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Damien Jurado On World Cafe

Hear the exclusive live premiere of "Horizons/Horizons Phase 2," an adventurous and multidimensional 12-minute opus.
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Jimmy Cliff's 'Rebirth' Gives New Life To Vintage Reggae

Critic Will Hermes says the singer's new record is an instant classic that sounds fresh even as it mines the golden era of Jamaican R&B.
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Ravi Coltrane: A Noble Sound, Witness To Its Heritage

The jazz musician didn't make his burden any lighter by choosing to play tenor and soprano saxophones — the same instruments his father, John Coltrane, indelibly stamped. But critic Kevin Whitehead says he speaks in his own voice on the album Spirit Fiction.
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Country's First Female Star Kitty Wells Dies At 92

Kitty Wells, the Queen of Country Music, died at her home in Nashville Monday of complications from a stroke. She was 92. Wells was the first female to score a No. 1 hit on the country charts, and paved the way for other women at a time when the men who ran the industry didn't think a woman could be a headliner.
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Looking For Lady Day's Resting Place? Detour Ahead

When Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, thousands of mourners attended her funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New York City. But Holiday isn't buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery, near Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Instead, she's "way, way, way out" in the Bronx.
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Kitty Wells, Pioneering Country Singer, Dies

Wells sang about the real problems of postwar life and the sad side of domesticity.
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Gospel Singer Regina Belle Reaches 'Higher'

Recovering from a health crisis is something many people like to keep private. But Grammy Award-winning singer Regina Belle, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, hopes her story inspires fans. Host Michel Martin speaks with Regina Belle about her fight to regain her health and her latest gospel album, "Higher."

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