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Re: “Jazz Fest, Final Night: Frank reviews Cyrille Aimee, Joe Beard, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys

sorry frank but Cyrille Aimée is all French maybe with some American mixed in ...

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Posted by Bill Johnson on 06/30/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 2: “You Found Me”

The angry town mob looked like a master's class of actors who previously appeared on at least one episode of Law and Order: SVU.

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Posted by Kara Austin on 06/30/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 2: “You Found Me”

I was wondering the same thing about how the vampires managed to take people from their homes in St. Alice without being invited in! No one else seems to have picked up on this. Bloody handprints on the wall and half-eaten dinner? Doesn't make much sense to me. Couldn't everyone in the town just stayed in their homes and not invited any vampires in?

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Posted by Scallywag on 06/30/2014 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest, Final Night: Ron reviews Newport Jazz Festival All Stars, Stephanie Trick, and Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz

Not reviewed by anyone this year, but surely one of the Festival's most outstanding acts, was pianist Gwilym Simcock playing solo at Christ Church last night. Simcock, who is equally at home in classical and jazz, belongs on any list of the finest pianists in the world right now, and his performance was clear evidence of that. His technical sophistication, combined with an ability to penetrate to the essence of the music he is playing, resulted in a breathtaking experience for the audience, which reacted accordingly. He really needs to be in Hatch Hall, preferably with his trio.

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Posted by Dan on 06/29/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2014: City's Daily Jazz Blogs

The 13th Edition of the Jazz Fest was one of the best. This year many of the groups I found the most interesting were from overseas. On the last day Gwilym Simcock and the Norma Winstone Trio were both terrific. Norma Winstone is an absolutely top flight singer and this trio featuring an Italian pianist and German reeds player do more than play music, they create art. Can anyone forget Belgium's Flat Earth Society. In the same tradition as groups like the Willem Breuker Kollektief, Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra and the Italian Instabile Orchestra they gave us a new slant on what a big band might be. Brian Kellock and Tommy Smith from Scotland played tunes from the Great American Songbook with humor and great facility in a memorable show. The Shai Maestro Trio at the Rochester Club was great but didn't get much press.

Other outstanding shows were the Sun Trio from Finland, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Harris Eisenstat's Golden Gate, Manuel Valera, Bill Frisell and the Pat LaBarbera Quartet. Featuring his brother Joe on drums and fellow Toronto musicians on piano and bass this group was the festivals best example of what straight ahead jazz was and could be. After finishing the set, two Rochester musicians, trumpeters Clay Jenkins and Mike Cottone came on stage for two additional numbers. They sent the already 20 foot high ceilings of the Rochester Club into near earth orbit. A great set.

Can't quit without mentioning Cecile McLoren Salvant and Vijay Iyer. Both played great sets and proved they are artists who are redefining their genres and bringing original voices to the music we call jazz.

There were other show I liked and I am sure many outstanding acts I couldn't fit into my schedule. Anyone have other favorites to add?

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Posted by bengtnorgaard on 06/29/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Police reorg splits Southeast

I hope Mayor Lovely Warren will rethink her police reorganization plan. We don't need time and money wasted while community relations continue to deteriorate. It's disingenuous for the mayor to champion this plan as a cure-all.

Southeast community organizations will fail if policing gets split up as proposed. The mayor and police should be shoring up community groups, not tearing them apart.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/28/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Jazz Fest, Day 8: Ron reviews Harold Danko, Phaedra Kwant, and The Wee Trio

I would strongly agree with Ron's review of The Wee Trio -- for me they were simply one of the best acts at the Jazz Festival this year, even though they are just starting out. I was struck not only by their individual talents, but also the originality of their arrangements. They did some highly imaginative stuff, like transposing one standard into a minor key and supplying entirely new rhythm structures to others -- all with great success. They did play together very well with one exception -- Jared Schonig on drums had a tendency to drown out James Westfall on the vibraphone on occasion. Schonig needs to take his volume down a bit and Westfall definitely needs to bring his up (it may sound loud enough to him, but it doesn't carry as well as it should to the audience). One really wants to be able to hear Westfall because he is especially good -- certainly far better than Jason Marsalis.

This group is probably going to continue to get better and could become a major star in the firmament of American jazz. Those who missed them Friday night can catch them at the Rochester Club on Saturday.

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Posted by Dan on 06/28/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Council hears recommendations for Frontier upgrades, other projects

7.5 million dollars for upgrades to Frontier Field to capture needed revenues while people are murdering each other on the streets of Rochester... does anyone care ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/27/2014 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Council hears recommendations for Frontier upgrades, other projects

When I read "Frontier upgrades", I thought that the phone company wanted money for new lines and equipment. I wouldn't mind some of my taxes going towards propping up a TWC competitor. Time Warner Cable is a virtual monopoly.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/27/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Council hears recommendations for Frontier upgrades, other projects

The City of Rochester and the County of Monroe are hard at work on money for Frontier Field while the killings continue in Rochester. Yesterday... three people were shot : one fourteen year old girl ( stable condition in hospital ), one twenty five year old male ( condition unknown in hospital ) , one eighteen year old male ( murdered, dead, and gone )...currently residing at the County Morgue.

I for one am very disturbed by this event and the daily murders that are happening in my City. How about you ? Bring on the comments... please.

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/27/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Jazz Fest, Day 7: Frank reviews Joey DeFrancesco, Buddy Guy, pops in at Party in the Park for Lucinda Williams, and then back to Jazz Fest for Selwyn Birchwood

It sure was a great show, I'm pretty sure Joey is the only artist at the Jazz Fest this year who is pretty much the acknowledged leading player in the world on his instrument.

Not to nitpick but Joey wasn't playing a B3, it was actually a C3. And he regularly plays a Hammond "clone" in shows, in fact he played one the night before at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Probably better to just refer to him as a jazz organ player nowadays.

Posted by Jazz Organ Fan on 06/27/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Police reorg splits Southeast

It doesn't matter how you shuffle the deck. The simple fact is that the Police in Rochester are just not good at community Policing. They for the most part put in what minimal effort as they can. Solving / preventing crime is not a priority amongst the rank and file officers. Getting home to take the kids to soccer practice in Penfield is much more important then doing their jobs. Elmhurst St is one block long and I have never seen a cop drive down it. Ever. In 37 years not once. However on any given day you can find 2/3 RPD cars parked behind School without walls or the Teachers Union building parking lot. Car got broken into? Don't call the Police, they don't investigate crime. You have to go to the NET office and report that...... Strange man peeing in your driveway, they don't have time for that. Kids from the HIgh school hide their weapons in your fence, no time for that. Better to have a eight year old find a gun and bring it home then call the Police, as they don't have time for that. Neighbor is a peeping Tom and is spying on your 12y/o daughter.... No time for that..... I asked Chief Sheppard to explain the function of the Police to me. Him and Elaine Spaull walked away from me....

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Posted by Jimmy65 on 06/27/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Dogtown

It should be mentioned that Dogtown is the only place in the city that I've found to serve a vegan garbage plate! A neat meatless take on the original, it leaves you wanting a bit for grease, but it's a great alternative.

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Posted by Alex Koroleski on 06/27/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Sister Act: The Musical"

Great to hear that. Saw Sister Act in germany in oberhausen and it was such a fun to watch. Left theatre as a very happy person with my friends and a kind of easy living-feeling. This site provides much information and material like photos and videos, enjoy: http://www.musical-72.de

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Posted by Zodwa on 06/27/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest 2014, Day 6: Ron reviews Warren Wolf, Brian Kellock and Tommy Smith, the Jonathan Gee Trio, and David's Angels

A few comments to amplify's Ron's review of Wednesday night. First, I would note that one of the most remarkable things about Warren Wolf was how much he played during the 10pm set. Instead of doing a quick solo and then turning things over to the other members of his band, he was on his vibes almost the entire time, although his highly capable sidemen did get their respective chances to shine. He also has an exceptional musical touch in addition to his lightning speed.

I, too, found the British pianist Jonathan Gee a disappointment, but I wonder if a large part of that was due to the fact that he was playing with a bass guy and drummer he had just picked up (they were working so hard at reading their scores that they paid little attention to him). If he had been with bassist Joseph Lepore and the great drummer Nasheet Watts, with whom he has recorded an album, it would likely have gone much better. It is also true that pianos invariably sound tinny in the cavernous echo chamber of Christ Church, and last night it was often drowned out by the drums. I do agree, though, that Gee's attempt to sing without engaging the audience was a major mistake -- easily the worst part of his program.

Posted by Dan on 06/26/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Reining in rural sprawl

Sprawl is real in the greater Rochester region. While we maintain a similar number of people, 1 million, since the 1970's the expansion of retail, housing, infrastructure has more than double the developed space used. Little to no discussion or plan as a region for development exists and as a consequence each town or city makes decisions independently unaware or not interested in larger trends or long term consequences. I appreciate City newspaper's ongoing coverage of issue.

Posted by Stephen Karl on 06/26/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

I suppose. It just seems that "ballsy" is ... pardon me ... low-hanging fruit.

Similarly, as I may go off here, "anal" and "douchey" are sharp and succinctly descript personality characterizations, but are they really "les mots justes"? I find their common usage actually inures us to their own base meanings, to the point where we forget what we're actually saying. Is evoking images of where the sun don't shine our only option?

Whatever did people do in centuries past to artfully describe a tenacious woman?
Perhaps a pop culture infusion is needed for that modern bite and genderized bent . How about the following adjectives: chaka, cher, tina, joan, rhoda ...

Fellas, if you find it diminishing to have your strong qualities described as "tina," please consider how we ladies must feel when our better traits are described as testicular. It's worth being mindful of it.

Thanks Adam!

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Posted by Kate on 06/26/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Rochester grad rate down slightly

I don't know why everyone is so concerned - maybe ya'll didn't hear - football is back at Monroe High School!! smh

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Posted by swk on 06/25/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Right. Yes, those are all words that also mean brave, but they're lacking that same (at the risk of sounding SUPER pretentious) je ne sais quoi—that bite, you know?

But I do see your point, and I absolutely agree.

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Posted by Adam Lubitow on 06/25/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Gutsy, bold, brass, daring, fearless, spirited ...

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Posted by Kate on 06/25/2014 at 2:52 PM

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