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Paul Simon: Still adventurous after all these years

Paul Simon: Still adventurous after all these years

Look at the liner notes on Paul Simon's new disc, "Stranger to Stranger," and it seems like a laboratory of exotic instruments. Musicians use a mbira, a bamboo marimba, cloud chamber bowls, a chromelodeon, a zoomoozophone — and a cheap clock.

It's an album as notable for its sound as its songs, without the feel of an academic exercise. Simon, at 74, is more adventurous musically at an age many peers are content to ride on their reputations.

"There's no point in resting on laurels," said Simon, whose Manhattan office displays both of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trophies side by side. "You're either interested in an idea, in which case you...

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