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Karol Conka Hits São Paulo, Brazil

Posted April 7, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Karol Conka, né Karoline dos Santos Oliveria, is the leading exponent of a new Brazilian style, called, “Funk Ostentação”, also called, “Funk Paulista”, and “Funk of Ostentation”. Conka was born in Curitiba, Brazil in 1987. I just came across her music the other day. I didn’t know quite what to make of it.
I consulted with Robert Rogness, my go-to expert on all things Brazilian, …

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New and Rediscovered Tunes

Posted March 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments

I listen to a fairly big number of albums each week. First I audition, then if I like the music I listen again, maybe in the car, and then if an album really grabs me, I listen with the reference system.
Here are 5 albums I’ve listened to repeatedly and enjoyed a lot.
1.    Valérie Milt & Les Violons du Roy / Concertos for Harp …

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Rhythm Planet #43: New Releases

Posted March 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments

This week Rhythm Planet features thirteen new releases, covering African, reggae, Brazilian, Moroccan, guitar maestros, and two great LA bands.
A bunch of good new album releases have been filling up my bag lately, so I want to give them some love and share them. I get sent a lot of music and screen new albums by auditioning them first. As the U.S. Marines slogan …

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Show #40: A Dozen Choice New Releases

Posted February 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments

This week Rhythm Planet celebrates a dozen new albums from many places: Cuba, Brazil, Tuva, Mali, Brazil, and Haiti. Plus a couple of jazz albums and a retro album of Viper rag.
We begin with the new album from the Northern Mali tuareg group Tinariwen. Years ago they were mercenary soldiers riding the Sahara who gave up their guns for guitars and formed a band. …

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Show #38: Women Poets Celebrated in Music

Posted February 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Pictured above from left to right: Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale.
A recent album by Swiss singer Susanne Abbuehl has really captivated me. It features her musical settings of poetry by Victorian poets Emily Dickinson (U.S. 1830-1886), Emily Bronte (U.K. 1818-1848), and Sara Teasdale (U.S. 1884-1933).
These women wrote poetry that expressed strong but bridled passion: in spite of their living in an age of …

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Show #37: New Eclectic Releases

Posted January 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments
levine does the rhumba

This week, Rhythm Planet enjoys checking out some nice new albums. We start with Jacques Lesure, a talented jazz guitarist, very smooth and straight-ahead, and a guy I’d never heard about before. We continue with the smooth, sensual sounds of Brazilian singer Paula Santoro, then a nice cover of Junior Murvin reggae classic, “Police and Thieves” by Zara McFarlane.
Then comes some Jewish mambo, direct …

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Mack Avenue Records: A Label To Watch

Posted January 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments
mack avenue logo

Mack Avenue is putting out some of the best jazz music of any label in America. It is the little label that could. If you’re familiar with Detroit, you would instantly guess it’s a Motor City based label as it’s named after a major street on the East side of town. The company’s been around since 1999, and is based in Harper Woods, Michigan in …

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Show #36: Miles Davis Box Set Coincides with his First Art Collection

Posted January 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Miles Davis was a man of many passions, talents, and contradictions as well. Reading So What: The Life of Miles Davis by veteran biographer John Szwed, makes that very obvious. Miles once commented, “The public likes starts, confusion, and happy endings. But not everything is cut and dried like that. And neither is my music.”
I’ve been a fan of Miles’ music ever since my …

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A Tale of 3 (Very Good) Guitarists

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments

The guitar is probably the most popular instrument in the world. It’s portable and can be used in all kinds of music. And there are as many types of guitarists as there are guitars. Three-chord wonders, jazzbos playing Wes Montgomery licks, blues guitarists playing classic blues progressions, as well as, a lot of people who could use a few guitar lessons. There are also those …

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Show #34: Tom’s Top Tunes To Kick Off 2014

Posted January 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments

This week Rhythm Planet features some great new albums. Here are some deets…

Manu Chao – Siberie Fleuve d’Amour (Siberia River of Love)
The irrepressible Manu Chao has another great album out, perhaps his best in years. Present are the vintage video game sounds, songs in both French and English, filled with humor, wit, and fun. The album actually came out in limited release in 2004, …

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