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About stephenrr

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  • Birthday 04/21/1952

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Chicago
  • Interests Varied and multiple....jazz, wine, cooking, theology, literature. I'm employed as a wine consultant selling primarily investment grade wine at the retail level.

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  1. New server and increased cost...

    Donation sent. Thanks once again, Jim for all you do to keep this place operating.
  2. Paul Simon

    Lucky enough to have seen Paul and company last month in Chicago on his self-admitted "retirement tour". He is traveling with the six-piece "neo-chamber" ensemble consisting of string-trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet. An interesting crossover from classical and pop on a couple of lessor-known Paul Simon songs. And he always has a kick-ass small brass trio to assist in those lively salsa accented tunes from the 70's. The voice? A bit weak and wavery on the first tune. But he settled in and seemed to grow stronger as the night progressed. A living legend who still seems able to bring it and enjoy doing it. The solo acoustic version of Song of Silence was worth the price of admission and managed to bring a tear to my jaded eyes. Dylan and Paul Simon are America's greatest living songwriters. See him while you can.
  3. Happy Birthday Stephenrr!

    Thanks...celebrated by spinning all four LPs of the Mosaic Bud Powell (better than I recalled) and a couple of Pappy Van Winkle rye Manhattans (doesn't get any better). Finally capable of filing for full Social Security. An "old-fart trifecta", I guess.
  4. New server and increased cost...

    Jim, a huge "thank you" for your behind the scenes contributions to keep this place up and running. Your time and money are appreciated more than you know. Of course we need to pitch in for the upgrade. Count on my contributions to continue on a more frequent basis. Happy New Year to you and yours.
  5. Last Minute NYC Music Options

    Thanks for the input...In for second show of George Coleman Friday night. Checked out the other options...between Fred Hersch Trio at the Vangard and Coleman. Happy to see a couple living legends. Both the Saturday shows look amazing, but I think Saturday's given over to Broadway. But you're entirely right about the abundance of current options.
  6. Tagging along on wife's conference in Manhattan. Any hidden gems this coming weekend: Friday Nov 3 or Saturday Nov 4?
  7. Mosaic has been selling sets on eBay for the past couple years. I've purchased ten or so but I'm buying mostly the LP sets. I did pick up the Chico Hamilton Quintet cd set for around $135 shipped. It arrived today in your basic Mosaic box with all the bubble wrap. Welcome to the board.
  8. Thanks for the heads up. Loved the sound clips and ordered both on LP.
  9. Demo for new kitchen and extensive renovation of adjoining bath begins May 15. All new Subzero-Wolf appliances; all new custom oak cabinets; new tile floor; new lighting; all new granite. Turning half bath into full with deep soaker tub, glass walled shower with body jets. Estimated 6 week project with estimated budget of well over six figures. Yes. Construction projects are extremely expensive. My advice, find a contracter who speaks spanish--I'll wager he knows a master craftsman tile person. All three of our bathrooms are works of art due to floor, wall, and ceiling tile.
  10. I agree with your choices, Lon. The reason Sgt. Pepper tops my list is my individual history. Being a huge fan from 63 on, I vividly recall racing home from the store on my bike with the record on the first day it arrived in the wilds of Eastern Washington State. I remember placing the vinyl on the tiny record player AND hearing something totally fucking new; something that changed my life forever. I pre-ordered the 6-disc set.
  11. 2017 Fundraising Goal

    Paypal on it's way. Thanks again Jim; love the new CD.
  12. Date night. We saw Ricardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony in a program featuring Rossini's Overture to Semiramide, Yefim Bronfman as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4, and Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony. The Beethoven was wonderful, the Rossini was totally new to me, and the Mendelssohn was inspiring. We are indeed fortunate in Chicago to have such an Orchestra and Maestro Muti at this stage of his career.
  13. Valentine's Day: a dissent.

    The wines were just about in the sweet spot, the strawberries a bit too early. But even underripe berries are good with enough dark chocolate. I admit to being a wine geek.
  14. Valentine's Day: a dissent.

    My wife is CFO of a successful Private Equity firm; thus Valentine's Day becomes extremely competitive among her office-mates. I've learned to go big or go home with the flower delivery. However it's amateur night on the restaurant scene, so it's two inch filets at home with 2002 Taittinger Comptes de Champagne, 1994 Dominus that I just poured into a decanter, and chocolate covered strawberries.
  15. NEW CD now available for pre-oder

    Jim...absolutely bowled over by the cover art! Kudos...I feel like a kid at Christmas.