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3 Upcoming World Music and Dance Events You Might Enjoy

Posted February 24, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Los Angeles is made of many cultures and communities that regularly celebrate their arts, and I want to tell you about three upcoming world music and dance shows that you might like.
1. The first takes place this Saturday, February 27th at 6 p.m. at the Chinmaya Mission Rameshwaram, 14451 Franklin Ave, Tustin CA 92867. The Kalanjali Organization presents an evening of meditative Indian music …

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Great New Music from ECM Records: Michel Benita & Ethics: River Silver

Posted February 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments

ECM Records has been an important part of my musical life for 40 years and counting. My love of this label goes back to early releases such as Keith Jarrett’s first solo record, Facing You (1973) and Eberhard Weber’s Colours of Chloe (1974). Other great early releases include pianist Richie Beirach’s Eon, Dave Liebman’s Drum Ode, and countless others.
Manfred Eicher, president and founder of …

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Show #146: New and Noteworthy Releases from around the Globe

Posted February 19, 2016 by | 1 Comment

Back in high school it was always a “Sophie’s Choice” in the record store. There would be 4-5 albums I really wanted but I only had like $10 so I could only get two. That continued for another decade. Even when I worked at Vogue Records in Westwood while in graduate school, I couldn’t get free records.
When I got back from Paris in late …

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Phenomenal Desert Blues Comes to UCLA Royce Hall Saturday, March 5th

Posted February 18, 2016 by | 3 Comments

A great double-header of desert blues comes to Los Angeles on Saturday, March 5th. I’m worried it may have flown under the radar of many fans here and elsewhere as I’m sure this must be a U.S. tour.
Noura Mint Seymali is from Mauretania, which, along with Mali and Niger, is the birthplace of the blues. I first saw her at the Skirball Cultural Center …

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A Tale of Three Album Covers

Posted February 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I just read in the latest copy of Stereophile that there is a new audiophile version of the classic Beach Boys album Summer Days (and Summer Nights) from the 1965 Capitol Records release. It is the perfect album cover to depict the Southern California lifestyle, whether on the beach, on the bike path, or out sailing on a sunny warm summer day. The cover …

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Show #145: Love Songs for Valentine’s Day

Posted February 12, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I said last week that I’d feature more new releases this week.  Then I realized (duh) that V-Day is this coming Sunday. Hence these 15 songs, one hour’s worth, are my Valentine’s Day offering this year. Former Rhythm Planet V-Day shows included codependency themes, the dark side of love. This year the playlist is unabashedly romantic and up.
We begin with …

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11 Great Improvised Jazz Solos

Posted February 10, 2016 by | 0 Comments

There is a new category for the 58th annual Grammy awards, #31: Best improvised jazz solo.  Nominees include the boy wunderkind  Joey Alexander on “Giant Steps”, “Cherokee” from bassist Christian McBride, and other solos from Donny McCaslin, Joshua Redman, guitarist John Scofield et al.
I want to proffer my own set of picks from days gone by.  These …

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Carnaval in Brazil 2016: Partying in Spite of it All

Posted February 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I usually write a carnival feature this time of year, when all the festivities are happening.  Tonight being Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is the grand finale.
Carnival/Carnevale/Carnaval is currently in full swing in Italy, Trinidad, New Orleans, and other countries (it was cancelled after the first day in Haiti). Then there is Brazil. Brazil holds the biggest carnival of them all, which figures because Brazil is …

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Show #144: Tasty New Releases

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 1 Comment

This week we sample some tracks from ten tasty new releases.
We begin with a fabulous 2-cd set of music by Gershwin and Mancini. The Steve Richman Harmonie Ensemble dishes up some witty and beautifully produced music of these two great composers. The Gershwin/Grofe is totally fun to hear, and the Mancini disc is absolutely wonderful.
Lou Tavano is a stylish, Paris-based singer I …

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Hey Jazz Fans: 3 Upcoming Shows Not to Miss

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I want to recommend a few upcoming shows.
The first is an exceptional quartet called P.O.E.M. (Pasqua, Oles, Erskine. Mintzer), four incredible artists who share musical telepathy and deep understanding of whatever they play. They have a new album out called Standards 2: Movie Music. The cuts include their beautiful versions of classics like “Tara’s Theme” from Gone with the Wind, “Somewhere” from Westside …

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