Thursday, January 22, 2009

Silverlight Makes History

News Brief. When POTUS spoke about change, I wouldn't have guessed this.
Looks like Adobe Flash is about as fashionable as George W. Bush to the incoming Obama administration. Microsoft announced—and quite proudly, I must say—that Tuesday's historic presidential inauguration would be streamed using Silverlight.
How's that for an event driving Silverlight downloads? It sure as hell beats Microsoft's streaming deal for the Olympics. C`mon, who won't be watching the inauguration?
I've been having mover's remorse for weeks. What a time to be living in Washington, and I gave up the capital city for San Diego sun 15 months ago. (I shouldn't complain. It's 22 degrees Celsius as I write.)
The event will be available from the Presidential Inauguration Committee Website. Silverlight isn't the only thing Microsoft over there at PIC. A link to download inauguration planning party kits leads to an Outlook Web Access log-in page. Whoops.

Posted by Joe Wilcox on January 21, 2009 3:06 PM

Monday, January 19, 2009

Caravan by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Caravan was the Riverside debut by perhaps the most star-studded lineup of all Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, with Reggie Workman (bass) and Cedar Walton (piano) alongside Blakey in the rhythm section, and Curtis Fuller (trombone), Wayne Shorter (saxophone) and Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) manning the horn front lines. The album is often acclaimed for this undeniably great band and also for legendary producer Orrin Keepnews' trademark pristine, yet warm production, which is highlighted in the newly remastered Keepnews Collection (released by Riverside).

Even though its energy seeps throughout Caravan like an invisible electric current radiating from Blakey's drum core, we almost never discuss this album in terms of his incredibly powerful, prideful and purposeful performance. Yet Caravan begins with Blakey alone; first rolling and blasting like thunder, then introducing with African accents Walton's centrally organizing piano riff, which then ushers in the rest of this Ellington tune.

You generally wouldn't associate the ballad style with this group of musicians but "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" transforms into a feature for Fuller's surprisingly romantic, nuanced trombone. Shorter's "Sweet 'n' Sour" sounds in your ear like that tastes in your mouth, tangy yet still pleasing, led by the composer's succinct saxophone, Caravan is a great hard bop record by one of the best hard bop bands ever. Even better, it puts you in the mood to reflect upon and appreciate how many genuinely great records Keepnews and Riverside put out during the early '60s.

by Chris Slaweki
Concord Voices, August 2009, p.17

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Come Together

Here come old flattop
He come grooving up slowly
He got joo-joo eyeball
He one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what he please

He wear no shoeshine
He got toe-jam football
He got monkey finger
He shoot coca-cola
He say "I know you, you know me"
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together right now over me

He bag production
He got walrus gumboot
He got Ono sideboard
He one spinal cracker
He got feet down below his knee
Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease
Come together right now over me

He roller-coaster
He got early warning
He got muddy water
He one mojo filter
He say "One and one and one is three"
Got to be good-looking 'cause he's so hard to see
Come together right now over me