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Episode #2362

Schaefer's Top Ten of 2004

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

On this special episode of New Sounds, John Schaefer presents his annual, highly subjective, completely opinionated list of the ten best new-music releases of 2004. Listen to what made the cut this year: a piano trio who take on everything, a writing duo who have literary help with some songs, gorgeous vocal polyphany from the Wulu Bunun people, Tuareg call and response with a Celtic twist, world party music, and more.

PROGRAM #2362, A Completely Opinionated Look At the Best of 2004
(First aired on Jan.5, 2005)

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

10. The Bad Plus

Give

1979 Semi-Finalist [4:00]

Columbia #58331 **
www.thebadplus.com
www.columbiarecords.com*

9. George Crumb

Makrokosmos I & II, Margaret Leng Tan, piano

The Phantom Gondolier [2:30]

Mode #142 ** www.moderecords.com

8. One Ring Zero

As Smart As We Are2

Deposition Disposition [1:30]

Soft Skull Press, no # www.oneringzero.com

7. David Byrne

Grown Backwards

Empire [4:00]

Nonesuch #79826 ** www.nonesuch.com

Special mention: John Adams

On the Transmigration Of Souls

Excerpt [2:00]

Nonesuch #79816 ** www.nonesuch.com

6. Tan Dun

The Map

Tongue Singing [3:30]

Deutsche Grammophon DVD releases #B0003390-09**

5. David Darling & The Wulu Bunun

Mudanin Kata

Bunun Tuza [4:00]

Riverboat #TVGCD 1032** www.worldmusic.net*

4. Susan McKeown

Sweet Liberty

Oro Mhile Gra [4:30]

World Village #468029** www.worldvillagemusic.com

3. Enzo Avitabile & Bottari

Save The World

Dance With Me [4:00]

Wrasse Records #124 www.wrasserecords.com*

Honorable Mention: Dominic Frasca

Deviations

Forced Entry, excerpt [2:00]

Serious Music #2004 www.dominicfrasca.com*

2. Warsaw Village Band

People's Spring

To You Kasiunia [5:00]

World Village #468028 www.worldvillagemusic.com

1. Phil Kline

Zippo Songs

If I Had A Farm [2:00]

Cantaloupe #21019** www.cantaloupemusic.com*

*, ** Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

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