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Show #144: Tasty New Releases

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments

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

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 1 Comment

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

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 #140: Spiritual Jazz: The Roots

Posted January 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been getting a lot of attention for his Wagnerian-sized 3 cd set, The Epic. He is drawing a different audience among young people who maybe weren’t even that into jazz…his appeal is something different, and harkens back to other trendsetters back in the 1960s and 1970s, musicians that Washington’s young audience might have missed out on.
I’ll call …

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Show #139: New and Noteworthy Releases to Begin 2016

Posted January 1, 2016 by | 2 Comments

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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Show #138: New and Noteworthy Releases to End 2015

Posted December 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments

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 #137: KCRW Christmas Becomes Eclectic: Sneak Preview

Posted December 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments

I’m doing the annual KCRW Christmas show again this year, so for this Rhythm Planet I thought I’d give you a sneak preview, as well as a listen to a few new Christmas releases.
We begin with a Tito Puente latin classic, his version of “The Little Drummer Boy” (in Spanish: “El Tambolero”). Then we hear a cut from the new, second Sharon Jones & …

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Show #136: New and Noteworthy Releases Pt. 2

Posted December 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments

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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Show #135: 10 New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted December 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Time again to spin some new albums that have caught my ears recently.
We start with a feel-good inspirational song by Michael Franti and his great band Spearhead.  I have loved this guy, this band ever since they were the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy 25 years ago.  This song is especially fitting for the holiday season, or anytime!
French band Caravan Palace …

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