Dec 8, 2016
commented on Prog-Rock Icon Greg Lake of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer Has Died
Thanks for the solo "Lucky Man" link, hadn't heard that b4. Really does highlight Lake's clarion-clear, gorgeous voice & beautiful acoustic guitar style. I love ELP's first album, incl The Barbarian that takes off from Bartok's piano piece Allegro Barbaro. Lake's stunning playing & singing on the lovely "From The Beginning" from Trilogy is another high point. Tarkus & Trilogy are both loaded with quality songs, and even the slightly outrageous arrangement of Pictures At An Exhibition—with vocals added—mostly works in a trippy, fun way (unlike Rick Wakeman's uninspired arrangement of a fragment of Brahm's 4th Symphony on Yes's otherwise stellar Fragile album). R.I.P. Greg Lake!
Nov 15, 2016
commented on RIP Mose Allison, One-of-a-Kind Jazz Pianist/Songwriter
First saw Mose about 30 years ago at ChicagoFest on Navy Pier ...truly magical, I was hooked immediately. Last time was 5 years ago @ Jazz Alley, great show. Incredibly—even at age 84—he still remembered all of his wonderfully-oblique lyrics ...and he did do the classic Your Molecular Structure. R.I.P.!
Nov 8, 2016
commented on The U-District's Cafe Racer Is Raising Money to Keep Its Doors Open
Not just "casual musicians" inhabit Café Racer ...much of the best improvised, experimental music in Seattle happens there on a regular basis. Racer Sessions—every Sunday night from 8-10—is a weekly curated set of jams that anyone is encouraged to sit in on ...and many of the best local players from experimental jazz to psychedelic synth mashups to alt-rock play their hearts out at Racer many nights of every week.
Oct 12, 2016
commented on Cubs Bars in Seattle?
The Noble Fir in Ballard ...very chill place on one of the coolest streets in Seattle. Co-owner Ellen is from Chicago & a huge Cubs' fan. About 20 rotating taps of stellar microbrews, plus cider & wine & small food plates. From their Events page:
"CUBBIES PLAYOFF GAMES ~ Join us for this October for Cubs playoffs live! GO CUBBIES! THIS IS THE YEAR!"