Meet the ‘Born at the Right Time’ Band

Paul Simon’s 1991-92 “Born at the Right Time” tour, which played Central Park in New York in the summer of ’91, is a landmark event not just for its music, but for its historic amalgamation of international musicians from several continents and dozens of genres. Here’s who they are:

Briz and Grupo Cultural OLODUM — percussion: The Brazilian carnival favorites recorded with Michael Jackson, Sepultura and Wayne Shorter, among others, after working with Simon.

Greg Kot is the editorial director of The Coda Collection. He is also the cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show and podcast “Sound Opinions” with Jim DeRogatis, and previously the music critic at the Chicago Tribune for 30 years. His books include acclaimed biographies of Mavis Staples (“I’ll Take You There”) and Wilco (“Learning How to Die”) and a history of the digital music revolution (“Ripped”). He also coauthored “The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Rivalry” and has written extensively for Rolling Stone, BBC Culture and Encyclopedia Britannica. When he takes off the headphones, Kot coaches in his Chicago-based youth travel basketball program ( In addition, he has coauthored two best-selling editions of the book “Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.”

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