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    Orlando Cachaito Lopez - Cachaito Nonesuch/World Circuit

    It's a surprise right up there with hearing rap at a nursing home. Buena Vista Social Club bassist Orlando Cachaito Lopez busts out of the senior activity center for seors with a genre-bursting release worthy of a youngster. But few urchins could wi...

    by Bob Tarte on May 31, 2001
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    Air - 10,000 Hz Legend Astralwerks

    Why do Euro-electronica acts tease us with sexy albums we can get down to, only to follow them up with moody, dark albums we can't? Massive Attack did it with Mezzanine, the followup to Protection. Portishead did it with its self-titled followup to D...

    by Celeste Moure on May 31, 2001
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    Cabaret Science - A dark look at the dues and don'ts of the piano bar

    Cabarets are where you can hear people's hearts beat," offers Raquel Bitton, talking on the phone from her San Francisco home. She, of all people, should know. Her current touring tribute to Edith Piaf and her 30 years' experience on small-club stage...

    by Gaspar González on May 24, 2001
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    Playing It Safe - This was the JVC Jazz Festival's first year here, but the sounds were nothing new

    When the lineup of the first-ever JVC Jazz Festival-Miami Beach was announced, excitement and a certain wariness gripped South Florida jazz fans: anticipation for the possibility of luring topnotch talent promised by the prestigious JVC name; caution...

    by Nina Korman on May 24, 2001
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    Dave Soldier and Richard Lair - Thai Elephant Orchestra Mulatta Records

    Back in 1978 the Paul Winter Consort made a kind of musical history on the disc Common Ground by incorporating the calls of wolves, birds, and humpback whales into the group's material. Ancient Future upped the ante in 1981 with the interspecies reco...

    by Bob Tarte on May 24, 2001
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    DJ Johnny Vicious and DJ Tall Paul - Club Nation America Ultra Records

    Club Nation America, the latest compilation from Ultra Records, combines the talents of superstar DJs Johnny Vicious of NYC and the United Kingdom's own Tall Paul to form a transatlantic sound so global it effortlessly stirs together tribal, house, a...

    by Kevin McLaughlin on May 24, 2001
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    Best Local Rap Album - Dirty Life

    More than a decade since Luther Campbell's 2 Live Crew grabbed the nation's headlines, South Florida still seems to be living in that outfit's shadow, saddled with the widespread notion that its hip-hop scene is just one long porn film. On Dirty Life...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Electronica Artist - Audio Habitat, a.k.a. James Wagner

    No, he's not a DJ, though he does spin vinyl, which he usually has to borrow because he deals in CDs and engineered beats. No, he's not into the club scene or making it past the velvet rope, though he currently spins at hot spot Blue. Nah, for James ...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Latin Singer - Francisco Cespedes

    Lucky us: The pull of the Latin music industry means we can count among us monsters of song like Cuban crooner Francisco "Pancho" Cespedes, who moved from Mexico to Miami Beach this year. Fortunate were clubgoers who caught his show at Club Tropigala...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Rap Group - Slip 'N Slide Records

    Okay, so it's not a rap group. It's a label. It's a lifestyle. It's the Dirty South, straight outta Liberty City. Founded in 1994 by Ted Lucas and home to Miami's number one nann, Trick Daddy, Slip 'N Slide represents the 305 to thugs worldwide. A gr...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Heavy-Metal Album - War to End All Wars

    Miami's own heavy-metal warrior by way of Sweden and Los Angeles, Yngwie Malmsteen has settled on a novel solution to the ol' "Hope I Die Before I Get Old" quandary that plagues so many aging rock singers. Sure he still pens the same Dungeons and Dra...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Jazz Album - Detroit Meets Chicago

    It's hard enough to be a working jazzman in South Florida, let alone one who treads the avant-garde side of the tracks. So rather than worry about pleasing club owners searching for nothing more than background noise, saxophonist Keshavan Maslak (a.k...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Electronica Release - Brownout

    For two young men who appear smiling goofily in virtually every picture snapped over the past year by their increasing number of international media admirers, Phoenecia's Romulo del Castillo and Josh Kay sure produce some creepy music. Indeed Brownou...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Record Label - Beta Bodega Coalition

    Awarding kudos to a record label may seem a bit odd initially. After all, it's the artists that make the all-important music. The labels simply are a conduit to the public. It's hard to imagine saluting, say Sony Records, for its selfless contributio...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Musical Rejuvenation - Luis Bofill

    An artist's muse can be tricky to pin down. It's easy to recognize when a musician is in touch with it, drawing on some vibrant inner force. But what exactly causes that creative well to run dry? Fans of the singer and original Grupo Nostalgia band l...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Use Of A High School Marching Band - Trick Daddy's "Shut Up"

    Can you define Southern rap? We mean beyond the obvious identifier of being made by rappers raised in the South. (Gee, thanks, professor!) Is there a telltale sign, an ingredient that makes a song undeniably from below the Mason-Dixon Line? Well, for...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Concert Of The Past Twelve Months - The Shirley Horn Trio

    An evening of exquisite understatement began when pianist-vocalist Shirley Horn took the stage at the Coral Gables Congregational Church and caressed the keyboard as she hadn't in Miami since the late Eighties. Joined by drummer Steve Williams and ba...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Concert Series - Rhythm Foundation

    Not even Hurricane Debby could rain out the Rhythm Foundation, the organization that for thirteen years has brought the very best in world music to Miami. When a twenty-minute downpour drenched the North Shore Community Bandshell in Miami Beach where...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Songwriter - Rafelito Marerro

    Beloved Dominican television host Rafelito Marerro began his career at age four, dancing rumba with the voluptuous starlet Tongolele in the Fifties. In the Sixties he earned the nickname "pampered child of Dominican society," for his talk shows featu...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Rock Vocalist (Female) - Lady Bug

    Lady Bug, Lady Bug, fly on the microphone! Your lyrics set fires; your message hits home! No woman or man, from her witty acoustic pan, can take on the global-military-industrial-masculine-musical-complex as well as she can.

    on May 17, 2001
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