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Show #91: New Releases & Rare Classics

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This week, I showcase some choice new releases, as well a few classics. It’s a mixed bag, a variety show.
We ease into the show with Alison Balsom, an British classical trumpet player who has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. She was most recently invited to play the iTunes Festival in London, and has been making headlines as an up-and-coming talent. There aren’t that many female trumpet players out there, …

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Show #90: Angolan Superstar Waldemar Bastos

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Peter Waldemar Tom

When I first heard Waldemar Bastos on a compilation called Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea, released by David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label years ago, I was completely taken by his mellifluous baritone and the sweet, gentle power of his music.
Back in 1999, as the newly appointed Hollywood Bowl Program Director of World Music, I programmed a Lusophone night featuring the music of Cape Verde (Fantcha), Angola …

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Show #89: Music on My Mind

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Orchestre Baobab

This week, I thought I’d share with everyone the various tracks that I’ve been musing over recently. It says a lot about a piece of music when I can listen to something repeatedly without getting tired of it, or pick out something that I haven’t listened to in awhile and find myself transported right back to that very same moment in time when I first fell …

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Show #88: Rhythm Planet 2014 Year-End Faves

Posted January 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments
2015

As we say goodbye to 2014 and usher in the new year, I wanted to feature (and revisit) some old and some new records that I enjoyed a lot in 2014. It’s not a top 10 list or anything like that, since I have way too many favorites, but just music that I really think holds its own.
We begin with Hollie Cook, a wonderful …

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Show #87: A Blue Note Tribute

Posted December 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Blue Note

Last week on Morning Becomes Eclectic, I shared my longstanding musical love interest: Blue Note Records. Sitting in for Jason Bentley that day, Anne Litt asked me to give the condensed history of Blue Note, and we discussed what makes it the iconic label that it is, even today. I featured three cuts on the show that offer an introductory glimpse into 75 years of the label’s outstanding music-making …

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Show #86: Rhythm Planet Fans’ Top Breakup Songs for the Holidaze

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Holiday Breakups

Thanks to all of you Rhythm Planet friends and fans who sent in your own personal picks for more “Breakup Songs to Wallow In” after our Thanksgiving show. I decided to spin them on this week’s pre-holiday show. You sent in so many touching expressions of heartbreak that I wish I could have included all of them, but there wasn’t enough time on our show for the 40-plus songs you …

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Show #85: More New, Noteworthy Releases

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Ten Cities

It’s time again to survey a bunch of recently released albums that have caught my attention. Some of you might even consider adding these to your holiday shopping lists!
We begin with the a cappella Moipei Quartet from Nairobi, Kenya, adapting the John Denver classic, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” into a love song for their African homeland. Another African side follows from Cameroonian Bébé Manga, with her …

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Show #84: Nicolas Slonimsky, Amazing Musical Iconoclast (1894–1995)

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Slonimsky Autographed 1988

This week, Rhythm Planet reprises the 100th birthday tribute I did back in 1994 for one of the most extraordinary men I’ve ever met: Nicolas Slonimsky, the Russian composer, conductor, musicologist, and lexicographer. Born in 1894 in czarist St. Petersburg to a family of intellectuals, he was singled out as a boy “genius,” who would, indeed, be destined for greatness.
Slonimsky learned music theory, composition, and …

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Show #83: Songs of Thanksgiving

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Beach Thanksgiving

This week, we feature some Thanksgiving music to celebrate this special holiday. Thanksgiving dates back to 1621, when hard-pressed pilgrim colonists broke bread and shared a late autumn harvest meal with the Massachusetts Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims, humbled by the bitter cold and their lack of food, were befriended by the Native Americans who so generously shared with them their survival knowledge and whatever …

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Show #82: Artists You Should Know, Jessica Fichot

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Jessica Fichot has a new album, an EP of 7 songs called Dear Shanghai, that celebrates her Chinese parentage and background. Her past 2 albums, Le Chemin (The Path) and Le Secret (The Secret), demonstrate her talent at French chanson-style and writing, complete with bal musette (think French cafe à la Robert Doisneau) accordion, gypsy swing, folk, pop, and other French popular styles. The new album, Dear Shanghai, brings …

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