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Farnell Newton – Back to Earth – Posi Tone 

Farnell Newton – Back to Earth – Posi Tone 

Farnell Newton – Back to Earth – Posi Tone Records #8169 – 56:36 – **** (Farnell Newton – trumpet; Kyle Molitor – trombone; Greg Goebel – piano; Dylan Sundstrom – bass; Christopher Brown – drums) Jazz is alive and well in Portland… Most every major metropolitan area has jazz musicians who could have a national presence if they could afford to live in New York City’s highly competitive (and expensive) jazz scene. For various reasons, they choose to remain as “big fish” in smaller jazz markets. Many teach in jazz studies programs at colleges, where they receive health benefits and pensions. They can also serve as first call sidemen for nationally known artists who who visit their locales for single night gigs. (However, it is easier to get these gigs for rhythm section instrumentalists—piano, bass,  and drums—than it is for front line horn players). Posi Tone Records is one of the few labels to feature regional talent as band leaders. In this case, they feature Portland, Oregon trumpeter, Farnell Newton, backed by fellow Rose City talent. Newton is a jazz professor at Portland State University, a program led by Darrell Grant. Farnell can hold his own in any jazz setting. […]

The 2016 PDX Jazz Festival

The 2016 PDX Jazz Festival

The 2016 PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL in Portland Oregon The 13th annual Jazz Festival featured the timeless work of the towering mid-20th-century saxist John Coltrane. The quest of the city of Portland to live a meaningful life challenges PDX Jazz to present audiences with compelling programming and community outreach, and to foster the growth of musical offerings in the Pacific Northwest. The festival examined Coltrane’s dynasty thru a number of musical vantage points: family (Ravi Coltrane), legacy (Reggie Workman, and modern day masers associated with Coltrane’s music: Sonny Fortune, Azar Lawrence, Joe Lovano, JD Allen, Charles Lloyd, Javon Jackson, Orrin Evans, Chuck Israels, Mel Brown and Devin Philips. One of the big events of the festival was The Saxophone Summit Supreme concert. It featured JD Allen, Devin Phillips, and Jimmy Greene, all heavily influenced by Coltrane. Pianist Orrin Evans trio was heard in two programs in a supporting role. Many jazz artists across a broad musical spectrum performed during the 11-day festival in Portland. Gary Peacock                     made his Portland debut, and award-winning singer Dianne Reeves made a festival appearance. The festival was kicked off by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and the […]

The Hateful Eight, Blu-ray (2016)

The Hateful Eight, Blu-ray (2016)

A typical bloody Tarantino film, but a good story, fine acting and lovely widescreen 65mm cinematography make it a great experience. The Hateful Eight, Blu-ray (2016) Director: Quentin Tarantino Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay 8063848, 2 discs (3/29/16) Video: Shot on 65mm film at 2.76:1 for 16:9 display, 1080p HD color Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Extras: “Beyond the Eight” – Behind the Scenes, “Sam Jackson’s Guide to Glorious 70mm” Length: 187 min. Rating: ****1/2 If you didn’t already get it, this is the eighth feature film by Tarantino. For the story’s winter Wyoming landscape, the film was shot using 65mm lenses and cameras which hadn’t been used since the 1970s, around Telluride, CO. And it was presented in 70mm as a Road Show Attraction at the few special theaters equipped for it, such as the Hollywood here in Portland. It has five chapters and is set around a decade after the Civil War. The film got three Academy Award Nominations but was aced out by The Revenant. The film opens with bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) trying to get his handcuffed-to-him […]

Audio News for March 29, 2013

PlayOn Supports Redbox Instant; MartinLogan Expands Bezel-Less Speaker Designs; Communications Biggies Don’t Care About Coming Quake; Yamaha Adds Mobile HD Link to Receiver-Based HTiBs