06-19-2018  3:13 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...

Protesters on round-the-clock vigil at Oregon ICE facility

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small group of protesters has set up camp outside the Portland, Oregon headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings.About two dozen protesters gathered...

Woman shot to death in Snohomish-area home, man arrested

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 45-year-old woman was shot to death northeast of Seattle in her Snohomish-area home and a man believed to be her husband has been arrested.The Seattle Times reports a man called 911 around 9 p.m. Monday and reported that someone had been hurt in his...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...

OPINION

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Bucks' Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Tuesday, saying officers' use of a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation constitutes excessive force and that they targeted him because he is black.Brown's attorney Mark...

Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state...

California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry.The legislation would...

ENTERTAINMENT

CBS' '60 Minutes' gathers audience week by week

NEW YORK (AP) — The newsmagazine "60 Minutes" was not television's most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV.The Nielsen company's cumulative measurement of programs...

Film Review: 'The King' is guilty of an Elvis crime- excess

It's usually a bad sign when critics start questioning your film before it's even finished. But director Eugene Jarecki had to endure worse. While making the documentary "The King," he actually got gruff from a member of his own film crew.After a car breaks down, Jarecki takes the opportunity to...

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe...

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in...

Meat 2.0? Clean meat? Spat shows the power of food wording

NEW YORK (AP) — If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called?That...

Merkel says climate change is 'a fact,' laments US stance

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim Tuesday at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to...

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab,...

London police say short circuit caused minor subway blast

LONDON (AP) — A battery short circuit caused a small explosion at a London Underground station that injured...

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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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