Guest DJ Raul Midón's Eclectic Influences Make Perfect Sense : Alt.Latino The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist blends jazz, Latin music and soul seamlessly on his new album, Bad Ass And Blind. His musical touchpoints range from Paco de Lucía to Mercedes Sosa.
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Guest DJ Raul Midón's Eclectic Influences Make Perfect Sense

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I'm always fascinated to learn what kinds of music influence a musician and how those are manifested in that artist's own creative output. Sometimes the references are obvious; other times, they're not so obvious, but make perfect sense once explained.

The latter is the case with singer-songwriter Raul Midón. His Guest DJ session offers insight into what inspires his mashup of soul, jazz and Afro-Caribbean music and results in one of the most eclectic collections of music we've presented on the show. Flamenco, tango, Spanish-language pop, Afro-Cuban rumba, South American nuevo canto — how often do you get all of that in one sitting?

We also talk about his new album, Bad Ass And Blind, which continues his streak of records that cross boundaries with ease and head-turning musicality. And, since Midón brought along so much great music that we didn't have time to cover it all in the show, you can read on for an extended playlist that includes all of his picks.

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Raul Midón

  • Song: You and I
  • from Bad Ass and Blind
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Paco de Lucía

  • Song: Monasterio de Sal [Colombianas]
  • from Best of Paco de Lucia
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Best of Paco de Lucia
Album
Best of Paco de Lucia
Artist
Paco De Lucia
Label
Universal
Released
2001

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Astor Piazzolla

  • Song: Invierno Porteno
  • from 1943-1982
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1943-1982
Album
1943-1982
Artist
Astor Piazzolla
Label
Sony BMG Music (Canada)
Released
2007

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Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

  • Song: Vale Todo
  • from Vacunao
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Vacunao
Album
Vacunao
Artist
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
Label
QBadisc
Released
1995

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Raul Midón

  • Song: Mi Amigo Cubano
  • from Don't Hesitate
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Don't Hesitate
Album
Don't Hesitate
Artist
Raul Midón
Released
2014

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Mercedes Sosa

  • Song: Acercate Cholito
  • from Cantata Sudamericana
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Cantata Sudamericana
Album
Cantata Sudamericana
Artist
Mercedes Sosa/Ariel Ramirez/Felix Luna
Label
Polygram Latino
Released
1996

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