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After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

The great bebop pianist Bud Powell played several engagements at the New York jazz club Birdland in 1953. Parts of his shows were broadcast on the radio, and one listener recorded some onto acetate discs. A new collection of those recordings is out now: <i>Birdland 1953</i> on three CDs from ESP-Disk'. The …

Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki moves from beautiful fantasy to World War II in his new animated film

In some ways, World War II is the war that never ends. Individuals, nations and artists still grapple with what happened and why.<p>So perhaps it is not surprising that one of the most acclaimed animated filmmakers of our time, Hayao Miyazaki, has turned to the war in his latest film, The Wind Rises. …