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When Duke Ellington Played The Middle East

Posted October 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Back in 2011, I wrote a post about American jazz diplomacy during the Cold War, a fascinating piece of jazz history–click here to read it. Jazz has always been America’s unique cultural gift to the world, though some might say that it’s been supplanted by hip hop.
And now my old friend Alan Geik, who once co-hosted a popular tropical Latin music show on KCRW, …

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Keith Jarrett Standards Trio: 30 Years, Better than Ever

Posted October 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments

I’ve been following Keith Jarrett even before his fateful appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Charles Lloyd‘s famous performance in 1967. “Forest Flower, Sunrise” and “Forest Flower, Sunset” had crowds galvanized, especially Keith’s solos. Charles Lloyd, veteran jazz statesman and high priest, still calls him, “The Kid”.
When I was still in my teens, I saw Jarrett perform with Art Blakey and the Jazz …

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Show #19: Celebrating The Music Of Dori Caymmi

Posted August 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments

I absolutely love Dori Caymmi‘s music and I’ve attended all of Dori’s shows. Once, I was waiting in line at Le Café on Ventura Boulevard in 1988 for one of his shows in the intimate little room upstairs. While waiting, I met a young architect who loved Brazilian music as much as I did. His name was Bob Ramirez, and a few months later …

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Show #16: Overlooked Unusual Songs, Part 1

Posted August 9, 2013 by | 1 Comment

As I’ve said before, I’m always so busy listening to new albums that some real gems tend to be forgotten or neglected. This week, Rhythm Planet shows the love for some long-form pieces and pop pieces in a part 1 of a 2 part series. Some of these pieces run 20-30 minutes so for interests of space and time I had to excerpt them–no way …

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Revisiting Paul Horn

Posted July 31, 2013 by | 0 Comments

In 1966 I bought my first flute, a cheap $25 Vito from a pawn shop near USC, where I was struggling through my sophomore year. I already knew about Paul Horn, one of the best musicians anywhere and an artist who had an incredibly beautiful sound when he played flute. I bought all his RCA LPs, although it took me a long time to …

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Show #13: Forgotten Gems, Part 2

Posted July 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments

This week’s Rhythm Planet again celebrates some great music from times past. We start with the great 1962 Columbia recording of the great and under-appreciated Oscar Brown Jr., a song that once was the theme song for a show on jazz radio station KBCA in the 1960s. We follow with a classic from the great trumpeter Roy Eldridge, “Ain’t No Flies on Me”, recorded in Paris …

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Perfection in Sushi and Sound

Posted July 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments

I recently dropped some serious coin on some new amplifiers. I normally first audition new albums in my mid-fi workhorse system of receiver and 5 cd carousel player, but for serious listening I use a more refined reference system. Music is my life and religion, so this is serious business for me. I replaced a pair of E.A.R. (Esoteric Audio Research) 509 tube monoblocks …

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Show #12: Forgotten Gems, Part 1

Posted July 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments

This week, Rhythm Planet revisits some rare sides from years past. As a longtime KCRW deejay, I can tell you that you’re always swamped with new releases, trying to audition them, often hurriedly, and then cull the best from the bunch. You rarely have time to go back to savor earlier releases that have been relegated to the shelves.
With that in mind, let’s dust …

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Intro Notes on Nina Simone from 7/5 Grand Performances

Posted July 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments

I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing Nina Simone and over time becoming friends with her. I have never met a more talented or complicated person in my life.
Nina could be little girl blue; she could also be—like she was on her second visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic–an angry, tempestuous diva who referred to herself as Dr. Simone, in the third person. That …

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Show #10: A Tribute To Nelson Mandela & South Africa

Posted June 28, 2013 by | 0 Comments

This weeks Rhythm Planet program celebrates South African music, including many songs paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. I hope it sends out healing vapors and spreads healing vibrations out toward Nelson Mandela’s hospital room. This music not only celebrates Mandela’s courage, leadership, and legacy: it is a celebration of life and the triumph of hope over despair.

Rhythm Planet Playlist: 6/28/13

Dollar Brand | Cape Town Fringe …

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