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Show #144: Tasty New Releases

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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This week we sample some tracks from ten tasty new releases.
We begin with a fabulous 2-cd set of music by Gershwin and Mancini. The Steve Richman Harmonie Ensemble dishes up some witty and beautifully produced music of these two great composers. The Gershwin/Grofe is totally fun to hear, and the Mancini disc is absolutely wonderful.
Lou Tavano is a stylish, Paris-based singer I …

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Hey Jazz Fans: 3 Upcoming Shows Not to Miss

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I want to recommend a few upcoming shows.
The first is an exceptional quartet called P.O.E.M. (Pasqua, Oles, Erskine. Mintzer), four incredible artists who share musical telepathy and deep understanding of whatever they play. They have a new album out called Standards 2: Movie Music. The cuts include their beautiful versions of classics like “Tara’s Theme” from Gone with the Wind, “Somewhere” from Westside …

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French TGV Trains Celebrated by Michael Boumendil & David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Posted February 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Note: Check out the music but be sure to experience the TGV as it reaches top speed of 357 mph. It’s the last video below…and it’s breathtaking!
I recently came back from a vacation in France. Taking the SNCF (Sociéte Nationale des Chemins de Fer / National Society of French Railroads), as the trains were originally called, I rode the TGV (Train de Grand …

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Show #142: Dexter Story’s Wondem: A Musical Love Letter to East Africa

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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I’ve known Dexter Story for a long time. He booked some great acts into the Temple Bar back in the day before it closed. I didn’t know about his artistic side, however, until I heard him playing drums with Todd Simon’s band Ethio-Cali at Grand Performances at California Plaza (great night), then conducting the band at the Wattstax show, also at Grand Performances. Both …

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Show #141: Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

Posted January 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Peter Erskine is one of the best drummers on the planet. Just ask any drummer. He is a powerhouse drummer who can power a big band (that’s where he started his career) or be a subtle poet in a trio or quartet. His ECM albums are exemplary; so is his work with pianist Alan Pasqua. He is indeed a drummer’s drummer. One of my …

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Show #139: New and Noteworthy Releases to Begin 2016

Posted January 1, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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Happy New Year from Rhythm Planet! We start the new year with a few more wonderful recent releases.
First we have a terrific new recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations with French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. There have been many recordings of this iconic work, originally penned by J.S. Bach as a soporific for a nobleman. Glenn Gould recorded the most popular version, first in 1955 as …

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Adele’s Hit Song Hello: Original and Swahili Version

Posted December 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Lionel Richie wrote a song called “Hello” in 1983, a year after leaving the Commodores.  The theme of sadness is similar to the new song by Adele, written by her and Greg Kurstin, who we know from the group The Bird and the Bee.  The lyrics of the two songs, however, are different. There is another less-known version, in Swahili no less.  It is …

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Show #138: New and Noteworthy Releases to End 2015

Posted December 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This Christmas Day I’m on the air doing Christmas Becomes Eclectic once again, something that’s become a holiday tradition at KCRW.
We’ll start this Christmas Day’s Rhythm Planet with a great new CD by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – wowing the crowd in Havana, Cuba. I love the playing of Dan Nimmer, the pianist. He plays with precision and intensity, and great …

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Show #136: New and Noteworthy Releases Pt. 2

Posted December 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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This week I want to give some love and feature all of the new albums that have been piling up chez moi.  Hence this second show.
We begin with Dexter Story’s new cd Wondem.   The title is Amharic (Ethiopian) for brother.  LA-born and bred, Story is an accomplished musician, conductor, and band leader.  I have been impressed by his live sets at Grand …

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Christmas 2015: 17 Choice Stocking Stuffers

Posted December 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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There are plenty of nice goodies out there this holiday season for your music-loving friends.   Here are some of my recommendations for the bigger-ticket items:
Blue Note:  Photos by Francis Wolff:   If you love jazz music, graphic design, or just great music photography, this is a must-get.  Five stars.
Sam Phillips:  The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll:  While …

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