January 20, 2017

L.A. previews January 20-26: Billy Childs, Mark Guiliana, Willie Jones, Marco Mendoza, Elliott Caine, Tony MacAlpine, "Goats Head Soup."

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January 12, 2017

Selections: Nat Hentoff's liner notes.

Hentoff seemed to have written liner notes on about half my jazz collection.

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January 5, 2017

Record reviews: Testament, Burial, Exhausted Prayer.

Snakes and stones.

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December 22, 2016

A dream: Fine Dining.

This story was still hanging in my head when I woke up this morning. I take no responsibility for it.

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December 15, 2016

Fiction: The Rolling Stones, "Blue and Lonesome" (Polydor)

Back in the late summer of 1989, I stopped into Ye Rustic Inn for a beer, and there, all lined up at the bar, were the Rolling Stones.

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December 6, 2016

Filmic ponderation: The Arrival of angels.

Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival" is a Christmas movie. It has a savior; it has angels; it has Herod; it has God. Best, it doesn't sell religion, patriotism or cynicism.

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December 1, 2016

Medical report: Metallica, "Hardwired . . . To Self-Destruct" (Blackened)

Eight years after their last album, the members of the world's biggest metal band stop in for a check-up. Well, how are they?

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November 15, 2016

R.I.P.: Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen gave permission to despair, then he died.

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November 9, 2016

Live review: Kamasi Washington, Ron McCurdy Quartet at Disney Hall, November 6.

It's good that Kamasi Washington is a big dude with a major 'fro and a robe like a Cypriot bishop; that way you can see him from the rafter seats.

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October 18, 2016

Live review: Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls, Joshua White's Codes at LACC's Clausen Hall, October 15.

The definitions of harmony use the word "pleasing" a lot, but what pleases people changes over time.

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