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The 89-year-old Mac Wiseman gained fame for his relaxed, articulate style and ability to adapt to many genres. On a new album, he dusts off a few family heirlooms.

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Haunted by memories of Paula Abdul rapping with a cartoon cat, a reader asks about popular music's worst era.

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Marcia Ball is at the center of the party and on her new album "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man."

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The 35-year-old Latvian conductor brings a sincerity and enthusiasm to his position, marking the end of a three-year period of uncertainty for one of America's oldest and most respected ensembles.

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Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. He brings this special ability to "Sometimes I'm Happy" in 1998 session.

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