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Must Have New Music

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, Michael Byars, KCUR's morning announcer, music coordinator and host of the weekly podcast The Mailbox, and Steve Wilson, critic for KC 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
Album: Ravel
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,
Percussion, Celeste
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"
Album: Gumbo
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"
Album: Backatown
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:

Artist: Tobacco
Song: "Constellation Dirtbike Head"
Album: Maniac Meat

Artist: Cowboy Indian Bear
Song: "Santiago"
Album: Each Other All the Time

Artist: Foghat
Song: "Louisiana Blues"
Album: Last Train Home