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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 …

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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 …

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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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Timbalero Against All Odds: José Papo de Leon

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I’ve written about pianists who transcended physical disabilities and you can read about here. I want to add to this with a musician who plays the timbales: José Papo de Leon. His nickname is “El Tuco” which translates to “the maimed one”. I saw him play timbales with the great New York charanga outfit Tipica Novel at the Museum of Latin American Art this Summer and he …

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Show #71: Overlooked Unusual Songs, Part 2

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Last year, I did a show where I pulled older songs that still need some love. Now it’s time for Part 2!
We start with an R-rated Tahitian song from 1931: a love song chosen by illustrator and melomane Robert Crumb from an old 78 rpm record he found in France. After that, an album that David Byrne once gave to his friends at Christmas …

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Honoring Jazz Giant Gerald Wilson: Happy 96th!

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Gerald Wilson is one of my musical heroes. I loved all his Pacific Jazz albums from the 1960s, and songs like “Patterns” and “Lighthouse Blues”. Gerald was everything: born in Mississippi in 1918, moving to New York City at a young age to play lead trumpet and arrange for the legendary Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra, where he, just out of his teens, replaced veteran Sy …

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Dick Dale’s Surf Anthem Is Remake Of Traditional Greek Song

Posted August 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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The surf’s up in California (thanks to Hurricane Marie from Mexico) as 15-foot waves have been pounding beaches from Mexico to Malibu. I just heard Dick Dale‘s most famous surf song, “Misirlou” and was reminded that its roots lie far away from our local beaches.
This legendary tune originated as a traditional Mediterranean song from 1920s Greece. It may have even first performed in the late …

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Show #70: Featured Artists—Mélanie De Biasio & Hollie Cook

Posted August 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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I want to feature two new albums that showcase two young artists who couldn’t be more different: Mélanie De Biasio and Hollie Cook. Both of them are so outstanding, however, that their excellence binds them together. These two singers have fantastic, new albums out that I highly recommend.
Hollie Cook is a young British singer. The daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, her mother Jeni was …

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Mandolin Player: Hamilton de Holanda

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the mandolin. However, there’s a player out there who is about to change my mind–Hamilton de Holanda.
The mandolin has a higher-pitched, kind of thinner sound than say the rich tones of a guitar or an oud. It is a descendant of the lute and its history reaches back to be one of the earliest instruments.
Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton …

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