Best of the Decade

For this New Sounds, we'll try to sum up in just one hour some of the major trends, movements, and the best recordings of the past decade. Listen to some "Nu Jazz," from the revolutionary piano trio The Bad Plus, along with some Americana from the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, and some desert trance blues from Tinariwen. Plus, music from breakout composer Nico Muhly along with music by Steve Reich, as performed by the new music chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound. John Adams' work, "On the Transmigration of Souls" rounds out the show.

PROGRAM # 3020 Best of the 00’s (First aired on Thurs. 12/31/09)







Assoul [4:06]

World Village 468026

Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble

Silk Road Journeys

Filippo Azzaiolo: Chi passa per’sta strada [4:45]

Sony Classical 89782

Osvaldo Golijov / Dawn Upshaw


Wa Habibi (My Love) [6:00]

Deutsche Grammaophon #B0004782***

The Soggy Bottom Boys

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow [3:13]

Mercury #170 069** also available at*

Alarm Will Sound, conducted by Alan Pierson

Tehillim/The Desert Music

Steve Reich: Tehillim, Part 3, excerpt

Cantaloupe #21009

Nico Muhly


Mothertongue 3 Hress [3:53]

Brassland #018**

The Bad Plus


1979 Semi-Finalist [5:18]

Columbia #58331** *


New Sounds Live, 5/26/06

Tea Merchants [4:38]

This recording not commercially available. A version of the piece appears on “The Sea and the Bells,” available on Quarterstick Records, through Touch and Go.

John Adams

On the Transmigration Of Souls

Excerpt [10:00]

Nonesuch #79816 **