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Show #177: Timeless Gems — Tom’s Personal Selection Part 3

Posted September 23, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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We present the last installment of just a partial sampling of my favorite music. It’s eclectic, all over the place, which is just the way I like it.
We begin with the short-lived sensational pan-Francophone band Orchestre National de Barbès, named after a North African/Arab neighborhood in Paris. It is the carrefour, or crossroads, where the 9th, 10th, and 18th arrondissements meet. The …

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Show #176: Timeless Gems — Tom’s Personal Selection Part 2

Posted September 16, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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This week I wanted to again feature music that has stuck with me over the years. First up, a trio of wonderful guitarists. We begin with Hungarian guitarist Zsófia Boros, whose debut ECM album has her covering some beautiful songs from the Americas, hence the CD title En Otra Parte (“In Another Place” or “Elsewhere”). Boros coaxes the ache, sadness, and joy out …

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Show #175: Timeless Gems – Tom’s Personal Selection Part 1

Posted September 9, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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Deejays are always sampling new releases, but occasionally, it’s great to go back to recordings that have withstood the test of time. This is the first in a short series of programs that does just that. I hope you enjoy this eclectic selection!
We begin with a song from Leon Thomas, a progenitor of what people now call “Spiritual Jazz.” Kamasi Washington is the current embodiment of …

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Show #174: Qawwali Music: The Mystical, Peaceful Side of Islam

Posted September 2, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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I first heard the Sufi devotional music called qawwali around 1982 on a WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) album. WOMAD was Peter Gabriel’s world music label and brainchild. This was right about the time when a bunch of Brit record executives coined the term “world music” as a category for retail sales purposes. The five-minute excerpt I heard was powerful, enthralling. I was transfixed. …

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Show #173: Potpourri

Posted August 26, 2016 by | 6 Comments
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This week I’ll mostly feature new releases, but I’ll also play a little Cuban son and remember two musicians, Toots Thielemans and Irving Fields.
We start with a wonderful guitarist based in Los Angeles, Wolfgang Schalk. He has a new album I keep returning too, and it’s on CD and vinyl. After that, a track from busy Bronx bass player Carlos Henriquez, …

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Show #172: Jamaican D.J. Junor Francis Does Reggae Proud in L.A.

Posted August 19, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Jamaica has been in the news lately because of Usain Bolt and the great Jamaican track and field athletes. To celebrate Jamaica, know that there’s a reggae oasis here on Saturday night and his name is Junor Francis. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the genre and delivers the goods with verve and authentic Jamaican flavor. Junior arrived to the U.S. from the island in …

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Show #171: Stan Kenton & Tito Rodriguez: Anatomy of an Orchestra

Posted August 12, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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In 1952, Stan Kenton recorded a piece called “Prologue: This is An Orchestra.” In the 10 minute work he introduces all the members of his jazz orchestra: the drummer, bassist, saxophonists, trumpet player, trombone, and bass trombone player. In the bass trombone part he tells George Roberts to go lower, to the bottom of the instrument’s capability, which he does. Kenton also talks about …

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Show #170: Music About Water & Oceans

Posted August 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This week’s show celebrates water. Given climate change, rising oceans, and the horrible drought in California, I thought it would be timely and maybe even refreshing in some odd way. We begin with the sounds of surf on a coastline in Tonga in the South Pacific from a new collection of Pacific Islander music from Arc Music. A fun cut from years back …

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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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