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  1. Gary Bartz on drug use

    I'm not a musician and I have no idea what a nootropic is do I care to but my experience is that I hear best with nothing in my system. It has all slowed down for me the last 9 plus years and I know the other side. Nootropics might heal some of the damage you've done to yourself. But don't change a thing on my account. Stay as you are. Nootropics (/noʊ.əˈtrɒpɨks/ noh-ə-trop-iks), also referred to as smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers, are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that purportedly improve mental functions such as cognition, memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration.[1][2] The word nootropic was coined in 1972 by the Romanian Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea,[3][4] derived from the Greek words νους nous, or "mind," and τρέπειν trepein meaning "to bend/turn". Nootropics are thought to work by altering the availability of the brain's supply of neurochemicals (neurotransmitters, enzymes, and hormones), by improving the brain's oxygen supply, or by stimulating nerve growth.
  2. Oregon (the band)

    I picked up a copy of Out of the Woods back in the seventies, probably a promo copy from 3rd Street Jazz in Philly. I now have just about their entire catalog on CD. Their music creates a particularly introspective mood. Good for meditation. It's a band Towner is in, but I don't think he is considered the leader, either. Oregon deserves it's own thread.
  3. Suggestions sought: Turntable

    I have an old Beogram with the tangential tonearm that was very stable and sounded great, though I haven't used it since I last digitized some albums years ago. I may get one of those newer USB ones to digitize more albums, since the hardware/software setup I had for digitizing is probably no longer workable.
  4. Wayne Henderson-RIP

    My path into jazz was largely through Steely Dan and from there to the Jazz Crusaders, some of who were a part of Steely Dan's studio band for a few albums. Wilton played bass on Pretzel Logic and Katy Lied, Joe Sample played keys on Aja and Gaucho. Larry Carlton played guitar on Katy Lied, Royal Scam, Aja, and Gaucho.
  5. Wayne Henderson-RIP

    Free As The Wind is actually a very worthwhile instrumental album. I even like Images and Street Life. There was worse stuff after that. All Music Guide Reviewer Richard S. Ginell: "There's a terrific reason why the triple-CD Crusaders retrospective The Golden Years included six of Free as the Wind's eight tracks -- the material... This would be the Crusaders' high-water mark in the post-Wayne Henderson years, and it can stand tall with anything they've done."
  6. Gary Bartz on drug use

    Opiates have therapeutic value, but I'd prefer to experiment with nootropics for a performance boost.
  7. Wayne Henderson-RIP His tone was like a warm Gulf Coast breeze.
  8. Musicians - Post Your Music Here!

    This is a sultry soul ballad, not jazz, but we did get some sweet trumpet on it from Stan K. I played bass and keyboards. Whisper
  9. Good for hydration in warm weather, without sacrificing flavor, hopefully. These "light" beers are less than 5% alcohol, not "lite" beer, which is brewed for lower caloric content, at least according to the marketing. Of course, most of the calories in beer are from the alcohol anyway, so ranking beer by calories is largely pointless. It makes more sense to regard these beers as seasonal spring and summer beers as opposed to maltier fall and winter beers. Most beer is intended to be consumed within weeks of production.Drinking seasonal brews ensures that you are drinking fresh beer with optimal flavor.
  10. Now reading...

    Quite different than the movie.
  11. Don't recognize many of those labels, an additional text list would be helpful. Boddington's and Stone Levitation I heartily agree with. The Newcastle Blonde Bombshell is good, but I like the new black Cabbie, which is also 4.2 %, even better. I've had Wachusetts Blueberry once on tap up in Mass., but haven't seen it in bottles here. I recall it was quite tasty. Of course, that is the problem with many beer lists, in that many products are only available regionally. Haven't tried Abita Purple Haze yet. It's a fruity brew, which are always dicey. Stoudt's Kolsch is a good summer brew, as is Flying Dog Woody Creek White. Most of these lower alcohol beers tend to be summer seasonals.