NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. This is the AUDIO only archive.

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9:27am

Thu March 8, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

Many of us now cringe at the music we loved when we were teenagers. Rudresh Mahanthappa isn't one of them. Now that he's an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who tours the world's best jazz clubs and festivals, he freely admits that he had a thing for smooth jazz growing up in Colorado in the '80s. "Besides Charlie Parker," he writes in the liner notes to his latest album, "the first sounds that inspired me to play the saxophone as a child were soul/R&B and jazz 'fusion' artists such as Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn, the Brecker Brothers and The Yellowjackets."

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3:39pm

Sat March 3, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Laura Gibson Plays Tiny Desk Concert No. 200

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 5:57 pm

5:00am

Thu March 1, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Pistolera: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 5:54 am

Emily Bogle NPR

How exactly do you conjure the sounds of the Mexican desert from a cold basement in New York City's Chinatown? Check in with Pistolera to find out.

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8:40am

Mon February 27, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Milagres: Tiny Desk Concert

Emilly Bogle/NPR

The big sound of Milagres is built from small, simple elements: the boom of the kick drum, the clack of the claves, the repetitive tap-tap-tapping of a piano. This is a band of selective minimalism — which, in the end, somehow gets me thinking about the big sounds Phil Spector made. It's all about attention to detail, and Milagres is a band that cares.

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