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Getz, McGill, Pavarotti & PARTCH make KCRW - Rhythm Planet 'Summer Mix'

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Tom Schnabel's 'Rhythm Planet: Summer Mix' features lots of new releases in jazz, classical, and world music, plus a few reissues and evergreens. Highlights include an interesting and previously unreleased live album called Getz at the Gate, with Stan Getz at the Village Gate in New York. This album was recorded just three weeks after John Coltrane's iconic Village Vanguard sessions of November 1961, and we hear Getz's version of Coltrane "Impressions" from the Village Vanguard sessions. It feels almost as if Getz was replying to Coltrane. A very young Steve Kuhn, just out of Harvard University, turns in a great piano solo.  This was one of Getz's last recordings before becoming famous for his Brazilian albums with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto.

With a new Ron Howard documentary and an accompanying best-of box set about the operatic titan, it would be hard not to feature something from one of two new Luciano Pavarotti albums. We hear the famous "Nessun dorma!" from Puccini's Turandot. I once read an interview with Pavarotti and smiled all the way through the article. He is the quintessential Italian-truly larger than life.

A new Venezuelan singer named Nella just arrived on the scene. Her new album was produced by Javier Limón in Barcelona and features musicians from Colombia's Monsieur Periné among others. Nella has a beautiful voice and the elegant Limón touch enhances it. Limón is known for his work with Diego El Cigala and Buika. The album title Voy means "On My Way," and Nella is definitely off to a good start. She will perform in Los Angeles this coming October.

I was spellbound by the new album by Iran's kamancheh (Persian spike fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, a musician beloved all over the world. He has collaborated with many groups in wide-ranging musical contexts, including Yo-Yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble.

Iconoclastic composer Harry Partch always thought completely out of the box. He lived in the California desert and used instruments of his own creation and making, such as cloud-chamber bowls, diamond marimba, and the quadrangularis reversum. As a conceptualist and original thinker, Partch compares to both John Cage and Captain Beefheart. KPFK's John Schneider produced this new recording and also voiced the spoken text.

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