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Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," says the 83-year-old sax legend, who is about to release the third volume in his prized Road Shows series.

Sri Lankan Opera Singer Followed Her Dream To American Stage

A Sri Lankan soprano is shattering stereotypes. Tharanga Goonetilleke tells NPR's Scott Simon about being an opera singer and the first Sri Lankan woman accepted to The Juilliard School.

Connections On A Dance Floor: The Musical Brotherhood Of Young Fathers

The Scottish trio makes music unbound to any one genre, with songs reflecting very different backgrounds. The group discusses friendship, influence and what it takes to make the cool kids dance.

Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.

Album Review: 'Supernova'

Ray LaMontagne's last album earned him a Grammy, but his follow-up, Supernova, turns away from his usual folk and toward '60s-tinged rock. Reviewer Meredith Ochs found the change a pleasant surprise.

The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.
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Beauty Is In the Ear Of The Beholder: Artisphere Presents 'Fermata'

Artisphere's "Fermata" is the largest all-sound exhibition the D.C. area has ever seen or, for that matter, heard.


'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic

This summer Nas is traveling the world performing his debut album in full. The crowds that are coming out to see him are turning up because the 20-year-old record is an acknowledged classic.

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Album Review: 'Everyday Robots'

Tom Moon reviews the solo album by Blur and Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn. The new album, called Everyday Robots, examines the human toll of our ever-present technology.