No need for extra sensory powers to know that The Great 88 will be have a new program line-up this summer; we do it every year. The changes will begin on Monday, June 9th. To get the latest info on what’s new, keep an eye on our website and KZSC’s Instagram updates!
America takes a 3-day holiday. If you’re planning on spending some time listening to new electronic dance/RPM music, we recommend the following. For maximum results, try two a day:
- TEEBS – Estar / Brainfeeder
- CHROME SPARKS – Goddess / Future Classic
- HETEROTIC – Weird Drift / Planet Mu
- CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
- TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
- TOURIST – Patterns / Monday
Here’s a few more that just came in the mail; more details next time:MR. SCRUFF – Friendly Bacteria / Ninja Tune; PLAID – Reachy Prints / Warp; MARTYN – Forgiveness / Ninja Tune; EVY JANE – Closer / Ninja Tune; FREE THE ROBOTS – Two Snakes [EP] / Perfect Touch. Have a great, sunny holiday weekend!
Spring is the season for shaking it. If you’re looking for fantastic world music to get everybody’s on the dance floor, may we suggest internationally acclaimed electro-acoustic artist Stellamara? In collaboration with Colleena Shakti, Stellamara will showcase Odissi, Indian classical and contemporary dance, along with Persian devotional dance artists Kristen Sague and Aliah Najmabadi. It’ll be an immersion full of passion at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, downtown Santa Cruz Friday, May 23rd. Also coming to Santa Cruz this Friday, we have La Misa Negra! They’ve released their debut album “Misa de Medianoche” and we’ve absolutely been loving it! Playing at Moe’s Alley, this Oakland 50’s and 60’s style Cumbia group shares the stage with El Gran
Silencio, bringing you rock en Español all the way from Monterrey, Mexico. If you want a night of Latin beats, reggae and dancehall combinations, this is the venue for you.
Heading into a 3-day weekend and the official start of tourist season in Santa Cruz, here’s what’s hot in new rock on KZSC:
1. EX-CULT – Midnight Passenger
2. BADI ASSAD – Between Love And Luck
3. CAETANO VELOSO – Abracaco
4. DYLAN SHEARER – Garagearray
5. LES BIG BYRD – They Worshipped Cats
6. CHROME SPARKS – Goddess
7. THEE OH SEES – Drop
8. MYSTIC BRAVES – Desert Island
9. HETEROTIC – Weird Drift
10. THIEVERY CORPORATION – Saudade
These have just been unwrapped:
Holiday Bonus: a live Ex-Cult video because…they’re pretty cool.
Omar Sosa and his group have released a new CD entitled Eggun- a tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Melodies are constructed by taking bits and pieces of Miles’ various solos throughout the album and, in the process, a new tune is created. It stretches the boundaries of what the music on Kind of Blue previously held while at the same time it takes the sound forward, paying perfect homage to the original. When played live with his sextet at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz last April, it brought down the house. The show was sold out, however it was one of those rare nights when the standing room people didn’t grump while they were grooving. Hear tracks from Eggun on the Stirrin’ The Soup Jazz Collective Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm on KZSC.
-Jared Frazier, KZSC Jazz Director
Enjoy this little shoutout from Omar’s show that you might be hearing over the airwaves in the near future:
On the way to Memorial Day weekend, our world music “repeat plays” go to electronic group Thievery Corporation with their fantastic twist on classic bossa nova, Tuareg musicians Tinariwen’s newest album and the latest psychedelic tropicália from Caetano Veloso. Here’s the Top Ten:
1 THIEVERY CORPORATION-Saudade
2 TINARIWEN – Emmaar
3 CAETANO VELOSO – Abracaco
4 LA MISA NEGRA – Misa De Medianoche
5 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES- Silt
6 HAFEZ NAZERI- Rumi Symphony Project Untold
7 OMAR SOULEYMAN- Wenu Wenu
8 SAN LAZARO- Serendipity
9 ANA TIJOUX- Vengo
10 FAREED HAQUE- Trance Hypothesis