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Looking for a song you heard during Morning Edition? We call them "music beds" and all of Mitch Wertlieb's selections are listed below in the searchable archive. If you can't find a song you heard, it was probably an NPR selection: visit NPR's Morning Edition site to view their music beds.

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Mitch's Music has moved! After today, if you're looking for that song you heard during Morning Edition check out the Morning Edition program page to find the list of "music beds" Mitch played. If you still have questions (or feedback) send us an email. Thank you!

Monday, June 15:

5:59am: Branford Marsalis: "Bullworth", from "Requiem."

Monday, June 8:

5:59am: Bud Powell: "Jor Du", from "Live In Paris."

6:07am: Happy Apple: "The Treetops Of A Bad Neighborhood", from

6:18am: Sex Mob: "Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand", from "Dime Grind Palace."

6:30am: Charlie Hunter: "Fine Corinthian Leather", from "Baboon Strength."

6:41am: Dj Dimi: "Trippin'," from "Zen Lounge."

6:50am: Soulive and Karl Denson: "Spark", from "Spark!"

6:59am: Medeski, Martin, and Wood: "Bemsha Swing/Lively Up Yourself", from "It's A Jungle In Here."

Monday, June 1:

5:59am: Charles Mingus: "Theme For Lester Young", from "Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus."

6:18am: Matthew Garrsion: "I Told Ya So", from "Shapeshifter."

6:30am: Shawn Lee Ping Pong Orchestra: "Hey Ya", from "Hits the Hits."

6:41am: Jeff Coffin: "A Half Sleep", from "Into the Air."

6:59am: Rock Candy Funk Party: "Root Down", from "We Want Groove."

7:18am: Bill Frisell: "The Big One", from "Big Sur."

7:30am: Soulive: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", from "Rubber Soulive."

Monday, May 25:

5:59am: Earl Klugh: "So Many Stars", from "Solo Guitar."

6:18am: Dick Hyman: "Sweet Georgia Brown", from the soundtrack to the film "Sweet and Lowdown."

6:30am: Nostalgia '77: "Sad Thing", from "Seven Nation Army EP."

6:41am: Victor Wooten: 'The Lesson", from "Palmystery".

6:59am: Avishai Cohen: "Calm", from "Continuo."

7:18am: Neil Cowley Trio: "Monoface", from "Radio Silence."

7:30am: Gil Evans Orchestra: "Little Wing", from the album of the same name.

Monday, May 18:

5:59am: Albert "Tootie" Heath: "Bag's Groove", from "Philadelphia Beat."

6:07am: Jesse Cook: "Mario Takes A Walk", from "Gravity."

6:18am: 7 Walkers: "Mr. Okra", from "7 Walkers."

6:30am: Jazz Mandolin Project: "Nozani Na", from "The Jazz Mandolin Project."

6:41am: Mose Allison: "Some Right, Some Wrong", from "The Way of the World."

6:50am: Russ Barenberg: "Cowboy Calypso", from "Rounder Guitar."

6:59am: Grateful Dead: "Shakedown Street", Live from Uptown Theater, Chicago, Il., 12/5/79.

Monday, May 11:

5:59am: Patrice Rushen: "Red Clay", from "Piano, Bass, and Drums."

6:07am: Dr. Lonnie Smith: "Mama Wailer", from "Mama Wailer."

6:18am: Michael Hedges: "Double Planet", from "Live On the Double Planet."

6:30am: Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain: "Dances With Wood", from "Global Drum Project."

6:41am: Lord Newborn and the Magic Skulls: "Dime Bag Conspiracy", from "Lord Newborn and the Magic Skulls."

6:59am: The Radiators: “Suck Da Head (Squeeze the Tip)”, Live from Live from Jazzfest, New Orleans, LA., 2007.

Monday, May 4:

5:59am: Jeremy Danneman: "Mutobo March", from "Lady Boom Boom."

6:18am: Snarky Puppy: "Shofukan", from "We Like It Here."

6:30am: Regina Carter: "See See Rider", from "Southern Comfort."

6:41am: Galactic: "Green Minute", from "Vintage Reserve."

6:50am: Black Tie Brass: "Oscar the Grouch", from "Black Tie Brass."

6:59am: Perpetual Groove: "Sun Dog", from "Sweet Oblivious Antidote."

7:07am: Robert Walter: "Inversion Layer", from "Get Thy Bearings."

Wednesday, April 29:

5:59am: Kurt Rosenwinkel: "Homage a' Mitch", from "Star of Jupiter."

6:18am: Nicholas Payton: "Four", from "Numbers."

6:30am: Zane Carney: "Gambit", from "Amalgam."

6:41am: Stanley Jordan and Kevin Eubanks: "Morning Sun", from "Duets."

6:59am: Phish: “Back on the Train”, from “Live at Alpine Valley 2010.”  

7:07am: Charlie Hunter: “Island in the Sun”, from “Earth Tones.”

7:18am: Robert Glasper: "Reckoner", from "Covered."

Monday, April 13:

5:59am: Eric Reed: "Monk's Mood", from "The Baddest Monk."

6:18am: Branford Marsalis: "Bullworth", from "Requiem."

6:30am: Soulive: "Steppin'," from "Turn It Out."

6:41am: Adrian Belew: "Blackbird", from Come Together: Guitar Tribute To The Beatles."

6:50am: Cameron Mizell: "Fearless", from "Life Is Loud."

6:59am: Phish: "Moma Dance", live from the Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA., 8/6/10.

7:07am: Chris Joss: "Jha Mon", from "Monomaniacs, Vol. 1."

Monday, April 6:

5:59am: Moses Guest: "Saint Mo", from "Moses Guest."

6:18am: Hot Club of Las Vegas: "Made For Wesley", from "Hot Club of Las Vegas."

6:30am: David Ornette Cherry: "Organic Groove", from "It Could Be Different."

6:50am: Linda Oh: "Shutterspeed Dreams", from "Sun Pictures."

6:59am: Perpetual Groove: "Sun Dog", from "Sweet Oblivious Antidote."

7:07am: Elvis Costello and the Roots: "Cinco Minutos Con Vos", from "Wise Up Ghost."

Monday, March 30:

5:59am: Yellow Dubmarine: "Something", from "Abbey Dub."

6:18am: Michael Hedges: "After the Gold Rush", from "Aerial Boundaries."

6:30am: Mocean Worker: "Jive Jive Jive", from "Candygram for Mowo!"

6:41am: Various Artists Pickin' On Series: "After Midnight", from "Picking on Clapton."*

6:59am: Allman Brothers: "Jessica", from "Brothers and Sisters."

7:07am: Jon Brion: "Monday", from the soundtrack to the film "I (heart) Huckabees."

7:18am: Richard Elliot: "You Haven't Done Nothin',", from "Desire."

Monday, March 23:

5:59am: Charlie Parker: "No Noise", from "South of the Border."

6:07am: DJ Madlib: "Mystic Bounce", from "Shades of Blue."

6:18am: Maceo Parker: "Inner City Blues", from "Funk Overload."

6:30am: Jazz Mandolin Project: "Scheherazde", from "After Dinner Jams."

6:41am: Bernhard Purdie: "People Get Ready", from "Godfathers of Groove."

6:59am: Dalindeo: "Queen of Bear Park", from "Kallio."

7:07am: Ruben Wilson: "Blues For McDuff", from "Organ Blues."

Monday, March 16:

5:59am: Go Go Penguin: "Kamaloka", from "V2.0."

6:07am: Jazz Pistols: "Mr. Smithers", from "Special Treatment."

6:18am: Tim Simonec: "Too Hip To Retire", from the soundtrack to the film "Whiplash."

6:30am: Trio Subtronic: "Subtronix", from "Cave Dweller."

6:41am: Turkuaz: "There Was A Time", from "Covers, Vol. 1."

6:59am: Brassroots: "Special Cut", from "Black-Eye Friday."

7:18am: Galactic: "Church", from "Coolin' Off."

7:30am: Stanley Clarke: "Pop Virgil", from "Up."

Monday, March 9:

5:59am: Brad Mehldau: "Days of Dilbert Delaney", from "Ode."

6:07am: John Scofield: "Behind Closed Doors", from "This Meets That."

6:18am: Jason Marsalis: "Blue For Now", from "21st Century Trad Band."

6:30am: Antonio Sanchez: "Doors and Distance", from the soundtrack to the film "Birdman."

6:41am: Stephane Wrembel: "Momentum", from "Origins."

6:59am: Laurence Juber: "Stand By Me", from "Pop Goes Guitar."

7:07am: Bad Plus: "Love Is the Answer", from "The Bad Plus."

Tuesday, March 3: Happy Town Meeting Day!

5:59am: Adrian Legg: "The One-Eyed Turk", from "Guitar Bones."

6:18am: Mama Sumide: "Addicted To Swing", from "The Collection."

6:30am: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola: "Rockin' In Rhythm", from "Duke Ellington."

6:41am: Billy Martin and Will Blades: "Little Shimmy", from "Shimmy."

6:59am: Brad Mehldau: "Dear Prudence", from "Largo."

7:18am: Phish: "The Mango Song", from "A Picture of Nectar."

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Monday, February 16:

5:59am: Stephan Crump: "Reclamation Zone", from "Thwirl."

6:07am: Herbie Hancock: "Mercy Street", from "The New Standard."

6:18am: Shawn Lee: "Song For David", from the "Kiss the Sky" EP.

6:30am: McCoy Tyner: "Afro Blue", from "Afro Blue."

6:41am: Medeski, Martin, and Wood: "Little Walter Rides Again", from "Out Louder."

6:50am: String Cheese Incident: "Take 5", from "Carnival '99."

Monday, February 9:

5:59am: Takuya Kuroda: "Rising Son", from "Rising Son."

6:18am: John Zorn: "The Nameless God", from "Psychomagia."

6:30am: McCoy Tyner: "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit", from "Enlightenment."

6:41am: The Dragons of Eden: "Future Evolution", from "Dragons of Eden."

6:59am: Oz Noy: "Cissy Strut", from "Twisted Blues, Vol. 1."

7:07am: Ryan Miller: "Hairy Arms", from the soundtrack to the film "Safety Not Guaranteed."

7:18am: Bill Parsons: "She Blinded Me With Science", from "Special Delivery."

Monday, February 2:  Happy Groundhog Day!

5:59am: Guy Monk: "Feelin' Right", from "The Jazz Influence 2."

6:18am: Galactic: "Church", from "Coolin' Off."

6:30am: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola: "Good Times Roll", from "The Cars."

6:41am: Lemongrass: "The Camera", from "Modern Jazz Cafe, Vol. 9."

6:59am: Steely Dan: "Do It Again", from "Can't Buy A Thrill."

7:07am: Genesis: "Los Endos", from "Trick of the Tail."

7:18am: String Cheese Incident: "Can't Wait Another Day", from "Song In My Head."