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Just another mini-review

I guess I’m a “bottom line” type of guy when you get right down to it. I don’t like wading through wordy material if it bores me or, worse, brings me down. So I try to write with economy.

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Take Five

Further to my last post, here’s a pin I pinned at Pinterest last night. I was mesmerized by the sax player, especially. He seems to go into a trance during part of his solo… eyes sort of looking into his mind, where he’s visualizing each note. That’s how I imagined it, anyhow.


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Double timeout – What are the odds?

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Last night I was listening to two keyboardists whom I’d like to get more familiar with. Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans. Doing a library search for Brubeck, I came across an lp called “Time Out.” When I tried to place an order for that CD through the library, I got a notice that my online session was about to time out!

So what are the odds?

To me, it was a funny synchronicity. Synchronicity is a term coined by the Swiss depth psychologist and medical psychiatrist C. G. Jung to denote the occurrence of what he believed were *meaningful* coincidences. This coincidence did have a meaning for me. But it is too private to divulge!

I also did my doctorate on Jung’s concept of synchronicity. Anyone interested click here.


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Chick Corea – a few mini reviews at Pinterest


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Killing time

laying in bed with a some kind of feverless cold in the middle of record freezing temps… This goes down well..


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Jazzer drop your axe… it’s jazz police!

Um, that’s a Leonard Cohen song in the title, just in case anyone’s wondering.


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I love it when I discover a new (old) band…

Last night I couldn’t sleep so put on my radio walkman and headed downstairs to listen to some of my favorite late night shows. Wolfman Jack on 1150 CKOC AM, etc. But when the inevitable ads came I wandered across the dial and arrived at a strange channel… strange because I’m pretty sure it was called EZ FM but broadcasting on the AM dial.

Anyhow, I thought I recognized the music this mystery channel was playing. A really nice smooth jazz. (I know, you’re thinking “smooth jazz… yuck!” But this stuff wasn’t schmaltzy). It’s got to be John Klemmer, I thought. Off the Touch lp, or maybe Arabesque. Such a nice, soft touch on the keyboards, I continued to muse. Geez, this guy plays like I do… or rather, like I would LIKE to play.

Then the DJ came on, talking over the music (very rare for the AM band), and said (so it sounded) the track was by “Adamas from Brazil.” So off I went to Wikipedia and searched for Adamas. Nothing came up, so I went to Jazz Bands from Brazil under the letter A.

Sooner or later I found it. Azymuth.

Wow. What a cool band. Reminds me of going out for coffee after class in the 70s with my high school sweetheart and friends. Yeah, it’s definitely old school. But if you ask me, bigger stars like Pat Metheny probably heard Azymuth and tried to mimic their style. I like Metheny a lot but always felt that his South American stuff fell flat. Well, this certainly doesn’t. It flies… like, I imagine, the soul of leader and keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami who unfortunately died last July.

Long live late night radio… and the music of jazz greats like these guys!