Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Saturday, January 27, 2007


June Tabor's interpretation of this ballad is unadorned - and singularly beautiful.

Friday, January 26, 2007


Bach and samba - pianist Fred Hersch plays Tom Jobim's O Grande Amor. (From Live at the Bimhuis.)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

Sunday, January 21, 2007


Michio Miyagi was one of the greatest champions of the Japanese koto, as a composer, performer, and innovator in design, tuning (and more). Here he is with an unknown violinist, playing one of his most famous compositions, Haru no Umi (The Sea in Spring)

* Pictured: Reiko Obata's koto. And thanks to these guys for the recording.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


Saxophonist Paulo Moura is in a class all his own - and proves it here with his reading of Sempre a sonhar.

(From the album Interpreta Radamés Gnattali.)

Friday, January 19, 2007

north by nordeste

Brazilian singer/composer Lenine is a favorite of mine, partly because he celebrates the rich culture of northeastern Brazil in all of his music. Today's track comes from an album he made with percussionist Marcos Suzano. It's called Caribenha Nação - Tuaregue Nagô. (More info. here.)

* Photo by Marisa Vianna

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

cross currents

Take 6 puts a jazz spin on Get Away, Jordan

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Candido Camero is one of the most influential Latin percussionists working today. I'm sure you've heard him - even if you're not a fan of Cuban music, or Latin jazz.

Today's cut comes from the LP Brujerias de Candido. It's called Ti-Chi-Can.

Monday, January 15, 2007


Indonesia has a truly vibrant pop music scene, still unexplored territory for most of us in the West. Here's a small gem by singer Neng Maria, titled Bohong Ah...!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

just enough

Stevie Wonder's Living for the City (from his 1973 release, Innervisions), is that rare thing: a "message" song with a groove that never quits.

* Photo of 5Pointz graffiti by Martin Fuchs

Saturday, January 13, 2007


One of Mexico's greatest pop singers, Toña La Negra, performing El Cacahuatero

Friday, January 12, 2007


Jan Garbarek and the wind - Dis. (From the album of the same title.)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I'm in the mood for ska...

Gary Crosby's Jazz Jamaica All Stars - Ball of Fire

Monday, January 08, 2007


French jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson's way of remaking standards has long fascinated me. Here he is, playing La javanaise

Saturday, January 06, 2007

33 & 1/3d

Today's post is about my reasons for starting this blog. It's simple, really - vinyl, groove, sound.

Tom & Dito - Tamanco Malandrinho

back to africa

Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra - Africa Challenge

Thursday, January 04, 2007

honey in the rock

A.C. Forehand and his wife, Blind Mamie Forehand, recorded this gospel blues in 1927. (Check Revenant Records for more.)

* Photo by Michael Reichmann

Tuesday, January 02, 2007