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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An openly gay couple was walking in their Oregon high school parking lot when the principal's son drove up, veered away at the last second and shouted an anti-gay slur at the two girls. In class, a teacher equated same-sex marriage with bestiality.The girls complained to...

The Latest: Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the case of LGBTQ discrimination at an Oregon high school.6:30 p.m.:The principal of an Oregon high school will resign and its school district will commit to improving the climate for LGBTQ students as part of a settlement reached between the American Civil...

Paul Allen donates jumiM to Washington gun initiative

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has donated jumi million to a campaign seeking to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 in Washington state.Allen made the announcement on Twitter Monday.The Alliance for Gun Responsibility says...

Man accused of trying to kill woman with opioid spray

MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) — An Everett man is accused of holding down his ex-girlfriend at a Mukilteo hotel, shoving Xanax down her throat and forcing a fentanyl spray up her nose in what police say was attempted murder.The Daily Herald reports the woman survived and was able to escape and alert...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An openly gay couple was walking in their Oregon high school parking lot when the principal's son drove up, veered away at the last second and shouted an anti-gay slur at the two girls. In class, a teacher equated same-sex marriage with bestiality.The girls complained to...

Correction: 2018 Midterms-Endorsements story

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story May 20 about potential Democratic presidential candidates and their campaign activity in 2018, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former Vice President Joe Biden was planning to campaign in North Carolina on behalf of a congressional candidate Dan...

Border agent questions 2 women for speaking Spanish

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas station in northern Montana, the agency said Monday.Allegations have been made before of law-enforcement officers in...

ENTERTAINMENT

Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In...

Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s "LOVE" series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine. He was 89.Indiana died on Saturday from respiratory failure at his Victorian home in a converted Odd Fellows hall, a fraternal order lodge, where he...

Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Miss Nebraska has been named Miss USA.Sarah Rose Summers beat out 50 other women from all the states and the District of Columbia.At the start of the two-hour broadcast, the field was immediately narrowed down to 15 contestants according to how they performed during...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical...

Syrian government declares capital fully under its control

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military on Monday captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State...

Divided Supreme Court sides with businesses over workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from...

Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo began an Ebola vaccination campaign Monday in a northwest provincial capital...

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to...

Aide: Palestinian leader making swift recovery in hospital

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is alert and making a swift recovery after being...

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"BILL CHARLAP PLAYS GEORGE GERSHWIN"
Blue Note
*****

Pianist Bill Charlap and his dynamic rhythm section of Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington take on 10 golden George Gershwin compositions.
They don't do them all alone, however, as they are joined by alto saxophonist Phil Woods, tenorman Frank Wess, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and Slide Hampton on trombone.

The groove hits right away on the opener, "Who Cares," a trio-only arrangement. The horns get their first turn on "Somebody Loves Me." "Liza" is played at breakneck speed with a brief horn unison intro followed by the trio, featuring some stunning brush work by Kenny Washington.

Phil Woods stakes out "Bess, You is My Woman" with his opening solo. Charlap is gentle and melodic in his follow-up. It's hard to imagine a prettier interpretation of that Gershwin classic.

 

"DIZZY GILLESPIE-CHARLIE PARKER, TOWN HALL 1945"
Uptown
****

This is a remarkable recording on many counts. The year was 1945, a watershed year for bebop and for the relationship forged between Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

The recording's original acetate tapes were only just recently re-engineered and put on CD. The two giants are blowing unrestricted by the usual time limits of 2 ½ to three minutes per tune. The result is the exposure of the depth of their chops as they turn in a 7:05 version of "Bebop." Parker was late for the gig, so substitute Don Byas is heard first on tenor. After his and Gillespie's solos, Bird arrives and his is also heard. "Night in Tunisia" follows, with both Parker and Gillespie turning in epic performances.

A very hip rhythm section of pianist Al Haig, bassist Curley Russell and drummer Max Roach do what they do best. Big Sid Catlett replaces Roach on "Salt Peanuts" and "Hot House." "Groovin' High" and "Fifty-Second St. Theme" are also included.

Aside from the first 30 seconds or so of the first track, the sound is ideal — far better than many of the two star's subsequent releases.

 

"ELLA FITZGERALD AND LOUIS ARMSTRONG FOR LOVERS"
VERVE

*****

This is a love story — of two famous style-setting musicians singing their love of music.

Both Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald are in their prime as they perform 11 standards which should trip many memories. "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" is one tune minus Fitzgerald. We hear Armstrong's vocal and then his trumpet solo. He is supported by pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson. That group is reminiscent of a Jazz at the Philharmonic rhythm section.

Solid gold numbers include "The Nearness of You," "Stars Fell on Alabama," "Moonlight in Vermont," "Under a Blanket of Blue" and more.


 

"TRIBUTE"
MANHATTAN BONES
Creative Jazz
***

Four excellent trombonists salute brass instruments on this nine-cut exploration of some legendary works.
J.J. Johnson's "Sutter-Bug" provides the beginning. The bones recreate his solo from that 20-bar blues with aplomb. Another standout is "Hum," a Bob Brookmeyer composition which features a tribute to Clark Terry, whose solo was a key ingredient on the Brookmeyer-Terry recording, "Tonight."
"Caravan," written by Juan Tizol when he was with Duke Ellington, gets a long treatment, 9:22, and some special hand percussion. Jim Ridl, piano; Mike Mc Guirk, bass; and drummer Andy Watson comprise the rhythm section.

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