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Hip Hop In Mongolia

Posted July 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I was doing full-time radio when hip hop started gaining popularity with artists like Grandmaster Flash, Kool Moe Dee, Run DMC, and the Sugar Hill Gang. Major labels were initially reluctant to issue the music, but you could find it on smaller labels. Now, of course, hip hop is a main stream American genre and has been dominating American music award shows in past years.
Hip …

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Show #60: Crème de la Crème of New Releases

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 4 Comments

The new albums that I’m always grateful to receive piled up again and I need to share the best of them. Here is this week’s crème de la crème of fantastic new releases.
Los Hacheros: This group of New York City musicians play some of the best Cuban-style salsa of any band I’ve heard. They recorded it all live. Remember that many albums are produced, …

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Reissued: The Piano Scene of Ahmad Jamal

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments

The German audiophile label Speakers Corner had just reissued, on LP–in glorious mono too–a classic album, The Piano Scene of Ahmad Jamal. This LP was originally issued by Epic Records in 1959.  There may have been a stereo version, but the original master tape is lost–or worse, it may have been reprocessed for stereo which is the kiss of death for any recording. On the …

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Program #58: New Releases for Summer

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 2 Comments

For the past few weeks I’ve covered various things: Brazilian Music for the FIFA World Cup, African Sax Kings, Little Jimmy Scott, and Songs About Food.  When you do this the new releases pile up and it gets to a point where you have to share them. I only keep and promote about 40% of the music I receive: the fancy word is “curation”. …

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Billy Hart Quartet at The Blue Whale

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I don’t often promote local appearances by visiting jazz superstars, but I’m going to make an exception. Billy Hart Quartet: Mark Turner (tenor), Ethan Iverson (piano), Ben Street (double bass), and Billy (drums) is a sensational and beautiful group. I can’t stop listening to the new ECM album, One is the Other. I mentioned it in a recent Rhythm Planet show as music that’s part …

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Verve: The Sound of America

Posted June 4, 2014 by | 2 Comments

I thought I knew Norman Granz and his successive record labels Clef, Norgran, Verve, and Pablo pretty well. I’ve had records on these labels in my collection for years. Granz founded Verve Records in 1956, a time of change not only in music but in domestic politics and race relations as well.
Like Francis Wolf and Alfred Lion (Blue Note’s founders from Germany), Phil and …

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Show #54: Tom’s Latest Picks

Posted May 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments

This week, I wanted to share some recent music that I’ve been listening to a lot. I didn’t try to be too eclectic, just play stuff I love.
We start with a quartet of great new jazz albums: Eric Alexander, an amazing tenor player, then a forceful pianist who grew up in Israel and now based in NYC, Alon Nechushtan. Next, a lovely piece by …

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Show #53: Noteworthy Releases

Posted May 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments

This week, Rhythm Planet spins some more new releases that have filled up my grab bag. We begin with a good compilation of Malian music, a great way to start anybody’s collection of Malian music. Bassekou Kouyate is one of the most authentic Malian music purveyors and one of my favorite musicians. His show at UCLA was a highlight for me. He plays the …

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Show #51: Eclectic New Releases

Posted May 9, 2014 by | 4 Comments

As I’ve been covering Cape Verdean music for the past few weeks, my record bag has been filling up with a ton of new releases. Here is the first batch for your review.
We start with Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa with Michael Nyman‘s lovely piano music for the film The Piano. After that, we listen to a duet between young fado sensation Carminho and Brazilian …

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Show #50: Music of Cape Verde (Rising Stars)

Posted May 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Last week we listened to “The Classics”; this week, we check out the newer acts that constantly refresh the Cape Verde music scene with new talent. Our “Rising Stars” edition begins with Sara Tavares, who was my favorite artist performing at the Kriol Jazz Festival in Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde. I loved her earlier album Balancê; after that she was off the scene with …

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