Rhythm Planet's signature eclectic mix of new and old – from silk road electronica to Puerto Rican pop, plus the latest in jazz, classical, and world.
May. 26from Music News
Rhythm Planet shines a spotlight on four world music musicians who passed away recently, but are not so well known in the west. They deserve to be better remembered here.
May. 19from Music News
Tom Schnabel met and interviewed Little Richard just once, on December 18, 1984. The fun and joyful visit was at times wonderfully raucous.
May. 12from Music Special Programming
Rhythm Planet whips up our usual recipe for this week’s playlist – a mix of new and older releases across a range of musical styles.
May. 5from Music News
The remarkable Carnatic singer’s music reflects a pure heart and exploratory spirit, and also impresses with its musical ambition.
Apr. 28from Music News
Featuring terrific new releases from around the world, including Mali and Mauritius to Colombia and France.
Apr. 21from Music News
Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner had a special touch and sound. He joined John Coltrane’s classic quartet at just 21 and provided the wings for Coltrane's sonic explorations.
Apr. 14from Music News
Rhythm Planet tosses up a musical salad mix of new and old, along with remembrances of artists who passed away recently.
Apr. 7from Music News
The African music titan Manu Dibango helped to internationalize African music and also influenced all of it in his wake.
Mar. 31from Music News
As we settle into this strange, new normal, Rhythm Planet offers more beautiful and meditative music to hopefully bring some respite into your home and life.
Mar. 23from Music News
Rhythm Planet offers two playlists this week to try to soothe your nerves as well as to inject a small dose of humor into the mix.
Mar. 16from Music News
With his development of bebop , Charlie Parker had conceived a whole new style of music, a system of composition and improvisation that became the bible of modern jazz.
Mar. 10from Music News
This month, hear live music from around the world, from Cuban piano and Brazilian mandolin to South African choir; plus don’t miss a centennial celebration of Charlie Parker as well as…
Mar. 3from Music News
Rhythm Planet showcases new releases in our playlist this week, together with some rediscoveries and remembrances along the way.
Feb. 25from Music News
Joseph Shabalala and members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo visited KCRW in 1988 to perform in the old basement studio. We share audio excerpts from that interview for this remembrance.
Feb. 18from Music News
The latest releases in Smithsonian Folkways’s vinyl reissue series highlight seminal recordings from the Caribbean, the Sahel, and Gambia.
Feb. 11from Music News
Vocalists and pianists take the stage this month, from Gregory Porter and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Hélène Grimaud and Omar Sosa
Feb. 4from Music News
Showcasing the Arabic oud and the top musicians who play it. The pan-Arab instrument has been called the king, sultan, or emir of musical instruments.
Jan. 28from Music News
Tom Schnabel revisits some musical gems from the past, from African and Corsican music to jazz and gospel favorites.
Jan. 21from Music News
Tom Schnabel takes a trip down memory lane and shares some of his early musical moments and memories.
Jan. 14from Music News