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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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