YouTube Music Videos

I posted this in the old forum but it got lost in the move.

For that evening when you wonder what movie or musical DVD you could put on for you and your honey, visiting guests or the entire family. This would probably do the trick.

When I was first introduced to this Video I thought “yuck” much as I did when my producer friend invited me to VIP seats at a Celine Dion Concert. While Celine was a bit better than I expected, Yanni put this one out of the park.

I was reminded by a comment from someone that I came across recently. I have been to both venues multiple times myself and they each have their own particular cachet, history and ambience.


“Imagine something different, distant, something magical. Something that is at the same time familiar and mystical. Places that fill your heart with joy, and music that is worthy of some of the most beautiful monuments ever built.”

That’s exactly the feeling you get when you watch these immense concerts performed at the Taj Mahal of India and The Forbidden City of China. Awesome for the eye, thanks to some impressive lighting, as well as for the music, Yanni introduces a world-wide audience to his unique yet very enjoyable music. He, along with 50 world-class musicians including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, put up a great show which is set to please every person regardless of one’s musical preferences, origin or other circumstances.



I do not know of her. I listened to a youtube clip that sounds very interesting. She reminds me a bit of Cassandra Wilson style.

Home today and listening to Dhafer Youssef

Here’s a tasty little Canadian tid bit.

I love it! Do you have any of her CDs? If so how’s the recording quality?

I have Chansons and Mischievous Mood

Sound is fine. Leaning into her somewhat unique vocal tones is an enjoyable experience. Not necessarily an A’phile rave but very decent CD recordings.

By the way “Chances” was written by Jill Barber and Ron Sexsmith.

I love Jobim. This is an interesting take on classic compositions.

Here’s a gal from Fla. that I enjoy. I also enjoy her back up musicians.

Cecile McLorin Salvant

This one is just plain delicious.

I posted this in the old forum but it got lost with the rest of the goodies.

Four of the greatest and man, do they look n sound like they are having fun.

Great solos including one by Omar Hakim, my all time favorite drummer.


This is from the 2013 Montreal drum fest that I was fortunate to attend.

This is Omar’s new group “Trio of OZ” and features his “squeeze” Rachel Z on keyboards. I find her to also be an amazing talent.

See if you recognize the number they are playing.

Sorry, I could not resist one more.

This is Rachel and a beautiful number written by Bobbie Rae. Patricia Des Lauriers on bass.

This cd of music from '71 features three of my favorites very happily producing great music together: Airto Moreira, his wife Flora Purim, and the amazingly idiosyncratic, eccentric and multi-talented Hermeo Pascoal.

The two lp set I have sounds better, but that doesn’t matter, this music just sucks me in and keeps me in.

Not completely sold on the production and “sound” but really like these lyrics and what was done with them.

Been spinning even more discs from “The Edition” box set of Szell with the CSO. GREAT sound.

I’ve enjoyed this work for a few decades, a great testament of African-American pride and accomplishment, a joyous and vibrant work by Ellington that doesn’t get much play. I’ve slipped the new Boplicity cd on again and it got stuck in the player. This isn’t the greatest recording, but this cd is the best stereo version I have of three cds, only a mono lp tops it, one day I’ll see if I can find the strereo Contact lp.

Just listened to this one for the first time in a while. Lovely sparse arrangements, typical Knopfler for when you are feeling mellow.


I just love Horowitz’s powerful and controlled playing.

Some of you know that I am a big fan of crossover genres.I had the pleasure some years ago to meet L. Subramaniam as my friends in Chennai produce the Carnatic music festivals there.He was actually educated as a medical surgeon but ended up following the path of his true passion.

Hope some find this enjoyable.

Another performance of “Conversations” with some folks you will surely recognize.

Hope you enjoy it. I had to stand up to applaud.

Review by Rick Anderson [-]

Indian violinist L. Subramaniam states in this album's liner notes that "the philosophy of 'global fusion' is 'promoting peace and harmony through music.'" That kind of talk should raise alarm bells for anyone who has paid money for the disc -- the problem being that, wonderful as peace and harmony are, they can be promoted very effectively in the context of terrible music, and often have been. As long as they are the primary concern of a musician, you can bet the rent that the musician in question will pay more attention to the message than the music. There's nothing morally wrong with that, of course. In fact, it's morally commendable, but that doesn't mean you're going to want to listen. However, L. Subramaniam has walked the tightrope safely in this case, and has made an album that is not only a heartwarming showcase of cultural diversity (involving, as it does, everything from Indonesian choral chanting to didgeridoo, koto, and Spanish guitar), but one that also provides consistently compelling music. Highlights include the slow, stark, and beautiful "Lost Love" (a duet between Subramaniam's violin and the koto of Miya Masaoka) and the even better "Gipsy Trail," featuring guitarist Jorge Struntz, singer Kavita Krishnamurti, and a full ensemble of classically trained Indian players. Best of all is "Blue Lotus," on which Subramaniam duets with Jie Bing Chen. Chen's erhu echoes Subramaniam's violin in eerily lovely imitation. Highly recommended.
More tracks are available in the right youtube column.Harmony of the Hearts is also fun.

Keeping with my Indian theme…