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Show #122: Adagios, Art of the Sublime

Posted August 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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The term ‘adagio‘ means slowly in Italian, the language from which most of our musical terminology comes from. As such, adagios usually designates a slow movement bookended by movements that are faster in tempo, like scherzos or allegros. I often consider the lilting adagio movements to be the most beautiful and moving parts of classical works.
We begin with the Italian Baroque composer, Tomaso Albinoni (b. 1671–1751), and his Adagio in G …

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Izzy Sanabria: Latin Music’s Renaissance Man

Posted August 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I recently dropped some dough on a vintage mono LP (used) by the Alegre All-Stars called Way Out (Vol. 4). They spawned the immortal mambo DNA of groups like Tico All-Stars, Cesta All-Stars, and the final incarnation, the Fania All-Stars. The band changed its name every time the core group recorded for new labels (i.e. Tico, Alegre, Cesta, Fania). The LP I just bought was released …

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Show #121: Cubana Be, Cubana Bop, The Return of Bebop at MOLAA—Next Saturday, Aug29

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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When Afro-Cuban drummer Chano Pozo (b. 1915–1948) met jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (b. 1917–1993) in New York City, it was a meeting of two legends with musically explosive results. At the time, bebop was still new and revolutionary, but Chano’s fiery drumming served as a catalyst that furthered its dynamism. It was a short-lived partnership between the two, though, with only a few records …

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Show #120: New August Mix

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This week on Rhythm Planet, I’ve got ten superb new albums to share with you.
We begin with a lovely, heartfelt version of the John Lennon classic, “Imagine,” sung by Filipina-American jazz-world vocalist, Charmaine Clamor. It’s a track from her new album of songs that were inspired by a Filipino festival she once attended that she told me “brought out the best in people.” Her …

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Show #119 Musical DNA: Influence, Inspiration & Cross-Pollination

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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This week’s Rhythm Planet show is about cross-pollination, musically speaking. To paraphrase the English poet, John Donne, no musician is an island, apart from the main.
We begin with jazz composer/pianist Ahmad Jamal and his 1956 song, “New Rhumba,” which Miles Davis loved enough to include in his first big band collaboration with composer/arranger, Gil Evans and his orchestra. The 1959 version by these two follows. Miles loved Ahmad’s style, …

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Show #118: Tom’s Friday Groove

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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So many new releases, so little time, as they say…
We begin this week’s Rhythm Planet show with the fabulous Malian band, Les Ambassadeurs (The Ambassadors), which came together at a Bamako rail station. With their roots in traditional griot music, they blended elements of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, making them the voice of West African independence in their years from 1970–1985. Les Ambassadeurs gave Salif Keita, Mory Kanté and others …

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Show #117: What I’m Listening To

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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When you’re a DJ, one of the questions you get asked most often is: “What are YOU listening to right now?” So this week on Rhythm Planet, I share my own personal playlist. It’s a mix of several cuts from around the world, as well as some special new releases that have just stuck with me.
We begin with Cristina Pato, a gaita (Galician bagpiper or the instrument …

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Show #116: Songs of Summer

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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With July already halfway through, and summer almost half over—the sun already has a different position than it did on the June 21st solstice—I thought it was high time for some summer music.   Here are just a few summer songs I like.
Let’s begin with a Quincy Jones 1973 track, titled, “Summer in the City,” a bouncy, feel-good song that has become a classic. Then, French …

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Show #115: That Timeless Gil Evans Sound

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Just like Miles Davis, Gil Evans’s timeless arrangements charted the course of jazz during the 20th century, influencing big bands to bebop to cool and beyond.
Ian Ernest Gilmore (Gil) Evans was born May 13, 1912 in Toronto. His family moved to Stockton, California, during his youth, where he was raised until relocating to New York in his twenties. The early part of his career …

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Show #114: The Spiritual Jazz Legacy of John Coltrane and His Followers

Posted July 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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The Epic, a new 3-disk set by saxophonist Kamasi Washington has just been released on Brainfeeder Records. It’s of the same Spiritual Jazz musical DNA as John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, Meditations, Ascension, Cosmic Music, Sun Ship, and his other classics.
Jazz titans like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane all broke down music barriers. Ornette Coleman may have deconstructed music, but Coltrane stands apart …

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