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Around the World: DIY Systems from the Other Side of the Globe

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Globalization. How many times a day do we hear that term bandied about in the news, in advertising, in political rhetoric? As a concept, it may be valid and worth considering, but the word itself is worn out.

Too bad, because globalization (read: the world s getting smaller, making it easier to trade ideas and goods between far corners of the sphere [do spheres have corners?]) can be a vitalizing force in jazz as well as in macroeconomics. For example, we get a Vietnamese guitarist interpreting Jimi Hendrix, a Dutch band swinging through the Little Rascals theme, or an Indian mandolinist creating a typhoon from Bird riffs. You get the idea.

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