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AGULA: A Swiss-Mongolian Music Exchange Project

Posted May 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments
AGULA - Album

At first glance, AGULA: A Swiss-Mongolian Music Exchange Project, with its academic title and cover art, may give the appearance of being just another experiment in world music fusion, but believe you me—this is one album definitely not to be overlooked.
I haven’t been able to stop listening to AGULA, a gorgeous, multi-layered collaboration between the American-born, Swiss double bassist-led Heiri Känzig Quintet and Ulaanbaatar’s Arga Bileg ethno-jazz band. The latter are an 11-member collective of musicians …

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Now This: Gary Peacock’s Superb New ECM Album

Posted May 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Gary Peacock Trio - Now This

 
Double bassist Gary Peacock has been a member of Keith Jarrett’s Standards trio for over three decades now, touring all over the world with the legendary jazz pianist and drummer, Jack DeJohnette. Naturally, that doesn’t leave him much time to work on his own solo projects.
So Peacock’s new album, Now This, comes as a fantastic surprise. Recorded in Oslo for the German label, ECM Records, it features Marc …

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Show #108: The Spirit of Brazil Comes to Los Angeles—Saturday, May 30

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Viver Brasil - Dancer

Los Angeles’s premier Brazilian dance company, Viver Brasil, will join forces with Sambaguru founder and singer-songwriter, Kátia Moraes, for a high-energy night of colorful rhythms and powerful movement at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo on Saturday, May 30. As the last of the 2014–2015 Aratani World Series performances, I promise you that it’ll be nothing short of an explosive season finale!
This week on Rhythm Planet, I was joined at the KCRW …

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New Release: Joey Alexander’s “My Favorite Things”

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Joey Alexander

Last week, jazz wunderkind, Joey Alexander, released his highly-anticipated debut solo album, My Favorite Things, on Motéma Records. I previewed his music last month on Rhythm Planet. This Balinese 11-year-old has been making major headlines and has caught the attention of all the jazz giants: Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock to name just a few. Even former president Bill Clinton is a fan.
Like them, I am completely blown away by Joey Alexander, not because—well, …

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De Lux’s “Oh Man the Future”

Posted May 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments
DE+LUX

KCRW recently featured a song called “Oh Man the Future” by the Los Angeles-based duo, De Lux, as Today’s Top Tune. Somewhere between new wave, disco and punk, De Lux are Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco. With Guerin’s David Byrne-esque spoken vocals and stream of consciousness lyrics about millennials and their technology-driven lifestyles, the track is reminiscent of The Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime.”
De Lux performing “Oh Man the Future” last …

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Show #107: Tom Interviews Director John Pirozzi of “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll”

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Don't Think I've Forgotten

For the past ten years, Director John Pirozzi has been traveling back and forth to Cambodia plumbing the archives in Phnom Penh, Paris, and elsewhere for his new documentary film, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll, which screens this Friday and Saturday at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood. It’s a powerful musical journey through Cambodia’s Golden Age, the Vietnam War, and …

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Quarter-Tone Trumpet Virtuoso Ibrahim Maalouf’s Debut in LA—May 21

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Ibrahim Maalouf thumbnail

Ibrahim Maalouf, the Beirut-born, Paris-based quarter-tone jazz trumpet virtuoso, will make his LA debut at Le Lycée Français’s Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz on Thursday, May 21. Son of the great, classical Arabic quarter-tone trumpet player, Nassim Maalouf, the younger Maalouf won major classical trumpet competitions but chose not to follow in his father’s footsteps, instead pursuing his preferred studies in jazz.
For his U.S. tour debut, Ibrahim pays special tribute to the memory …

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The Spirit of Coltrane: Pharoah Sanders & Charles Lloyd

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments
John Coltrane

I just read a New York Times review of a recent Pharoah Sanders show at a Williamsburg indie rock hub called Baby’s All Right. The 30-something crowd were not particularly jazz fans, but they got the message and took to Sanders’s gentle but powerful music. Besides McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders is the only remaining member of John Coltrane’s band still with us, in this case Coltrane’s final band. …

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Show #106: Tom’s Global Voices Music Salons

Posted May 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments
CD Stack

This week on Rhythm Planet, I’m going to showcase just a few of the artists that I am featuring in my Global Voices Salons, both this month and next. I used to teach these through UCLA Extension, but it’s a lot more fun doing them in my own home, where we get to enjoy the music on my high-end audio system, along with food and wine.
We …

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Gurrumul’s L.A. Debut Tonight at the El Rey Theatre

Posted May 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Gurrumul

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu isn’t exactly a household name, but he is a singer you should know. He is a blind, aboriginal Gumatj singer from Elcho Island, a small island off the northern coast of Australia that is about a 100 square miles and has its own dialect, a language called Gumatj. With the voice of an angel, he sings songs about peace, love, and brotherhood with an …

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