Daymé Arocena Featured on Rhythm Planet's October Jukebox

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Sunday September 15, 2019


Rhythm Planet’s October Jukebox

“I’m excited to share a long-forgotten John Coltrane session called Blue World, an unused soundtrack for a Canadian film around the time of his later classics A Love Supreme and Crescent. The reel-to-reel master tape went back to Canada where the filmmakers were based and then forgotten. A wise sleuth on the Canadian film board rediscovered it and Impulse! Records recently released it on 180 gram audiophile vinyl and CD. The great fire of 2008 wiped out Impulse!‘s master tapes, so thank goodness this one wasn’t there. Interestingly, Coltrane and the quartet recorded the soundtrack without ever seeing the film. They revisited classic Coltrane material from the Atlantic and Impulse years, but in a more evolved Coltrane style. With each listen, Blue World reveals more and more of its secrets. Ashley Kahn’s liner notes tell the whole story.

We move into new world music releases from British-Bahraini trumpet player Yazz Ahmed, Mauritanian synth keyboardist Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla, and the Russian band Otava Yo. Then we hear a lush recording of Ludovico Einaudi’s song ‘Night,’ performed by Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau’s group La Pietà, followed by two contemporary Cuban artists, pianist Roberto Fonseca and vocalist Daymé Arocena.

Staying in the Caribbean, I have to feature a track from the Garifuna Collective from Belize. The Garifuna descend from West African slaves who were shipwrecked off the coast of St. Vincent in the 1600’s. Garifuna culture is centered in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, all along the Caribbean coast. After the untimely death of Belizian musician and Garifuna activist Andy Palacio in 2008, I am grateful that the Cumbancha label continues to promote Garfiuna music with this new (and interestingly packaged) album.”

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