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Show #169: New Music that Caught Tom’s Ear

Posted July 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This week I wanted to share some new sides I’ve been enjoying at home. We begin with a reggae band I just discovered, Raging Fyah. I love the bass lines and the great rim shots, typical of good roots reggae. After that we hear two interesting and beautiful songs. First, a song suggesting Christ’s second coming by Gregory Porter, …

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Show #168: Songs from Birds, Frogs, Whales, and…Even Humans!

Posted July 22, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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I will admit – this is an experimental playlist. I’ve had all these CD’s and LP’s out for some time, while I contemplated whether a show featuring and inspired by the melodic sounds from our animal friends made any sense. Now that I’ve recorded it, I’m still not sure whether all you listeners will find it interesting. But with all the screaming and …

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Show #167: New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted July 15, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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It’s time to check out some new jams that I’ve enjoyed recently. We start out with a Brazilian guitarist that I had never heard of previously, but whom I like a lot, Marcos Amorim. Singer Carla Hassett, based in Los Angeles, is a Brazilian singer who does some nice covers, both of Caetano Veloso (“A Little More Blue”) and this one, the …

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Show #166: Six Summer Songs

Posted July 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This week we enjoy a half-dozen summer songs. We mix them up of course. Don’t worry, I won’t play Eddie Cochran or any other over-worked cut.
We begin with Benin’s superstar, Angelique Kidjo, with her version of “Summertime.” By the way, she’s singing in Fon and Yoruba, two of Benin’s languages. Also by the way, Benin is next door to …

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Show #165: Haitian Music Classics Revisited

Posted July 1, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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This week we check out 10 cuts of great Haitian music, mostly from collections and especially from Tanbou Toujou Lou, a new, truly inspiring one. Haiti — next door to the Dominican Republic and part of the Hispaniola landmass that Columbus landed on in 1492, thinking he had reached India — a country once great, now poor, is the epicenter of this …

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Show #164: Music to Be Cool, Stay Cool

Posted June 24, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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With Palm Springs the same temperature as Saudi Arabia or Rajasthan, here are eleven songs to help keep your cool.
We begin with a cool blues by Charlie Parker called…what else, “Cool Blues.” Then the great singer/humorist Oscar Brown, Jr. tries to stay cool as calamity hems him in. We follow it with a stoner song by Rasputin’s Stash from …

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Show #163: The Soprano Sax – Unpopular Instrument Brought to Greatness by 3 Jazz Titans

Posted June 17, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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The soprano saxophone, unlike the clarinet or tenor sax, was never popular in jazz until Sidney Bechet, who was the first jazz musician to use it exclusively. A contemporary of Louis Armstrong and like Satchmo a New Orleans native, Bechet moved to Paris and became a famous exile. He recorded, among other things, the first instrumental cover of Gershwin’s classic “Summertime.”
The soprano sax …

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Show #162: New Releases: A Mixed Bag

Posted June 10, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This week we sample some more new jazz, world, and classical jams. We begin with an improbable labor of love, a Lollywood (Pakistan’s version of Bollywood) group called The Sachal Ensemble that was mostly out of work due to the political situation in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s movie industry. The group members recall a visit to Lahore by Dizzy Gillespie (think jazz diplomacy …

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Show #161: New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted June 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Once again I’d like to feature some new albums that caught my ear. We start with Michael Franti & Spearhead’s latest release Soulrocker. I’ve followed Franti ever since he fronted the Disposable Heroes of Hipoprisy in the late 80′s. He formed Spearhead a few years after that. Franti is one of the smartest lyricists around, writing committed and intelligent music, usually with a strong affirmative spirit. …

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Show #160: Odd and Wonderful Brazilian Music

Posted May 27, 2016 by | 7 Comments
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I’m teaching Brazilian music again in my music salon and have been bemoaning the music I haven’t been able to feature in class due to time constraints. I thought I’d share a few of those tracks here instead. We start with music about two favorite Brazilian subjects: cachaça and futebol (foo-chee-ball), which we Americans mislabel soccer (probably because of the other football we have …

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