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All posts by Banning Eyre

  • review May 26, 2015

    Danger Zone

    It’s been five years since the Lion of Zimbabwe—still in exile in Oregon—has released an album of new songs. During most of his four-decade-plus career there was at least one new album every year. The slower pace is hardly a … Read more »

  • review May 7, 2015

    Angélique Kidjo Sings

    The merger of African and Western classical music has a history. The Kronos Quartet dove in bravely collaborating with African composers on the 1992 release Pieces of Africa. The results were fascinating, though mixed, the combination of bowed strings and … Read more »

  • review March 23, 2015

    Three Masters Remembered in Box Sets

    Three terrific new box sets have hit the market this year, each illuminating the life and music of a truly original and deeply memorable artist. In Ghana in the 1950s, trumpeter and bandleader E.T. Mensah became an architect and leading … Read more »

  • interview February 17, 2015

    Interview: Going Places with Herb Alpert

    Not long ago, I was walking down a street in Brooklyn and noticed a local resident had set out a few items on the curb. Front and center was a vinyl LP with a cover that instantly returned me to … Read more »

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