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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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The Piano in China: From a Royal Gift to International Superstars

Posted July 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I once read that when pianos first started arriving in China in the 19th century, people were afraid of what they heard; it sounded like bones were rattling inside. Actually, the first keyboard arrived in China in 1601, when an Italian Jesuit missionary named Matteo Ricci brought a clavichord (a precursor to the modern piano) with him to Beijing. Later Jesuits also brought keyboards to …

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Musical Goosebumps and Where they Come From

Posted July 11, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I’ve read so many books on music and the brain that sometimes I forget which information comes from which book, among them Daniel Levitin‘s This is Your Brain on Music as well as the late Oliver Sacks‘ Musicophilia. One of the things Sacks examines is why some people react so emotionally to music (=musicophila), or certain music, while others are unmoved (=amusia). I’ve always reacted strongly, both …

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Show #166: Six Summer Songs

Posted July 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This week we enjoy a half-dozen summer songs. We mix them up of course. Don’t worry, I won’t play Eddie Cochran or any other over-worked cut.
We begin with Benin’s superstar, Angelique Kidjo, with her version of “Summertime.” By the way, she’s singing in Fon and Yoruba, two of Benin’s languages. Also by the way, Benin is next door to …

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For Victor Jara, Chile’s Nueva Cancion Martyr, Justice Might Finally Come

Posted July 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I have followed the nueva canción (new song) movement for a long time. It championed human rights and freedom against the backdrop of dictators and police brutality in Argentina and Chile in the 1970’s. Mercedes Sosa was exiled to Spain after being threatened by the Argentine junta with death. Sosa gave us immortal anthems like “Soy Paz, Soy Pan, Soy Más” and the great …

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A July 4th Playlist

Posted July 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Since it’s Independence Day, I decided to write down some of my favorite tracks for a July 4th playlist.  
Let’s start with Alyssa Graham, who does a lovely version of Paul Simon’s classic, “America.” We turn to Dale Warland‘s beautiful choir in a collection of Americana classics. Rubén Blades is next with his moving composition, “Buscando America” (“Searching for America”). The live version has …

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Show #165: Haitian Music Classics Revisited

Posted July 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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This week we check out 10 cuts of great Haitian music, mostly from collections and especially from Tanbou Toujou Lou, a new, truly inspiring one. Haiti — next door to the Dominican Republic and part of the Hispaniola landmass that Columbus landed on in 1492, thinking he had reached India — a country once great, now poor, is the epicenter of this …

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