GA Russell

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  1. 2017 #CFL season

    Finals results Toronto 25....Saskatchewan 21 ***** Calgary 32....Edmonton 28
  2. Happy Birthday BillF!

    Happy Birthday 2017 Bill!
  3. 2017 #CFL season

    Rocket Ismail is 48 today!"raghib+ismail"+sid%3a"37b05534-4cfb-b441-bbf6-684f99ce6f63"+catguid%3a"mso%2fpeople.person_311456de029ac0ed70e0c60297bd68f4"+segment%3a"generic.carousel"+secq%3a"peta+wilson"+supwlcar%3a"0"+segtype%3a"RmFtb3VzR2VuZXJpY1Blb3BsZQ%3d%3d"+ctype%3a"0"+mltype%3a"0"+eltypedim1%3a"FamousGenericPeople"&FORM=SNAPCR&crslsl=4691&efirst=37 ***** And Warren Moon is 61 today!"warren+moon"+sid%3a"e446799b-dfe6-4612-adce-fd256bbfdb74"+catguid%3a"mso%2fpeople.person_311456de029ac0ed70e0c60297bd68f4"+segment%3a"generic.carousel"+secq%3a"chloë+sevigny"+supwlcar%3a"0"+segtype%3a"RmFtb3VzR2VuZXJpY1Blb3BsZQ%3d%3d"+ctype%3a"0"+mltype%3a"0"+eltypedim1%3a"FamousGenericPeople"&FORM=SNAPCR&crslsl=0 ***** more Finals picks ***** The Argos game may be a sellout. ***** Both games tomorrow will be on ESPNNews. East = 1:00 pm eastern, West = 4:30 pm eastern.
  4. 2017 #CFL season

    Not too many news articles this past week. Finals picks ***** 11/17 game notes ***** 11/16 checking down ***** Power Rankings ***** TSN's Plays of the Year from the past
  5. ECM Press Releases for New Items

    Bruno Maderna/Luciano Berio Five Transcriptions for Orchestra / Chemins V Now, And Then Orchestra della Svizzera italiana / Dennis Russell Davies, conductor / Pablo Marquez, guitar Unlike many of his radical new music colleagues, Bruno Maderna (1920-1973) had a great affection for older music, especially that of the Italian Renaissance and Early Baroque eras. But his transcriptions had little to do with the orthodoxy of so-called ‘historically informed’ interpretation. In the belief that works of art can be removed from their original contexts, he used contemporary instrumental resources to discover new meaning and a new validity in the works of old masters. His transcriptions of Gabrieli, Frescobaldi, Legrenzi and Viadana are vividly conveyed by the RSI Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies in a program which includes Chemins V by Maderna’s good friend Luciano Berio (1925-2003). Chemins V is itself a transcription of sorts, a chamber orchestra version of Berio’s Sequenza XI. Soloist Pablo Marquez references flamenco and the guitar’s classical heritage, while the orchestra engages with the guitar on levels of expanded harmony. Dialogue develops, as Berio said, “through multiple forms of interaction, from the most unanimous to the most conflictual and estranged.” Yuuko Shiokawa/András Schiff Bach, Busoni, Beethoven Yuuko Shiokawa, violin; András Schiff, piano Yuuko Shiokawa and András Schiff are heard here in an insightful – and delightful - program of sonatas for violin and piano which begins with Bach’s Sonata No.3 in E major, ends with Beethoven’s Sonata No.10 in G major, and has at its center Busoni’s Sonata No. 2 in E minor. No other 20th century composer was as deeply steeped in the music of Bach as Ferruccio Busoni, and his second sonata, published in 1901, is indebted to both Bach and Beethoven. Its form makes references to Beethoven’s late sonatas, and the final movement incorporates as its variation theme Bach’s chorale “Wie wohl ist mir”. As on their earlier and widely-admired duo recording for ECM (featuring Schubert Fantasies), Shiokawa and Schiff play the music with absolute authority and deep understanding. Their Bach-Busoni-Beethoven program was recorded in Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in December 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher. Thomas Demenga Johann Sebastian Bach - Suiten für Violoncello Thomas Demenga, violoncello Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga returns to Bach’s suites. “To me, Bach is the greatest musical genius who has ever lived. His music is pure, sublime. It possesses something divine and each musician has a lifetime in which to discover new ways of interpreting it.” Demenga previously recorded the cello suites for ECM between 1986 and 2002, juxtaposing them with contemporary composition in albums that count as milestones in the early history of the New Series. This new double album however is devoted entirely to Bach and the six suites. Many years of playing and studying every aspect of them, from source manuscripts to different tempos, embellishments, fingerings and bowings, have brought Demenga to the heart of the music – which Bach himself described as the only goal. Komitas Seven Songs Lusine Grigoryan, piano Complete in itself, this solo piano album by Lusine Grigoryan can also be considered a companion volume to the Gurdjieff Ensemble’s critically-acclaimed album of Komitas’s music. It was recorded at the same 2015 session in Lugano, directed by Manfred Eicher, and has some overlapping of repertoire. Where Levon Eskenian’s versions with the Gurdjieff Ensemble explored the composer’s sonic inspirations with folk instruments, Lusine Grigoryan conveys some of the same colors with her wide palette of piano articulation and her exploration of timbral possibilities: in her playing one can catch the flavor of the duduk, the tar, the zurna et cetera, as Komitas intended. As Levon Eskenian has noted, Grigoryan “conveys the mysterious presence typical of rustic and ritual music.” Pieces heard on this recording, the ECM debut of Lusine Grigoryan, include Komitas’s Seven Songs, Seven Dances, Pieces for Children, and Msho Shoror. © 2017 ECM | ECM Records USA | 1755 Broadway, 3rd floor | New York NY 10011
  6. Oscar, with Love - 3-CD tribute

    Oscar, With Love Out Today on Mack Avenue Records Standard CD package: 3-CD digipak + 24 page booklet Deluxe CD package: 3-CDs in deluxe hardback 100+ page book In 2015, a special 3-CD set, Oscar, With Love, was released to observe the 90th birthday of jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson (1925-2007). To honor her late husband, Kelly Peterson assembled some of the most celebrated jazz artists in the world to perform and record on the luminary's prized personal Bösendorfer Imperial piano, and then released the recordings as a deluxe collector's edition, featuring an extensive 100+ page commemorative book, and as a standard 3-CD digipak package. Oscar Peterson and Dave Young 2002 - photo courtesy of Brian Naimer Today, Mack Avenue Records is set to re-release this project, shortly before the 10-year-anniversary of Peterson's passing. A new deluxe limited edition 5-LP vinyl set is also due for release in 2018. The set showcases Oscar Peterson as a composer and includes the world premiere of several pieces he wrote but never recorded; the compositions were retrieved from Peterson's library for the project. Most of the music on the recording was written by Peterson, or for him by some of his closest musical friends including Chick Corea's "One For Oscar." It is these friends and colleagues who performed on the recording: Monty Alexander, Lance Anderson, Kenny Barron, Robi Botos, Bill Charlap, Gerald Clayton, Chick Corea, Benny Green, Hiromi, Oliver Jones, Justin Kauflin, Michel Legrand, Ramsey Lewis, Audrey Morris, Makoto Ozone, Renee Rosnes, and Dave Young. Watch highlights of Oscar, With Love Live at Koerner Hall 2015 Listen and Purchase Oscar, With Love: Mack Avenue Amazon Deluxe with 100+ page booklet Amazon 3CD Digipak with 24+ page booklet Apple Music
  7. My new acquisition at 450.3 million

    I wonder if there is any chance that it is a forgery.
  8. RareNoiseRecords Presents Roswell Rudd / Fay Victor / Lafayette Harris / Ken Filiano with Embrace CD, VINYL AND MULTIPLE DIGITAL FORMATS AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE ON NOVEMBER 17, 2017 (ROSWELL'S 82ND BIRTHDAY!) AND THROUGH WWW.RARENOISERECORDS.COM. ROSWELL RUDD CELEBRATES HIS 82ND BIRTHDAY AND CD RELEASE AT DIZZY'S, JOINING THE AUDIENCE AS FRIENDS AND COLLABORATORS TAKE THE STAGE TO HONOR HIM. FOLLOWING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS, RUDD WILL NOT BE PERFORMING, BUT HE WILL ATTEND THE EVENT. FOR LINEUP AND DETAILS ON THE TRIBUTE AT DIZZY'S ON NOVEMBER 16, PLEASE GO HERE. Roswell Rudd Trombone Fay Victor Voice Lafayette Harris Piano Ken Filiano Double Bass EMBRACE ROSWELL RUDD - A MUSICAL TRIBUTE FROM FRIENDS AND COLLABORATORS DIZZY'S CLUB COCA COLA, NYC November 16, 2017 7.30 PM & 9.30 PM Details Here WITH Archie Shepp, Terry Adams, Emily Haines, Sheila Jordan, Heather Masse, Hal Wilner, Rolf Sturm, Reggie Bennett, Mark Helias Sexmob Steve Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Kenny Wollesen, Mark Helias Trombone Tribe Josh Roseman, Art Baron, Greg Glassman, Ray Anderson, Deborah Weisz, Steve Swell, Bob Stewart Embrace Fay Victor, Lafayette Harris, Ken Filiano ABOUT THE LABEL - RareNoiseRecords was founded in 2008 by two Italians, entrepreneur Giacomo Bruzzo and music producer Eraldo Bernocchi. Located in London, the label's mission is to detect and amplify contemporary trends in progressive music, by highlighting their relation to the history of the art-form, while choosing not to be bound by pre-conceptions of genre. It seeks to become a guiding light for all those enamored by exciting, adventurous and progressive sounds. For further information and to listen please go to New York, November 9, 2017 - For his follow-up to 2016's purely improvised studio recording Strength & Power (featuring pianist Jamie Saft, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi), the ever-adventurous trombonist-composer Roswell Rudd made a decided shift in direction on his first RareNoiseRecords release as a leader by embracing jazz standards he has loved and played throughout his long and illustrious career. Accompanied by the brilliant pianist Lafayette Harris, upright bass virtuoso Ken Filiano and soulful vocal sensation Fay Victor, the 81-year-old jazz master (who turns 82 years old on November 17, the day of the release) delivers with rare potency and poignancy on the aptly-titled Embrace. This intimate, drum-less quartet session is brimming with conversational playing between all the participants, with Rudd and Victor partaking in some particularly interactive exchanges on jazz classics like Billy Strayhorn's "Something to Live For," Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," Thelonious Monk's beautiful ballad "Pannonica," the standard "Can't We Be Friends" and the traditional "House of the Rising Sun." Rudd has high praise for his empathetic partners on Embrace. "Lafayette Harris is one of the best accompanists that I ever played with. Boy, is he there! He's not only ahead of the music, he's in the moment and behind it all at the same time. It's amazing to find somebody who can play like that. It's as if Lafayette has been there all my life when I play with him. Kenny Filiano is a virtuoso of the bass, particularly with the bow. Let the world be told and shown! And Fay Victor is my most recent discovery. Fay is an instrument, a voice, a personality, a spirit...all of those and more." Of the members in this Embrace quartet, Rudd goes back furthest with Filiano (the bassist appears on the trombonist's 2000 album Broad Strokes as well as 2011's The Incredible Honk). Harris appeared on Rudd's 2008 album Keep Your Heart Right (which had a similar drum-less quartet configuration featuring vocalist Sunny Kim) and also on The Incredible Honk. Victor previously made a guest appearance on two tracks from 2013's Trombone For Lovers. "I like playing without drums occasionally and I've done that a bit over the years," says Rudd. "I hear the harmonics of the singers a lot better when the drums aren't there. I don't know, it just seems to work better for me with voice and piano. Getting those interactions is something that's very important to me, which I learned about from Sheila Jordan and some other vocalists that I've been lucky enough to play with. I really want to hear the whole harmonic series of the singers when I play with them. And you know that's a very delicate and temperamental place to come from." Rudd treads delicately on the tender opener, "Something to Live For," a 1939 song, which marked the first collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. Following a beautiful solo piano intro, Rudd sings the melody through his horn in raucous yet poignant fashion, like latter day Billie Holiday. Victor enters and the trombonist proceeds to shadow and comment on her soulful singing through the remainder of the piece. They inject a lively, almost calypso type bounce into Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," a tune mostly played as a brooding, funereal dirge. "That version came from playing it over and over when we got together," says Rudd. "This is what eventually emerged." Victor showcases her scatting prowess on this number before singing the Rahsaan Roland Kirk lyrics, which the saxophonist had penned for his 1976 album The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man. "Yeah, we got our own take on it," continues Rudd. "And that tune is so infectious it is bound to get to each musical personality in its own way. And that's what we are. We're four musical personalities who go together, whatever we're playing." Victor channels her inner Betty Carter on a jaunty, swinging rendition of "Can't We Be Friends," which features the vocalist in some daring scat exchanges with Rudd's muted trombone. "I think Fay started singing it one day and it just took over," Rudd recalls. That's it. It was just right for us." Their raucous rendition of Ray Noble's "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" is bristling with energy and supported by Harris' Fats Walleresque touch on piano. Rudd explains the origins of his collaboration with Victor on this 1938 chestnut: "We wanted to do something together but we really didn't know each other that well. And she finally said, 'Do you know, 'I Hadn't Anyone Till You?' and I said, 'Yeah! And I hadn't been able to find anybody to play that with. So let's do that one.' So that brought us together. That got us started right there, doing that song. And we've kept that up." Filiano's bowed bass intro to the lovely "Too Late Now" (from the 1951 Fred Astaire-Jane Powell movie Royal Wedding) showcases his low-end virtuosity while Victor reveals her romantic side in interpreting the Alan Jay Lerner lyrics. Rudd, who contributes one of his most lyrical solos of the session here, next testifies on his trombone on a chilling rendition of "House of the Rising Sun," which also features Victor in a most expressive Carmen McRae mode. "I Look in the Mirror," a smart, swinging, Blossom Dearie-styled ditty about accepting the aging process, was written by Rudd's partner, Verna Gillis. "That was one of the first things we collaborated on," says Rudd. "And I didn't feel it as a sultry ballad or a sad song, I felt like a Dixielander on that one." The album closes with a heartfelt reading of Monk's most beautiful ballad, "Pannonica," a tune he composed in 1956 as a tribute to jazz patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter. It's a tune that Rudd has played countless times since 1962, when he formed a band with saxophonist Steve Lacy that specialized in Monk's music. "I used to play 'Pannonica' a lot with Steve Lacy. We later recorded it together on an album we did, called Monk's Dream (2000, Verve). So I was used to playing it in Monk's original key, which is C. But Fay came in with it in A flat, so that threw me off a little bit. Because everything lies so beautifully in that song and with Monk's music in general that you tend to remember it where he wrote it, where he played it. So that took a little adjustment." Victor gives a heartfelt reading of Jon Hendricks' lyrics on this achingly beautiful ballad while Rudd turns in a remarkably expressive solo on this Monk classic. Embrace is the latest chapter in the extraordinary career of the revered trombonist, who came up playing Dixieland in college before dipping into the avant-garde in the early '60s with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, Don Cherry and longtime collaborator Steve Lacy. In more recent times, the ever-adventurous Rudd has collaborated with Malian musicians (2001's MALIcool), traditional Mongolian musicians (2005's Blue Mongol) and Latin musicians (2007's El Espiritu Jibaro). He gathered nine of the greatest trombonists on the scene, along with the Gangue Brass Band of Benin, for 2009's Trombone Tribe and in 2016 he debuted on RareNoiseRecords with the audacious improvised outing Strength & Power. His latest for the label may be his most inspired and affecting outing to date. A tribute to the master trombonist is scheduled for November 16 and will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club. Friends and collaborators will celebrate this outstanding musician, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2013. Roswell is unable to play right now but hopes to be strong enough to attend this glorious musical event. For further info, please visit TRACKS 1. Something To Live For 2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 3. Can't We Be Friends 4. I Hadn't Anyone Till You 5. Too Late Now 6. House Of The Rising Sun 7. I Look In The Mirror 8. Pannonica CREDITS "Something To Live For" by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington (Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc/Dimensional Music/Reservoir Media Mgmt Inc/Emi/Mills Music Inc). "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" by Charles Mingus (Jazz Workshop Inc/Union Square Music Publishing Ltd). Lyrics by Rashaan Roland Kirk. "Can't We Be Friends" by Paul James and Kay Swift (Harms Inc/Chappell Music Ltd). "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" by Ray Noble (Redwood Music Ltd/Chappell&Co Ltd). "Too Late Now" by Burton Lane (Emi Feist Catalog Inc/Warner Chappell Music International Ltd). "House Of The Rising Sun" (Traditional - Palace Music Co Ltd). "I Look In The Mirror" by Verna Gillis (BMI). "Pannonica" by Thelonious Monk (Thelonious-Music 1630 Publishing Services Inc/Catalyst Music Publishing Ltd). Lyrics by Joe Hendricks.
  9. Happy Birthday Eric!

    Happy Birthday 2017 Eric!
  10. ECM Press Releases for New Items

    Jon Balke Siwan Nahnou Houm Mona Boutchebak vocals; Jon Balke keyboards; Derya Turkan kemençe; Helge Norbakkenpercussion; Pedram Khavar Zamini tumbak; Ensemble Barokksolistene Siwan is a contemporary creation, delivered by an alliance of strongly individual players, fronted by a vocalist deeply rooted in Arab music traditions. Django Bates’ Belovèd The Study of Touch Django Bates piano; Petter Eldh double bass; Peter Bruun drums British pianist Django Bates returns to ECM with one of his very finest constellations, the trio Belovèd, comprising highly individual players who subtly challenge the conventions of the jazz piano trio. Maciej Obara Quartet Unloved Maciej Obara alto saxophone; Dominik Wania piano; Ole Morten Vågan double bass; Gard Nilssen drums Maciej Obara makes a striking ECM debut with Unloved, an album whose expressive range embraces tender lyricism and impassioned, fiery, powerful playing © 2017 ECM | ECM Records USA | 1755 Broadway, 3rd floor | New York NY 10011
  11. 2017-18 MLB Hot Stove League!

    Now you're chuckin' it in there Colt .45s!
  12. 2017 #CFL season

    Semi-Finals results Sask 31....Ottawa 20 Trevor Harris set a playoff record with 60 pass attempts. ***** Edmonton 39....Winnipeg 32 CJ Gable ran wild in the second half. ***** So both road teams won! Both of next week's games are currently scheduled to be shown on ESPNews. ***** Here is a video of Ottawa celebrating a touchdown in a unique way.
  13. 2017 #CFL season

    Both of tomorrow's Semi-Finals will be on ESPN2 - the Eastern at 1:00 pm eastern, and the Western at 4:30 pm eastern.
  14. What Are Your Favorite Baseball Books?

    I read The Glory of Their Times five years ago and enjoyed it very much. I can also recommend Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson.
  15. 2017-18 MLB Hot Stove League!

    With Rader I always think of Jim Bouton's story about the birthday cake.