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I recently pulled out an old LP in my collection by George Russell  called Jazz in the Space Age , recorded in New York for Decca in 1960.

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Rhythm Planet readers might be surprised to see this post about the K-Pop group BTS. I don’t normally cover pop music, but over the past months, BTS has become a…

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Wednesday-Thursday, February 6 & 7 | Chinese New Year Program with Ray Chen | Walt Disney Concert Hall (Downtown) Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an East-West program of both…

February Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

Wednesday-Thursday, February 6 & 7 | Chinese New Year Program with Ray Chen | Walt Disney Concert Hall (Downtown) Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an East-West program of both…

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I hope you’ve been enjoying last week’s new music discoveries playlist.

New Music & Rediscoveries

I hope you’ve been enjoying last week’s new music discoveries playlist.

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This week’s Rhythm Planet playlist showcases an eclectic array of new releases and rediscoveries that deserve some love. I’ll highlight a few here in the post, but see below for a…

New Music Discoveries

This week’s Rhythm Planet playlist showcases an eclectic array of new releases and rediscoveries that deserve some love. I’ll highlight a few here in the post, but see below for a…

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I have a confession to make. When Nancy Wilson walked into KCRW’s humble studio on the John Adams Middle School campus on June 16, 1981, it caught me by complete surprise.…

Remembering Nancy Wilson

I have a confession to make. When Nancy Wilson walked into KCRW’s humble studio on the John Adams Middle School campus on June 16, 1981, it caught me by complete surprise.…

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Wednesday, January 9 | Somi | Mr. Musichead Gallery (Hollywood) American vocalist Somi is the daughter of Rwandan and Ugandan immigrants.

January Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

Wednesday, January 9 | Somi | Mr. Musichead Gallery (Hollywood) American vocalist Somi is the daughter of Rwandan and Ugandan immigrants.

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As a conceptualist in music, sound, and visual art, Brian Eno has few contemporary equals.

Reissue Spotlight: Brian Eno’s Ambient Music

As a conceptualist in music, sound, and visual art, Brian Eno has few contemporary equals.

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For the first time in a decade, I won’t be spinning tunes on air come Christmas morning, but I thought I’d still share some of my favorites via a Spotify…

A Rhythm Planet Christmas

For the first time in a decade, I won’t be spinning tunes on air come Christmas morning, but I thought I’d still share some of my favorites via a Spotify…

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This week’s playlist features my picks for the best of 2018. Looking back on the year, 2018 offered a treasure trove of jazz, world, classical, Brazilian and Cuban music. Stand-out…

Rhythm Planet’s Best of 2018

This week’s playlist features my picks for the best of 2018. Looking back on the year, 2018 offered a treasure trove of jazz, world, classical, Brazilian and Cuban music. Stand-out…

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This week’s new album spotlight showcases two superb live recordings with members of New York’s stellar Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

New Release Spotlight: Rubén Blades and Carlos Henriquez

This week’s new album spotlight showcases two superb live recordings with members of New York’s stellar Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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This week we feature some new sides and reissues that I’m digging, starting with two big band albums with a Latin touch. First, Carlos Henriquez, bassist with the Jazz at…

A Winter Gems Playlist

This week we feature some new sides and reissues that I’m digging, starting with two big band albums with a Latin touch. First, Carlos Henriquez, bassist with the Jazz at…

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Saturday, December 1 | Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing | Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Westwood) Brazilian singer Luciana Souza grew up in a musical family…

December Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

Saturday, December 1 | Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing | Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Westwood) Brazilian singer Luciana Souza grew up in a musical family…

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I love the magnificent music of Johann Sebastian Bach, from his magisterial organ works to the Brandenburg Concertos, Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould), and the solo Cello Suites…

Hilary Hahn’s Enchanting New Bach Recording

I love the magnificent music of Johann Sebastian Bach, from his magisterial organ works to the Brandenburg Concertos, Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould), and the solo Cello Suites…

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I first saw Jerry González and his Fort Apache Band in action at the Jazz Bakery in 1995, then at a small, short-lived club called The Ashgrove on the Santa Monica…

Jerry González, Latin Jazz Heavyweight, RIP

I first saw Jerry González and his Fort Apache Band in action at the Jazz Bakery in 1995, then at a small, short-lived club called The Ashgrove on the Santa Monica…

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Cuban music fans all over the world know that Cuban musicians are virtuosos second to none.

The Sweet Sound of the Cuban Flute

Cuban music fans all over the world know that Cuban musicians are virtuosos second to none.

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Saturday, November 3 | Kenny Barron Quintet | Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa) At the age of 75, Kenny Barron is, quite simply, one of the finest jazz pianists…

November Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

Saturday, November 3 | Kenny Barron Quintet | Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa) At the age of 75, Kenny Barron is, quite simply, one of the finest jazz pianists…

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I have lately been listening to Kassé Mady Diabaté, a titan of Malian music who was the lead singer of Badema National in the 1970’s and 80’s. The irresistible modal grooves…

The Irresistible Malian Modal Groove

I have lately been listening to Kassé Mady Diabaté, a titan of Malian music who was the lead singer of Badema National in the 1970’s and 80’s. The irresistible modal grooves…

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Rhythm Planet’s October Jukebox continues this week with another set of the latest world, jazz, and classical releases. We begin with the Toronto-based Turkish group Minor Empire.

October Jukebox (Part 2)

Rhythm Planet’s October Jukebox continues this week with another set of the latest world, jazz, and classical releases. We begin with the Toronto-based Turkish group Minor Empire.

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 The fall season has started with a bumper crop of new releases and cool reissues, so we’ll feature many of them this week and next. We begin though with…

October Jukebox (Part 1)

 The fall season has started with a bumper crop of new releases and cool reissues, so we’ll feature many of them this week and next. We begin though with…

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