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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: Herbie HAncock, Esperanza Spalding, Stanley Clark Band, Lee Ritenour

Kristi Kates - August 2nd, 2010
Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project - HH Records
Hancock took “collaboration” to the nth degree on this, his latest album. No less than 18 fellow musicians assist Hancock in his goal of sharing themes of global peace and universal responsibility on these songs, which blend world music with Hancock’s own distinctive electronic sounds. Highlights include an “Imagine” suite on which Hancock works with Seal, Jeff Beck and India Arie; “The Times, They Are A-Changin’” with Irish talents The Chieftains; and a left-field assist from Dave Matthews on Hancock’s version of “Tomorrow Never Knows.”




Esperanza Spalding - Esperanza - Heads Up
An older album that is just now starting to gain momentum (due to Spalding’s performance at last year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert at the request of President Obama), Esperanza’s eponymous set is a great introduction to the jazz bassist/singer. Melding old-school jazz with modern sensibilities, her impressive voice and innate sense of arrangement are showcased on tracks like the folky “Ponte de Areia” and the samba-scat “I Adore You.” Spalding has a second album on the way this August, and you can bet jazz fans will be lined up for it.




Stanley Clarke Band - The Stanley Clarke Band - Heads Up
Clarke, much like Hancock, also collaborates on his current release, on which he works more in a band format than as a solo artist. He brings along his usual drummer, Ronald Bruner Jr., and his longtime keyboardist Ruslan Sirota, and adds in musical seasoning in the forms of saxophonist Bob Sheppard, drum programmer Chris Clarke, and The Manhattan Transfer’s Cheryl Bentyne, among others. “Bass Folk Song No. 10” has a chill feel, “Labyrinth” is appropriately complex, and “Soldier” adds a percussive, marching feel to the bass lines.




Lee Ritenour - 6 String Theory - Concord Records
Ritenour celebrates the guitar itself on his latest album, bringing in almost as many musical pals as Herbie and Stanley do. It’s a fete for several different genres of guitar music, actually, from rock and blues to jazz and classical, and those aforementioned pals help decipher it all. The vocal/musical talents of B.B. King and Jonny Lang (“Why I Sing the Blues”), Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal (“Am I Wrong), and George Benson (“My One and Only Love”) are among the most standout tracks on the set, although they’re all worthy of the guitars they champion.

 
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