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Hampton Hawes: Jazz Great Pardoned by JFK

Posted March 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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 A few months ago, I read with interest a New York Times article a story about how a jazz pianist and a great American president’s lives coincided in a small bit of history. The article was called, The President of the Cool.
Hampton Hawes (1928-1977) was one of the great jazz pianists; fiercely independent, he learned everything, improvisation, technique, harmony, theory, music history, on his …

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Arabic Twist On The Theme From Shaft

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Years ago on PRI’s The World’s end-of-program feature called Global Hit, Marco Werman featured a tantalizing version of the Isaac Hayes classic, complete with the wah-wah pedal and drum riff that opens the song. This version was by an French artist of both Algerian and Celtic parentage named Malik Adouane. The version of the song I got was on an collection called Beur-FM, a …

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RIP: Flamenco Giant Paco de Lucia

Posted February 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Paco de Lucia, a giant of flamenco, has died of a sudden heart attack. He passed away yesterday while on vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with his children. He had several homes, both in Spain, Mexico, and other places.  He was 66.
“Paco lived as he wished and died playing with his children beside the sea,” a statement offered by the de Lucia family …

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How Baden Powell Got His Name

Posted February 17, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Baden Powell (1937-2000) was an amazing and very influential guitar player from Brazil. I have featured his music on my shows for many years, and enjoyed it long before that, beginning with an MPS LP Apaixonado from Germany in the 1960s. I even have a picture of him on my wall, a more formal portrait where his hands and fingers look like something out of …

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The Hip Lyrics of Tom Jobim

Posted February 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments

It’s been said  poetry is that which is lost in translation. Not so with the songs of Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim. Aside from such wonderful wordplay on The Girl from Ipanema as “But each day when she walks to the sea, she looks straight ahead – not at he…” Then there’s Jobim’s song “Desafinado (“Off Key”), written in response to those who claimed Brazilian singers …

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The Female Voice Of Lebanon: Fairouz

Posted February 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments

I’ve known about Fairouz (born 1935) for 30 years. It started when a lovely man named Samir Hachem–who passed away years ago–brought in a bunch of her albums and guest-hosted an hour of Morning Becomes Eclectic with me. He was a reporter for the Hollywood Reporter at the time, mostly writing on film but also a fan of Arabic music. We did other shows …

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RIP: Wadi El-Safi, The Great Voice of Lebanon

Posted February 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Lebanese vocalist Wadi El-Safi (also spelled Wadih Al-Safi) passed away in Beirut this past October, 2013. He was 91. Just as Fairouz remains the female voice of Lebanon, El-Safi was the most famous singer of his generation in Lebanon and widely admired throughout the Arab world. His powerful, passionate voice recalls that of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and other legendary singers whose music transcended …

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RIP: Pete Seeger, The Power of Song

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was a one-of-a-kind American musician who celebrated American roots music all his long life. He died Monday, January 27th, in his log cabin home in upstate New York. He was a ripe 94 years old. His long musical career started in the 1940s on radio broadcasts. As a member of the folk group The Weavers, he enjoyed a number of hit …

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Show #36: Miles Davis Box Set Coincides with his First Art Collection

Posted January 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Miles Davis was a man of many passions, talents, and contradictions as well. Reading So What: The Life of Miles Davis by veteran biographer John Szwed, makes that very obvious. Miles once commented, “The public likes starts, confusion, and happy endings. But not everything is cut and dried like that. And neither is my music.”
I’ve been a fan of Miles’ music ever since my …

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A Tale of 3 (Very Good) Guitarists

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments

The guitar is probably the most popular instrument in the world. It’s portable and can be used in all kinds of music. And there are as many types of guitarists as there are guitars. Three-chord wonders, jazzbos playing Wes Montgomery licks, blues guitarists playing classic blues progressions, as well as, a lot of people who could use a few guitar lessons. There are also those …

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