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

Miss Saigon Star Rachelle Ann Go Set for London’s Les Miz

first_img View Comments Rachelle Ann Go had a movie in her mind in Miss Saigon and now she’ll dream a dream as Fantine in London’s Les Miserables! Also joining Go in the West End company from June 15 will be Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Phil Daniels as Thénardier, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and Zoë Doano as Cosette.Go has just finished playing the role of Gigi in the London revival of Miss Saigon. She is a well-known TV star in her native country, the Philippines, having won the Search for a Star contest, and is a double-platinum recording artist. Jeremy Secomb’s theater appearances include Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and Lend Me A Tenor. Daniel’s resume includes Quadrophenia and Scum. Katy Secombe returns to the role of Madame Thénardier having last played the part in 2012 opposite Matt Lucas. Doano’s credits include Sweeney Todd and Sweet Smell of Success.Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985.The story begins in 1815 as Jean Valjean, a man condemned to 19 years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread, finds only hatred and suspicion when he is released on parole and breaks free, yearning for a new life. Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s score contains the signature numbers “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “One Day More.”Peter Lockyer will continue to star as Jean Valjean, with Rob Houchen as Marius and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine. Bradley Jaden, who is currently in the ensemble, will play Enjolras.last_img read more

PSG Boss, Al-Khelaifi, Faces Charges over FIFA Media Right

first_imgIt is alleged he accepted “undue advantages” in exchange for TV rights.On Thursday, Al-Khelaifi said he expected the charge against him would be “proven completely groundless and without any substance whatsoever”.Switzerland’s attorney general announced yesterday that charges had been brought against Valcke, Al-Khelaifi and a third businessman over rights for various World Cup and Confederations Cup tournaments between 2018 and 2030.Valcke is accused of accepting rent-free accommodation in an Italian villa bought by Al-Khelaifi, who is chairman of the BeIN media group.The charges relate to Valcke’s time as FIFA general secretary between 2013 and 2015 when he is accused of influencing the award of media rights for Italy and Greece.A further bribery complaint against Al-Khelaifi has been dropped after FIFA reached an “amicable agreement” with the Qatari businessman at the end of January, the statement added.Those allegations were in connection with the award of media rights for the World Cup tournaments in 2026 and 2030.“I am pleased that all charges of bribery in connection with the 2026 and 2030 World Cups have been dropped,” said Al-Khelaifi.“As I have said vehemently and repeatedly for three years, the charges have not – and have never had – any basis whatsoever, either in fact or law.“It is now – finally – indisputable fact that the 2026 and 2030 agreements were negotiated at arm’s length and without any improper influence in any form.“After the most forensic public, private, lawful and unlawful scrutiny of all my dealings, I have been cleared of all suspicions of bribery and the case has been dismissed definitively and conclusively.”Al-Khelaifi, 45, joined UEFA’s executive committee in February after being elected by the European Club Association (ECA) to be one of its two UEFA delegates in January.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris St-Germain President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has been charged by Swiss prosecutors following an investigation into the awarding of media rights for FIFA tournaments.Al-Khelaifi is accused of inciting criminal mismanagement in connection with allegations Jerome Valcke “exploited his position” as FIFA general secretary.Valcke is charged with accepting bribes, criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents. Nasser Al-Khelaiflast_img read more

Why I’m Not Excited by Nigeria  at Winter Olympics

first_imgThey say logic in Nigeria works in reverse to what happens in the progressive world and for me, nothing explains this better than countries like Nigeria and Togo participating in this year’s winter Olympics in PyeongChang. As far as Nigerian sports go, the euphoria that has surrounded the four ladies representing Nigeria can only have been matched by the popularity of the Super Eagles in a World Cup tournament where they have progressed beyond the group stage and there is a real chance of them reaching the quarter-finals. Just six months ago, no one in Nigeria knew about the existence of this quartet. Today, they are a fairytale for all: fans and sponsors alike. I can accept this as a brilliant self-promotional gimmick by the ladies. But to pass it off as a patriotic adventure just does not cut ice with a bad belle guy like meLet me illustrate what this piece is about with two analogies. Firstly, I swim for exercise and have done so at the same sports club for about 15 years. Recently I arrived at the pool and saw that someone had erected two water polo goalposts. I asked what that was about and was told they wanted to introduce water polo to the club. I was amused. We wanted to practise water polo when we did not even have a swimming team, let alone one that could compete.My second is about when the legendary Singaporean leader, Lee Kuan Yew, visited Ghana in January 1966. At a dinner where he was a guest of the famous Kwame Nkrumah, the former Ghanaian president gushed about the prospects of post-colonial Ghana and the brilliance of a 30-year-old compatriot, also a guest, who had achieved a first in Classics from Oxford University and was the vice chancellor of the University of Ghana. Indeed Yew said he found the young man to be bright, but wondered why a country that was overwhelmingly dependent on agriculture would send its brightest minds to study Classics!Let me start by addressing the patriotism issue. Maybe these ladies are born-again, but the fact as we know it from the admission of at least two of them, is that these are athletes who not too long ago were competing for places in the national teams of the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Had they succeeded, there would be no Nigerian team at the winter games today.As for being models for achieving the impossible, how about we aim to win gold in the 100m of the summer games first? Does that not look like an impossibility for us at this time? How about we aim to be a leading nation in the sports for which we at least have a chance – like the sprints, wrestling, boxing, long and triple jumps etc. How about the patriotic sponsors of this marketing spectacle put some money behind real Nigerian sports so we can actually become competitive in a way that our country can be respected.I can actually see non-Africans being amused by this, but I can’t see them respecting us for it. The famed Jamaican bobsled have already secured the patent for the novelty. The world knows it does not snow in Africa; the world knows that as long as Africans romanticise about events like this they would always dream of a life away from Africa; the world knows this that the fallout of this can only be the deepening of immigration concerns in the west.Like my water polo aficionados, the novelty of this adventure will pass in Nigeria and the winter games will become what it should be for us – a non-event. Even if some copycat patriots rise up in the future, they cannot be world class. It takes much more to be at the top tier of any sport in today’s world, and even if you find a Nigerian crazy enough to commit their lives from a very early age to winter sports, chances are that the flag they will hoist at the games would be more blue and red than green white green.We must not confuse the quest to do the impossible with the quest for the unreasonable. However I’d be surprised if these ladies do not become celebrities with fat contracts and contacts in Nigeria. They deserve that for their marketing savvy and industry. But that is where it ends for me. The reality is that we have real athletes in our country who have devoted their lives to the Nigerian dream. Support them, celebrate them, don’t rubbish them as this unwittingly does.I imagine this would be an unpopular piece, but I really do not mind being on the less favored side of this debate. They say the only race that understands how we approach things is the black race. How we can make a great show or this and make it a model for our children and still expect to succeed at anything locally, beats the hell “outta” me.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CDC deactivating emergency response for Zika virus

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control is deactivating its emergency response to the spread of the Zika virus in the US to routine status.The CDC deactivated its emergency response for Zika virus (Zika) to transition efforts to normal program operations on September 29.Emergency Operations Center (EOC)On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the devastating effects of Zika virus infection in the US during pregnancy. A team of experts from across the agency, called the Zika Coordination and Operations Transition Team (ZCOTT), will lead the transition from EOC activation to routine, long-term activities and will ensure timely coordination and collaboration on scientific, communication, and policy activities.CDC’s EOC is the agency’s command center for monitoring and coordinating emergency response to public health threats and has been activated previously for events such as natural disasters, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak, among others.Protecting Americans from ZikaSince the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses, and infants, from the emerging virus and its devastating consequences. CDC will continue its work to protect these groups by providing support for healthcare providers as they counsel pregnant women affected by Zika and provide follow-up care to their infants. CDC recognizes the continued need for coordination among federal, state, and local levels to provide services for families affected by Zika and will provide technical assistance as resources permit.Zika threat hasn’t lessened Deactivation does not mean that the threat of Zika has lessened in importance or that people are no longer at risk of infection.Zika continues to be a public health threat in the United States and internationally. Zika is still a risk for pregnant women, and the continental United States and Hawaii will continue to see some travel-related cases as travelers visit countries and territories with risk of Zika transmission.The possibility of local transmission in the continental United States and Hawaii still exists. CDC remains committed to protecting the health of Americans and will continue working to protect the nation from the threat of Zika.As a reminder, CDC recommends travelers to areas with a risk of Zika to take steps to prevent Zika by preventing mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika during and after travel. CDC continues to recommend that pregnant women avoid travel to areas with risk of Zika.last_img read more

Teslas Achievements Called Astonishing By Porsche

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Porsche Will Increase Taycan Production Due To High Demand Thus, when Porsche gives you high praise as a car company, it’s probably a sign that you’ve made it. And for Tesla, after years of issues, production hell and various financial problems & tight spots, this comes as one of the most significant signs that the company is probably going to make it. Furthermore, it means that Tesla, alongside its CEO, Elon Musk, is on their way to becoming one of the major players in the automotive industry. And the likes of Porsche North America Chief Executive Klaus Zellmer certainly notice that.The praise comes through an interview that Porsche Chief Executive Oliver Blume and Porsche North America Chief Executive Klaus Zellmer gave to LA Times, discussing the upcoming 600 horsepower Porsche Taycan. For many, the Taycan is dubbed as a Tesla-fighter, bringing impressive horsepower and Tesla-like range to the four-door luxury coupe market, is what everyone expected from a legacy carmaker, in order to fight Tesla effectively.If you look at what Tesla has done, if you look at their volume and look at their price level, it’s truly astonishing. If you can do that with one brand and a sales network that is not comprised of dealers and a real sales organization, it’s even more astonishing.While high praise is certainly welcome, the upcoming onslaught of the legacy carmakers like Porsche may bring worry into the offices of Tesla. After all, the U.S. based carmaker is still a long way of achieving the production capacities of legacy carmakers like Porsche. However, they have the upper hand. And in this game, Porsche (and other legacy carmakers), are the clear-cut underdog.Source: LA Times Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Cutaway Of Audi e-tron GT + Comparison With Porsche Taycan High praise from the legendary German carmaker is definitely something Elon Musk will love to hear.You know, while we may love luxury mid-size and full-size sedans, crossovers and SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles), the fact remains: no young boy ever had one of those hanging off his childhood room walls. While the Italians – represented mostly by Ferrari and Lamborghini – had the upper hand, the Porsche 911 was also one of the wall staples of any petrolhead in his younger days.More from Porsche Porsche Oddly Claims Today’s Battery Tech Not Ready For 911last_img read more