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Michael Cuscuna: Jazz Spelunker

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Michael Cuscuna is a jazz curator and archivist, and a man you can trust. Today, vinyl is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, but many vinyl albums turn out not to analog at all: they’re mastered from digital files. You’re losing a generation of sound. The best companies: Analogue Productions, Impex, Mobile Fidelity, and Cuscuna’s Mosaic Records all go straight into record company archives and …

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Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara

Posted September 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Rough Guides music has just released a terrific new album that showcases the music of the Sahara, the vast stretch of heat and sand that stretches all the way from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. The album title is The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara.
There is the blues-tinged music from Mali, Mauretania and Western Sahara, the catchy groove of  Niger, Egypt …

African, Jazz, Performances & Events, Rhythm Planet Music Show »

Show #74: Malian Music Plus Happy Birthday Ray Charles & John Coltrane

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week we feature some great music from Malian father and son duo Toumani and Sidiki Diabate and Rokia Traoré. The Diabates were supposed to have a show with Traoré tonight on Friday 9/26 to UCLA’s Royce Hall, but they sadly had to cancel. Fret not, Rokia Traoré will still be performing and will extend her performance by 90 minutes. For more details or refunds, visit …

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Keeping the Michael Brecker Spirit Alive

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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There are as many styles of tenor sax playing as there are disciples and influences: Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Stan Getz. The late Joe Henderson was pretty unique and though he influenced a lot of tenor players, his style of improvising was so different that I really can’t think of anybody who quite sounded like him.
Michael Brecker studied with a famous New York …

Artist Spotlight, Blues, New Releases »

Robert Plant’s New Album: Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar

Posted September 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I once asked Malian bluesman Ali Farka Toure if he was influenced by the great John Lee Hooker. He gave me a sharp look and said it was the other way around. And he was right. The blues came to America from slaves from the Sahel, the part of Africa between the Sahara and Forest Africa (principally Mali, Senegal, Niger, Mauretania, and Gambia).
Robert Plant‘s …

Recollections & Rediscoveries, Rhythm Planet Music Show »

Show #73: The Shazam Hour

Posted September 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I love the smart phone app, Shazam. In case you don’t know Shazam, it listens to music and identifies the artist and song. And not just pop stuff but also world music, tropical music from Brazil and the Caribbean, and even can identify which recording of classical pieces by Bach or Mozart or Schoenberg you’re hearing. It is an amazing app, and like other …

Artist Spotlight, Jazz »

Shirley Horn’s Lyrics for “Come Back To Me”

Posted September 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Shirley Horn has long been a favorite jazz singer and pianist of mine. I’m not alone: Miles Davis was a big fan as well. That’s probably why he made a cameo appearance on her 1989 Verve album You Won’t Forget Me. He plays on the title track. Shirley puts lots of space into her chords and piano runs, also lots of pauses and space in …

Artist Spotlight, Latin, Performances & Events »

The Boy from Ipanema: Caetano Veloso

Posted September 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso was actually born in the small Bahian town of Santo Amaro da Purificaçao. His mother died there a few years back at the age of 105. Hopefully Caetano and his kid sister Maria Bethânia will inherit her genes for longevity.
I reviewed his autobiography Verdade Tropical (Tropical Truth) for the LA Times Book Review when the English version came out in 2002 (click …

Recollections & Rediscoveries, Rhythm Planet Music Show »

Show #72: Overlooked and Unusual Songs, Part 3

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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I pulled more records out to finish up this 3-part mini-series. The songs on this show are simply great examples of songwriting and singing. Songs that are timeless but sometimes not that well known or even forgotten. We begin with a 1976 song by Candi Staton, a great soul singer who muses on relationship problems with a dose of co-dependency. The great Oleta Adams …

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John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass: Still Amazing

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Earlier this year, I got a copy of the Speakers Corner LP reissue of Coltrane’s incandescent 1961 classic, Africa/Brass. The other night I listened to it after listening to some straight-ahead, more mainstream jazz. I was amazed, even though I’ve heard this album many, many times. It was recorded by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder, produced by Bob Thiele, and the Speakers Corner vinyl reissue …

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