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Show #164: Music to Be Cool, Stay Cool

Posted June 24, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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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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Show #159: Betto Arcos & the Music of Colombia

Posted May 20, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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I’ve learned a lot from my friend and musical colleague Betto Arcos over the years, and yesterday I learned even more. This time the subject was the music of Colombia, from which he’d recently returned.
Betto, like me, is a world music cheerleader and has been for decades. First and foremost a fan of world music, he has hosted innumerable shows on KCSN and KPFK. Most recently, …

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Show #158: Music for Serenity and Dreaming

Posted May 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This is a quiet show; it won’t rock your world or make you shake your booty. It would be good to accompany yoga, meditating, or reading a book though. Or maybe to listen to while taking a leisurely walk.
French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has just come out with an Erik Satie box with all the eccentric French composer’s solo piano music. The gymnopedies are Satie’s most …

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Show #157: New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted May 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Today’s show of new releases features a mix of world and jazz albums. We begin with Brazilian singer Caroline Saboya, covering a classic 1946 soccer song called “1 x 0.” After that another classic, this time by the Haitian band Tabou Combo, probably from the 1970′s, from an interesting new compilation of Haitian sounds from 1960-1981.  This is a wonderful collection of Haitian music, …

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Show #156: New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted April 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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We start this week’s new releases show with the incredibly eclectic Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble. The Silk Road ensemble comprises so many different musicians and cultures. You have to credit the brilliance of Yo-Yo Ma — he’s a classical cellist, after all, he doesn’t have to stretch out like this — but I’m glad he does.
We …

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Show #155: Bach Cello Suites Celebrated by 8 Great Cellists

Posted April 22, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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This is kind of an experimental show. Bach wrote six beautiful suites for solo cello, and I want to showcase two of them through interpretations by eight different cellists. The cello is probably the closest instrument to the human voice in terms of range and pitch. The form even resembles a human body (think Man Ray’s 1924 photo of …

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