Earth Songs

From ‘Terra de ninguém’ to ‘Ten Feet Off The Ground’ , we have mixed 19 ‘Jazz & Latin‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Four Elements (Earth)‘. “Earth Songs” has Elis Regina, Herbie Mann , Domenico Modugno , Barbara Dickson and many more.

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INFORMATIONS “Earth Song” is indisputably the most popular green-themed tune ever. It remains Jackson’s best-selling song in the U.K. (yes, bigger than “Thriller” or “Billie Jean”), and beat out the Beatles’ first single in 25 years for the top spot on the British charts. But the song, and its lavish globe-trotting video, barely registered in the U.S.

soul walking : In 1976, Ronnie Laws launched a solo career with Blue Note Records and producer Wayne Henderson, making immediate impact on the UK jazz funk scene with his debut album ‘Pressure Sensitive’, including the classic instrumental ‘Always There’ (later recorded by numerous other artists including Wilille Bobo, Side Effect, Jeff Lorber, Wood Brass & Steel, Incognito and the James Taylor Quartet).

Lee Ritenour : From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, ….

John Betsch on Allmusic : A prolific, solid drummer who’s played with several major free musicians in the ’70s,’80s and ’90s, John Betsch hasn’t landed the major label recording pact or high profile gig that would get him more recognition.

Tjupurru : Tjupurru is a proud descendant of the Djabera Djabera tribe of the West Australian Kimberleys. Born in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea and settling in Cairns, Tjupurru began playing Didjeridu through a vacuum cleaner pipe in boarding school. His real love affair with the instrument came when he discovered the music of iconic Australian act Gondwanaland, and didj player Charlie McMahon in particular.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : In 1993, at Nelson Mandela’s request, Ladysmith Black Mambazo accompanied the future President to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Mambazo sang again at President Mandela’s inauguration in May of 1994.

Adult Contemporary Music in Japan : “Genai”, the New Jazz ‘n’ Soul unit, was started as the duo unit comprising Ginai K. Johnston, a female singer, and Oliver Wendell, a Chicago-born multi-instrumetnal player in 1999 with their debut album “Heaven On Earth”, Hawaii-flovered Jazzy Soul & AC album.

Rita Botto on Myspace : Rita Botto was born in Catania, Sicily under the shadow of the Etna volcano. Although she lived in Bologna (Emilia Romagna) for many years, Rita kept in contact with her native region through music and especially through the works of the late Rosa Balisteri – Sicily’s greatest traditional folk singer.

PLAYLIST : Elis Regina – Terra de ninguém (3.09) . The Platters – Heaven on Earth (2.31) . Lee Ritenour – Earth run (4.38) . Mike Stern – Common Ground (6.01) . John Betsch Society – Earth Blossom (3.24) . Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Lomhlaba Kawunoni (The Earth Never Gets Fat) (2.57) . Carmen Miranda – Eu Gosto Da Minha Terra (2.40) . Ronnie Laws – Solid Ground (4.35) . Grant Green – Down here on the ground (6.41) . Etta James – This Bitter Earth (4.21) . Nat King Cole – To The Ends Of The Earth (2.25) . Honolulu Playboys – Walk the Earth (1.25) . Barbara Dickson – Living Too Close To The Ground (4.41) . Warumpi Band – Stompin’ Ground (3.34) . Herbie Mann – Samba De Minha Terra (2.22) . Penguins – Earth Angel will you be mine (2.58) . Domenico Modugno – Amara terra mia (3.20) . Louis Armstrong – Ten Feet Off The Ground (2.47) . Nel Monteiro – California Terra Linda (3.51) .


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