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Show #194: An Inauguration Day Playlist to Assuage the Blues

Posted January 20, 2017 by | 0 Comments

For those of us who are feeling a little let down by the recent elections, music is a way to provide some solace and buoy our spirits. This week’s “optimist playlist” is an attempt to do that. To set the tone of the show, we begin with a stirring 1991 release from the gospel group Sounds of Blackness and their song “Optimistic.” Then the …

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Show #193: More New Releases for the New Year

Posted January 13, 2017 by | 0 Comments

This week we hear more new releases that I have really enjoyed. These are all CD’s that have made the cut among the many that come my way. We’ll start with four superb guitarists. First, there is Yotam Silberstein, who came here from his native Israel, and this is a cut from his album The Village. Second, Steven Kirby, who, like Yotam Silberstein, …

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Show #192: New Releases for the New Year

Posted January 6, 2017 by | 2 Comments

It’s a new year and what better way to start than by sharing some new music with you. First up is Seckou Keita, a kora (West African harp-lute) virtuoso from Casamance, Senegal. This is beautiful, peaceful music, part of a lovely double CD set from the U.K. world music label ARC.
We turn next to a dynamic duo, the Dominican pianist Michel Camilo with flamenco guitar legend Tomatito. …

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Show #191: Best of 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 by | 1 Comment

We wrap up the year with a playlist of some of my favorite albums from 2016. There are many more that I loved that I couldn’t include, but you can find them on the blog here.
We start with a great compilation of Haitian classics that I can’t recommend enough. We’ll hear the unofficial national anthem, “Meci Bon Dieu” (Thank You Good God), …

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Artists We Lost in 2016

Posted December 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Top row: Buckwheat Zydeco, Papa Wemba, Bobby Hutcherson; bottom row: Rudy Van Gelder, Prince Buster, Amjad Sabri (photo by SohailKhanzada)
The pop music world lost some prominent stars in 2016, starting with David Bowie in January, then Prince in April, and now George Michael. There was also Glenn Frey of the Eagles, bluesman Otis Clay, and Natalie Cole. Classical music also lost a titan …

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Show #190: Christmas Teaser

Posted December 23, 2016 by | 0 Comments

This Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m., I’ll be on air to host Christmas Becomes Eclectic for the seventh time. It’s always a treat to share the trove of holiday songs in my collection with listeners. Since Hanukkah also falls on the same day this year, I’m planning throw in some songs to celebrate that holiday, too. This week’s Rhythm Planet show …

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Show #189: Showcase: Lebanese Oud Master Marcel Khalife

Posted December 16, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I first heard the music of Marcel Khalife, the Lebanese-born oud virtuoso, when a guest host on Morning Becomes Eclectic brought in a bunch of Arab LP’s, including a beguiling song for oud and voice. I had it on a cassette air check for years, but didn’t know what exactly it was until recently. The song was “Land of the South,” from an album called Al Mayadine: Of All the …

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Show #188: Cuban Classics–A Personal Selection Part 2

Posted December 9, 2016 by | 1 Comment

We feature another playlist of Cuban classics this week, but first please forgive me for not including some of your favorites. There’s no way I can do everybody justice!
Let’s start with the great bass player Israel “Cachao” Lopez, a guy who practically invented the mambo and who joined the Havana Philharmonic at just 16. Cachao plays a great little three minute classic …

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Show #187: Cuban Classics–A Personal Selection Part 1

Posted December 2, 2016 by | 0 Comments

With Fidel’s passing I wanted to play some Cuban music I really love. This is a personal selection, and if you’re wondering why there’s no Buena Vista Social Club, Cachao, or Gloria Estefan, we’ll have a sequel next week with more sizzling Cuban music.
We start with a Coca-Cola commercial from 1952. The beverage giant was a player on Cuban soil back …

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Show #186: In the Thanksgiving Spirit — Music from Hawai’i and Cape Verde

Posted November 25, 2016 by | 1 Comment

I just returned from an idyllic vacation in Hawai’i—down on the Gold Coast of Oahu near Diamond Head—and felt the spirit of aloha in my heart and soul. Aloha means many wonderful things, all of them good:  kindness, compassion, affection, farewell, greetings, grace, hello and goodbye. No wonder that in surveys of happiness, Hawaiians often say they’re the “most contented with …

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