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My Afternoon with Gato Barbieri in 1977

Posted April 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Latin jazz saxophonist Leandro “Gato” Barbieri passed away recently at 83. When I heard the news, I rummaged through my old tapes and pulled out a cassette of my interview with him, which I did in a noisy room at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1977.
I love Gato Barbieri and have most of his albums in my music collection. Under Fire and Fenix are terrific, as is his soundtrack …

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Show #152: Musical Potpourri Part 2

Posted April 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Sometimes I just feel like sharing music I love regardless of whether it’s new or old and no matter the genre. There are plenty of others crowing about what’s new, but often what is older is better since it’s stood the test of time.
That’s certainly true for Howlin’ Wolf (né Chester Burnett). He’s a Mississippi-born blues shouter I’ve always loved. I …

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Anoushka Shankar’s “Land of Gold”: A Musical Response to Refugees and Victims of War

Posted March 16, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Countless singer-songwriters write and perform songs about love lost, heartbreak, or other personal issues. Anoushka Shankar has opted for the road not–or at most seldom–taken with her new album, Land of Gold.
In some ways it echoes her father Ravi Shankar’s and George Harrison’s 1971 The Concert for Bangladesh, a benefit concert, subsequent album, and documentary film to help seven million refugees displaced by the Bangladesh Liberation …

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Show #149: Dorival Caymmi: The Alpha and Omega of Brazilian Music

Posted March 11, 2016 by | 0 Comments
Photo: Alex Pieros

Everybody who likes Brazilian music knows who Antonio Carlos Jobim is. Or Carmen Miranda. Bebel Gilberto. What about Dorival Caymmi?  Not as many know his work. In my own small way I hope to change that.
Dorival Caymmi (1914-2008) paved the way for Jobim, started Carmen Miranda’s career, and influenced an entire generation of musicians who came up in the 1950’s and 1960’s: Tom Jobim, Joao …

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Subway Joe: Ordinary Guy’s Boogaloo Renaissance

Posted March 7, 2016 by | 0 Comments

If you’re deejaying a crowded room of dancers who don’t know how to dance to latin music, there is a solution: play boogaloo. This catchy, soulful music will definitely move some hips.
Boogaloo purveyors such as Pete Rodriguez (“I Like it Like That”) and Joe Cuba (“Bang Bang”) were big in 1970’s New York as well as other big cities, but the genre was eclipsed …

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Show #143: Devotional Songs from India and Pakistan

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 4 Comments

Today’s show is a little different: it simply features three devotional songs from India and Pakistan.
The first is a raga by Ravi Shankar for his beloved music guru, Baba Allaudin Khan. The relationship between guru and devotee in India is like few others. For Ravi it meant stopping the gypsy life of a little dandy and move to a cement hut, practicing 8-10 hours …

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Jaco Pastorius: Great Musician, Sad End

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 3 Comments

“My name is Jaco Pastorius and I’m the greatest bass player in the world.” This was the way Jaco introduced himself to Joe Zawinul, Weather Report founder and übermensch.  Zawinul was abrupt and dismissive: “f#*k off” was his reply. Then Pastorius played a solo fretless bass version of Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee.” Just as abruptly, Zawinul changed his opinion, and soon Pastorius was a …

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

Posted January 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments

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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Adele’s Hit Song Hello: Original and Swahili Version

Posted December 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments

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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Experiencing Lyrics More as Music than Words

Posted December 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments

When you listen to vocal music in languages you don’t understand–world music for instance – you experience the singers more as music than just following the words. You focus more on the sound of the voices, the phrasing, and most importantly the sound of the language. You don’t get hung up on the words, which you can always find out about later. Rather …

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