Rooster_Ties

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  • Birthday 03/18/1969

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  • Location Washington DC!! (formerly Kansas City, MO)
  • Interests 'Progressive' hard bop (Andrew Hill!!!, Larry Young, Charles Tolliver, Woody Shaw, later Lee Morgan, Tyrone Washington). Also a big fan of 20th Century classical, and Frank Zappa.

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  1. I really wish I could make it to the concert tonight, but I'm deep into last minute stuff at work for our organizations quarterly board meetings (which are out of town once a year, early next week). i suspect I'll be working late again tonight, past 7 I'm afaid.
  2. My grandmother (father's side) was born in 1897, and she lived to 100! She had memories of visiting the St. Louis world's fair in 1904, among many other notable things (half of which I've forgotten, I'm afraid). Drove until she was 95, lived in an apartment by herself until 98, and still had most of her faculties until early in her 99th year. My own father turns 90 next month, and although he's slowing down a bit (in the last year especially), I think he might well match his mother's longevity and quality of life. I'm just 48 myself, but have always felt better-connected a little farther back into the past (than my contemporaries), both because my own parents were a good generation older (my dad especially, who's easily old enough to be my grandfather), and my grandma - who was easily old enough to have been my great-grandmother. Growing up (in the 70's & 80's), everything after about 1920 seemed like relatively 'recent' history to me, since stories told around the dining room table - particularly around holidays - spanned a good bit of the last century.
  3. Chuck Berry R.I.P.

    I know, am well aware, and THAT was his rep in plenty of press around the time of the hidden-cameras court-case. So how in the hell does he go from that, to being on the cover of the state-sponsored travel glossy with a shelf-life of a full year? Couldn't (and still can't) fathom how that happened.
  4. RIP

    Assuming jazz itself isn't actually dead, I thought Frank Zappa's explanation for the smell seemed entirely plausible.
  5. Chuck Berry R.I.P.

    A topic I've long thought I'd try to bring up somewhere (in some context), and I do mean to do so respectfully... Is the question of how in the heck Chuck rehabilitated himself purely from a PR-perspective, after the various charges that were brought against him regarding the hidden cameras he had installed in his restaurant (I think all civil charges, iirc, or were any of them criminal?). I don't mean to re-litigate any of that (honestly), but I have to confess I was absolutely dumbfounded about 15 years ago when I discovered Chuck's picture, big as life, on the front cover of the official, annual St. Louis Tourism Bureau brochure -- and I'm talkin' one of those semi-thick magazines they give out for an entire calendar year, close to 70-80 pages, slick and glossy, the whole 9-yards. His image on the cover of that Tourism "Magazine" for St. Louis -- hell, it might have even been for the entire state of Missouri, come to think of it -- took up 80% of the cover. As little as 10 or 15 years before (I forget the exact chronology), I was very much aware of the hidden-cameras case against him, and although I realize either the charges were ultimately dropped, or pled-down -- or he settled out of court (probably without claiming any culpability), I always felt like Chuck was seriously hurt in "the court of public opinion". Does anyone remember better than me, was it simply a matter of enough time had passed that people simply forgot about all that? It wasn't that I expected his overall popularity to disappear overnight -- THAT was never going to happen. But for Chuck to have those sort of charges leveled against him, and to then later appear as the poster-personal for an entire region's (or state's) tourism advertising campaign (a risk-adverse client, as you might ever find), just came as an utter surprise to me. Is my take and memory on the whole thing out of whack? Did he more successfully "beat those charges" than I'm remembering? All I remember is that the story had all kinds of "ick"-factor written all over it. And, again, simply from a PR-perspective (realizing that that are a heck of a lot of people with all kinds of morals and urges in this world - a fact I'm not the least bit oblivious to), I just could not imagine he would ever manage to turn around what I assumed (maybe wrongly?) was some pretty seriously-negative public perception issues.
  6. Horace Silver - Live 1964.

    What I sure wish would surface is some live Horace Silver from after 1965. Were there any live gigs with the Tyrone/Woody front line? Or did Tolliver play any live gigs with Horace?
  7. Pepper is probably my *least* favorite 'mature' Beatles album. The sum of all its parts is not insignificant -- I'll certainly acknowledge that -- but I have to confess to not being all that excited about very many of the parts, individually. My favorite Beatle, by far, was George - and Pepper has about the least amount of "George"-factor going for it. I never got a copy on CD, so perhaps I might spring for the double-disc version. And I'll confess that although I might love to hear the full 6-disc set a time or two -- that I'm sure I wouldn't spin the whole thing more than once a year (if that), once I got past the first month with the thing. About once a decade I'll go on a big Beatles kick, but it never lasts all that long.
  8. Mystery session - Grachan Moncur & Karl Berger

    Moncur, on valve trombone.
  9. Here's a list of cities/venues/dates where it is going to be shown. Week of April 28 here in DC, I'm sure I'll try and catch it... http://www.coltranefilm.com/?page_id=1408 Be sure to click "load more" down at the bottom, as there are a couple more that don't display by default the first time.
  10. Bob Belden's "The Music of Sting"

    Anybody know where this 1997 Belden remake of Bjork's "Venus As A Boy" comes from? The video is from Bob's own YouTube channel, and the description there says: ANIMATION Recorded April 28, 1997 at DK Studios, NYC Tim Hagans-trumpet, Bob Belden-soprano sax, John Hart-guitar, Kevin Hays-Rhodes, Scott Kinsey-synths, David Dyson-bass, Billy Kilson-drums Was this from an actual album? If so, which one?
  11. Gary Bartz - Home! any reissues?

    Woody Shaw devotee that I am, how am I only just now stumbling on this album for the very first time today? Guess it's still AWOL on CD, correct? (This thread came up in Google, searching for "Gary Bartz Home" - one of the first page of hits.)
  12. Lee Morgan Film

    Looks like there's some sort of Q&A along with the 7:15pm screenings this weekend (Fri & Sat only), here in DC. Wonder who with?? https://www.landmarktheatres.com/washington-d-c/west-end-cinema/film-info/i-called-him-morgan
  13. Lee Morgan Film

    http://icalledhimmorgan.com/screenings/ I see it's going to be playing here in DC starting on Friday. I saw it here in a free screening about a month ago, at the National Gallery -- but I might just go back and see it again (and may encourage my wife to go, in part because it doesn't so much focus on the music, as it does on the musician (his life, and death), and of course, his common-law wife. I said it elsewhere (in another thread), but I highly recommend catching this if you can. Dozens and dozens of amazing photos I'd never seen. Not a ton of footage that wasn't already on YouTube, but there were great interviews with nearly every member of Lee's last working band, along with an interview with Wayne too. I can see where fans of the music might have preferred a slightly more music-centric documentary, but honestly, I thought the approach was compelling, and something that lots of casual viewers could get drawn into. The ending, if you didn't already know Lee's story, was a bit of a shocker. Viewers are presented with a stark, fairly no-holds-barred view of Lee's common-law-wife -- without acknowledging her role in his death (to put it mildly), until about the last 25-30 minutes of the film. She isn't sugarcoated, but still, if you didn't know going into it, I'm sure the facts as they unfold in the film would come as some genuine surprise to the uninitiated. A very thought-provoking film. Even after all these years, there seemed to be the vestiges of some real affection for her (or, rather, the memory of what was clearly -- at one time -- genuine affection). Complicated stuff, and I thought a compellingly told story.
  14. Chris Potter Quartet US tour: May 31 - June 26

    My Google-Fu is failing me, what venue in DC in June?
  15. Happy Birthday ROOSTER!!

    48, gulp. Goodbye "mid-40's", hello "late-40's".