Archie Shepp: “In The Mood” – Jazz à Porquerolles

Jazz You Too

Free Jazz master, Archie Shepp collaborated with the giants: from John Coltrane to Frank Zappa, and Cecil Taylor himself , the creator of free jazz. His timeless virtuosity covers multiple areas: saxophonist, singer, poet, pianist and dramaturg. This concert at the festival Jazz à Porquerolles, Shepp gathers Jean-Paul Bourelly, on guitar, Reggie Washington, on bass, Tom McClung, on the piano and Hamid Drake,  on drums. The concert took place in July 2014, click the image to watch it – it’s not on YouTube – and the guitarman Jean-Paul Bourelly is fabulous!

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John Scofield | Lazy

Jazz You Too

It’s September already! Of course I have hundreds of CDs from the time there wasn’t any other option to listen to music. They are now kept in drawers, safe from the dust. It’s amazing how you pick one of them, choose a track, go to YouTube, look for it and there it is, you can listen to it! Lazy, the choice of the tune is purely accidental, by John Scofield, belongs to the album Groove Elation, released in 1995. Apparently YouTube is a never-ending music library, let’s see how far they match my CD collection. So far so good, but I’ll try again in the future!

Personnel: John Scofield – acoustic & electric guitar Billy Drewes – tenor saxophone, flute Howard Johnson – baritone saxophone, tuba, bass clarinet Randy Brecker – trumpet, flugelhorn Steve Turre – trombone

Larry Goldings – piano, organ Dennis Irwin – bass Idris Muhammad – drums Don Alias – percussion

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Locked In

DoubleU = W

this room is still depressing

scratched hard-wood floors

covered in hair the dog shed

and that I’m too lazy to sweep up

windows that won’t open

a door to the outside screwed shut

far too much furniture

and a tendency to go from cold to hot

but it’s my sanctuary, my place

to hide, to think, to write,

I can’t leave or those other thoughts

will take me over, keep me away

from what I know I should be doing

I’m locked in partly by choosing

and partly for my own safety

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WINDOW SCREENS

By the Mighty Mumford

WINDOW SCREENS!

(Tune: “Animal Crackers in My Soup,” as sung by Shirley Temple)

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Behind window screens,

Cats looking out

On burgeoning greens…

Doggies can walk

Their owners out,

Cats without leashes

Not put out.

A.C. feels good

To kitty fur,

Means less shedding

And hairy stir…

Dogs have owners

To comb out

Any snarls

In a hairy coat!

Fish and parrots

What are they,

Rarely more than

Fine display….

Cats can purr

And doggies yap,

Having a friend is

A good life capped!

–Jonathan Caswell

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The Burren Way – Ireland

Through the eyes of a passerby

Took a day tour of Cliff of Moher and Burren from Galway Tour Company
which cost around € 25.
First stop is at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle
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The famous roof thatched hotel
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Corcomroe Abbey
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Ballyalban Fairy Fort
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Poulnabrone Dolmen
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Leamaneh Castle
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Doolin
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Cliff of Moher
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From the cliff can see Aran Islands
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Normal view of people along the Cliff
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View from atop…
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There is also tour to see from below.
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Solo Travel: My 5 Biggest Concerns.

DR WANDERLUST

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Now that I have finished my exams and have 3 full months of summer ahead of me, I’ve been writing lists. Lists of things I want to do, places I want to go, lots and lots of lists of stuff I’d love to accomplish before starting my 5th year of med school come September.

More than half of the things on my “lists” are or have something to do with travelling to places…alone. Why alone? Well, thing is, I’ve always enjoyed my independence since starting university (especially it being abroad), and so I tend to prefer doing things that Iwant to do, and atmy own pace.

If there’s one thing that would mess up a good trip is being tied down to someone else’s schedule, or them to yours. It just kills the fun in travel.

Ok, now about this post. As I’ve mentioned, summer’s here and travel

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Goodbye Abano, it’s been a blast.

This Road Jess Travelled

So my time in Abano has come to an end, my contract with the summer school has finished, I’ve said goodbye to my awesome students, wished my fellow teachers well on their return to the UK and with heavy heart bid farewell to my incredibly host family. I’m sure I’ll be seeing them again, there’s already talk of their son coming to the UK to practise his English with my little brother and get to visit England so I’m sure that we will remain in contact. I have absolutely loved staying with these wonderful people who have made me feel part of their family and shown me the best of their town. I feel like I’ve made some real friends rather than just been provided with somewhere to sleep for the last fortnight. The amazing Sarocco family

But, of course, it’s onwards I must go and after hours of perusing…

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