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Show #193: More New Releases for the New Year

Posted January 13, 2017 by | 0 Comments

This week we hear more new releases that I have really enjoyed. These are all CD’s that have made the cut among the many that come my way. We’ll start with four superb guitarists. First, there is Yotam Silberstein, who came here from his native Israel, and this is a cut from his album The Village. Second, Steven Kirby, who, like Yotam Silberstein, …

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Show #192: New Releases for the New Year

Posted January 6, 2017 by | 2 Comments

It’s a new year and what better way to start than by sharing some new music with you. First up is Seckou Keita, a kora (West African harp-lute) virtuoso from Casamance, Senegal. This is beautiful, peaceful music, part of a lovely double CD set from the U.K. world music label ARC.
We turn next to a dynamic duo, the Dominican pianist Michel Camilo with flamenco guitar legend Tomatito. …

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Show #191: Best of 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 by | 1 Comment

We wrap up the year with a playlist of some of my favorite albums from 2016. There are many more that I loved that I couldn’t include, but you can find them on the blog here.
We start with a great compilation of Haitian classics that I can’t recommend enough. We’ll hear the unofficial national anthem, “Meci Bon Dieu” (Thank You Good God), …

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Three New Jazz Gems

Posted December 28, 2016 by | 4 Comments

I haven’t had a chance to feature new releases in a while and want to sing the praises of three new albums before the year ends. The first is guitarist Yotam Silberstein‘s The Village. The Tel Aviv native moved to New York in 2005 after receiving a scholarship to the New School. His latest album features a great rhythm section: Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers plays …

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Show #190: Christmas Teaser

Posted December 23, 2016 by | 0 Comments

This Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m., I’ll be on air to host Christmas Becomes Eclectic for the seventh time. It’s always a treat to share the trove of holiday songs in my collection with listeners. Since Hanukkah also falls on the same day this year, I’m planning throw in some songs to celebrate that holiday, too. This week’s Rhythm Planet show …

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Show #189: Showcase: Lebanese Oud Master Marcel Khalife

Posted December 16, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I first heard the music of Marcel Khalife, the Lebanese-born oud virtuoso, when a guest host on Morning Becomes Eclectic brought in a bunch of Arab LP’s, including a beguiling song for oud and voice. I had it on a cassette air check for years, but didn’t know what exactly it was until recently. The song was “Land of the South,” from an album called Al Mayadine: Of All the …

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The Musical Elixir of Singer and Oud Diviner Dhafer Youssef

Posted November 28, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I first heard Tunisian singer and oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef’s music on his 2010 release, Abu Nawas Rhapsody. It spurred me to buy an earlier record, Divine Shadows (2006), on which he works with a string quartet. Youssef’s vocal training is evident on both albums—his impressive voice has religious power, similar to that of great gospel singers, Pakistani sufi singers (think qawwali singer Nusrat …

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Artists You Should Know: Zsofia Boros

Posted November 23, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I have been completely smitten by the young guitarist Zsófia Boros. On the Hungarian guitarist’s 2013 ECM album, En Otra Parte (Elsewhere), she celebrates the music of Cuban, Brazilian, and Argentine composers. Her subtle touch on the acoustic guitar seduces the listener. The guitar, already a very personal instrument, never sounded so intimate or beautiful. She plays with a quiet passion and clearly loves the music she chooses. …

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Tchaikovsky’s Powerful Sixth Symphony Gets Great New Reading

Posted November 9, 2016 by | 1 Comment

I’ve been listening to a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s last symphony, the Sixth–named the Pathétique–paired with the romantic masterpiece Romeo & Juliet. It is a wonderful recording, with Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov leading the Czech Philharmonic on the Decca Classics label, which is famous for the quality of their recorded sound. This is the first volume of “The Tchaikovsky Project” recording cycle that will eventually cover all of the …

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Diego El Cigala’s Hot New Release: Flamenco Meets Fania

Posted November 7, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala‘s career exploded when he recorded Lagrimas Negras with legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés in 2003. By “legendary” I mean patriarch of the Valdés piano clan (with Chucho and Chuchito) as well as his regular employ as music director and pianist of the swank, pre-Castro Havana nightclub, The Tropicana. Never has a duet album travelled so far so fast. El Cigala …

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