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JD McPherson: When A Punk Goes Vintage

A set of Buddy Holly recordings scratched an itch for McPherson, as a kid raised on a cattle ranch.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela On World Cafe

On its new album, the fleet-fingered duo revisits its material with the aid of a 13-piece orchestra.

150 Years Of 'Taps'

Retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva gives us a glimpse of the fascinating history behind these 24 somber notes.

The Many Voices Of Donna Summer

Summer, who died on Thursday at 63, created dozens of hits, including "Love To Love You Baby" and "Bad Girls." Over five decades, she combined a light touch, pop theatricality, innovative sounds and an attention to detail that made her into one of pop's best performers.

Cecil Taylor: The Pianist Who's Also An Orchestra

He broke all the rules of jazz and improvised music — and that was in the 1950s. Now 83 and idolized by musicians, the great improviser is celebrated for developing a unique language at the keyboard.