Archive for March, 2011

Weapon Of Jazz De-Funkshun

Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975) was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard-bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he moved to New York in the mid 1950s. His nickname derived originally from “cannibal,” an honorific title imposed on him by high school colleagues as a tribute to his vast eating capacity.

He was the brother of jazz cornetist Nat Adderley.

Both Cannonball and brother Nat played with Ray Charles when Charles lived in Tallahassee during the early 1940s.

Prior to joining the Miles Davis band, Adderley formed his own group with his brother Nat after signing onto the Savoy jazz label in 1957. He was noticed by Miles Davis, and it was because of his blues-rooted alto saxophone that Davis asked him to play with his group.

Adderley joined the Miles Davis sextet in October 1957, three months prior to John Coltrane‘s return to the group. Adderley played on the seminal Davis records Milestones and Kind of Blue. This period also overlapped with pianist Bill Evans‘s time with the sextet, an association that led to recording Portrait of Cannonball and Know What I Mean?

Songs made famous by Adderley and his bands include “This Here” (written by Bobby Timmons), “The Jive Samba,” “Work Song” (written by Nat Adderley), “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (written by Joe Zawinul) and “Walk Tall” (written by Zawinul, Marrow and Rein). A cover version of Pops Staples‘ “Why (Am I Treated So Bad)?” also entered the charts.

All the above is courtesy of Wikipedia. All I have to add is that I saw a version of the Cannonball Adderly Quintet which included Joe Zawinul on keyboard, Nat Adderly on cornet, Professor Charles Lloyd on flute, and I cannot remember the rhythm section. I was a member of the Sewanee Jazz Society and as such was exposed to geniuses like Cannonball, Mose Allison, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck and others, probably the apex of my educational experiences there.

Here’s a link to one of my favorite tunes of his, “Jive Samba” :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHFn0vHF6-c&feature=player_embedded

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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you.

You sing good and you’re pretty, Happy Birthday to you.

Norah Jones.

One of the top ten most beautiful and talented people on the planet. I'm a big fan.

From Wikipedia:

Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and actress.

In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album Come Away With Me, which was certified a diamond album in 2002, selling over 20 million copies. The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. Her subsequent studio albums, Feels like Home, released in 2004, Not Too Late, released in 2007 and her 2009 release The Fall, all gained Platinum status after selling over a million copies and were generally well received by critics.

Jones has won nine Grammy Awards and was Billboard magazine’s 60th best-selling music artist of the 2000–2009 decade.

A 3d Smokey Stover dude for the modern age.

I chose Tennessee on a website that lists famous people by state. Not an entirely random selection since I spent four years at Sewanee, and took frequent road trips to Nashville and Chattanooga. On the Tennessee list was an odd and unfamiliar name, Red Grooms, artist. After reading only a couple of paragraphs from the Wikipedia article I could see Red and I had a lot in common. We both went to school in Tenn. (he went to Peabody); we have similar senses of humor, and delight in life’s absurdities.

As Judith Stein notes, “At times Grooms’s humor has an absurdist streak, full of the impetuous energy and preposterous puns of the Marx Brothers. He shares a comic sense with Bob and Ray whose straight-man/funny-man teamwork plays off against the mundane conventions of daily life. As an empiricist with a keen political sense and a retentive memory for visual facts, Grooms follows in the tradition of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, who were canny commentators on the human condition.”

Wikipedia says:

Today Grooms is recognized as a pioneer of site-specific sculpture and installation art. City of Chicago (1967), a room-sized, walk-through “sculpto-pictorama,” features sky-scraper-proportioned sculptures of Mayor Daley and Hugh Hefner “joined by such historical figures as Abraham Lincoln, Al Capone, and fan-dancer Sally Rand, accompanied by a sound track featuring gunfire and burlesque music. Grooms’s genius for rendering the intricacies of architectural ornament is vividly apparent in several three-dimensional vistas of Chicago’s famous buildings. Evident here and in the numerous other cityscapes Grooms has created is his extraordinary ability to capture a sense of place with a great sensitivity to detail.”

Another sculpto-pictorama, Ruckus Manhattan (1975) exemplifies the mixed-media installations that would become his signature craft.  These vibrant three-dimensional constructions melded painting and sculpture, to create immersive works of art that invited interaction from the viewer. The pieces were often populated with colorful, cartoon-like characters, from varied walks of life. One of his biggest themes is the use of painting people, often using other artists or their styles to show his appreciation for their works.

I am no art critic but Red seems to be from the Smokey Stover school of art.

The chaotic panels of Smokey Stover regularly include wild sight gags, mirthful mishaps, absurd vehicles and bizarre household items—including oddly-shaped furniture, clocks, vases, headwear, cigarette holders, telephones, etc. Crazy framed pictures which change completely from panel to panel—or break the fourth wall, with subjects literally jumping out of the frames—add to the overall weirdness. A madcap, “anything for a laugh” atmosphere pervades the strip, which also abounds in nonsensical dialogue, non sequiturs and pervasive, almost nonstop puns. Smokey’s ears frequently (and literally) “pop” off his head at the outrageousness of the incessant punning.

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Wikipedia:

Edward Estlin Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, with the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in lowercase letters as e.e. cummings (in the style of some of his poems), was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry, as well as one of the most popular.

e.e. cummings – dying is fine)but Death
 

dying is fine)but Death

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baby
i

wouldn't like

Death if Death
were
good:for

when(instead of stopping to think)you

begin to feel of it,dying
's miraculous
why?be

cause dying is

perfectly natural;perfectly
putting
it mildly lively(but

Death

is strictly
scientific
& artificial &

evil & legal)

we thank thee
god
almighty for dying
(forgive us,o life!the sin of Death

The Mongrel Masterlist, 1-72

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

A week ago I said to myself as I labored along with two fingers on my keypad, “People might like to have a complete list of the 250 or so Amazing Humans you’ve drawn since July 2010. They could see a name on the list that interested them, then type the name into the search bar at the top right of the screen, click the “this site” button, voila-de-da there she blows. Let’s do this!”

Then I got out a pen and a piece of paper and started to write. I got a few surprises along the way. I’m worse with numbers than I have ever been before in my life. I had double numbered many times, that is, used the same number for more than one subject. On two occasions I triple numbered. There was a jump in numbering from 166 to 178, don’t ask me I just draw da pitchers, duh. I am number dumb and my organizational skills are nil. I’m only a crusty old human male with limited artistic ability. I also discovered that I’m overwhelmed with the prospect of typing this stuff, as slowly as I type.

I am offering a passably readable scan of my hand-written list, numerically mis-begotten and all, with the hope that you’ll see some name that strikes your fancy, look it up, and be mildly amused for your trouble, and come back to the old site every so often. Don’t be a stranger. No stranger than me, anyway.

Here’s the first page:

To maintain my random selection of Amazing Humans and to eventually reach out and touch everybody at one time or another, I offer Manon Rheaume. This is for you hockey pucks…er, buffs. This is also for you beautiful female jock fans. I don’t know the first thing about hockey, but I do know beautiful women. Married one. She was thinking about teaching Physical Education at one time, before she got into ECE. But she could never have been the first and only woman to play in an NHL exhibition game. That’s where our Manon comes in.

From Wikipedia:

Puck-her Up

Manon Rhéaume (born February 24, 1974 in Lac-Beauport, Quebec) is a Canadian former goaltender and Olympic silver medalist who is the first and only woman to play in an NHL exhibition game.

Manon Rhéaume was born to Nicole and “Lucky” Pierre Rhéaume. She has one older brother, Martin, and one younger, Pascal, who was a center for NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

She was signed as a free agent to Tampa Bay Lightning and played games against the St. Louis Blues in the 1992 preseason and the Boston Bruins in the 1993 preseason. She was pulled from both games early despite doing nothing to warrant a change in goaltenders (although goaltenders are regularly replaced mid-game during the NHL preseason).

She played a total of 24 games for various minor league teams between 1992 and 1997. She played on the Canadian silver-medal winning Olympic women’s hockey team in 1998, and won Gold Medals as Team Canada’s goaltender at the 1992 and 1994 World Hockey Championships. While in Atlanta, Manon wrote her autobiography – Manon: Alone In Front Of The Net. For the 1999-2000 season, she was the goaltending coach of the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs women’s ice hockey program.

In October 2008, the IHL’s Port Huron Icehawks announced that they’re going to have Manon Rhéaume take part in their training camp activities and will play for at least a period of the team’s exhibition season opener. On April 3, 2009, Rhéaume suited up for one game with the Flint Generals of the International Hockey League. She has been with the practice team since January, filling in for their regular goalie. Rhéaume is the 3rd woman to play for the Generals.

She played for the Minnesota Whitecaps in 2009, and helped lead them to the Clarkson Cup finals. On March 19, the Whitecaps, with Rhéaume in net, beat the Montreal Stars in a playoff game by a score of 4-3 in overtime, with Kim St. Pierre in net for the Stars. During the 2008-09 WWHL season, Rhéaume’s Whitecaps took two of three games from the Calgary Oval X-Treme. Those losses snapped a string that saw the X-Treme go two years without tasting defeat in the regular season.