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The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent: Remembering Ray Manzarek

Raised on the South Side, Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at age 74.

Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.

Laura Mvula: A Soulful Voice That Once Answered Phones

Less than two years ago, she was a receptionist honing her phone-answering skills at a music organization in Birmingham, England. Now, she's got a record deal and critical acclaim, and she's touring the U.S.

Ana Popovic Shreds The Belgrade Blues

The Serbian guitarist fell in love with American blues music as a kid — well before she could understand the words.

Audra McDonald, A Broadway Star Gone Roaming, Comes Home

After extended jaunts in TV and on the road, McDonald's first new album in seven years marks a return to her roots in musical theater.

Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

On Spirityouall, McFerrin performs classic black spirituals with roots in enslaved communities, as well as songs he composed himself. Throughout the album, he says, he hears the influence of his father, Robert McFerrin Sr., a renowned operatic baritone.