The best recordings from around the world in 2008, spanning alt rock from Israel, retro pop from the Middle East and more.
Two musicians who might raise eyebrows if they were to perform in south Asia, especially in light of the Mumbai attacks.
Sun Ra was from Alabama - or from Saturn - depending on who you ask. He's not the only musician to ride on the Mothership Connection. As professor Tricia Rose points out, the Afro-futurist urge to escape Earth continues to this day.
Author Ashley Khan traces Davis' path from aspiring high-note bound bebop lion to the cool-toned result that was to be one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time.
Iconoclastic composer John Cage explains his first experience with silence, and how his composition style changed from making choices to asking questions.
Hear from a young singer whose geographic personality is split between Paris, London and New York. But, she can't shake her French-ness.
Joni Mitchell, whose song â€œBig Yellow Taxiâ€ is the closest thing weâ€™ve ever had to an environmental anthem, says sheâ€™s bothered by â€œgreenâ€ hypocrisy.
Listen to a rare conversation with the legendary jazz pianist and composer, Keith Jarrett about his career with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette.
Al Green's many R & B hits made him the Minister of L-O-V-E until he gave it all up for gospel music; now he's back with a new album, "Lay It Down."
Iraqi composer and oud player Rahim Alhaj has been in exile in the U.S. since 2000. About three months ago, he became an American citizen, with voting rights for the first time in his life.