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Show #123: Weekend World Groove

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This week on Rhythm Planet, I’ve culled and curated exciting new releases from around the world expressly for your weekend listening enjoyment.
We start with a great new album by Los Angeles-based Mamak Khadem. From beginning to end, The Road is an incredible musical journey to her homeland of Iran and the distant lands of her travels, including Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, and Andalusian Spain. It’s literally a musical travelogue …

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Show #123: Weekend World Groove

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This week on Rhythm Planet, I’ve culled and curated exciting new releases from around the world expressly for your weekend listening enjoyment.
We start with a great new album by Los Angeles-based Mamak Khadem. From beginning to end, The Road is an incredible musical journey to her homeland of Iran and the distant lands of her travels, including Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, and Andalusian Spain. It’s literally a musical travelogue …

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What I Learned From Oliver Sacks (1933–2015)

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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I was deeply saddened to learn that Oliver Sacks (b. 1933–2015) had succumbed to the cancer that he announced this past February. He was 82-years young.
The sheer number of obituaries penned over the past few days remembering this gifted author and neurologist for his immense contribution to the field made me recall how differently I learned to understand the situations of people suffering with neurological …

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Ted Curson’s Chinchillas in Heat

Posted August 31, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Ted Curson (b. 1935–2012) was a Philadelphia-born jazz trumpeter who played with Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Max Roach, and Dizzy Reese among others. As a young turk of the 1960s jazz avant-garde, he also recorded several albums of his own.
Ted visited the station shortly after I started at KCRW, probably around 1977. I had already met him, though he probably didn’t recognize me. I used to frequent …

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Show #122: Adagios, Art of the Sublime

Posted August 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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The term ‘adagio‘ means slowly in Italian, the language from which most of our musical terminology comes from. As such, adagios usually designates a slow movement bookended by movements that are faster in tempo, like scherzos or allegros. I often consider the lilting adagio movements to be the most beautiful and moving parts of classical works.
We begin with the Italian Baroque composer, Tomaso Albinoni (b. 1671–1751), and his Adagio in G …

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Izzy Sanabria: Latin Music’s Renaissance Man

Posted August 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I recently dropped some dough on a vintage mono LP (used) by the Alegre All-Stars called Way Out (Vol. 4). They spawned the immortal mambo DNA of groups like Tico All-Stars, Cesta All-Stars, and the final incarnation, the Fania All-Stars. The band changed its name every time the core group recorded for new labels (i.e. Tico, Alegre, Cesta, Fania). The LP I just bought was released …

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Amália Rodrigues’ Fado Classic, “Barco Negro”

Posted August 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Last year, en route to Cape Verde, I flew to Zurich on Swiss Air, then transferred to a TAP plane (Portugal’s national airline). I was about to board the plane when I was stopped at the gate and told that I would have to check my bag. I didn’t want to; I had another connection to make in Lisbon to get to Praia, Cape …

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Show #121: Cubana Be, Cubana Bop, The Return of Bebop at MOLAA—Next Saturday, Aug29

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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When Afro-Cuban drummer Chano Pozo (b. 1915–1948) met jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (b. 1917–1993) in New York City, it was a meeting of two legends with musically explosive results. At the time, bebop was still new and revolutionary, but Chano’s fiery drumming served as a catalyst that furthered its dynamism. It was a short-lived partnership between the two, though, with only a few records …

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Saturday, Aug 22: Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali & DJ Neil Sparkes at Grand Performances

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I used to tell my listeners that Qawwali music was not music made by cute little furry Australian arboreal creatures, but rather, sufi gospel music from Pakistan.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my discovery and experience with the late Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. When Nusrat passed away in 1997,  he left a musical vacuum, which his then-teenage nephews committed themselves to filling. …

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Buena Vista Social Club’s Ibrahim Ferrer & the Havana Sugar Kings

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I first heard about the Buena Vista Social Club back in the mid-1990s, probably through Ry Cooder. The minute the album went on sale at Rhino Records in Westwood, I bought my import copy for $27.00 and fell in love with them from the very first notes. I was the first to air them on the radio.
Five years later in 2000, I was lucky to be …

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Show #120: New August Mix

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This week on Rhythm Planet, I’ve got ten superb new albums to share with you.
We begin with a lovely, heartfelt version of the John Lennon classic, “Imagine,” sung by Filipina-American jazz-world vocalist, Charmaine Clamor. It’s a track from her new album of songs that were inspired by a Filipino festival she once attended that she told me “brought out the best in people.” Her …

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