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11 Autumn Songs To Hear Right Now

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Yves Mondtand's Les Feuilles Mortes

We are finally getting seasonal weather here in Los Angeles, with the thermometer dropping down into the 50s and 60s. On the east coast and in Europe, people are enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, a symphony of colors.
Here are 11 songs that are about the coming of autumn. Autumn for many is a time of reflection and hunkering down for the winter. My dad …

African, Art, Literature & Film, French, Music History, Recollections & Rediscoveries »

Revisiting Paris: Old Haunts And Music Discoveries

Posted November 4, 2015 by | 2 Comments
yellow deux chevaux

I just spent two weeks in France, much of it in Paris. It was Cherie’s and my first visit together. I lived there in 1970, back when Les Halles was still there, demonstrations continued to pick up where May 1968 left off, and many demonstrations against Nixon and Kissinger’s war in Vietnam. I got thrown in jail for being too close to a demonstration …

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Francis Wolff’s Blue Note Photos: A New Reason To Celebrate

Posted November 2, 2015 by | 3 Comments
Blue Note book cover

A second volume of Francis Wolff’s fabled photographs of Blue Note jazz icons has just been published by French publisher Flammarion, 20 years after an earlier book was published (“The Blue Note Years: The Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff”). I think this new book — “Blue Note” with photos by Francis Wolff and authored by Michael Cuscuna — surpasses the superb 1995 volume. Or …

Holiday »

Rhythm Planet’s Halloween Monster Mash Up

Posted October 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment

It’s time again for Rhythm Planet to liven up your Halloween.┬áNo cookie-cutter stuff, though — no Bobby Boris Pickett “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” Elvira’s faves or even Screamin’ Jay Hawkins! ┬áThis playlist is different and I hope more interesting!
We’ll hear from Princess Noire — Nina Simone — plus some gothic grooves from Dead Can Dance and the U.K. outfit GOL (from a cd I produced), …

African, French, New Releases »

St. Germain’s Brilliant New Album: A Triumph of Synergy

Posted October 28, 2015 by | 2 Comments

It’s been 15 years since St. Germain’s last release, Tourist, which featured the late John Lee Hooker, among others. And the coolest new album I’ve gotten in a while is called St. Germain, the name Ludovic Navarre goes by.
In winespeak, here are my tasting notes, written during two complete auditions — something I rarely do or even have time for.
Track 1: “Real Blues”: Malian …

Jazz, RIP »

Celebrating Mark Murphy, Jazz Singer Extraordinaire: 1932-2015

Posted October 26, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Mark Murphy died at the age of 83 last Thursday, Oct. 22. I am saddened by the news. He was a personal hero. I’ve been a fan of Mark Murphy ever since high school, which is a long time ago. KBCA, 105.1 fm — the great commercial jazz station I was glued to in the 1960s — played his album Rah! all the time. …

Classical »

Great Adagios, Part 2: Barber, Mozart, Ravel

Posted October 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments

We previously checked out some great adagios on Rhythm Planet on August 28 with music by Albinoni, Brahms, and Mahler.
Today let’s check out three other ones by Samuel Barber, Mozart, and Ravel.
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is probably the most famous of the three. The sweeping work started as the second movement for a string quartet he wrote in 1936. …

Classical, Music History, Performances & Events, Recollections & Rediscoveries »

A Devotion To The Mighty Pipe Organ

Posted October 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Anybody who’s never experienced a big pipe organ concert in a cathedral has missed something special. The pipe organ is — and has always been — the biggest and most complicated musical instrument of all. Its huge array of sound, its sheer sonic power, would make a stack of Marshall amps or heavy metal band sound puny.
Then there is the setting: cathedrals, especially the …

Artist Spotlight, Classical, Jazz, Music History, Performances & Events, Recollections & Rediscoveries »

Six Great Music Educators

Posted October 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment

A good music teacher can infuse inspiration and instill a lifelong love of music. I couldn’t relate at all to my super straight, rigid piano teacher when I was seven or eight, plus there was simply no great music to be had in the Schnabel household, save for the 45 rpm 7″ R&B sides my older brother brought home. So I stopped taking lessons. …

Artist Spotlight, Jazz »

3 Influential Jazz Pianists You Should Know Better

Posted October 16, 2015 by | 5 Comments

This week we showcase three heavyweight pianists who probably don’t get the love and attention showered on more popular artists like Keith Jarrett and Dave Brubeck. These three are highly original artists, with their own signature style, career longevity, internationally lauded by followers around the world. They have also influenced many other musicians, not only other piano players but other instrumental musicians as well. …

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