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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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Musings on Brazil as the Olympics Near

Posted August 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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With the Summer Olympics in Rio just two days away, I’m thinking about our great southern neighbor. Caetano Veloso once told me that Brazil is “the great other.” The largest Latin American country but the only Lusophone nation, separated by Pope Julius II in the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas so that Spain and Portugal would not fight over dominion of newly-discovered lands. Caetano implied that this …

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Clementina de Jesus: A Legendary Brazilian Singer

Posted August 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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With the world’s attention focussed on the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio, I thought I’d shine a spotlight on a lesser-known Brazilian singer, Clementina de Jesus (1901-1987). She was an unlikely diva: Born south of Rio in Carambita in 1901, she worked as a maid for decades before being discovered in 1963 by a record producer and composer named Herminio Bello de Carvalho. How many singers …

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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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Wayne Shorter: A Love for the Abstract, the Mystical

Posted July 27, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I listened again to Miles Davis‘s album Nefertiti the other day. Like Davis’s album Water Babies, all the compositions were by saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Tracks like “Fall” are ambiguous and strange; does the title refer to the fall of man or just the season? Will we ever know?
Wayne Shorter wrote amazing compositions, which is probably why an artist as egotistical and controlling as Miles Davis let …

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Miles Davis Wouldn’t Have Envied Sly Stone Later On

Posted July 25, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Miles Davis once groused that in big Bill Graham-type rock shows in the late 60′s and early 70′s, that he was only making $10k per appearance and not the $50k that Sly and the Family Stone were getting. Davis also once said that Sly Stone “was my only peer.” This was during the Betty Mabry days when Miles was making funk/pop records, to the …

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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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L.A.’s Musical Treasure Chest

Posted July 20, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I’m about to record an unusual program featuring non-human music…think whales, insects, frogs, and birds. For this show, I pulled out an obscure 1986 LP by composer Graeme Revell called The Insect Musicians. It was my first encounter with this prolific composer, who more recently has been successful in film composing.
What I noticed when pulling out the record was that I purchased it from Tower Records many …

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Morton Gould and John Coltrane

Posted July 18, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Mosaic Records is a company that produces amazing box set reissues under the watchful eye of jazz curator and “spelunker” Michael Cuscuna, who goes deep into the record company jazz vaults to recover buried treasures and share them with other jazz fans. Thanks to a tip on Mosaic’s blog, I learned the origins of a seminal John Coltrane recording, one that started me on a jazz …

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Show #167: New and Noteworthy Releases

Posted July 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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It’s time to check out some new jams that I’ve enjoyed recently. We start out with a Brazilian guitarist that I had never heard of previously, but whom I like a lot, Marcos Amorim. Singer Carla Hassett, based in Los Angeles, is a Brazilian singer who does some nice covers, both of Caetano Veloso (“A Little More Blue”) and this one, the …

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