Jazz & Blues Melting Pot (Special Podcast)

Monday, June 16, 2014


This New Sounds is another musical melting pot program, but tonight, we’re coming at it from a jazz and blues angle. Listen to the Swedish guitarist Torbjörn Ömalm bringing western jazz, Swedish folk and the Finnish kantele together on his record, “Tih.”  The word "Tih" means "stop and listen" in meänkieli, one of the minority languages of Lapland and the Tornevalley.  Next, hear the gifted vocalist/composer Kavita Shah, who on her latest, “Visions,” (co-produced by the renowned Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke) combines a jazz quintet with Indian tablas and the West African kora.

Hear the Norwegian blues guitarist Stein Ornheim offering “Beijing Blues,” which looks east as the title suggests. Also, from Benjamin Taubkin, listen to a Brazilian Moroccan musical collision called “Hijaz,” involving gimbri, accordion, oud, and percussion. Then, listen to the band Hijaz, an Arabic-Mediterranean collaboration based on an oud-piano dialogue.   Plus, a Japanese ballad from a New York “downtown” guitarist, and more.

PROGRAM #3603  Jazz & Blues Melting Pot (First aired on 5/28/2014)  





Stein Urheim  

Stein Urheim

Beijing Blues, excerpt [1:00]

Hubro Records HUBROCD2539/HUBROLP3539

Torbjörn Ömalm


Siela Mettassa [2:21]

F-IRE 1964

Kavita Shah


My Time Is When [5:12]

Inner Circle Music INCM 040

Torbjörn Ömalm


Enkeli [3:13]

See above.

Stein Urheim  

Stein Urheim

Beijing Blues [7:34]

See above.

Benjamin Taubkin   

al qantara & the bridge

Hijaz (Rachid Zeroual) [6:49]

Adventure Music AM1087



Desert Dancer [5:38]

Zephyrus Records
Available at iTunes,

Aram Bajakian

there were flowers also in hell

Japanese Love Ballad [3:01]

Multiplicity: Anupam Shobhakar And Joel Harrison

Leave the Door Open

Devil Mountain Blues [3:47]

Whirlwind Recordings WR 4646


The Goat Also Gallops 

Raga Bihag, Part 1 - Deccan Dance

Dorian 80124


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