lundi, octobre 29, 2007
jeudi, octobre 25, 2007
Photo Credit: J-Notes
So with that said, "People Dance" (1970) [MP3] There really ought to be more dancing.A few years ago, the Gay and HIV+ 67 year old who turns 68 on the 28th spoke with the International Herald Tribune and touched on the longstanding challenges to his recording career. Around that time NPR's Tony Cox interviewed Bey as well for Tavis Smiley's defunct program. Both are worth checking out especially to hear Bey's thoughts on the dearth of male jazz vocalists.
Andy Bey plays Joe's Pub tonight at 9:30 PM and J&R Tuesday at 12:30 PM in support of the release of his live album, Ain't Necessarily So.
mercredi, octobre 24, 2007
Suddenly there are a lot of jazz-rock bands around, and Mr. Scott’s might be the Coldplay of them: A comfortable romance comes along with the echo, volume and drama. With this sound, during a very dry time in the jazz record business, Mr. Scott was signed to Concord Records, which has just released his second album, “Anthem.” His first one, “Rewind That,” was nominated for a Grammy Award last year.
But even in a jazz club, with Marcus Gilmore whacking his two snare drums at full strength, the music felt thin. In his solos Mr. Scott has a great, youthful flow, something that’s always prized in jazz. But in a music of fewer chord changes and higher volume, his nuances can get lost; the logic of his playing, and the entwined sound of his lines with the band’s saxophonist, Louis Fouché, seemed secondary to the main point of the project, which was how contemporary it all sounded.
mardi, octobre 23, 2007
Trumpeter Christian Scott performing last night at the Blue Note in NYC
For more pics from last night, check the complete set of pics I took on Flickr.
Edit-Here is the set list: Anthem, Rewind That, MIA (a new song written a few days earlier for his girlfriend), The 9, Katrina's Eyes, Litany Against Fear
Scott's put out two good albums, Rewind That (2006) and Anthem (2007).
mercredi, octobre 17, 2007
Thorntons man quits over chocolate 'squishing'
By Tom Chivers
Last Updated: 2:43am BST 16/10/2007
The man described as the "Willy Wonka" of Britain's chocolatiers has resigned after engaging in an "act of truffle-squishing" in a rival store.
Barry Colenso, the master chocolatier at Thorntons, was watched by baffled staff as he roamed the Hotel Chocolat store in Nottingham, handling various truffles.
When they inspected his handiwork after he left, it was discovered that he had mutilated £63.50's worth of chocolates.
CCTV images later confirmed that the perpetrator was Mr Colenso.
A statement from Hotel Chocolat said: "This was an extraordinary act of truffle-squishing. We can only guess at what provoked it.
“The staff observed Mr Colenso handling a number of truffles in a way that made them suspicious. When we checked the truffles, they had been squashed and damaged."
According to the statement, Mr Colenso has agreed to leave Thorntons after admitting to "inappropriate handling" of Hotel Chocolat's products.
A Thornton's spokesman said: "Mr Barry Colenso has resigned. We will not be commenting any further on this matter."
Hotel Chocolat said it would not be taking further action regarding the incident.
Mr Colenso has made headlines before, having designed a 390kg (860lb) chocolate billboard that was erected in London’s Covent Garden in Easter of this year. Passers-by ate the sign in three hours.
Thorntons has been Britain's premier specialist chocolatier since its founding in 1911, despite the rapid growth of rivals Hotel Chocolat, who have opened 23 stores since their move from catalogue-only service to the high street in 2004.
This is the funniest news I have read in some time.
Spotted at Boing Boing
lundi, octobre 08, 2007
From, "Rape Epidemic Raises Trauma of Congo War," NYT
samedi, octobre 06, 2007
mardi, octobre 02, 2007
Sadie and MaudAnd for your listening pleasure: "All You'll Be" by Tiombe Lockhart and Leron Thomas
Maud went to college.
Sadie stayed home.
Sadie scraped life
With a fine toothed comb.
She didn't leave a tangle in
Her comb found every strand.
Sadie was one of the livingest chicks
In all the land.
Sadie bore two babies
Under her maiden name.
Maud and Ma and Papa
Nearly died of shame.
When Sadie said her last so-long
Her girls struck out from home.
(Sadie left as heritage
Her fine-toothed comb.)
Maud, who went to college,
Is a thin brown mouse.
She is living all alone
In this old house.
*Irrespective of my manner, to many, all I'll be is an angry Black woman.