Earliest Known Footage of Joe Russo Resurfaces With Fat Mama In 1996

first_imgDrummer extraordinaire Sir Joe Russo and a choice assembly of musicians will congregate to re-imagine the music of Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’s seminal 1971 album Hooteroll at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, NY this weekend. The April 7 engagement is being billed as “Hooteroll? + Plus”. Russo reached back to his legendary, original Boulder, CO band Fat Mama for members Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), and Kevin Kendrick (vibraphone/percussion) to make the core of the group. Russo also recruited Darkside’s Dave Harrington (bass), Antibalas’ Stuart Bogie (reeds/flute), and Jordan McLean (trumpet) to perform Garcia and Wales’ revered jazz-jam record. In addition to unveiling their version of the LP in full, the initial event announcement teased of “other like-minded compositions.” Photo: Michael Weintrob I remember when, as a senior in high school in Cherry Hill, NJ, my older pal Ross Kaufman brought Fat Mama’s debut CD Mammatus back from CU Boulder, over a holiday break. Within a few spins, our squad was transfixed! Much as we found Grant Green by way of The Greyboy Allstars, I would navigate my way to Agharta, On the Corner, and Sextant through Fat Mama. Mammatus was our introduction to the band and the man himself, Sir Joe Russo. The fearless conglomerate evolved over time, from a Herbie Hancock-influenced style to a very textural, shoegaze electro-rage that incorporated much of what was to come, from contemporary behemoths like Radiohead, to the most niche, indie, avant-garde artists imaginable. Their musical fabric was sewn with exploratory sonic adventuring from Kendrick’s then-revolutionary turntablism, vibes and electronics, amid Miles-esque brass leads from the duo of Brett Joseph (tenor saxophone) and Jon Gray (trumpet and trombone). The focused team told mystical and melodic tales atop Russo’s lyrical, jazzy, breakbeat drumming and freewheeling bass gymnastics. For five years, Fat Mama redefined what was possible for our burgeoning scene, purveyors and surveyors on the never-ending search for new land.Former Relix Magazine Assistant Editor Wayan Zoey, who went to high school in Potomac, MD with Deutsch and bassist Jonti Siman, had this to say in reflection of the mighty Fat Mama:“Despite the Herbie Hancock reference in their name, Fat Mama was really the Miles Davis of the jamband universe. While clearly drawing from the jazz tradition, they managed to incorporate elements of nearly every other style of music that exists in the world, spinning them out in wholly original masterpieces of structured improvisation. Their decades-old recordings would still be considered ahead of their time if they came out today.”Read the ALLMusic Fat Mama band bio from the legendary Jesse Jarnow hereWith the approaching Hooteroll event, I found myself going on a Russo rabbit-hole all over the Internet. Beyond the usual mining of rare Benevento/Russo Duo recordings, I unearthed the above video, a barely-viewed Boulder performance from Fat Mama in 1996, clipped from Fat Mama: The Movie, directed by Goldberger’s brother Julian Goldberger. This is apparently the earliest known footage of Sir Joe Russo that circulates.We reached out to keyboardist Deutsch for some clarification: “It’s a medley… ‘Love the Life You Love’ by Kool and the Gang into ‘Camel Job’ by Jonathan Goldberger.”For good measure, because Live For Live Music loves you, bows at the throne of Sir Joe Russo, and mostly to illustrate just how far and wide Fat Mama’s sound and steez would extrapolate over the years, here’s “Knucklehead” from their 1999 live album Loadstar 8.1, and then their unique take on “Upon This Rock,” (a Joe Farrell song sampled by Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Pete Rock, RASCO, Common and more) from their 9/11/11 Brooklyn Bowl reunion.center_img Words: B.Getzlast_img read more

Bruce rules out fresh Hooper bid

first_img Burnley forward Charlie Austin had looked set to sign for the promoted club but a failed medical has scuppered the deal. Bruce added: “It’s obvious that we struggled to score goals last season so that has got to be the aim for us. “We’ve still got six weeks before the season starts and we’re actively looking.” Hull boss Steve Bruce does not anticipate making another attempt to sign Celtic striker Gary Hooper. The Tigers were unsuccessful with a bid for the 25-year-old Englishman, reported to be in the region of £4.5million, last month. “We had a bid for him rejected and I can’t see there being any change in that,” Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside. “We’ve got other irons in the fire and we hope that we can get one or two strikers in before the start of the season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball: HSU announces Michelle Bento-Jackson as new Lumberjacks head coach

first_imgARCATA >> The buzz is alive in the Humboldt State Athletic Office as Michelle Bento-Jackson will take the helm for the Lumberjacks Women’s Basketball program for the coming season.“It was a national search so candidates from all over the country applied and one of the primary things we were looking for was a proven record of success,” Associate Athletic Director Tom Trepiak said. “She has that for sure.”Bento-Jackson brings to the table a four-year run as head coach of the NCAA Division II …last_img

North Carolina well represented at Cheyenne

first_imgCHEYENNE, Wyoming >> It was a smiling Eli Vastbinder who got off of his second bull at Frontier Park on Thursday, and an eight-second bull ride was critical for Garrett Smith at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on Friday.Vastbinder, from Statesville, N.C., rode Smith, Harper and Morgan Rodeo’s bull named Kill Switch for 83.5 points, the exact same score that he received on his first bull on Wednesday. With the two rides, the 25-year-old cowboy moved to the top of the leaderboard in the overall …last_img

NCS soccer postseason: Fortuna girls, boys earn No. 1 seeds

first_imgThe North Coast Section boys and girls soccer postseason begins Wednesday.Nearly half of the Humboldt-Del Norte League made the cut.The Fortuna High boys and girls teams each earned Division-I No. 1 seeds and first-round byes. The two teams along with three fellow bye-earners, the Eureka girls, Arcata girls and St. Bernard’s girls will all go to work Friday.The Arcata boys, Eureka boys, Del Norte boys and McKinleyville boys will all compete in first-round playoff games Wednesday. T …last_img

Community Builder: Mike Gedye

first_imgCo-founder: Soul of AfricaWhy is Mike a Community Builder?At first glance, Mike Gedye seems like your average skilled cobbler. Dig a little deeper, however, and you will find a man more concerned with the souls in his community than the soles on his factory floor.Not that he doesn’t pay attention to every detail of the process, mind you.In 2004, this Durban shoemaker and his wife, Sarah, established Soul of Africa, a self-sustainable project aimed at helping orphans affected by HIV/Aids through the sale of hand-stitched shoes and footballs.Through the project, unemployed and unskilled women in KwaZulu-Natal have been trained to hand-stitch beautiful moccasins and footballs, giving them the self-empowering ability to feed their families and provide them with essential health care.Mike is living proof that no matter what your background or business, we can all make a real difference to our communities.In his own words.“It makes me extremely proud to know that, as a South African, there is something I can do to help this marvellous country and the beautiful people we have got in it.”Fast FactsThe charity has raised over US$1000 000 since 2004.Many of the women working for Soul of Africa are the girls left behind whose parents have died from HIV/Aids.Soul of Africa produces 200 pairs of shoes a day.Every pair of shoes sold in South Africa contributes at least R32 to a trust that goes towards helping the children.While the women work in the factory, their children are taken care of in the Child Care Development Centres.The hand-stitched footballs are more durable than similar products on the market and are especially made for South African conditions.Mike hopes to supply 2010 Fifa World Cup with Soul of Africa custom-made footballs.How can I help?According to Mike, Soul of Africa’s model has the potential to reach and employ so many more people, but simply lacks the capital to expand. Find out how you can support Soul of Africa by visiting them online.Contact Soul of AfricaTel: 031 450 0200Fax: 031 465 3252Story published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Anti-gay discrimination is wrong: South Africa

first_img26 February 2014No one should be subjected to discrimination or violence on the basis of their sexual orientation, South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation said on Tuesday.This follows Monday’s signing into law, by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, of a bill that makes that country’s existing penalties against homosexuality even tougher, including life sentences for gay sex and same-sex marriage.Earlier this year, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law an anti-gay bill in terms of which offenders could be sentenced to as long as 14 years in prison.Outside Africa, meanwhile, the US state of Arizona is considering a bill which would allow business owners to refuse to serve same-sex couples on the basis of their religious beliefs.And Russia continues to draw criticism from the global LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex) community following President Vladimir Putin’s passing last year of a law prohibiting public support or promotion of homosexuality.SA to ‘seek clarification’ on recent developmentsOn Tuesday, Clayson Monyela, spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, said South Africa took note of recent developments regarding the situation of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transsexual and intersex persons worldwide.“The South African government will, through existing diplomatic channels, be seeking clarification on these developments from many capitals around the world.”South Africa is the only African country in which discrimination based on sexual orientation is constitutionally outlawed, as well as the only country in Africa to legally recognise marriage between people of the same sex.“South Africa views the respect for the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights and fundamental freedoms as a critical pillar of our domestic and foreign policies; hence they are enshrined in our Constitution,” Monyela said.SA ‘working to end violence against gays, lesbians’At the same time, he acknowledged that South Africa was still faced with the challenge of homophobia and violence against gays and lesbians.“The government has decided to adopt measures aimed at significantly enhancing our protection mechanisms aimed at curbing violence against the LGBTI community,” Monyela said. “To this end, our focus will also be on ensuring that acts of violence do not go unpunished and that perpetrators are apprehended, prosecuted, convicted and appropriately sentenced.“Our Constitution makes it impermissible to discriminate on the ground of sexual orientation. Therefore, eradicating hate crimes and intolerance in regard to this matter remains a key preoccupation of the government, working collectively and with the relevant civil society organisations.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

US Wins Tense Presidents Cup

first_imgINCHEON, South Korea — Bill Haas delivered the winning point to his team and to his father Oct.11 in a Presidents Cup that ended with a familiar result amid tension not felt in years.The Americans won for the sixth straight time, 15 1/2-14 1/2, only this was one came down to the final match.And the emotion was never stronger — on both sides.U.S. captain Jay Haas made his son one of two wild-card selections, and he put him out in the last of 12 singles matches at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea against the local star, Bae Sang-moon, playing in his final event before he starts his mandatory military service in South Korea.Bae did everything he could to give the International team a chance by holing a 10-foot putt on the 16th to stay 1 down and nearly holing a bunker shot on the 17th for par to extend the match.Needing to win the par-5 18th to share the cup, Bae stubbed his chip short of the green. As the ball rolled back down the slope, Bae sank to his knees and covered his eyes as caddie Matt Minister consoled him.Haas blasted out of a bunker to 6 feet, and Bae conceded the birdie putt.Haas choked back emotion and then chided himself for doing so. “It’s just golf,” he said. Jay Haas couldn’t even get started before his voice cracked during a TV interview. He treated his son like one of the 12 Americans all week, but this moment suddenly turned special.“When we put him out 12th, I had no idea, obviously, that was going to happen,” the captain said. “But he played beautiful.”Haas wasn’t the only star.The biggest putt belonged to Chris Kirk, the only American who had never played in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, especially because of the shocking turnaround in the match and in deciding who won the gold trophy.Kirk was all square with Anirban Lahiri of India, both just short of the 18th green. Kirk hit his pitch too hard and it went 15 feet by the cup, while Lahiri played his shot with perfect pace to 4 feet.Given the status of the other matches on the course, it looked like an International victory. But only briefly.Kirk, as stoic as they come on the PGA Tour, slammed his fist down when his putt took one last turn and dropped into the cup. It looked as though they would halve the match until Lahiri’s birdie putt hit the right side of the cup and spun out, and he let his putter fall over his back in disbelief.It was like that all day. Seven of the 12 matches went the distance.Branden Grace joined Shigeki Maruyama (1998) as the only International player to go 5-0 by easily beating Matt Kuchar. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson each completed unbeaten weeks for the Americans, and Adam Scott got his putter going in the shortest match of the day, 6 and 5, over Rickie Fowler.The Americans never looked like they were going to lose for so much of the day. And when it looked like they were in trouble, it turned on two putts. The International team twice turned late deficits into victories on the 18th hole — Marc Leishman beat Jordan Spieth, and Hideki Matsuyama took down J.B. Holmes.There also were two key half-points.Louis Oosthuizen hit his approach to 12 feet for the only eagle on the 18th hole to halve with Patrick Reed. The biggest shot was Thongchai Jaidee, who hit into the water on the 18th hole and still halved the hole, and the match, when Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot putt.But the Americans, who started the day with a one-point lead, won the two matches that mattered.The International team still has only won the gold trophy one time, at Royal Melbourne in 1998, but a change to fewer matches (30 instead of 34) contributed to making this Presidents Cup the closest in 10 years.“I don’t think it could have got a whole lot more exciting than that,” International captain Nick Price. “I can’t tell you what it’s like to bring eight countries together, six different languages, different cultures. … They bonded, and I tell you what, I’m so proud.“Irrelevant of the outcome — we obviously would have loved to have won — we put on a show of golf this week.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more