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The Power of Music on the Brain

Posted November 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Dr. Oliver Sacks

Last night I pulled out an old vinyl copy of a beautiful symphony by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams: his symphony No. 5, composed and first performed in 1943.  Listening to a whole symphony on an old vinyl record is like slow food: you don’t usually have time to do it, but when you do it is very satisfying, a real luxury.
No. 5 is …

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This Famous African Singer Helped Track Islamists in Bamako Attacks

Posted November 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Africando (Sekouba Bambino pictured center)

One of my favorite African singers helped authorities find the people responsible for the recent attacks in Bamako, Mali.
Sekouba Bambino has been a lead singer in both the powerhouse Guinean band Bembeya Jazz National but also in the Afro-Latin band Africando, which made some of the tastiest tropical Afro-Cuban music ever.
Bambino, 51, was staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako when the attacks …

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PLAYLIST: Paris Musical Classics And Healing Songs

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Serge Gainsbourg

There was an article in the New York Times this week that was about Parisians taking back the streets, going out to their favorite cafes, sharing beers, wine, and the ever-present cigarette. It was an act of defiance, and an affirmation of the French way of life.
This week’s show is a musical reflection of my love for France, French music and culture. The French …

Recollections & Rediscoveries »

What Music Do You Play After a Tragedy?

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments

On the day after the bloodbath in Paris, I’m listening to KCRW music as well as FIP (France Inter Paris) online radio. Anne Litt started out her Saturday show with “Peace Piece”, a long, subdued,  and beautiful Bill Evans classic. FIP played a lovely song by Piers Faccini called “Three Times Betrayed,” then “Protection” by Massive Attack, a song I remember playing after 9/11. …

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How St Germain Heals: Appreciating Paris Post-Attack

Posted November 16, 2015 by | 3 Comments
The "St Germain Mask"

The spirit of multicultural Paris — the mélange of cultures and music that Paris represents — are reflected in a great new album from St.Germain. The new album provides ample testimony on how diverse musical languages and cultures can be combined into a beautiful harmonious soundscape.
St.Germain’s new set is now #1 on the KCRW Most Played Albums music chart. It’s my favorite new album …

New Releases, Rhythm Planet Music Show »

10 Great New Fall Album Releases

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Dengue Fever

It’s harvest time, and once again I have a ton of new music to share with you out there in the RP universe.
We’ll start with the current top new releases at KCRW: St. Germain‘s eponymous new album. It’s a brilliant bit of alchemy, bringing blues roots, African music, and house vibes together. Congratulations to Ludovic Navarre, the Frenchman behind it all.
Our favorite kiwi band, …

Jazz, Middle East »

“Song of Lahore”: Pakistani Group Wows Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Posted November 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment

“Song of Lahore” tells an improbable story with a happy ending. It’s a feel-good movie filled with humor, pathos, and plenty of human spirit.
The story tells the story of Pakistani musicians of Sachal Studios in Lahore, Pakistan, a once-thriving music mecca producing Lollywood (Pakistan’s version of Bollywood) film soundtracks and other popular music.
When the dictator Muhammad Zia came to power in 1977, he banned …


Celebrating the life of Allen Toussaint, a ‘musical Matterhorn’

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Allen Toussaint died yesterday in Madrid. He was 77, and had just performed a concert in the Spanish city when he collapsed from a heart attack.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, rhythm & blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.  It was the port of entry for African rhythms that entered its harbor with Cubans, Haitians, and Dominicans who brought their music with them. Allen Toussaint …

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The Primacy Of Rhythm: Youssou N’Dour brings drums forth

Posted November 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Youssou N'Dour

Ry Cooder once told me that “rhythm rules.”
The other night, at the Youssou N’Dour show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2,000 people were dancing, propelled by the powerful African rhythms of the great drummers. Did they speak Wolof? No, not a word, except for the Senegalese patrons, who were in ecstasy in the presence of their favorite Senegalese artist.
It was the rhythm of the …

French, Holiday, Jazz »

11 Autumn Songs To Hear Right Now

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Yves Mondtand's Les Feuilles Mortes

We are finally getting seasonal weather here in Los Angeles, with the thermometer dropping down into the 50s and 60s. On the east coast and in Europe, people are enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, a symphony of colors.
Here are 11 songs that are about the coming of autumn. Autumn for many is a time of reflection and hunkering down for the winter. My dad …

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