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Andrew Bird, Petra Haden, Tributes to Jack Johnson

Tributes to boxer Jack Johnson from Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis; An intimate home recording from Cantinero; A look at opposite day with Andrew Bird; The Who sung a Capella by Petra Haden; Brother/sister duo The Fiery Furnaces; A new EP from folk hero Iron and Wine; L.A. singer/songwriter Mia Doi Todd; Norwegian jazz: Tord Gustavsen Trio; Latin percussionist Roberto Rodriguez.

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Andrew Bird, Petra Haden, Tributes to Jack Johnson

Right Off

This 5-disc set includes the bulk of the recording sessions that would make up the soundtrack to William Cayton's 1970 documentary on boxer Jack Johnson.

Ghost in the House

Wynton Marsalis' soundtrack to a new Ken Burns documentary on Jack Johnson is dramatically different from the Miles Davis take, composed largely of period music from the turn of the last century.

The Machine

Cantinero is multi-instrumentalist Christopher Hicken, a native of Birmingham, England who now writes and records at his apartment in New York. This is his solo debut.

Opposite Day

Andrew Bird is a violinist, singer and songwriter from Chicago who's always reinventing his sound. You can hear some of his previous work on All Songs Considered's episodes two and 39.


Petra Haden here recreates the Who's 1967 LP The Who Sell Out, entirely a capella, performing all the rhythms, instruments and harmonies with her voice.

Here Comes the Summer

The Fiery Furnaces, are Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, a brother/sister duo originally featured on All Songs Considered episode 69.

Freedom Hangs Like Heaven

Last year's full-length release, Our Endless Numbered Days made Iron and Wine's Sam Beam a darling of the new-folk movement. This EP picks up where that album left off, with six delicate, dark woods songs.


Mia Doi Todd is a classically-trained artist who studied at Yale and now makes music in Los Angeles.

Tears Transforming

Tord Gustavsen heads this jazz trio from Norway. Their 2003 album, Changing Places, was featured on All Songs Considered episode 47.

Wolfie's Corner

Robert Rodriguez is a percusionist who blends the sounds of Latin jazz with Jewish music. He was originally featured on All Songs Considered episode 24.

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