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Show #87: A Blue Note Tribute

Posted December 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Last week on Morning Becomes Eclectic, I shared my longstanding musical love interest: Blue Note Records. Sitting in for Jason Bentley that day, Anne Litt asked me to give the condensed history of Blue Note, and we discussed what makes it the iconic label that it is, even today. I featured three cuts on the show that offer an introductory glimpse into 75 years of the label’s outstanding music-making …

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Show #86: Rhythm Planet Fans’ Top Breakup Songs for the Holidaze

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Holiday Breakups

Thanks to all of you Rhythm Planet friends and fans who sent in your own personal picks for more “Breakup Songs to Wallow In” after our Thanksgiving show. I decided to spin them on this week’s pre-holiday show. You sent in so many touching expressions of heartbreak that I wish I could have included all of them, but there wasn’t enough time on our show for the 40-plus songs you …

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Show #85: More New, Noteworthy Releases

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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It’s time again to survey a bunch of recently released albums that have caught my attention. Some of you might even consider adding these to your holiday shopping lists!
We begin with the a cappella Moipei Quartet from Nairobi, Kenya, adapting the John Denver classic, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” into a love song for their African homeland. Another African side follows from Cameroonian Bébé Manga, with her …

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Show #84: Nicolas Slonimsky, Amazing Musical Iconoclast (1894–1995)

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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This week, Rhythm Planet reprises the 100th birthday tribute I did back in 1994 for one of the most extraordinary men I’ve ever met: Nicolas Slonimsky, the Russian composer, conductor, musicologist, and lexicographer. Born in 1894 in czarist St. Petersburg to a family of intellectuals, he was singled out as a boy “genius,” who would, indeed, be destined for greatness.
Slonimsky learned music theory, composition, and …

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Show #83: Songs of Thanksgiving

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week, we feature some Thanksgiving music to celebrate this special holiday. Thanksgiving dates back to 1621, when hard-pressed pilgrim colonists broke bread and shared a late autumn harvest meal with the Massachusetts Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims, humbled by the bitter cold and their lack of food, were befriended by the Native Americans who so generously shared with them their survival knowledge and whatever …

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Show #82: Artists You Should Know, Jessica Fichot

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Jessica Fichot has a new album, an EP of 7 songs called Dear Shanghai, that celebrates her Chinese parentage and background. Her past 2 albums, Le Chemin (The Path) and Le Secret (The Secret), demonstrate her talent at French chanson-style and writing, complete with bal musette (think French cafe à la Robert Doisneau) accordion, gypsy swing, folk, pop, and other French popular styles. The new album, Dear Shanghai, brings …

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Show #81: Lesser-Known Brazilian Gems

Posted November 14, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso once characterized Brazil as “the great other” Why? Because following Columbus’ discovery of the New World in 1493, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain went to the Pope to lay claim to these newly discovered territories. Under the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, the Spanish-born Pope Alexader VI issued a papal bull decreeing all territories longitudinally 370 miles west of the …

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Show #80: Songs of Ecstasy and Enchantment

Posted November 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I didn’t really know at first what to call this show, but I did know that these are all songs of wonder good for musing and dreaming. Some of them I have enjoyed for years and never tired of.
We begin with Pakistani sufi master the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, originally from an obscure Angel album called Spirit II: Spirit of Rumi. Graeme Revell produced this …

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Show #79: The Other Side o’ Halloween

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Halloween, like a lot of holidays, brings about the same songs again and again. You’ll always hear things like “Monster Mash,” “Werewolves of London,” or “Thriller.”
A few years ago, I wrote a post about the talented Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, who was by no means a one-trick Halloween pony, but sadly, came to be known for only one of his songs, “I Put A Spell On You” …

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Show #78: Remembering Tim Hauser Through the Songs He Loved

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I was both surprised and saddened by the recent passing of Tim Hauser just a week ago. He was not only the guy who founded the famous vocal group The Manhattan Transfer; he was a friend and did a weekly vocal music show on KCRW back when I was Music Director. His show was called Sunday Sings Jazz on Sundays and was on from noon till 2 PM. …

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