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The Mavericks Release An Album, Minus Robert Reynolds

The country rock band The Mavericks are back with a new album, but this time without a founding member, Robert Reynolds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with bandmates Raul Malo and Eddie Perez about Mono.

Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Jazz saxophonist Coleman, who is almost 85, rarely makes records any more. In New Vocabulary, he joins up trumpet and drums — and peppers his solos with his signature catchy and earthy pet phrases.

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting's 'Race For Space'

Public Service Broadcasting's new album, The Race For Space, combines news footage and music to tell the story of the first 15 years of the Space Age.

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic.

Christian McBride On 'A Love Supreme' And Its Descendants

The Jazz Night in America host shares thoughts on the Coltrane classic, which turns 50 this month, as well as two remarkable contemporary pianists.

Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

The singer-songwriter usually follows in the story-song tradition of his forebears Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark. But in Happy Prisoner he brings enthusiastic curiosity to covers of bluegrass greats.

'It's My Party,' ' You Don't Own Me' Singer Lesley Gore Dies At 68

Lesley Gore was most known for her anthem of teen angst, but her career had multiple hits, as well as an Oscar nomination. She was only 16 when she released "It's My Party."

One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

The Dallas Street Choir recently performed to a sold-out house. The group, comprised of homeless people, sang with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.

The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As 'The Funk Surgeon'

A veteran of both music and medicine, Henderson got his first trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong, played in Herbie Hancock's band and once had Thelonious Monk as a patient.

Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle

More than 15 years ago, Roebuck "Pops" Staples started recording his final album with his daughters. The two friends discuss working together to finish it.