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Show #177: Timeless Gems — Tom’s Personal Selection Part 3

Posted September 23, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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We present the last installment of just a partial sampling of my favorite music. It’s eclectic, all over the place, which is just the way I like it.
We begin with the short-lived sensational pan-Francophone band Orchestre National de Barbès, named after a North African/Arab neighborhood in Paris. It is the carrefour, or crossroads, where the 9th, 10th, and 18th arrondissements meet. The …

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Am I a Music Dinosaur?

Posted September 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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When I walk down the CD and album-lined hallway at my home, I sometimes wonder if I’m like a dinosaur — a species about to go extinct. My record collecting habit started a long time ago in high school. I would go into town with my music and surfing buddies to record stores that carried jazz. Crane’s and Sam’s on Adams Boulevard were two …

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Show #177: Timeless Gems — Tom’s Personal Selection Part 3

Posted September 23, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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We present the last installment of just a partial sampling of my favorite music. It’s eclectic, all over the place, which is just the way I like it.
We begin with the short-lived sensational pan-Francophone band Orchestre National de Barbès, named after a North African/Arab neighborhood in Paris. It is the carrefour, or crossroads, where the 9th, 10th, and 18th arrondissements meet. The …

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Kraftwerk Electrifies at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted September 21, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I was lucky enough to attend Kraftwerk’s spectacular 3-D show this past Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. The group looked just like their album covers: 4 guys standing in front of small pedestal platforms with keyboards on them. They wore identical form-fitting jumpsuits with a glowing grid pattern, which seemed to change colors as the videos changed. (Did anyone else think that they could have stepped out of …

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Fall Concert Picks in Los Angeles

Posted September 19, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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Though it’s still warm outside, the fall performance season has begun and that means many worthy shows around the corner. Here are my top picks in jazz with a few Flamenco ones thrown in as well — starting with a concert that’s happening tomorrow evening! Click on the links in the listings below for tickets and more information.
1.  Brazilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento performs downtown at the …

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Show #176: Timeless Gems — Tom’s Personal Selection Part 2

Posted September 16, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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This week I wanted to again feature music that has stuck with me over the years. First up, a trio of wonderful guitarists. We begin with Hungarian guitarist Zsófia Boros, whose debut ECM album has her covering some beautiful songs from the Americas, hence the CD title En Otra Parte (“In Another Place” or “Elsewhere”). Boros coaxes the ache, sadness, and joy out …

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Prince Buster, Early Blue Beat and Ska Great, RIP

Posted September 14, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Prince Buster (1938-2016) died on September 8 in Miami at the age of 78. Born Cecil Bustamente Campbell in a rough neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, he came of age in the early 1960′s, cutting classic Jamaican sides in the Blue Beat and ska styles, precursors of the rocksteady and reggae styles that came a few years later.
I’ve always loved ska, …

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Gil Scott-Heron: Speed Kills….Crack Enslaves

Posted September 12, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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My ears always perk up when I hear a Gil Scott-Heron song. His early poetry was so poignant, and his Flying Dutchman albums like Pieces of a Man are still so moving.
Gil Scott-Heron was already a published author with a master’s degree in creative writing when he started making records. He had a keen sense of history, both musical and generalized, which he alluded to …

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Show #175: Timeless Gems – Tom’s Personal Selection Part 1

Posted September 9, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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Deejays are always sampling new releases, but occasionally, it’s great to go back to recordings that have withstood the test of time. This is the first in a short series of programs that does just that. I hope you enjoy this eclectic selection!
We begin with a song from Leon Thomas, a progenitor of what people now call “Spiritual Jazz.” Kamasi Washington is the current embodiment of …

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Looking Ahead: Two Music Events to Check Out

Posted September 7, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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There are always tons of music shows in and around Los Angeles, but two upcoming events in particular stand out as unusual, and ones that probably won’t happen again for a long time. Mark your calendars!
The first program is a jazz flute summit with three amazing tropical Latin flute players: Justo Almario (Colombia/LA), Art Webb (NYC/LA), and Orlando “Maraca” Valle (Cuba). They are exceptional …

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Thibaut de Navarre: The Mysteries and Wonders of Medieval Music

Posted September 5, 2016 by | 1 Comment
Initial A: David Playing the Psaltery, about 1460 - 1480, Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

The other day veteran music journalist Steve Hochman reminded me of a wonderful album of music by the French trouvère Thibaut de Navarre (1201-1253) on the Harmonia Mundi label. This 1979 album, featuring the classic Harmonia Mundi cover art and format, is one I used to spin during my Morning Becomes Eclectic days. It’s in the category known as “Early Music,” i.e. pre-Renaissance music that goes back to …

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