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New Release: Joey Alexander’s “My Favorite Things”

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Last week, jazz wunderkind, Joey Alexander, released his highly-anticipated debut solo album, My Favorite Things, on Motéma Records. I previewed his music last month on Rhythm Planet. This Balinese 11-year-old has been making major headlines and has caught the attention of all the jazz giants: Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock to name just a few. Even former president Bill Clinton is a fan.
Like them, I am completely blown away by Joey Alexander, not because—well, …

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De Lux’s “Oh Man the Future”

Posted May 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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KCRW recently featured a song called “Oh Man the Future” by the Los Angeles-based duo, De Lux, as Today’s Top Tune. Somewhere between new wave, disco and punk, De Lux are Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco. With Guerin’s David Byrne-esque spoken vocals and stream of consciousness lyrics about millennials and their technology-driven lifestyles, the track is reminiscent of The Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime.”
De Lux performing “Oh Man the Future” last …

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Quarter-Tone Trumpet Virtuoso Ibrahim Maalouf’s Debut in LA—May 21

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Ibrahim Maalouf, the Beirut-born, Paris-based quarter-tone jazz trumpet virtuoso, will make his LA debut at Le Lycée Français’s Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz on Thursday, May 21. Son of the great, classical Arabic quarter-tone trumpet player, Nassim Maalouf, the younger Maalouf won major classical trumpet competitions but chose not to follow in his father’s footsteps, instead pursuing his preferred studies in jazz.
For his U.S. tour debut, Ibrahim pays special tribute to the memory …

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The Spirit of Coltrane: Pharoah Sanders & Charles Lloyd

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I just read a New York Times review of a recent Pharoah Sanders show at a Williamsburg indie rock hub called Baby’s All Right. The 30-something crowd were not particularly jazz fans, but they got the message and took to Sanders’s gentle but powerful music. Besides McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders is the only remaining member of John Coltrane’s band still with us, in this case Coltrane’s final band. …

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Gurrumul’s L.A. Debut Tonight at the El Rey Theatre

Posted May 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu isn’t exactly a household name, but he is a singer you should know. He is a blind, aboriginal Gumatj singer from Elcho Island, a small island off the northern coast of Australia that is about a 100 square miles and has its own dialect, a language called Gumatj. With the voice of an angel, he sings songs about peace, love, and brotherhood with an …

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Miles Davis’s Miles Ahead: A Timeless 1957 Classic

Posted April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Last night, I listened to Miles Davis’s classic, Miles Ahead, for the thousandth time. Amazingly, it sounded better than ever on my mono vinyl reissue, an original ‘six eyes’ version. I never cease to be astounded and moved by the genius of Gil Evans’s orchestrations, only more so, actually, with each passing listen.
Miles Ahead has been part of my life for a long time now. Back in …

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The Hi-Lo’s Amazing Album: And All That Jazz

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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My flute teacher, Joe Nazzaretta, a great reed and wind player who studied at William Paterson University, and then privately with the great Joe Henderson, recently turned me onto a 1950s album by quartet The Hi-Lo’s And All That Jazz, on Columbia Records. The four vocalists: Gene Puerling, Don Shelton, Clark Burroughs, and Bob Morse named themselves The Hi-Lo’s because they sang both high and low notes in wonderful …

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Show #104: World of Music

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This week, I’ve got a trove of new releases of various styles. We start with Australian DJ/producer, Tim Sullivan, who goes by the moniker, This Soft Machine. His debut single, “On & On,” was first featured by fellow KCRW DJ, Mario Cotto, earlier this month and recalls former British rock band, The Kinks’s “You Really Got Me.” Then it’s Italian composer/pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, with his most adventurous album yet, the Taranta …

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April 24: Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Last week, Pope Francis made international headlines when he publicly recognized April 24 as a day of remembrance of the Armenian genocide. Historically, the date marks the eve of these atrocities, beginning with the arrest and execution of several hundred intellectuals, professionals, civic and religious leaders, editors and other notables. The Ottoman Turks, in an effort to stave off the crumbling of their empire during The Great War, began …

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Music as Time Capsules: Joe Cocker & Papa Yoro Diop

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Awhile back, I wrote on vinyl about LPs as time capsules. As an ardent collector of vinyl, I’ve regularly find all sorts of random paraphernalia inside: newspaper clippings, handwritten personal notes, mementos, etc. Once, I even found a $5.09 receipt that had somehow made its way over from Platterpus Records in Easthampton, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles.
Radio airchecks (demo tapes made of on air radio …

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