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  1. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Complete game shutout for Corey Kluber against the Troutless Angels. 3H, 1BB, 7K, only 98 pitches. After a couple of bad starts, the methodical Klubot appears to have been rebooted. Leonys Martin has already exceeded expectations (HR in each of first 2 games in CLE). And fans finally getting to Progressive Field. I believe it was a massive overpay to send their best prospect (#5 league-wide) who is a catcher for bullpen help, but they need help there and the current guys likely sign elsewhere in offseason. Hopefully rotation stays healthy and effective and they get enough support from guys not named Lindor/Ramirez/Brantley to scare a few folks (...who do not reside in the AL Central).
  2. Tomasz Stanko R.I.P.

    RIP Tomasz. My point of entry was Soul of Things and Suspended Night. Have all of the ECM's except for the most recent December Avenue, and some of the earlier recordings. The first NY quartet recording Wislawa is a favorite. Saw the Soul of Things group perform once at Blues Alley and naively hoped that they would be a regular on the BA schedule (unfortunately, not so). Had hoped that the New York Quartet would travel south to DC. Was intrigued by the possible collaboration with Rava. Much to enjoy.
  3. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Yes. Another great performance by Bauer flushed away by Cody looking to do his best Bob Wickman imitation.
  4. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Pleasantly surprised that Michael Brantley got voted in by players. He was a throw in prospect in the CLE/MIL Sabathia trade way back when. Anyone recall future slugging star Matt LaPorta? (Ugh. Trade is exhibit A for not getting any sort of premium for trading stars at the deadline. Perhaps a useful contrast to the great Colon to MON deal.) Brantley has battled injuries the last several years, and I thought it probably was a mistake to sign/extend him this past offseason, but he has stayed healthy (so far).
  5. NBA playoffs thread

    This is true. A healthy Kyrie likely would have made it a bit more interesting.
  6. NBA playoffs thread

    Definitely frustrating for Cavs fans. For me, it was more the officiating in the last minute. Charging call on Durant should not have been reversed. Just appreciating the greatness of LeBron, and he managed to play less than 46 (which has started to become customary). It didn't even look that hard for him (in contrast to Indy and Boston). JR does have knucklehead tendencies, but he was a key component of the championship they won.
  7. Agree with Jim about Not in Our Name and Carla's Christmas Carols. Great recordings. Also like the Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu and the (perhaps simple) humor in much of the rest. Have never tried the fusiony CB items that Jim also mentions.Looking forward to a Haden appreciation at Kennedy Center on Friday that will feature Bley with LMO and Quartet West (with Lovano for one or both). Would the expressed lack of enthusiasm for Bley composing/arranging also apply to Haden? Just curious.
  8. Cedar Walton

    Pine (top) Perkins!
  9. NBA playoffs thread

    I sense that you do not recall Sasha Pavlovic, Larry Hughes, and Eric Snow. How about Donyell Marshall?
  10. I feel vindicated

    Performing and composing/arranging are two complementary skills. If satisfying art benefits from combining the two, do both have to be delivered by the same person? Or can one be satisfied/entranced/blown away by a great performance of material that was composed/arranged by someone else? Are there great performers/soloists who are not accomplished composers? Agree with the recommendation for quality over quantity, even if it means circulating something less than a traditional LP unit (...whatever those were...).
  11. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    Can you serve it while injured?
  12. MLB 2018: let the games begin!

    yes. finally. Tribe rotation has been pretty damn solid. Hopefully bats continue to heat up, and not just against the AL Central.
  13. 2019: Blue Note's 80th Anniversary

    Sneakers. Canvas Chuck Taylor style in Blue Note blue, and/or a higher end black leather (or vinyl) with micro grooves, perhaps including tongues w the Rivers Dimensions & Extensions graphic. A t-shirt featuring Hipp/Sims graphic on front and back. Coasters (the kind that absorb water) w designs from Afro-Cuban, Black Fire, Basra, Evolution, perhaps True Blue.
  14. My wife and I are quite pleased with our 2014 Ford Fusion hybrid. Is the Fusion franchise such a money loser competing against similar not huge (or tiny) vehicles from other makers? Or is Ford management over-correcting given the CAFE relaxation?