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The Spectacular Arrogance & Ignorance of Steven Pinker’s Scientism

August 8, 2013

What is one to make of an essay seeking to bridge a purported divide of understanding between science and the humanities – in which the humanities are said to fear and mistrust the sciences – that opens with the sentence, “The great thinkers of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment were scientists”? The essay [...]


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How We Lived On It (50) – The Daughters

May 12, 2012

. Music: Tim Story, “The Daughers,” from Shadowplay. Art: Elizabeth Colomba    Related articles Being In and Out of Time (sadredearth.com) How We Lived On It (49) – The First Hippie (sadredearth.com) Jazz Is: 38 – “Nature Boy” (sadredearth.com) Eating Poetry (XXXIV) – Time Is the Fire (sadredearth.com)


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Jazz Is: 39 – Blue Rondo à la Turk

May 11, 2012

. Giving Los Angeles (or West Coast) cool jazz a whole new meaning. These guys simply take wing. The Dave Brubeck Quartet on ”The Lively Ones” television show, first broadcast July 25, 1962. Related articles Forgotten Gems From The Dave Brubeck Quartet (npr.org) My music playlist for today (May 6, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com) Take Five by [...]


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Jazz Is: 38 – “Nature Boy”

May 4, 2012

. For a marvelous contrast, sample both of the versions below of eden ahbez‘s famous jazz ballad, “Nature Boy.” The first is a classic, serenely tasteful rendition by Nat King Cole, who first performed and recorded the song. The second, longer performance is the stunningly inventive rendition arranged by Ross Burford and Connaitre Miller for Howard University’s Jazz [...]


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How We Lived On It (48) – Ave Maria

April 14, 2012

. Write text here… Related articles How We Lived On It (47) – Two Ways of the World (sadredearth.com) How We Lived On It (46) – “The Caging Of America” (sadredearth.com)


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Jazz Is: 35 – Take Five Walla

March 24, 2012

Recorded at Sachal Studios, Lahore, Pakistan – the premiere of Take Five’s Official Video. www.sachal-music.com (Hat tip: friend Janet) Related articles CineFile – The City (sadredearth.com) Eating Poetry (XXX) – “Every telling has a tailing” (sadredearth.com)


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For Your Transcendental Weekend

December 24, 2011

. Active Child, “You Are All I See.”


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Jazz Is: 34 – ‘Poutin’

November 19, 2011

It was a foggy night. Or a long night, and my heart was foggy. The bright lights glared. The crazy cat stared. All around the city no one waited. From across the bay the foghorn made no call. I walked. Came to a club. Something moaned inside. I went in. There were smoke signals. Whiskey. [...]


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How We Lived on It (44) – Unravel

November 12, 2011

. Today is the birthday of my Jewel, from whom, for a while, I was apart. Related articles The Privilege of Being Here (sadredearth.com) Born on This Day (sadredearth.com) Jazz Is: 31 – Freedom Day (sadredearth.com) How We Lived on It (38) – Amen, Brother (sadredearth.com) How We Lived on It (37) – “Knoxville: Summer [...]


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Jazz Is: 32 – Saxophone Colossus

September 23, 2011

. I’m feeling my power today. Sonny Rollins feels it everyday. Related articles Sonny Rollins, born 81 years ago today (barryraphael.wordpress.com) Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival – Sunday (irom.wordpress.com) This year’s Kennedy Center honorees announced (salon.com) Jazz Is: 31 – Freedom Day (sadredearth.com)


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Jazz Is: 31 – Freedom Day

August 19, 2011

I’m in need of musical awe today. I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time, meant to for the not long departed Abbley Lincoln’s 88th birthday almost two weeks ago. Here she is singing “Freedom Day,” with the great Max Roach on drums, Eddie Kahn on bass, Coleridge Perkins on Piano, and Clifford [...]


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Jazz Is: 30 – My Funny Valentine

March 30, 2011

I periodically have to offer the disclaimer that while this series was conceived to offer interesting video of fine jazz performances, I do at times reserve the right and make the exception, under the Make the Exception clause, section 15, part B of the Reserve the Right rules of 2010, to be so bowled over [...]


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Jazz Is: 27 – In the Shape of Mood to Come

February 9, 2011

Only twenty years separate these two numbers. Glenn Miller‘s “In the Mood,” recorded in 1939, is one of the most famous pieces of the Swing, big band era. Here it is in a rendition led by Tex Beneke, who took charge of Miller’s orchestra in the immediate post-War years, after Miller disappeared in a flight [...]


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Jazz Is: 23 – Charlie Parker and Birdland

January 12, 2011

The jazzman’s jazzman. The jazz club’s jazz club. [ad#adsense] Related articles The House of Jazzman Louis Armstrong: The Corona, Queens, house where jazz… (curbed.com) Brian Ross: Christian McBride & Inside Straight – Fame Eludes Greatness (huffingtonpost.com) Coming to London’s Vortex Jazz Club (avantmusicnews.com)


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Jazz Is: 22 – “Molten Soul”

January 5, 2011

Joshua Redman Elastic Band Joshua Redman – Tenor Sax Brian Blade – Drums Sam Yahel – Keyboards “Molten Soul” New year, Oh, yeah [ad#adsense] Related articles White House Holiday Parties: 19 Trees, ‘Simple Gifts’ Theme (politicsdaily.com) This weekend’s must-see shows (timeoutny.com)


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Jazz Is: 19 – “Moanin’”

December 1, 2010

I’m breaking a rule, and maybe committing a sacrilege. So sue me. Better yet – jazz me. Founding principle of the Jazz Is series: not just good music, but interesting video. Principle betrayed. “Moanin’,” by Charles Mingus, first appeared on the album Blues and Roots, in 1959, a year after the Bobby Timmons song of [...]


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Eating Poetry (XXVII) – “My Ship Isn’t Pretty”

November 27, 2010

Part of the difficulty in considering song lyrics as poetry is the crucial omission of the role the music plays. Poetry is meant to contain its own music; even the most imagistic, syntactically concentrated and ideationally evocative song lyrics find their true measure in the music of the song, which offers connectors the lyrics will [...]


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Jazz Is: 18 – A Twofer

November 24, 2010

I might as well confess it, I am in deep infatuation. I can’t get enough. I have to offer two this week of my favorite sultry hipster, ’cause you know, baby, I’m a fool. t> There’s nothing to be done about it, though. It’s just the way that I am. I’ve got a worrisome heart. [...]


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More Benny Golson

November 17, 2010

charlie K, photographer and jazz connoisseur, and my personal pizza maven, sends along this shot of Benny Golson, today’s Jazz Is feature. [ad#adsense]


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How We Lived on It (27) – L’Eclisse

October 16, 2010

The ending of Michelangelo Antonioni‘s 1962 L’Eclisse. The two lovers do not come to each other in the end. New music: “Wavy Gravy” by DJ Sasha. Related articles Famous and Celebrity Birthdays for September 29, 2010 (blippitt.com) ‘Numbers’ adds up for helmer (variety.com) Five things to do today: January 21 (timeoutny.com)


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Jazz Is: 12 – Keith Jarrett. Encore.

September 29, 2010

from “Keith Jarrett: Last Solo”. Tokyo ’84 Encore. —————


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