We’ve got a new “Think Again” column here called, “FCC, Meet ‘Change'”and a new Nation column called “Save the News, not the Newspaper,” here.
This just in: Brilliant guy compares Alterman on Bruce to Casablanca!
And damn if he doesn’t have a point, (IONSHO).
On the other hand, this morning we are freshly reminded of the greatJohn Stuart Mill’s observation that “I never meant to say that theConservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid peopleare generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously anduniversally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman willdeny it,” when I see something like this.
Sorry boys, most of these movies suck (Red Dawn? really?) And the ones that don’t aren’t conservative. Not getting an abortion does not a conservative make, idiots. Juno is a movie about family love, withliberal attitudes. And Groundhog Day? God I am tired of their motherfucking shit
Alter-reviews: Miles and Coltrane Tribute at Jazz @LC:
I went to the 50th anniversary celebration of Kind of Blue and GiantSteps last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center. We reviewed the two-CDKind Of Blue: Legacy Edition with studio sequences, false starts, andalternate takes from 1958-59 sessions, plus seventeen-minute “So What” (live inHolland, 1960) a little while back. If any musical composition holds upafter fifty years, this is it. J@LC did something daring with it last night, however; they invited the vocal group Take Six to perform theentire album. Sometimes it worked. “So What” was a revelation. Much ofthe rest of it was not. A noble experiment, to be sure, but it wouldhave worked better, me thinks, if they had only done say, two of thetracks, and then thrown in their terrific “Seven Steps to Heaven” as anencore.
Much more successful from where I sat was the performance of GiantSteps, an album that lacks KOB’s iconic status–which, thanks in largemeasure to Ashley Kahn, belongs to A Love Supreme instead, perhapsdeservedly so, but is really pretty damn great. The band was fronted byMatthew Mulgrew and featured Ted Nash, and was joined by the greatdrummer Jimmy Cobb, who is the only living member of the Davis ensembleon KOB. He sounded just fine on the four or five tracks upon which heplayed.
Anyway, whenever I hear music at Rose Hall I wonder about the distancefrom which jazz was created and the setting in which it’s being played.Last night it felt just fine. This is our classical music now, but thespirit of music lies in improvisation and so it lives in a way that forme, classical music does not. (I know, I know, my fault, not Mozart’s.)The show was mc’d by “Bunk” from the Wire. Believe it or not, the dudeneeds to loosen up a bit. There are two more performances, tonight andtomorrow. Check it out here.