Up to Date brings you a great compilation of the best jazz, rock, pop and classical music that you need to discover for yourself.
Steve Kraske talks with Bill Brownlee, jazz critic and author of the blog plasticsax.com, Michael Byars, KCUR's morning announcer, music coordinator and host of the weekly podcast The Mailbox, and Steve Wilson, critic for KC FreePress.com and manager of Kief's Downtown Music about their favorite rock/pop/alternative hits.
Finally, Frank Byrne, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, brings us some of his favorite classical recordings of recent vintage.
Frank Byrne's Classical Picks:
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Piece: Etude No. 5 in G-flat Minor "Black Keys"
Album: Chopin Etudes Opus 10, Opus 25
Orchestra/conductor: Murray Perahia, piano
CD Label Number: Sony Classical SK 61885
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Piece: Danse generale from Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
Orchestra/conductor: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick
CD Label Number: EMI Classics 50999 9 66342 2 6
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Piece: Overture to "The Wasps"
Album: Vaughan Williams Piano Concerto etc.
Orchestra/conductor: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
CD Label Number: Naxos 8.572304
Composer: Bela Bartok
Piece: Finale from Concerto for Orchestra
Album: Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Music for Strings,
Orchestra/conductor: Chicago Symphony/Fritz Reiner
CD Label Number: RCA Living Stereo SACD 828876-61390-2
Bill Brownlee's Jazz Picks:
Artist: Bobby Watson
Song: "Point the Finger"
Record label: Evidence Records
Artist: Brad Mehldau
Song : "Into the City"
Album: Highway Rider
Record label: Nonesuch Records
Artist: Trombone Shorty
Song: "In the 6th"
Record label: Verve Music
Steve Wilson's Rock/Pop/Alternative Picks:
Artist: Jesse Malin
Song: "St. Mark's Sunset"
Album: Love It To Life
Artist: Dum Dum Girls
Song: "Blank Girl"
Album: I Will be
Artist: Cate Le Bon
Song: "Sad Sad Feet"
Album: Me Oh My
Michael Byars' Rock/Pop/Alternative Picks:
Song: "Constellation Dirtbike Head"
Album: Maniac Meat
Artist: Cowboy Indian Bear
Album: Each Other All the Time
Song: "Louisiana Blues"
Album: Last Train Home