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Show #38: Women Poets Celebrated in Music

Posted February 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Pictured above from left to right: Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale.
A recent album by Swiss singer Susanne Abbuehl has really captivated me. It features her musical settings of poetry by Victorian poets Emily Dickinson (U.S. 1830-1886), Emily Bronte (U.K. 1818-1848), and Sara Teasdale (U.S. 1884-1933).
These women wrote poetry that expressed strong but bridled passion: in spite of their living in an age of …

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The Female Voice Of Lebanon: Fairouz

Posted February 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments

I’ve known about Fairouz (born 1935) for 30 years. It started when a lovely man named Samir Hachem–who passed away years ago–brought in a bunch of her albums and guest-hosted an hour of Morning Becomes Eclectic with me. He was a reporter for the Hollywood Reporter at the time, mostly writing on film but also a fan of Arabic music. We did other shows …

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RIP: Wadi El-Safi, The Great Voice of Lebanon

Posted February 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments
wadih el-safi

Lebanese vocalist Wadi El-Safi (also spelled Wadih Al-Safi) passed away in Beirut this past October, 2013. He was 91. Just as Fairouz remains the female voice of Lebanon, El-Safi was the most famous singer of his generation in Lebanon and widely admired throughout the Arab world. His powerful, passionate voice recalls that of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and other legendary singers whose music transcended …

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Show #37: New Eclectic Releases

Posted January 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments
levine does the rhumba

This week, Rhythm Planet enjoys checking out some nice new albums. We start with Jacques Lesure, a talented jazz guitarist, very smooth and straight-ahead, and a guy I’d never heard about before. We continue with the smooth, sensual sounds of Brazilian singer Paula Santoro, then a nice cover of Junior Murvin reggae classic, “Police and Thieves” by Zara McFarlane.
Then comes some Jewish mambo, direct …

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RIP: Pete Seeger, The Power of Song

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was a one-of-a-kind American musician who celebrated American roots music all his long life. He died Monday, January 27th, in his log cabin home in upstate New York. He was a ripe 94 years old. His long musical career started in the 1940s on radio broadcasts. As a member of the folk group The Weavers, he enjoyed a number of hit …

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Mack Avenue Records: A Label To Watch

Posted January 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Mack Avenue is putting out some of the best jazz music of any label in America. It is the little label that could. If you’re familiar with Detroit, you would instantly guess it’s a Motor City based label as it’s named after a major street on the East side of town. The company’s been around since 1999, and is based in Harper Woods, Michigan in …

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Show #36: Miles Davis Box Set Coincides with his First Art Collection

Posted January 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Miles Davis was a man of many passions, talents, and contradictions as well. Reading So What: The Life of Miles Davis by veteran biographer John Szwed, makes that very obvious. Miles once commented, “The public likes starts, confusion, and happy endings. But not everything is cut and dried like that. And neither is my music.”
I’ve been a fan of Miles’ music ever since my …

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Classic Songs and Artists Who Own Them

Posted January 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Song ownership goes, figuratively speaking, beyond record labels and publishing entities. It also goes back to who does the signature version and who made the song meaningful, perpetual, and famous.
For instance:
“People” – Barbra Streisand
“Poinciana” – Ahmad Jamal
“Giant Steps”, “A Love Supreme” – John Coltrane
“Little Girl Blue” – Nina Simone
“Strange Fruit”, “God Bless The Child” – Billie Holiday
“All Blues”, “So What” – Miles …

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A Tale of 3 (Very Good) Guitarists

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments

The guitar is probably the most popular instrument in the world. It’s portable and can be used in all kinds of music. And there are as many types of guitarists as there are guitars. Three-chord wonders, jazzbos playing Wes Montgomery licks, blues guitarists playing classic blues progressions, as well as, a lot of people who could use a few guitar lessons. There are also those …

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Show #35: World Music Artists On Tour in February

Posted January 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments

There is a quartet of great shows coming to LA in February, artists who don’t tour the US that often, or may tour but bypass LA entirely. Here is a list of upcoming shows not to be missed.
1. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba  / UCLA  Royce Hall / Saturday, Feb 8th
Bassekou leads one of the best and most authentic traditional Malian bands today. His …

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