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NORTHWEST NEWS

Attorney General Rosenblum Says She Won’t Run for Governor

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Monday put to rest rumors and officially said she will not enter Oregon’s crowded race for governor.

Portland’s Black Population Grew in the Last Decade, but That’s Not the Whole Story

The Black population in North and Northeast Portland declined by 13.5% over the last 10 years as more than 3,000 Black residents moved away, new numbers from the 2020 census show.

City’s Budget Windfall Means More for Police, Despite NAACP Demands

Group calls out lack of engagement from City Hall.

Oregon Resists Dropping Controversial Investments

Oregon residents are increasingly pushing for the state to divest from fossil fuel companies and other controversial investments, but the state treasury is resisting and putting the onus on the Legislature.

NEWS BRIEFS

Open Enrollment Deadline Is Dec. 15 for Health Insurance Coverage Starting Jan. 1, 2022

Help applying and financial assistance is available through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace ...

Commissioners From Three Counties Select Lawrence-Spence to Fill Senate District 18 Vacancy

District 18 includes portions of west Portland and Tigard. ...

Congressional Black Caucus Issues a Statement on the Passing of Former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek

Meek, the first Black person to represent Florida in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction, died Sunday, Nov. 28 at her...

Vsp Global Partners With Black EyeCare Perspective to Eliminate Inequities and Increase Representation of People of Color in the Eye Care Industry

Partnership includes scholarships, leadership development, and outreach to prospective optometrists ...

Shop Local and Earn Free Parking With Parking Kitty

Find the purrfect gift for your loved ones by supporting small businesses and shopping local this holiday season, thanks to the...

Heat, no food, deadly weather: Climate change kills seabirds

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather. Climate-related losses have hit albatrosses off the Hawaiian islands, northern...

Dozens of Oregon workers fired for not getting COVID shot

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Oregon say at least 99 state workers have been fired for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. KOIN reports the figures from the Department of Administrative Services show that out of more than 40,000 state workers, 84.7% received the...

No. 25 Arkansas beats Missouri, caps best season since 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had. The No. 25 Razorbacks capped their regular season with a 34-17 victory over Missouri,...

Mizzou's Drinkwitz returning to Arkansas for rivalry game

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Just 45 miles of interstate highway separate Eli Drinkwitz from where he started and where he is now as Missouri's head football coach. Raised in the small Arkansas town of Alma, Drinkwitz will come full circle Friday when his Tigers visit No. 25...

OPINION

State is Painting Lipstick on Its One-of-a-kind, Long-term-care Law

Starting in January, the unpopular law imposes a stiff new tax of 58 cents per 0 earned for every worker in the state ...

Giving Thanks

Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. ...

Acting on Climate will Require an Emphasis on Environmental Justice

Climate change affects us all, but its effects aren’t distributed equally. ...

Small Businesses Cannot Survive With Current Level of Postal Service

At The Skanner News office we received an important piece of correspondence that was postmarked June 12, 2021, and delivered to us on November 4, 2021. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Death of bullied Utah girl draws anger over suicides, racism

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — When her 10-year-old daughter tried spraying air freshener on herself before school one morning, Brittany Tichenor-Cox suspected something was wrong with the sweet little girl whose beaming smile had gone dormant after she started the fifth grade. She...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 30 The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Supreme Court at abortion crossroads: The Supreme Court takes up its most important abortion case in years on Wednesday, and the...

Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett is on trial this week on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 22,...

ENTERTAINMENT

Weather vanes: Exhibit looks at artworks with a purpose

Perched atop churches, barns, businesses, homes and seats of government, weather vanes have over hundreds of years taken the form of everything from farm animals to pets, storybook figures to race cars. They were invented for one important job: telling which way the wind was...

Q&A: Mel Brooks, 95, is still riffing

NEW YORK (AP) — Leave it to Mel Brooks to blurb his own memoir. There, along with laudatory quotes from Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Conan O'Brien and others is one from “M. Brooks," who hails “All About Me!” as: "Not since the Bible have I read anything so powerful and...

Louis Vuitton show pays tribute to designer Virgil Abloh

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Louis Vuitton's first ever U.S. fashion show turned into a somber yet whimsical tribute to groundbreaking designer Virgil Abloh days after his death. The Miami menswear event, an unofficial kickoff to the prestigious Art Basel fair, had been in the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Jan. 6 panel to vote on contempt against former DOJ official

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection will vote on pursuing...

Explosion of WWII bomb in Munich injures 4, disrupts trains

BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on...

Putin demands NATO guarantees not to expand eastward

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would seek Western guarantees precluding any...

Official: Blinken, Russian FM to meet amid Ukraine tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet separately with his Russian and Ukrainian...

German court OKs ban on Cyprus-based porn sites

BERLIN (AP) — A court has ruled that German authorities are justified in banning three pornographic websites...

EU chief calls for debate on making COVID-19 jabs mandatory

BRUSSELS (AP) — The chief of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday that EU nations should consider...

Dick Bogle


"TONY PACINI LIVE AT JIMMY MAK'S"  
SAPHU 
*****
Pianist Tony Pacini could. Perhaps Pacini should. But knowing him, my guess is Tony won't add a hip swagger to his walk upon the release of this — his finest work to date.
The nine tracks contained herein are swinging proof that even the best on the Portland scene can take their performance to a higher level. Pacini opens with the classic "Freddie Freeloader," which he plays emphatically backed by his regular rhythm section of bassist Ed Bennett and drummer Tim Rap, both of whom are fully integrated into the goings on. Their support is not unlike that which Ahmad Jamal gets from Jamey Cammack and Idris Muhammad.
Pacini pours his soul into the ballad "Maybe September." Rap uses his brushes with always just the right touch. There may be only a few ballads as beautiful as "A Child is Born" on which Pacini begins alone and is joined by Bennett and Rap for a treatment befitting that gorgeous ballad.
The album highlight is "Love for Sale," a rhythmic exercise for all concerned. But, it's Pacini's refined sense of swing that guides the tune to its fullest exploration of its possibilities. 
There are two Pacini compositions included. "Beyond the Veil" is a moody but elegant selection. "First Light" speaks to a dawning of a new day or new beginning in a bright, uplifting way; a listener can feel encouraged while hearing it.
This recording is more than a showcasing of trio work at its best. It is, instead, an invitation to come hear them live. That opportunity will occur Saturday, Jan. 27 at Jimmy Mak's for Pacini's CD release party.


"STANDARDS AND MORE"  
ROB MULLINS  
PLANET MULLINS 
***
There are some nicely done tunes on this quartet release by pianist Rob Mullins.
Mullins' piano sometimes seems burdened by his playing too many notes but nevertheless, he certainly swings. "Moanin'" is a prime example of both.  Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Roberts is a lusty player who blows hard. The rhythm section of bassist David Levray and drummer Evan Stone are solid, keep good time and bring forth their own interesting ideas.
"Angel Eyes," "Moanin,' " "Monk's Ghost" and "When I Fall In Love" are among my faves.


"THE CHASER"   
DAVE STRYKER   
MEL BAY 
****
This is another example of the excellent and consistently fine work done by guitarist Dave Stryker, a player who should be at or near the top of everyone's list of favorites.
He uses his working band organist Jared Gold and drummer Tony Reedus on the nine tracks that could have included one more ballad. Burt Bachrach's "Close to You," which is beautifully rendered, will have to fill the bill.
"Our Miss Brooks" fits in ever so nicely in a bluesy groove complete with a shuffle beat. "I Wish You Love" is done in ¾ time but perhaps would have been more soulful had it been played more slowly. Gold is impressive with his efforts, staying the course set by preceding organ giants. This is a fine addition to any collection.


"SIMPATICO"  
THE BRIAN LYNCH/ EDDIE PALMIERI PROJECT
ARTIST SHARE  
*****
Trumpeter Brian Lynch, known mostly for his straight ahead jazz work, is right at home with the Latin music of pianist Eddie Palmieri.
The two of them, plus a plethora of jazz and Latin stars including Phil Woods, Mario Rivera, Donald Harrison, Greg Tardy, Conrad Herwig, Lila Downs and more (there are 19 musicians used in various combinations), give us nine tracks of five-star Latin jazz..
Alto saxophonist Woods taps into his bebop roots for "Slippery," a nice fusion of bop and Latin. Vocalist Lila Downs is exquisite on the ballad "Que Seria La Vida."

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