The Secrets of the Rocks

The Secrets of the Rocks

There haven't been a lot of Greek singers making a dent in the U.S., but Kristi Stassinopoulou could bridge the language divide.
Salt

Salt

Newcomer Lizz Wright has three things in common with Grammy Award-winning Norah Jones: She is a photogenic, atypical jazz artist signed to a signature jazz imprint.
Let's Roll

Let's Roll

Etta James opens this album with "Somebody to Love," a hard-driving rocker penned by Delbert McClinton and Gary Nichols.
Variations for Orchestra: Copland, Carter, Dallapiccola, Ives/Schuman

Variations for Orchestra: Copland, Carter, Dallapiccola, Ives/Schuman

By dint of inspired leadership and a Rockefeller grant in the mid-1950s, the Louisville Orchestra realized an unparalleled project to commission and record more than 100 new compositions; most of these were issued on LP on the orchestra's own First Edition label. Through the ensemble's new partnership with the entrepreneurial Sante Fe Music Group, these long-out-of-print recordings are being remastered and reissued on CD. The latest disc demonstrates the scope of Louisville's achievement by juxtaposing key works by American composers of different generations—Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, and Charles Ives by way of a William Schuman arrangement—with a piece by Italian modernist Luigi Dallapiccola. Each is valuable, particularly Carter's breakthrough work—
Out of the Vein

Out of the Vein

At a time when even the biggest superstars aren't guaranteed a welcome return to the charts, taking a four-year break between recordings is a bold, risky move.
Almas del Silencio

Almas del Silencio

In an attempt to reconnect with his Latin roots, global superstar Ricky Martin put his in-progress English-language CD on hold to deliver his first Spanish-language studio album in five years.
The Golden Age of Grotesque

The Golden Age of Grotesque

On the surface, The Golden Age of Grotesque delivers all of the noise and aggression that one expects from Manson.
CHART BEAT

CHART BEAT

Fred Bronson's chart report includes Willie Nelson, plus "Idol" discussion, and his weekly trivia challenge.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Willie Nelson, Trapt, Ricky Martin, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg, and Eros Ramazzotti.
Copeland Tops W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Copeland Tops W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Vocalist Shemekia Copeland led the field at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, collecting three trophies during the ceremony last night (May 22) at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre. Copeland's Alligator album "Talking to Strangers" was named blues album of the year and contemporary blues album of the year, and the singer was named contemporary female artist of the year.

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