterns, but then his southpaw would go rogue — it'd seem to step out of the picture altogether, only to slide back just in time.<p>Hines might have focused on a career as dazzling pianist, like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15196957/art-tatum">Art Tatum</a>. But after working in various orchestras, he itched to lead one of his own. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:33:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 33063 at http://wwno.org The Big Man Behind 'Shake, Rattle And Roll' http://wwno.org/post/big-man-behind-shake-rattle-and-roll <em>Big Joe Turner's hardest-hitting singles have been collected on a new compilation, titled </em>Big Joe Turner Rocks<em>.</em><p>Here's how it would work, night after night in Kansas City. The band onstage would start a tune, introduced by the piano player, Pete Johnson. After the first chorus, the bartender, a big guy just out of his teens, would start singing blues. He didn't really need a microphone, but he'd work his way to the one on stage anyway and carry on for a few more numbers. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:35:00 +0000 Ed Ward 22029 at http://wwno.org Tanglewood Celebrates 75th With Free Web Stream http://wwno.org/post/tanglewood-celebrates-75th-free-web-stream On July 20, 1958, at Tanglewood — the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — pianist Leon Fleisher played an electrifying Brahms First Piano Concerto with the orchestra under its former music director, Pierre Monteux. This remarkable teaming has not been heard since then.<p>But the BSO has come up with an inspired way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:56:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 15685 at http://wwno.org 'A Door In The Ocean' Leads To Dark Depths http://wwno.org/post/door-ocean-leads-dark-depths Many of the key scenes in David McGlynn's striking new memoir, <em>A Door in the Ocean</em>, take place at the beach or in swimming pools. McGlynn was a surfer and competitive swimmer in his school days and still squeezes into his Speedos for races like the annual 5K "Gatorman" off the coast of La Jolla, Calif. Ocean swimming, in particular, transports McGlynn to another realm, and he does a terrific job of dramatizing the allure of solitary swims in open water. Midway through his book, he writes:<p><blockquote><p>In the ocean, I was not afraid, though I had plenty of reason to be. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:23:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 15521 at http://wwno.org Linda Oh: Connecting Points On A Musical Map http://wwno.org/post/linda-oh-connecting-points-musical-map In a good jazz rhythm section, the players function independently and as one. Their parts and accents crisscross and reinforce each other, interlocking like West African drummers. Beyond that, the bass is a band's ground floor. When it changes up, the earth shifts under all the players' feet. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:50:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 15171 at http://wwno.org The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years http://wwno.org/post/dbs-still-plaintive-after-all-these-years If there was any doubt that The dB's have any use for being considered through the haze of memory, or limited to the misty fondness from fans who remember them from the early 80s, the blast that opens their new album <em>Falling Off the Sky</em>, a song called "That Time Is Gone," could not be more explicit. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:23:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 15052 at http://wwno.org 'Redshirts:' A Love Letter To Sci-Fi Fans http://wwno.org/post/redshirts-love-letter-sci-fi-fans Science fiction is often a genre in conversation with itself; from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels to <em>Galaxy Quest</em>, from <em>The Walking Dead</em> to <em>The Purple Rose of Cairo</em>, it thrives on metatext and a love of details. It's a place inhabited by loyal, passionate fans who are nonetheless acutely aware of — and happy to question — the minutiae of what they love.<p>In fact, it's a show's biggest fans who are most likely to be watching a starship crew suit up for a mission and asking the screen, "All three top-ranking officers are going? Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:03:00 +0000 editor 13662 at http://wwno.org A Gershwin Biopic That Ain't Necessarily So True http://wwno.org/post/gershwin-biopic-aint-necessarily-so-true The movie <em>Rhapsody in Blue, </em>a biography of George Gershwin, was released only eight years after his death from a brain tumor at the age of 38. It's a good subject: Gershwin wrote some of the best popular songs ever produced in this country, but he also had ambitions to be a serious classical composer and wrote symphonic music, concertos and an opera — all of which are still performed.<p>He's played by Robert Alda, the matinee-idol father of <em>M*A*S*H</em>'s Alan Alda, who went on to star in the original Broadway production of <em>Guys and Dolls. Fri, 04 May 2012 15:23:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 10236 at http://wwno.org Radio Diner: Gimchee Korean Restaurant http://wwno.org/post/radio-diner-gimchee-korean-restaurant <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cfca9bc6f7d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cfca9bc6f7d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cfca9bc6f7d-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wwno/local-wwno-694740.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Chef Stacey Meyer reviews Gimchee Korean Restaurant in Metairie.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:09:21 +0000 Stacey Meyer 1459 at http://wwno.org