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John Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings -

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Soultrane session recorded February 7, 1958, and released later that year. His trio for Soultrane and many of the other 1958 dates included Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Art Taylor (drums). Another of the outstanding tracks on Soultrane is Coltrane’s version of the Tad Dameron classic “Good Bait.” Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings presents Coltrane in his most formative period, bursting with so many ideas he could hardly contain them. Coltrane once told Miles Davis during a Prestige session that when he soloed he had so many ideas to put out that he couldn’t stop playing. Miles replied, “Then why don’t you try taking the horn out of your mouth.” Coltrane was insatiable in his pursuit of new sounds and ideas, working incessantly to master every new musical challenge to come his way. The modal style and world music influences of Ravi Shankar and Babatunde Olatunji, as well as his foray into soprano sax playing, would all come later. Prestige Records released important music by Miles Davis, Gene Ammons, Eric Dolphy, Mose Allison, and many other great jazz musicians. However, it didn’t have the budget that Blue Note had—no money for rehearsals and no alternate takes. As such, the new Coltrane set is a celebration of one-take wonders, capturing the original mono sound, and recorded with classic all-tube gear and custom microphones by engineer Rudy Van Gelder in his parents’s home in Hackensack, New Jersey. (Photo below courtesy of the Rudy Van Gelder Estate.) The sonic immediacy is palpable—Van Gelder has you seated right in front of the band in his parents’s living room, and you feel every note. The sound is both audiophile and artisanal, with tracks re-mastered from the original session master tapes. RTI custom-pressed the 180g vinyl and the CD’s were re-mastered from 24-bit transfers. I love the retro presentation of the LP set. The vinyl is heavy cloth-bound, with each record getting its own brown cardboard sleeve, reminiscent of early 78 rpm album sets. The liner notes are written by jazz historian Ashley Kahn, who has penned two books about John Coltrane’s Impulse years—The House that Trane Built and A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album. It features photos from Francis Wolff and Prestige producer Esmond Edwards. Fans will find much to learn and enjoy from reading the 4...

Former Ridgefield Resident Dexter Street, 85, has Died - HamletHub

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Duke University where he was an honors student in political science, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and played on the Duke Lacrosse team which, in 1954, won the first ACC men’s lacrosse championship. Following graduation from Duke in 1955, he served two years in the U.S. Army, working as an information specialist based in Würzburg, Germany. In 1957, Dexter met Marcy Larson. They were married on April 1, 1961  in Louisville, Kentucky.  That same month, Dexter began a 35-year career as a production administrator at the Reader’s Digest, in Pleasantville, NY.  His responsibilities throughout the years included the production of “Condensed Books,” “Great Biographies,” “World’s Best Reading,” and educational games for children.    Dexter and Marcy lived in Woodside, Long Island and Tarrytown, NY before building a home in 1964 in Ridgefield, CT, the town in which they raised their family. Dexter was active in the Ridgefield community. He was a charter member of the Ridgefield Workshop for Performing Arts, serving on its Board and as president. Dexter held lead roles in several area plays, including “Come Blow Your Horn,” “Mary, Mary,” and “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.”  An avid reader and history enthusiast, he was co-chair, director, and actor in the 1967 re-enactment of the Revolutionary War Battle of Ridgefield. Throughout their childhood, Dexter helped his sons with cub scouts and boy scouts, and supported his children’s many activities, including basketball, football, acting, skiing and sailing.  In 1977, Dexter was elected to the Ridgefield Board of Education, where he served for six years.    Education was important to Dexter and he was enormously proud of his children’s success in high school and their respective colleges. Once their youngest child had gone to college, Dexter and Marcy invited a high school student, Johan Lokind from Stockholm, Sweden, to live with them for a year. Jo...

The Revierderby: the history between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke - Bundesliga - official website

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

With legend Ernst Kuzorra in a side famed for its style of play called 'Schalker Kreisel' – an early form of one-touch football or tiki-taka – Schalke claimed six out of nine German Championships between 1934 and 1942.Few sides could match the Gelsenkirchen club on a regional or national level at that time, including Dortmund, who were beaten 7-0 at home on three occasions, as well as suffering 9-0 and 10-0 defeats. Perhaps unthinkable now, the Schalke train was in fact celebrated at Dortmund station on the way back from winning their maiden title against Nuremberg in Berlin, and they were escorted to the town hall to sign the golden visitors’ book.Schalke’s Veltins Arena is situated on Ernst-Kuzorra-Weg as a memorial to the club legend. Fans above were celebrating 100 years since his birth in 2005. - imago images / Sven SimonHowever, things began to change following World War II as BVB developed into a serious, long-term competitor for their Gelsenkirchen neighbours. A 3-2 win over Schalke in the final of the 1946/47 Westfalenliga is seen as the turning point in the battle for supremacy.Dortmund became the dominant force in western Germany’s top division before going on to claim their first three national titles in the 1950s and early 1960s. With the battle for supremacy in the Ruhr region finely balanced, the Revierderby as we know it today was born.Bundesliga era begins with a bite and a roarDortmund and Schalke were both founding members of the Bundesliga from its inception in 1963, exchanging home wins in the opening season. BVB would quickly begin to dominate the derby on the national stage with a team spearheaded by legendary strikers Timo Konietzka and Lothar Emmerich. The latter remains the Revierderby’s all-time top scorer with 10 goals and the only player in history to score a hat-trick in the fixture in the Bundesliga era.As has traditionally been the case in the Revierderby, before long the balance began to swing the other way again, and Schalke would go 12 competitive meetings without defeat between 1968 and 1977.With the rivalry intensifying there came perhaps the first legendary encounter in September 1969. The Royal Blues took the lead in front of 40,000 fans at Dortmund’s Rote Erde Stadium through Hans Pirkner’s first-half strike, resulting in fans storming the pitch. The police released their dogs to try to regain control, but one named Rex instead bit Schalke defender Friedel Rausch on the behind. Teammate Gerd Neuser was also bitten on the thigh.Schalke’s Friedel Rausch (c.) was bitten by a police dog during a goal celebration at Dortmund’s Rote Erde Stadium. - imago/HorstmüllerSeveral years later Rausch told Die Welt that he still has a scar from the bite and had to sleep on his stomach for two nights, but remarkably he carried on and completed the 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw – but only after receiving a tetanus jab from the team doctor. You can imagine the delight on Rausch’s face when he one day received 500 Deutsche Mark (around $290) and a bouquet of flowers as an apology from Dortmund.The Gel...

Berlins's IBeB Cooperative Housing Created Community from the Ground-Up - Metropolis Magazine

Sunday, March 3, 2019

One of the buildings balconies Courtesy Andrew Alberts The project footprint occupies an approximately 30,000-square-foot site resembling a rectangle with one chamfered corner on its northeast side, which creates space for a public plaza. The facade, meanwhile, features glazed ceramic tiles and regular intervals of large windows. Inside the residential cores, a material palette of exposed concrete and blackened steel is familiar in a city often fond of raw, if not overly austere, minimalism. The relatively inconspicuous exterior is offset by the remarkable rue intérieure, as von Beckerath describes it an open passageway characterized by tall, sky-lit voids, benches, and mini courtyards carved out through the center of the building volume. Apartment front doors face onto the passageway, creating a spatial and social core where neighbors meet and kids play soccer, a scenario that seemingly inverts British brutalisms streets in the sky. Behind the front doors, each apartment was designed for the wants and needs of its particular resident. It was fantastic to be able to design your own ‘shelf, says resident Rosario Talevi, referring to the way the apartments appear to slot into the buildings supporting structure. You could decide the positions of the walls, position of the kitchens, the colors of your tiles, one or two bathrooms, and so on. Talevis apartment features an internal window that looks onto the rue intérieure as well as a generous balcony on the buildings south side. Here the balustrade begins just beyond the reaches of the balcony walls, creating an open void of almost 12 inches that runs the width of the buildings exterior. Its one of IBeBs finer details that highlights the project...

The Dandelion Windfall - Canada Free Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Guess what: it could turn into a real windfall for you!Dandelion ButterAs you may not know yet, I grew up in the “Land of Happy Cows” (LOHCs), i.e. the western part of southern Bavaria. In spring, the meadows there are a solid yellow with flowering dandelion plants. They are so abundant that the butter and cheese produced from the cows grazing in those fields develop a decidedly yellow color, caused by the chemical known as “beta-carotene.” It’s related to the orange color-producing substance in carrots, hence its name.Believe me, after a long winter of having to live on hay from last year’s harvests, when the season turns to spring and the dandelions are blooming, the cows are really happy then. They take to the solidly dandelion-yellow meadows in force and produce plenty of milk that is the source of the then (once again) yellow butter.For decades, the European Union countries, collectively produced a “butter mountain,” meaning a large excess that could not be consumed there. But this could change soon, when butter turns to rubber (don’t take it literally).But first to Traditional RubberAs you may know, upon injury of the leaves or bark, a variety of plants exude a viscous milky white liquid that tends to polymerize on contact with air into a rubbery blob. Of course, that’s the way much of the world’s natural rubber came into existence and is still an important agricultural product to this day. The plant that has been the source of much of the world’s “latex” that, upon exposure to air, turns into raw rubber, known as kautchuk, or caoutchouc, or India rubber, is the “rubber tree” (Hevea brasiliensis, Euphorbiaceae).Native to South America, the rubber tree was introduced to South and South-East Asia well over one-hundred years ago and that region now produces much of the world’s raw rubber.Now, to Synthetic RubberIn WWII, when the demand for rubber products increased sharply and (Germany’s) access to the natural product became limited, chemists developed the synthetic rubber, then known as Buna rubber. Its basic constituent is the small molecule isoprene that can be polymerized into rubber of excellent properties. In fact, much of today’s car tires and many other rubber products rely on that synthetic material, both for c...

How Can Nazis Be on the March in Germany? - Truthout

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

We will come to power and then we will do what is necessary so that we can live a free life in the future. We tell the Bosporus that the three big Ms — Mohammed, Muezzin and Minerett — are over.” In Bavaria, the AfD is campaigning for “Islam-free schools.” But Islamophobia isn’t isolated to the AfD. The CSU’s Horst Seehöfer stated in February that “Islam does not belong in Germany.” Meanwhile, Thilo Sarrazin, a well-known leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is on a book tour for his Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impairs Progress and Threatens Society. Other Islamophobic initiatives range from Chancellor Merkel’s support for banning the burka to local court battles over religious symbols in schools. A Berlin court upheld the decision to remove a public school teacher for wearing her hijab to school. Now, “feminist” groups want to a href="

A German village goes it alone on climate protection - DW (English)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The local grocery store in Grafenaschau looks like most other buildings in the tiny Bavarian village. It has a large pitched roof with broad eaves and is half timber, half stone. The style is as typical as lederhosen, wheat beer and white sausage in this particular part of Germany. "It's Alpine but not 'yodel style.' We didn't want it to be really over-the-top Bavarian," jokes Hubert Mangold, as he heartily greets people on his way into the store. He's diplomatically referring to kitschier houses with brightly painted shutters, where everything's just a bit too much. But it's not just the style of the building that reflects the strong sense of custom and regional identity in the southern German state of Bavaria. Most of the products on offer are from nearby and are produced organically using traditional methods. Dressed casually in denim shorts and a plaid shirt, Mangold, who is the local mayor, points out locally sourced "hay-milk," schnapps and liquor from a nearby distillery, regional, in-season fruit and vegetables, and "in demand" traditionally milled f...

2 dead, more than a dozen injured after trains collide in Germany - New York Post

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Aichach. He said the driver of the cargo train was uninjured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash. In a separate incident in Bavaria, two people were killed Monday when a train hit their car at a crossing near Lake Starnberg. Share this: ...