Hermon Mehari, Ezra Collective, Zappa for piano & New Releases

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The fusion of different musical cultures and genres is at the heart of this edition of Mondo Jazz, where the works of Frank Zappa are given the solo piano treatment by Dave Hartl, Mats Öberg and Stefano Bollani, where a Kansas City expat in Paris, trumpeter Hermon Mehari, explores both his Eritrean roots and his urban inclinations, where the global music of Ajoyo finds its match in the Mathis Sound Orchestra, and where the cutting edge Ezra Collective looks back into the Blue Note vaults while the Brand New Heavies make a comeback and Kesha takes Marc Bolan into the future with a little help from Hal Willner.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • The Greyboy Allstars "Como De Allstars" Como De Allstars -Single (Knowledge Room) 0:16
  • Host talks 5:07
  • Ezra Collective "Footprints" Blue Note Re:imagined (Blue Note) 6:57
  • Ajoyo "Assyko" War Chant (Shems) 13:16
  • Host talks 19:25
  • Hermon Mehari "Eritrea" A Change for the Dreamlike (Self-released) 21:04
  • Michelangelo Scandroglio "When the Glimpses are True" In the Eyes of the Whale (Auand) 24:41
  • Dario Congedo Trio "Open Space" Don't Quit (Workin' Label) 33:39
  • Host talks 36:40
  • Mathis Sound Orchestra "Glitter Eyes" World Unity (Outside In Music) 38:21
  • The Brand New Heavies "The Funk Is Back" TBNH -The Funk -Single (Acid Jazz) 46:48
  • Kesha "Children of the Revolution" Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex (BMG) 50:16
  • Host talks 53:25
  • Dave Hartl "Little Umbrellas" Pianist Dementia: Music of Frank Zappa (Foaming at the Ear) 55:08
  • Mats Öberg "King Kong" Frankful (Annellssongs) 58:15
  • Stefano Bollani "Let's Move to Cleveland" Smat Smat (Label Bleu) 1:01:30
  • The Brecker Brothers "Don't Get Funny with My Money" Live and Unreleased: European Tour 1980 (Piloo) 1:05:14
  • Host talks 1:13:54
  • Frank Zappa "Black Napkins" Zappa in New York (40th Anniversary / Deluxe Edition) (Frank Zappa Catalog) 1:17:05
Photo credit: James O'Mara

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