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Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

When the prolific composer died in 1974, he left one of his most ambitious projects unfinished. Forty years later, admirers are still trying to fill in the blanks.
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Music For Folks Who've Been Through A Few Things

Shelby Earl worked behind the scenes in the music industry for years — until the late 2000s, when she decided to take the plunge and become a full-time singer/songwriter. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Earl about her second album, Swift Arrows.
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Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

Cooke recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" 50 years ago this week. The story of the song is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.
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The Jersey Boardwalk Sound Of Nicole Atkins

When Nicole Atkins sings, she sounds like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin all rolled into one voice. Atkins talks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new self-published album, Slow Phaser, which was funded by fans.
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A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie

The song "Alone Yet Not Alone" had been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter tells NPR's Scott Simon why the Academy rescinded the nomination.
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Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.
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'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa's award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing its message of peace and unity for 50 years. The group joins host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.
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Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

From a powerful short story in the New Yorker to a major motion picture, Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain now takes the stage in Madrid as a new opera, composed by Pulitzer winner Charles Wuorinen.
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Angélique Kidjo Shouts Out Africa's Women With Funk And Fire

Kidjo's latest album, Eve, started when she was swept into a group of singing women in Kenya. She then took her music to Benin, traveling its width and breadth and recording nine different choral groups to back up her own lead vocals.
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Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline

Both Jon Pardi and Jason Eady have to confront the dilemma of all young country musicians: how to navigate the pop current that keeps country music commercially viable while connecting to a past that fewer and fewer listeners are aware of.

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