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For years, the trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has been operating under a rubric he calls "stretch music": his own vision of a modern, genre-agnostic, hybrid jazz. Stretch Music is also what the New Orleans native calls his new album. The unrelenting intensity remains, but here it's fulfilled with a younger, bigger band lineup and an expanded palette of sounds. The album quickly shot to the top of iTunes' jazz chart, and is also being released as an app where all the individual tracks can be manipulated for practicing purposes.

The Blues Finds A Home In A South Central Garage

Sep 19, 2015

One sun-baked residential street in South Central Los Angeles is regularly bombarded by the chorus of jets cruising toward Los Angeles International Airport. Unless you're in Franklin Bell's garage, where the walls soak up the raw, earthy chords of L.A. blues.

Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

Sep 18, 2015

Austin bluesman Gary Clark Jr.'s long-awaited new album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim, came out last week. It's Clark's first album since his debut, 2012's Blak & Blu, which spawned many festival appearances in the last few years.

Onaje Allan Gumbs On Piano Jazz

Sep 18, 2015

Pianist, arranger and songwriter Onaje Allan Gumbs began playing piano at age 7, drawing his early inspiration from Henry Mancini.