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A brief history of The History Channel

Not to judge...

But this picture wouldn't be the same without the cat.

Merry Boxing Day, Everybody!

For future reference: My nicknames for fast food joints.

McDonalds - Mickey Death

Burger King - The Burger Despot

Wendy's - The Red Headed Step-child

KFC - The Chicken Plantation

Taco Bell - The Mexican Potemkin Village

Feel free to add your own

Yusef Lateef, Innovative Jazz Saxophonist and Flutist, Dies at 93

Yusef Lateef, a jazz saxophonist and flutist who spent his career crossing musical boundaries, died on Monday at his home in Shutesbury, Mass., near Amherst. He was 93.

His death was announced on his website.

Mr. Lateef started out as a tenor saxophonist with a big tone and a bluesy style, not significantly more or less talented than numerous other saxophonists in the crowded jazz scene of the 1940s. He served a conventional jazz apprenticeship, working in the bands of Lucky Millinder, Dizzy Gillespie and others. But by the time he made his first records as a leader, in 1957, he had begun establishing a reputation as a decidedly unconventional musician.

He began expanding his instrumental palette by doubling on flute, by no means a common jazz instrument in those years. He later added oboe, bassoon and non-Western wind instruments like the shehnai and arghul. “My attempts to experiment with new instruments grew out of the monotony of hearing the same old sounds played by the same old horns,” he once told DownBeat magazine. “When I looked into those other cultures, I found that good instruments existed there.”

Those experiments led to an embrace of new influences. At a time when jazz musicians in the United States rarely sought inspiration any farther geographically than Latin America, Mr. Lateef looked well beyond the Western Hemisphere. Anticipating the cross-cultural fusions of later decades, he flavored his music with scales, drones and percussion effects borrowed from Asia and the Middle East. He played world music before world music had a name.


Name a movie that makes you laugh, no matter what...

Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery is one of my faves!

I usually do this sort of thing in the Lounge, but since it's X-Mas, Ask Me Anything

Tonight's theme is to ask me to clarify statements that I've made that you're concerned about.

I just want to make sure that I'm understood as much as possible.

My standard disclaimer is that you may or may not like the answers I'll give you, but I will give them to you to the best of my all too limited abilities.

Have at me!

Dorothy Ashby - My favourite things

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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