Thoughts on Collecting Vintage Blue Note Jazz Records

December 31, 2013 | Posted in JAZZ, VINYL RECORDS | By

You don’t have to be rich to collect Blue Note I now have amassed a modest collection of 350 Blue Note records, with the majority of them costing me less than $25, the most I have paid was $72, and

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Hangin’ On The Corner With Miles Davis

December 20, 2013 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Was On the Corner Miles Davis’ Most hated Album? I can’t think of a more polarizing album in the Miles Davis discography than On the Corner.  Released in 1972, the album was universally hated by jazz critics and by many

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Bravo’s Top Chef: How I Would Fix It

December 18, 2013 | Posted in REALITY TV | By

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Has Top Chef Jumped the Shark? 5 things I’d change about the increasingly tired Bravo cooking competition I’ve been an on-again/off-again viewer of Bravo TV’s Top Chef since the beginning of the “reality” series, now some eleven seasons ago (not

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Myles Birket Foster, most popular painter of 19th century

December 15, 2013 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

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Myles Birket Foster was one of most successful and influential water color painters from 19th century. He exhibited several hundred paintings at royal Academy and his work was in such demand art dealers sometimes raced to his home in Witley

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Who will win “Restaurant Express”?

December 11, 2013 | Posted in REALITY TV | By

Restaurant Express

Food Network’s Latest Robert Irvine Vehicle Heads To The Finale Restaurant Express is one of the newest “reality”/cooking competition shows on the Food Network this Fall 2013. The show is hosted by Robert Irvine, who has previously been featured on

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From Jazz to Something Not of This Earth: Why Couldn’t the Jazz Critics Get Bitches Brew?

December 5, 2013 | Posted in JAZZ, PROGRESSIVE ROCK | By

When Bitches Brew was released in July of 1970, the story for the 500,000 who bought the album was, “wow, this is some wild challenging music”. Unfortunately the establishment jazz critic didn’t always see things that way, they would charge

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Miles Davis’ Miles In the Sky: Closing in on Jazz Rock

December 4, 2013 | Posted in JAZZ, MUSIC, VINYL RECORDS | By

Miles dips his toe in the electric water Lately I have been listening to the music of Miles Davis right before his big push into rock territory. 1968’s Miles in the Sky is a transitional album if there ever was

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Miles Davis’ Get Up With It: A Contemporary Stew of Ambient Jazz Funk

December 2, 2013 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Miles throws in many styles, and some new inventions Get Up With It over the years has become my favorite of the Electric studio albums of Miles Davis. I will start with the Opus’, “Calypso Frelimo”, and “He Loved Him

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Art and Appetite: Examining American Culture Through the Foods We Eat

December 2, 2013 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Art and Appetite Exhibit Catalog

Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine On view at the Art Institute of Chicago through January 27, 2014, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine is a wonderful exhibit that takes us through three centuries of American history

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