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Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This week, we again reach into the archives for our album of the week. Tune into The Jonathan Channel all week long to hear the 1957 album, Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson. 



Classical Album Sales Down, Digital Tracks Up in 2012

Friday, January 04, 2013

Classical album sales dropped sharply, by 20.5 percent, in 2012, to 7.5 million copies. In 2011, 9.4 million were sold. It was the largest drop of any genre except for jazz.

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'Free To Be' Anything You Want To Be (Almost)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Part two of our three-part series on "Free to Be... You and Me" looks at the album's gender-neutral messaging and its limitations.


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Ben Folds Five: A Trio Reunited

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The alt-rock piano trio Ben Folds Five broke up in 2000 – but now they’ve returned with a brand new album, called The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. We talk with the band about their latest effort, and why they called it quits in the first place.



Fifty Shades of Grey Makes an Album

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Well, all of us saw this coming. "All of us" being myself and the other 30 million people worldwide who've picked up copies of the sado-masochistic beach reads that are the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. (Whatever. I only read the first book, and I also read "The Great Gatsby" this summer, so don't judge.) This morning, EMI Classics announced that the novels have inspired an upcoming album - a literary soundtrack, if you will - comprised of 15 classical works featured in the books. 

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Bob Dylan’s Two Tempests

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

News of the forthcoming Dylan album is jockeying for position with a TV show that claims to have found the electric guitar Dylan famously plugged in at Newport in 1965. First the new album: it will be called Tempest, and will be his 35th full-length release and his first album since the puzzling Christmas record he did in 2009.

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