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  1. Archie Shepp Article in the Washington Post

    I was at that show. My first time experiencing Shepp. He leaned against or half sat in a chair for the 60-70 minutes that he was on stage. Took the time to introduce every tune and connections to Coltrane (like explaining who Cousin Mary was) which I think is how most such theater shows should go. I greatly enjoyed the performance, though primarily due to the material and the supporting band. I’m a big fan of Moran and Waits, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar was the revelation to me, and bassist Daryl Hall was solid. Shepp played just a few choruses on each tune, and at times it seemed the ensemble wasn’t sure what should happen next (and not necessarily in a good way).
  2. 2018-19 Hot Stove League

    I think it was in parts of flyover country.
  3. Thursday -- Nicole Saphos Friday -- Miguel Zenon and Spektral string Quartet performing his recent Yo Soy La Tradicion (available on Miel Music) Saturday -- Cecile McLorin Salvant performing Ogresse
  4. 2018-19 Hot Stove League

    Congrats to Mookie. So does the proper pronunciation rhyme with "bookie" (like the Mets outfielder) or more of the boo/Lou sound in first syllable? Or totally optional, as long as you smile while saying it?
  5. Agree with the semantics/expectations point(s). To be clear, Maria Schneider conducts a jazz orchestra, not a big band.
  6. Happy Birthday Patrick!

    Thanks. Saw Ty Lue’s last game as Cavs coach in person, and Hue Jackson’s last as Browns coach on tv. Enjoyed a great dinner at Michael Symon’s Lola Bistro pre-game. Will need to enjoy Francisco Lindor and Corey Kluber or otherwise ignore CLE sports during these dark times.
  7. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Congrats to Red Sox nation! No whining about David Price or Alex Cora for at least 11 months. Seriously.
  8. Today's tenor players

    So it reads to me as if Jim's main comment is that there has not been a great tenor (or sax more generally) innovator to emerge in recent decades. With that in mind, was the end of Ken Burns' Jazz opus inadequate--from a saxophone perspective--only in that it should have devoted more time to Rollins and perhaps some to AACM? [For those that didn't last that long, one contents guide describes episode 10 as covering 1961 to present and includes material on Coltrane, Miles' 60's quintet, and Mingus. Ornette covered fairly extensively in previous episode.] Or said differently, who qualifies as a tenor (or sax) innovator since then?Just curious, not looking to start a food fight.
  9. 21 CD box of Art Ensemble of Chicago on ECM

    But not in the promo GA posted immediately above.
  10. 21 CD box of Art Ensemble of Chicago on ECM

    Shouldn’t Tribute to Lester be listed as an AEC recording, not Bowie?

    Cool Jazz?
  12. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Come on fellas, DG is finally turning modestly positive to a slight degree about bosox pitching. Let’s enjoy the moment while it lasts. 😎
  13. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Another illustration that for ultimate success team needs to be talented, and lucky. To me, it's a HR. If Houston can overcome this misfortune, that much sweeter. If not, hopefully sufficient levels of humility/gratitude to Nature from Bosox fans if they prevail.
  14. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    An expanding strike zone and HOF Braves pitchers like Maddox and Smoltz—yes, that sounds familiar...