Tag: Jesse Jackson

Sunday Jazz: The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, “Walk Tall”

Sunday Jazz: The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, “Walk Tall”

Music, Sunday Jazz
One of the things I've always loved about Cannonball Adderley's approach to jazz is how he seamlessly infused elements of R&B and (later) soul into his arrangements. While he could play straight hard bop with the best of them, I think his best output comes from his willingness to expand and experiment. And so this week I want to highlight a song from Cannonball's his first album of the 1970s, Country Preacher (Capitol Records SKAO-404, 1970). It was recorded live in Chicago in October 1969. After a fiery introduction by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Adderley's quintet -- Cannonball on alto sax, Nat Adderley on cornet, Joe Zawinul on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums -- busts out a greasy funk-inspired groove on "Walk Tall." This brilliant mix of late '60s funk and...
Scenes from the WGA strike

Scenes from the WGA strike

Funny Stuff
Most of the picket signs I've seen during the two-week-plus WGA strike have been pretty uninspired. But if you look closely enough you can spot some real keepers: I think Jesse floats through the air when cameras are near, like the old Looney Tunes bits where a character would drift towards a freshly baked pie.   I'm surprised Jerry Seinfeld didn't use this space for another friggin' Bee Movie ad. Yes, we know Tina.   A rare moment of intellectual honesty from Hollywood.
Just one word about Don Imus

Just one word about Don Imus

Rants
Look, there are plenty of legitimate reasons for firing Don Imus from his radio show.  He hasn't said anything remotely funny or interesting since...well, ever.  He mumbles like a mental patient.  He's out of touch, irrelevant, and just generally lame.  And his ratings suck, to boot.  I'm not interested in debating whether or not his so-called joke about the Rutgers women's basketball team was offensive, racist, or both.  I'm sure to a lot of people it was. The bottom line is that although CBS was perfectly within their rights to fire him, they did so not because of any sense of moral outrage.  So when any suit at CBS claims they were concerned about the impact Imus's words had on society or race relations or blah blah blah, you better believe it's so much bovine feces.  No, this firing