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A New Opera Follows Malcolm X's Internal Transformation

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews "X," the opera by composer Anthony Davis, about the life and times of Malcom X. It's just came out on CD. The opera is Wagnerian in scale and style, but it also has allusions to the music of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and John Coltrane, and others.

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Other segments from the episode on November 24, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 24, 1992: Interview with Gerald Early; Review of Anthony Davis's album "X"; Interview with Anthony Davis.

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