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Re: “Jazz Fest 2014, Day 2: Ron reviews Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio, and the John Escreet/Tyshawn Sorey Duo

Hi Dan,

Thanks for leaving a comment about this review and joining the conversation. Ron is a seasoned jazz reviewer and has covered XRIJF for City from the beginning.

But if you disagree with his review, please feel free to elaborate. We love hearing what our readers think, especially when they have another point of view. What are your thoughts on the Escreet/Sorey show?

And please, remember to be civil.

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Posted by Jake Clapp on 06/23/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Jazz Fest 2014, Day 2: Ron reviews Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio, and the John Escreet/Tyshawn Sorey Duo

It's fairly telling that you begin this article talking about Marsalis's bands' clothes - it sets up the impression that you don't particularly know how to write about music, a hypothesis you corroborate when you "reviewed" Escreet/Sorey.

I put "review" in quotes because what you did was actually no such thing. It was a dismissal and not even an in-depth one at that. Here's a tip, man: if you're going to review a jazz festival, get ready for some free improvisation and when it happens, know how to write about it.

I've seen enough reviews of these kinds of musics to know when a writer reacts on reactionary impulses rather than their ears. Your tell was when you called it "not music", which is wrong as it is boring at this point.

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Posted by Dan Lehner on 06/23/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Medical pot, schools project, judges, and sparklers mark end of Legislature session

So the New York State Legislature has declared that marijuana is a medicine, defined the afflictions that it is to be prescribed for, who will grow it and dispense it, and the form in which will be administered. Our legislators will instruct medical doctors on how it is to be prescribed. I wonder when anyone in New York government earned degrees in medicine that makes them expert enough to write medical-related laws? I recall a TV commercial in which an actor says “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV” That would seem to apply here. I didn’t hear anything about the NY legislators consulting with the American Medical Association or any other physician organizations on their opinion of “medical” marijuana. No pharmaceutical companies were consulted that I am aware of. It makes me wonder what else our legislators can define as “medicine” - magnets? mineral water? mushrooms? Tic Tacs?

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Posted by Boyd on 06/23/2014 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

I am sympathetic to the plight of the county Democrats but heavens sakes. A designated room for breast feeding. How about a job package? How about health care? Is THIS the sort of rubbish Carrie would enact if she was Majority Leader? Gee I wonder why the Democrats in the Leg don't get more legislation passed.

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Posted by steve on 06/23/2014 at 9:10 AM

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

I would recommend Flat Earth Society. I saw them in Xerox last night and they play again in Lutheran tonight. Pretty large ensemble, five brass, five reeds, piano, guitar, bass, drums. A lot of rock beats, which I might in another case complain about, but the compositions and solos were really interesting. A lot of positive energy, too.

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Posted by Max Montgomery on 06/22/2014 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest 2014, Day 2: Ron reviews Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio, and the John Escreet/Tyshawn Sorey Duo

The sound in the church is typically challenging. On top of that, they didn't get the dynamics right in the sound check. When they both played loud, you couldn't hear Escreet at all. They were both miked. I thought about saying something to the sound guy but didn't. I didn't like the set much either, but I wondered if it would have been better with better sound dynamics. I have liked Escreet in the past.
The previous night for Partisans, I could hear the sax and drums clearly, but with the amps at the back of the stage all I could hear from the guitar and bass was a rumble. I know they play more cleanly than I heard. I wish the festival would either work on the sound in this venue or ditch it. It's disappointing to go to hear good musicians and not be able to hear them.

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Posted by Max Montgomery on 06/22/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Medical pot, schools project, judges, and sparklers mark end of Legislature session

Non of this legislation means anything to me. I continue to feel poorer than ever. Only Howie Hawkins of the Green Party gives me any hope. It seems he has no chance; just like me.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/22/2014 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

The county does not provide rooms on an as needed basis. With working women being the majority of the workforce, and breastfeeding support in the workplace being a law since 2007, it is about time someone makes sure this happens. I wouldn't expect that men would necessarily understand the need, but luckily someone does. breastfeeding is a public health concern that, if taken more seriously by people in the position of power, could save this country billions of dollars.

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Posted by Dianne Otero Cassidy on 06/21/2014 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Rethinking Irondequoit

When was Applebee's ever up the hill?

Posted by Fireball Junior on 06/21/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

Ms. Andrews proposed banning guns from the county office building, even though legislation already existed banning them, she stonewalled the MCC move and the Mayor delivered votes to hang her out.

Given her penchant for lack of research, political posturing, and being inept, this piece of legislation appears to be brilliant compared to her other moves!

But, then again, as an employee of NYSUT, why would we expect substance ? They have failed our children, demand more money every year, and are oblivious to everything around them as well.

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Posted by clint on 06/20/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Rethinking Irondequoit

"Applebee's has gone down hill" - oh the irony...

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Posted by J on 06/20/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

The story is posted. Here's the link: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/News…

Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 06/20/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Joint Schools Construction Board pushes back on rumors

It was irresponsible and premature for Mayor Lovely Warren to try and second-guess the FBI. The mayor has likely been overly critical of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board. Her good intentions with regards to safeguarding taxpayer's money should nevertheless still be commended.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/20/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

Yes, of course. We're working on it now, as a matter of fact.

Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 06/20/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

Now that the Senate session is over, can you post an update on what happened (or didn't happen)? Thanks.

Posted by rochLD on 06/20/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Rethinking Irondequoit

I am not crazy about that bar next to Cooper Deli. When it is very busy or like the other day when they had some event going on and everyone was out on the street it looked like an accident waiting to happen. Who puts a bar right on the sidewalk. I don't like driving even near it. What were they thinking. Try walking past that or even want to. Bad planning.

Yes Depot plaza looks nice but with the customers they cater to...give it a year before it starts to look like the old place.....or worse yet like Walmart's. That's what happened to Medley, to Culver Ridge Plaza.. Applebee's has gone down hill., so has Marshall's on the Ridge.

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Posted by Chris Conway on 06/20/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Joint Schools Construction Board pushes back on rumors

Very serious allegations where made against the RJSCB. It draws suspension, scrutiny and breaks down public trust for infrastructure spending. That it alleges financial misappropriation occurred for the spending of resources for children makes it potentially reprehensible and warrants criminal investigation.
If the truth involves false allegations the time and resources spent investigating defending in order to return to building schools for children then those involved also warrant investigation and legal prosecution.
Clear this matter quickly and return to the task at hand.

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 06/20/2014 at 7:25 AM

Re: “National security: the US, Obama, and Iraq

Build the Keystone pipeline already!

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Posted by Bart on 06/20/2014 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Rethinking Irondequoit

The Town of Irondequoit has missed the boat on taking control of the mall. The Irondequoit Town Hall, the library, a Senior Center, a Community Center, the Police Department all should be located at the prime centralized mall location. There are also other thriving entities in the area such as Rochester General Hospital that the town could have partnered with to utilize the area for a satellite location. Too bad previous town leaders did not have the vision to grow into this space.

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Posted by adesanc1 on 06/19/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

I have felt for a long time that the Republican majority ignored the minority party , frequently without good reason. However, if this is the most consequential thing the Dems can propose, when the county already provides facilities on an as needed basis, then there is no reason for the Reps to pay attention to the Dems. Andrews is simply not a serious representative.

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Posted by Mike on 06/19/2014 at 6:03 PM

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