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Letters 02-02-2015

History Lesson  “The days of cheap oil and easy acquisition are over. “ -- President Obama, June 2010

A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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4Play: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings/ Christian Scott/ Nas & Damien Marley/ Mulatu Astake

Kristi Kates - May 31st, 2010
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way - Daptone
Responsible, in large part, for resuscitating ‘50s-’60s-era soul music and bringing it into the modern day and age (even staging a well-cheered performance at the Lollapalooza Fest), the feisty Jones and her swaggering backing band are back with their sophomore set, as produced by Bosco Mann. Recorded on an Ampex 8-track for a warmer, more authentic sound, the album - and the band - perfectly support Jones’ confident Franklin/Staples/Turner-esque vocals on tunes like the groovin’ “Money” and the bluesy ballad “If You Call.”





Christian Scott - Yesterday You Said Tomorrow - Concord
New Orleans trumpeter Scott recorded his fourth Concord jazz/hip-hop album at the legendary Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey, complete with engineering by Rudy Van Gelder himself. Spare production and a quartet band (instead of his previous sextet) allows the tracks to focus on Scott’s stylish trumpet playing, best showcased on the ballad “Isadora” and the funky and harmonically-detailed “After All.” Echoes of Miles Davis can be heard throughout as Scott continues to meld diverse genres into his own new brand of jazz.



Nas and Damian Marley - Distant Relatives - Republic
This is far more than either Nas or Marley guesting on the other’s album. Distant Relatives brings both artists together in an equally-collaborative production, deftly blending Nas’ heavier hip-hop with Marley’s dancehall and reggae, seasoning the set with everything from trumpets to congas, and finding common roots in both musicians’ work. “Tribes at War” sings of shared ancestry, “Africa Must Wake Up” puts forth a more political message, and “Count Your Blessings” adds a little optimism to the proceedings.




Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead - Strut
The latest solo studio album from “the father of Ethio jazz,” Astatke’s work has long been known by serious world music and jazz fans, and for novices, it’s a great introduction to how world music fusions work best. On this set, he blends Ethiopian sounds together with Western jazz arrangements and instruments, for a detailed series of tracks on which several listens are needed to decipher all of the layers. Guesting alongside Astatke are members of The Heliocentrics as well as traditional Ethiopian musicians, to make the mix even richer.


 
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