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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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Show #154: New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted April 15, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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This show features some of my favorite new releases, starting off with that most-Cuban of all New York tropical latin outfits, Los Hacheros (The Hatchets). The vocalist reminds me of all that I loved about Ibrahim Ferrer, the late star vocalist with the Buena Vista Social Club. The new album is filled with that catchy, soulful, sabor cubano that …

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Show #153: The Oud, Lute, and Guitar; Also, Remembering Gato Barbieri

Posted April 8, 2016 by | 11 Comments
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This week’s show is divided into two parts. In the first half, we hear tracks to compare three solo plucked instruments — the oud, the lute, and the guitar. Then we feature three songs by Latin jazz saxophonist Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, who passed away recently. I reminisced about my 1977 interview with Gato in a blog post earlier this week.
The oud, the lute, and the …

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Show #152: Musical Potpourri Part 2

Posted April 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Sometimes I just feel like sharing music I love regardless of whether it’s new or old and no matter the genre. There are plenty of others crowing about what’s new, but often what is older is better since it’s stood the test of time.
That’s certainly true for Howlin’ Wolf (né Chester Burnett). He’s a Mississippi-born blues shouter I’ve always loved. I …

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Show #151: Musical Potpourri

Posted March 25, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This week I just want to play deejay and lay down some tracks I’ve liked for a long time. Here are my picks:
Jhelisa had a number of hits as a member of The Shamen in the early 90′s, but I didn’t discover her until later. I love this cut from her 2006 CD A Primitive Guide to Being There.
The positive …

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Show #150: New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted March 18, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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It’s once again time to showcase choice new releases.
We begin by reprising French singer Lou Tavano’s cool version of the Mongo Santamaria classic, “Afro Blue.”  Then we check out the Haitian band Lakou Mizik’s new CD on the Cumbancha label, a reliable curator and purveyor of good world music.
A new jazz singer, Jackie Gage, follows with the wonderful, witty standard “Comes Love.” …

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Show #149: Dorival Caymmi: The Alpha and Omega of Brazilian Music

Posted March 11, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Everybody who likes Brazilian music knows who Antonio Carlos Jobim is. Or Carmen Miranda. Bebel Gilberto. What about Dorival Caymmi?  Not as many know his work. In my own small way I hope to change that.
Dorival Caymmi (1914-2008) paved the way for Jobim, started Carmen Miranda’s career, and influenced an entire generation of musicians who came up in the 1950′s and 1960′s: Tom Jobim, Joao …

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Show #148: Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

Posted March 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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John Coltrane’s 1965 album A Love Supreme is not only a musical masterpiece, but also a sublime expression of the human spirit. It is Coltrane’s spiritual essence. Now, 50 years after it was released, some master recordings – long lost and forgotten – have been unearthed and released in a 3-cd set, A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters. The set is co-produced by writer and critic …

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Show #147: The Spiritual Side of World Music

Posted February 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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A few weeks ago we checked out some Spiritual Jazz classics, with music by John and Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Azar Lawrence, Doug and Jean Carn, and others. This week we’ll do the same with world music. Here goes:
We start with the last recording Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ever made, this time with film composer Graeme Revell, recorded in …

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Show #146: New and Noteworthy Releases from around the Globe

Posted February 19, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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Back in high school it was always a “Sophie’s Choice” in the record store. There would be 4-5 albums I really wanted but I only had like $10 so I could only get two. That continued for another decade. Even when I worked at Vogue Records in Westwood while in graduate school, I couldn’t get free records.
When I got back from Paris in late …

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