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Brian Eno on Dick & DeeDee’s 1961 classic, “The Mountain’s High”

Posted October 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Dick & Dee Dee perform “The Mountain’s High” on American Bandstand.
A few weeks ago, I visited my brother in Templeton, California, where he owns a beautiful house and a vineyard. Before I left, he handed me a bag of his old 7-inch, 45 rpm’s. Inside were some original Capitol Records singles by The Beatles, a few old R&B hits, and late ’50s and early ’60s …

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Show #77: Choice New Releases

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week we check out some good new product I’ve received recently.
We start with a triple-threat: Mexican singer Lila Downs teams up with flamenco siren Nina Pastori and Argentine superstar Soledad. Together the trio do Cesaria Evora’s most famous morna. What could be better? After that, it’s Congolese star Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca. He grew up in Kinshasha, Congo and was smitten early …

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RIP: Nati Cano of Mariachi Los Camperos

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Natividad “Nati” Cano, the violinist-leader of the legendary, Los Angeles-based Mariachi Los Camperos, has passed on October 3rd. He was 81.
Although I’m not a huge fan of mariachi music, the first time I heard Mariachi Los Camperos perform, I remember being struck by the beauty of Nati’s sound. His was full and sweet, the equivalent of a Mexican Jascha Heifetz. I was also knocked …

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Upcoming World Music Shows: Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Ana Moura

Posted October 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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There are two forthcoming shows I am excited about and I wanted to share my enthusiasm.
The first is Turkish virtuoso and sufi artist Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He comes here for two rare shows.
Saturday Oct 25, 2014 at 8 pm – click here for details. Location: Westwood Hills Church, 1989 Westwood Blvd, LA, CA 90025
Sunday Oct 26, 2014  at 7 pm – click here for details. Location: Hoson House, …

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Show #76: Guitar Summit

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Today’s show is about guitars; not all guitars, no blues, no country-western or western swing, etc. There are several styles featured, however, including Indian slide, surf guitar Cuban tres, French manouche (gypsy jazz), and an amazing live version of the Brazilian classic “Asa Branca”.
We begin with the new album by Bill Frisell. It contains mostly surf guitar classics from the 1960s. Then a stupendous version of …

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Martin Luther King On Jazz

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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The words of Martin Luther King are always worthy to reflect upon. We are forever grateful for his courage and perseverance. Even his words on jazz are still prescient and moving. He gave this short speech listed below at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival. This year, the jazz festival is celebrating 50 years and will be held from October 30th – November 2nd. It’s now one …

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Old Man Bebo: Amazing Documentary on Cuban Musical Giant

Posted October 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Bebo Valdes (1918-2013) is a giant of Cuban music, but an artist that isn’t appreciated enough or even known at all. Maybe because he was forced to leave Cuba by a young and repressive Castro regime, leaving to reside permanently in Sweden. There, he worked as an Arctic Circle hotel pianist playing old fisherman songs for the patrons. It was only because of his 2004 …

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Show #75: A Dozen (Mostly New) Releases

Posted October 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week, we preview mostly new releases and revisit some classics at the end.
We begin with Robert Plant’s new album, a mixture of old timey and African. That slides into some nice Malian groove from a new The Rough Guide to Music of the Sahara. More Malian classic stuff from a superb new 2 CD set from the 1970s, Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de …

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Michael Cuscuna: Jazz Spelunker

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Michael Cuscuna is a jazz curator and archivist, and a man you can trust. Today, vinyl is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, but many vinyl albums turn out not to analog at all: they’re mastered from digital files. You’re losing a generation of sound. The best companies: Analogue Productions, Impex, Mobile Fidelity, and Cuscuna’s Mosaic Records all go straight into record company archives and …

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Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara

Posted September 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Rough Guides music has just released a terrific new album that showcases the music of the Sahara, the vast stretch of heat and sand that stretches all the way from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. The album title is The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara.
There is the blues-tinged music from Mali, Mauretania and Western Sahara, the catchy groove of  Niger, Egypt …

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