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Jazz Artists in the Civil Rights Era

Posted January 16, 2017 by | 0 Comments
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Civil Rights didn’t end in the 1960’s; it’s an ongoing struggle that involves all of us. On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we’ll highlight some albums that mirrored the early days of the era—albums that I discovered while in high school.
But first, I want to share again an excerpt from something that Dr. King wrote about jazz for the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1964:
“God has wrought …

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Show #193: More New Releases for the New Year

Posted January 13, 2017 by | 0 Comments
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This week we hear more new releases that I have really enjoyed. These are all CD’s that have made the cut among the many that come my way. We’ll start with four superb guitarists. First, there is Yotam Silberstein, who came here from his native Israel, and this is a cut from his album The Village. Second, Steven Kirby, who, like Yotam Silberstein, …

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Not To Be Forgotten: The Outrageous Esquerita!

Posted January 11, 2017 by | 1 Comment
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We lost some colorful and influential musical artists in 2016–David Bowie, Prince, George Michael. On the other hand, Boy George & Culture Club are still performing, and they blew a lot of minds at their Hollywood Bowl shows this past summer. Little Richard is also still around, but we haven’t heard much from him lately. All these artists have been both genre and gender-bending. Then there …

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Strengthening the Musical Bridge Between Cuba and the U.S.

Posted January 9, 2017 by | 3 Comments
Music in Trinidad, Cuba. Photo by Bud Ellison (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Cuba has been in the news a lot, and the latest article by Randy Lewis in the Los Angeles Times is a terrific read. Titled “Cuba had been unplugged from American culture for generations. What happens now?” Lewis discusses the beginnings of the inter-mixing of Cuban and American music under the Obama administration — which may be jeopardized by the incoming administration if Trump’s tweets …

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Show #192: New Releases for the New Year

Posted January 6, 2017 by | 2 Comments
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It’s a new year and what better way to start than by sharing some new music with you. First up is Seckou Keita, a kora (West African harp-lute) virtuoso from Casamance, Senegal. This is beautiful, peaceful music, part of a lovely double CD set from the U.K. world music label ARC.
We turn next to a dynamic duo, the Dominican pianist Michel Camilo with flamenco guitar legend Tomatito. …

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January Concerts to Catch

Posted January 4, 2017 by | 1 Comment
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Above, top row: Thalma de Freitas, Steve Reich, Andy Summers. Bottom row: Anoushka Shankar, Harold Mabern, Billy Childs.
As we recover from the busy holidays and regroup ourselves for 2017, I wanted to alert Rhythm Planet readers to a number of upcoming January concerts that I thought might be of interest (and worth the effort to catch).

Anoushka Shankar will perform her father Ravi …

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KBCA 105.1 FM: A Slice of L.A. Radio History

Posted January 2, 2017 by | 4 Comments
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I got a call from a jazz-loving friend the other day, and in the course of conversation, we discovered that we were both weaned in our jazz love by a commercial jazz station, KBCA 105.1, back in the 1960’s. It’s hard to believe that there was once a jazz station that would use John Coltrane’s song “Spiritual” as a morning drive-time theme, but it’s true. …

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Show #191: Best of 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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We wrap up the year with a playlist of some of my favorite albums from 2016. There are many more that I loved that I couldn’t include, but you can find them on the blog here.
We start with a great compilation of Haitian classics that I can’t recommend enough. We’ll hear the unofficial national anthem, “Meci Bon Dieu” (Thank You Good God), …

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Three New Jazz Gems

Posted December 28, 2016 by | 4 Comments
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I haven’t had a chance to feature new releases in a while and want to sing the praises of three new albums before the year ends. The first is guitarist Yotam Silberstein‘s The Village. The Tel Aviv native moved to New York in 2005 after receiving a scholarship to the New School. His latest album features a great rhythm section: Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers plays …

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Artists We Lost in 2016

Posted December 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Top row: Buckwheat Zydeco, Papa Wemba, Bobby Hutcherson; bottom row: Rudy Van Gelder, Prince Buster, Amjad Sabri (photo by SohailKhanzada)
The pop music world lost some prominent stars in 2016, starting with David Bowie in January, then Prince in April, and now George Michael. There was also Glenn Frey of the Eagles, bluesman Otis Clay, and Natalie Cole. Classical music also lost a titan …

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