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Show #59: Rhythm Planet’s July 4th Soundtrack

Posted July 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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With the exception of Bruce Springsteen‘s classic song, this week’s Rhythm Planet features some Independence Day theme songs that don’t get a lot of play. Alyssa Graham does a beautiful job on the Simon & Garfunkel classic, and so does Brubeck’s great alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond. Jazz singer Teri Thornton gives us a vocal version of Nelson Riddle’s theme for the classic TV series …

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RIP: David Weiss, Master of the Musical Saw

Posted July 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Another musical friend has passed: David Weiss. What makes it more poignant is that he performed on his $7.00 Stanley Handyman Saw on Morning Becomes Eclectic with me on December 5, 1983, but also that he was born 3 days after me. Tragically, David Weiss dropped dead in Pacific Palisades while surfing on May 24th. One would think that if you’re healthy enough to go surfing …

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Reissued: The Piano Scene of Ahmad Jamal

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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The German audiophile label Speakers Corner had just reissued, on LP–in glorious mono too–a classic album, The Piano Scene of Ahmad Jamal. This LP was originally issued by Epic Records in 1959.  There may have been a stereo version, but the original master tape is lost–or worse, it may have been reprocessed for stereo which is the kiss of death for any recording. On the …

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Show #58: New Releases for Summer

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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For the past few weeks I’ve covered various things: Brazilian Music for the FIFA World Cup, African Sax Kings, Little Jimmy Scott, and Songs About Food.  When you do this the new releases pile up and it gets to a point where you have to share them. I only keep and promote about 40% of the music I receive: the fancy word is “curation”. …

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My Issue With Drum Machines

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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The FIFA World Cup in Brazil is now here and leading up to it, I received a ton of music of new bands and collections of contemporary Brazilian music. The problem is that many of these bands use drum programming and samples rather than real drummers and percussionists. Brazilian music has some of the greatest drummers in the world. The heartbeat of Brazilian music is …

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Stromae: Belgian Singer Takes Europe by Storm

Posted June 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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A few months ago, my old friend Redha Hazourli sent me a video of a new Belgian musician named Stromae–an anagram for Maestro–singing a song, “Formidable” (translates to “great” in French) out on the streets during the early morning commute. He pretends to be drunk as he tells everybody, “Tu etait formidable,” (“You are wonderful”).  All this started when he observed a clochard (French …

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Show #57: Remembering Little Jimmy Scott

Posted June 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Little Jimmy Scott was a singer’s singer. Let’s start with what Nancy Wilson said about him:
“There would be no Nancy Wilson were it not for Little Jimmy Scott. I owe all that I am and all that I have to this man’s singing style…when I hear Jimmy, he touches me with his unique ability for phrasing. The emotions riding on the timbre of his …

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Billy Hart Quartet at The Blue Whale

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I don’t often promote local appearances by visiting jazz superstars, but I’m going to make an exception. Billy Hart Quartet: Mark Turner (tenor), Ethan Iverson (piano), Ben Street (double bass), and Billy (drums) is a sensational and beautiful group. I can’t stop listening to the new ECM album, One is the Other. I mentioned it in a recent Rhythm Planet show as music that’s part …

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Pipa Player Wu Man

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Chinese born and U.S. based Wu Man has taken the pipa (a traditional Chinese lute) and brought it to concert stages around the world as well as introducing it into Western pop and other music styles. She was cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World.”
The pipa (pronounced pee pah) is one of China’s oldest instruments. …

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Show #56: Brazilian Futebol & Music

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I bought a caxirola the other day. This is the official noisemaker for the 2014 World Cup games hosted in Brazil. Alas, they’ve already been banned from the games because supposedly they can be hurled like missiles and could hurt somebody. Nonetheless, it’s time for World Cup! This week’s show celebrates Brazilian Futebol and its music.
I’ve been to Brazil numerous times. Once I went up to …

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