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What’s New: February 2011

Afterglow's periodic survey of compelling new and recent releases.

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Mary Stallings Dream

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Veteran singer Mary Stallings' latest release, DREAM, is highlighted on this edition of Afterglow.

Afterglow’s latest “What’s New” episode features music from teen saxophonist sensation Grace Kelly that pairs her with veteran and fellow alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and from longtime jazz singer Mary Stallings, who at age 71 may finally be getting some of what’s generally called “overdue recognition.”

We’ll have a sneak preview of the newest release from a singer who hasn’t had to wait that long for recognition, though he’s certainly paid his dues—vocalist Kurt Elling, who came out of the 1990s Chicago jazz scene to make a strong series of CDs for Blue Note Records, and who’s just put out The Gate, a followup to his Grammy-winning 2010 CD, the John Coltrane-Johnny Hartman tribute Dedicated to You. We’ll also hear some excursions by Nnenna Freelon and Tony DeSare into the respective lands of 1960s and 80s pop.

Music Heard On This Episode

Close Enough For Love
Mary Stallings — Dream (HighNote, 2010)
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Close Enough For Love
Mary Stallings — Dream (HighNote, 2010)
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Samurai Cowboy
Kurt Elling — The Gate (Concord, 2011)
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Theme From Valley of the Dolls
Nnenna Freelon — Homefree (Concord, 2010)
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Bizarre Love Triangle
Tony DeSare/Jane Monheit — Radio Show (Telarc, 2009)
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Love Song From Brazilian Suite
Grace Kelly/Phil Woods — Man With the Hat (Gracekellymusic, 2011)
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People Time
Grace Kelly/Phil Woods — Man With the Hat (Gracekellymusic, 2011)
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The Night Goes On (midpoint music bed)
Matt Savage — Welcome Home (Savage Music, 2010)
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Moon Ray
Mary Stallings — Dream (HighNote, 2010)
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Dream Dancing
Mary Stallings — Dream (HighNote, 2010)
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That Old Black Magic
Mary Stallings — Dream (HighNote, 2010)
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I Got a Mind to Tell You
Spencer Day — Vagabond (Concord, 2009)
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The City Sleeps
Matt Savage — Welcome Home (Savage Music, 2010)
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David Brent Johnson

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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