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What’s New: April 2010

The latest release from Kurt Elling and a new CD from Quartet West, featuring guest vocalists Cassandra Wilson, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, and Diana Krall.

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Sophisticated Ladies

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Getting vocal about it: Charlie Haden's ballad-noir group Quartet West spotlights singers on their latest release.

This week on Afterglow Kurt Elling returns with a new CD, The Gate, that finds the singer exploring his usual wide range of song choices–this time from artists such as Miles Davis, King Crimson, and Joe Jackson.

Charlie Haden’s longstanding torch-ballad group Quartet West checks in as well with its recent release, Sophisticated Ladies, which brings some of the modern popular-song vocal scene’s biggest names on board for a trip through the standards.

Kurt Elling talks about his new CD:

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Wahoo
Quartet West — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Wahoo
Quartet West — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Matte Kudasai
Kurt Elling — The Gate (Concord, 2011)
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Steppin' Out
Kurt Elling — The Gate (Concord, 2011)
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If I'm Lucky
Quartet West/Melody Gardot — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Ill Wind
Quartet West/Norah Jones — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Sophisticated Lady (midpoint music bed)
Quartet West — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Blue in Green
Kurt Elling — The Gate (Decca, 2011)
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Samurai Cowboy
Kurt Elling — The Gate (Decca, 2011)
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My Love and I
Quartet West/Cassandra Wilson — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Theme From Markham
Quartet West — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Goodbye
Quartet West/Diana Krall — Sophisticated Ladies (Decca, 2011)
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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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