#JazzChurch 67 - Sunday, August 8, 2021

#jazzchurch 67 – Sunday, August 8, 2021 – featuring music by Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Barron, Charlie Haden, Les McCann And Eddie Harris, Rebirth Brass Band, Cassandra Wilson, Peter Brown, and Earth, Wind & Fire + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 67 - Sunday, August 8, 2021
  1. Kumbaya (Terell Stafford)
  2. Dolphin Dance (The Blue Note 7)
  3. Jinrikisha (Joe Henderson)
  4. Ole (John Coltrane)
  5. Mo’ Better Blues (Branford Marsalis Quartet & Terence Blanchard)
  6. Remembering (Avishai Cohen)
  7. Soulful (Roy Hargrove Quintet)
  8. Blues In Orbit (Duke Ellington)
  9. Melancholia (Kenny Barron)
  10. Bebop (Kenny Barron)
  11. Body and Soul (Charlie Haden)
  12. Blues In Motian (Instrumental) (Charlie Haden, Paul Motian & Geri Allen)
  13. Silence (Charlie Haden & Paul Motian Feat. Geri Allen)
  14. Celia (Charlie Haden Quartet West)
  15. Drummer’s Song (Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey)
  16. Haitian Fight Song (Charles Mingus)
  17. Compared to What (Les McCann And Eddie Harris)
  18. Just the Two of Us (Rebirth Brass Band)
  19. Fallin’ Like - Dominoes (Donald Byrd)
  20. Spoonful (Howlin’ Wolf)
  21. Twisted (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
  22. “A” Theme (Ameen Saleem feat. Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove, Gregory Hutchinson and others)
  23. I Can’t Stand the Rain (Cassandra Wilson)
  24. Dance with Me (Peter Brown)
  25. Runnin’ (Earth, Wind & Fire)
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I really miss this truck and the great vittles found therein!

I became a food truck guy in the Bay Area, but not so much here in the Great Pacific Northwest.

On This Day - 9 years ago

me: “you have to drink the Kool-Aid!” someone else: “and the Kool-Aid tastes great!!”

this was in a conversation about organizational change. a lot of people pay lip service, etc. but if you don’t commit, really commit, it just. ain’t. gonna. happen.

you can commit, and things still don’t work out, but lack REAL commitment and failure is guaranteed.

that. is. all.

Alas, I’ve learned an awful lot since then, including the fact that commitment isn’t nearly enough.

#JazzChurch 66 - Sunday, August 1, 2021

#jazzchurch 66 – Sunday, August 1, 2021 – featured music by McCoy Tyner, Gang Starr, Larry Coryell Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Yellowjackets, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Stanley Clarke, Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Emily Remler, The Impressions, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Quincy Jones + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 66 - Sunday, August 1, 2021
  1. Jazz Thing (Gang Starr)
  2. Passion Dance (McCoy Tyner)
  3. Sienna “Welcome, My Darling” (Larry Coryell Quartet)
  4. Katrina Ballerina (Al Hood & the H2 Jazztet feat. Peter Sommer)
  5. Blackbird (Brad Mehldau)
  6. I Knew His Father (Yellowjackets)
  7. Down D (John Scofield)
  8. Syzygy (Michael Brecker)
  9. Quiet Afternoon (Stanley Clarke)
  10. Alfie (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  11. Inner Urge (Larry Coryell)
  12. She’s Leaving Home (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  13. Interlude No. 3 (Keith Jarrett)
  14. Relaxin’ At Camarillo (Joe Henderson)
  15. Standing Outside (Keith Jarrett)
  16. Moose The Mooche (Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen)
  17. Beautiful Love (Various Artists)
  18. Absence (Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective & Turtle Island Quartet)
  19. Wicked Game (Sandro Dominelli feat. Chris Tarry, Rez Abbasi)
  20. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Emily Remler)
  21. Blues For Alice (Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen)
  22. Timeline (Yellowjackets)
  23. Man Facing North (Yellowjackets)
  24. It’s All Right (The Impressions)
  25. That’s the Way of the World (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  26. Prologue (Q’s Rap) (Quincy Jones)
  27. Back On The Block (Quincy Jones)
  28. We B. Dooinit (Acappella Party) (Quincy Jones)
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On The Difference Between Managers and Leaders

Tom Peters, one of my favorite business authors, says there’s no difference between leaders and managers. I think he’s wrong and I think he’s right. Wrong because there is a difference as Buckingham and Coffman explain below:

“Great managers are not miniexecutives waiting for leadership to be thrust upon them. Great leaders are not simply managers who have developed sophistication. The core activities of a manager and a leader are simply different. It is entirely possible for a person to be a brilliant manager and a terrible leader. But it is just as possible for a person to excel as a leader and fail as a manager. And, of course, a few exceptionally talented individuals excel at both.

“If companies confuse the two roles by expecting every manager to be a leader, or if they define ‘leader’ as simply a more advanced form of ‘manager,’ then the all-important ‘catalyst’ role will soon be undervalued, poorly understood, and poorly played. Gradually the company will fall apart.”
– Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, “First, Break All the Rules”

Alas, Peters is also right because that ship has sailed. There’s no point to arguing the distinction because too many conflate the two.

Nevertheless, let me add one bit of nuance. Individual contributors can be leaders without managing anyone or anything.

That is all.

I had a chance to play some music last Saturday at Jazz Night School’s Jazz About Town.” First time in a loooong time, hopefully with more to come!

#JazzChurch 65 - Sunday, July 25, 2021

#jazzchurch 65 – Sunday, July 25, 2021 – featured music by John Scofield, Thelonious Monk, Larry Coryell, THE NEW WOODY SHAW QUINTET, Elvin Jones and Friends, Josh Ginsburg, Orrin Evans, Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, & Lenny White, Sam Gendel, Sam Wilkes, & Daniel Aged, Karrin Allyson Sextet, Emma-Jean Thackray, Ray Barretto, Dionne Warwick, Bill Withers, and McFadden & Whitehead + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 65 - Sunday, July 25, 2021
  1. Picks And Pans (John Scofield)
  2. El Swing (Hudson)
  3. Six And Eight (John Scofield)
  4. Greetings To Idris More Songs (Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes)
  5. Caravan (Thelonious Monk)
  6. Helen’s Song (Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman & Jon Hamar)
  7. Trouble In Mind (Roswell Rudd feat. Fay Victor)
  8. Angel on Sunset (Larry Coryell)
  9. No-nonsense - Joey Baron with Marc Johnson, Enrico Pieranunz (Joey Baron with Marc Johnson, Enrico Pieranunzi)
  10. Oh What a Dream (Bill Easley)
  11. Katrina Ballerina (The New Woody Shaw Quintet)
  12. Tergiversation (Elvin Jones, Gene Perla, Dave Liebman, Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, Yoshiaki Masuo, Joe Farrell, Steve Grossman, Pepper Adams, Don Alias, Frank Foster)
  13. 10,000 Leagues (Josh Ginsburg)
  14. Dave (Orrin Evans)
  15. Footprints (Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White)
  16. So What (Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White)
  17. Sex Machine (Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White)
  18. Pic Pocket (Live) (Lenny White)
  19. Cold Pocket (Sam Gendel, Sam Wilkes & Daniel Aged)
  20. Mercury (Emma-Jean Thackray)
  21. Way Down Below (Karrin Allyson Sextet feat. Regina Carter)
  22. Close Your Eyes (Ray Barretto)
  23. You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart) (Dionne Warwick)
  24. Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
  25. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (McFadden & Whitehead)
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Pimientos de Padrón!!!

”Science doesn’t really care about your beliefs. And no amount of belief makes something a fact.“ 🧠
– Prof. Richard Feynman

More Science:

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re doing it wrong.

If you don’t correct those mistakes, you’re doing it really wrong.

If you can’t accept that you’re mistaken, you’re not doing it at all.
– Prof. Richard Feynman

#JazzChurch 64 - Sunday, July 18, 2021

#jazzchurch 64 – Sunday, July 18, 2021 – featured music by The Clayton Brothers, Miles Davis, Albert Rivera, Abbey Lincoln, McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Buster Williams, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Björn Meyer, Bobby Watson, John Coltrane, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, United Future Organization, and Shalamar + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 64 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
  1. On The Trail (The Clayton Brothers)
  2. The Planet Plan (United Future Organization)
  3. Blue in Green (Miles Davis)
  4. New View (Albert Rivera)
  5. The Music Is the Magic (Abbey Lincoln)
  6. Contemplation (McCoy Tyner)
  7. Ptah, The El Daoud (Alice Coltrane)
  8. Air Dancing (Buster Williams)
  9. Hairy Canary (Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes & Gary Peacock)
  10. Dear Old Stockholm (Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine)
  11. Windows (Corea, Clarke & White)
  12. Traces of a Song (Björn Meyer)
  13. Black Nile (Al Foster, Dave Kikoski, Chris Potter, Doug Weiss)
  14. Love Remains (Bobby Watson Quartet: Bobby Watson, John Hicks, Curtis Lundy)
  15. Three (Joachim Schoenecker w/ Adam Nussbaum, Chris Potter & John Goldsby)
  16. Fred (Allan Holdsworth, Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip & Chad Wackerman)
  17. Hackensack (Corea, Clarke & White)
  18. Equinox (John Coltrane)
  19. Dardanella (Emmet Cohen)
  20. What’s Happening Brother (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
  21. Mistress Of The Dance (United Future Organization)
  22. Take That to the Bank (Shalamar)
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Let Us Go to the House of the Lord

What do you do if you grew up in the black church, attended Sunday School every Sunday until you were almost through high school, and then something happened? I can’t put my finger on it exactly. It was a loooooong time ago.

A few things happened. I didn’t care for Martin Luther King, Jr. because he wasn’t militant enough for me. But then he was assassinated. I don’t know. Maybe I had already started pulling away. Five years earlier, my church didn’t participate in the 1963 March on Washington. I didn’t understand anything at that age, especially why.

As I became old enough to think for myself, I moved away from the church. Years later, there was a time when we were thinking about going back. We attended services at a few black churches in the Palo Alto area, but none really appealed to me.

We attended one service featuring a visiting pastor from New York. His name was Preston Washington. I first met Preston as a student at Williams College, and I revered him! Curtis Manns, a former Assistant Dean at the college, let me know he would be visiting. It was great seeing Preston again after so many years, and his sermon was awe-inspiring. I would have loved going to his church. Alas, that was not to be. There was the distance and then time. Preston was taken away from us way too soon.

When I visited a local church from my childhood denomination, the Church of God in Christ, it just didn’t feel the same. When I went to a local baptist church, the service felt too sterile.

That’s the thing. Style of worship is very particular and important. I was looking for what I had, what I walked away from, and couldn’t find it, probably because it didn’t exist any longer. Maybe it exists only in my head?

There’s one thing from church that is still with me, though: It’s the music, especially songs like “Let Us Go to the House of the Lord” (this recording was how I began the first episode of #JazzChurch last year - replay here). Listening again just now, I hear that I was emotional then too. Good emotions!

#StillSearching…

#JazzChurch 63 - Sunday, July 11, 2021

#jazzchurch 63 – Sunday, Sunday, July 11, 2021 – featured music by Jaco Pastorius, John Coltrane, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Tom Harrell, Herbie Hancock, Mulgrew Miller, Quincy Jones, Andy Bey, Nat “King” Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, The Staple Singers, Leon Bridges, and Weather Report + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 63 - Sunday, July 11, 2021
  1. Invitation (Jaco Pastorius)
  2. Dahomey Dance (John Coltrane)
  3. Oh Happy Day (The Edwin Hawkins Singers)
  4. Sister Cheryl (Jemal Ramirez)
  5. Invitation (Tom Harrell)
  6. A Quick Sketch (Herbie Hancock)
  7. Wingspan (Mulgrew Miller)
  8. Killer Joe (Quincy Jones)
  9. Liberty City (Jaco Pastorius)
  10. All the Things You Are (Andy Bey)
  11. Random Abstract (Diddle-It) (Branford Marsalis Quartet)
  12. Waltz For Debby (Billy Childs)
  13. Clear Ways (Herbie Hancock)
  14. Somewhere Along the Way (Nat “King” Cole)
  15. Somewhere Along the Way (Larry Willis)
  16. Baby Girl’s Strut (Cyrus Chestnut)
  17. Y Ya La Quiero (Joe Henderson)
  18. Bouquet (Bobby Hutcherson)
  19. Okonkole Y Trompa (Jaco Pastorius)
  20. The Peacocks (Herbie Hancock)
  21. Litha (Chick Corea)
  22. I’ll Take You There (The Staple Singers)
  23. Bad Bad News (Leon Bridges)
  24. When It Was Now (Weather Report)
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Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ta-Nehisi Coates joining Howard University faculty - The Washington Post

“It’s not my job to heal the University of North Carolina,” she said. “That’s the job of the people in power who created the situation in the first place.”

In a statement issued through her attorneys, Hannah-Jones said Tuesday that she could not work at UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

“I cannot imagine working at and advancing a school named for a man who lobbied against me, who used his wealth to influence the hires and ideology of the journalism school, who ignored my 20 years of journalism experience, all of my credentials, all of my work, because he believed that a project that centered Black Americans equaled the denigration of white Americans,” she said.

Nikole Hannah-Jones will not join faculty at UNC Chapel Hill | Raleigh News & Observer

“Since the second grade when I started being bused into white schools, I’ve spent my entire life proving that I belong in elite white spaces that were not built for Black people,” Hannah-Jones said.

“I decided that I didn’t want to do that anymore, that Black professionals should feel free — and actually perhaps an obligation — to go to our own institutions and bring our talents and resources to our own institutions and help to build them up as well.“

Tea with honey and lemon: one of life’s simple pleasures!

#JazzChurch 62 - Sunday, July 4, 2021

#jazzchurch 62 – Sunday, Sunday, July 4, 2021 – was a special July 4th episode featuring music by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dapp Theory, Ahmad Jamal, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Aaron Myers, Kait Dunton, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Eubanks, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Mike Stern, and Ellis and Branford Marsalis. We also featured an updated version of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 62 - Sunday, July 4, 2021
Black Artists Honor Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech
  1. That Old Black Magic (Herbie Hancock)
  2. SOS (Dapp Theory)
  3. Marseille (Ahmad Jamal feat. Abd al Malik)
  4. Wayfaring Stranger (Charles Lloyd)
  5. Body and Soul (Herbie Hancock)
  6. New Jim Crow (Aaron Myers)
  7. Nude (Kait Dunton)
  8. Invitation (Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers)
  9. Delfeayo’s Dilemma (Wynton Marsalis)
  10. Soul-Leo (Mulgrew Miller)
  11. Rhythm-A-Ning (Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous & Roy Haynes)
  12. Opening Night (Kevin Eubanks)
  13. Stella By Starlight (Ellis Marsalis & Branford Marsalis)
  14. Birk’s Works (Dizzy Gillespie)
  15. Tutu (Miles Davis)
  16. Windows (Mike Stern)
  17. Simone (Bruno Hubert Trio)
  18. Book’s Bossa (Donald Byrd)
  19. Swamp Rat (Herbie Hancock)
  20. Till There Was You (Gene Ammons)
  21. Pinocchio (Herbie Hancock)
  22. Too Hot (Kool & The Gang)
  23. If I Were Your Woman (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
  24. Turn Me Up (José James feat. Aloe Blacc)
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According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, over 99 percent of people who died from COVID-19 in recent weeks were unvaccinated.

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? - 2020 Version

Amidst the national conversation on racial justice and police reform, this collective of Black artists created this powerful performance based on Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

“Life is complicated. It’s filled with nuance. It’s unsatisfying. If I believe in anything, it is doubt. The root cause of all life’s problems is looking for a simple fucking answer.”
– Anthony Bourdain

This reminds me of H.L. Mencken’s apocryphal quote:

“For every complicated problem, there’s a simple solution — and it’s wrong”

And also this from Blaise Pascal:

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

#JazzChurch 61 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

#jazzchurch 61 – Sunday, June 27, 2021 – was a special “Hottest-Day-Of-The-Year-So-Far” episode featuring music from the “Do the Right Thing” soundtrack, Tony Williams Lifetime, Martha & the Vandellas, John McLaughlin, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Kenny Garrett, Joni Mitchell, Jazzmeia Horn, Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven, the Spinners, Al Green, the Isley Brothers feat. Snoop Dogg, Sly & The Family Stone, and Peter Brown + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 61 - Sunday, June 27, 2021
  1. Today’s Forecast -–> HOTTT!!! (Do the Right Thing soundtrack)
  2. Proto-Cosmos (Tony Williams Lifetime)
  3. Caught in the Act (Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini)
  4. Heatwave (Jazzanova feat. Olivier St. Louis)
  5. Do the Right Thing (1989) opening credits (Public Enemy)
  6. Stomp! (Cast of Stomp & Various Artists)
  7. Dancing In the Street (Single Version) (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)
  8. The Egyptian Blues (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  9. Downhill (Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante, Attila Laszlo, Ferenc Nemeth)
  10. Special Beings (John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension)
  11. Madagascar (Weather Report)
  12. Pools (Steps Ahead)
  13. African Exchange Student (Kenny Garrett)
  14. That’s All (Orrin Evans)
  15. Mr. Pastorius (Miles Davis)
  16. sunday (Joy Oladokun)
  17. Birdlike (Freddie Hubbard)
  18. Waltz (3 Sisters) (Kenny Garrett)
  19. A Shade Of Jade (Nubya Garcia)
  20. Coyote (Joni Mitchell)
  21. Neoparadeigma (Dapp Theory)
  22. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (Jazzmeia Horn)
  23. Surge & Splendor (Andy Milne & Dapp Theory)
  24. Running (Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven)
  25. All 4 Love (Randy Brecker)
  26. I’ll Be Around (The Spinners)
  27. The Zodiac (Down to the Bone)
  28. Close Your Eyes (Miguel Migs feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
  29. Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
  30. Friends & Family (The Isley Brothers feat. Ronald Isley & Snoop Dogg)
  31. Cowboys to Girls (The Intruders)
  32. Hot Fun (Stanley Clarke)
  33. Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly & The Family Stone)
  34. Do Ya Wanna Get Funky with Me? / Burning Love Breakdown (Peter Brown)
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Random Friday Thoughts

It’s Friday, early afternoon. I’m sitting on my deck, having had a most hectic morning. I missed a Board meeting to work on a presentation that was due this morning. We’ll be seeking approval for three bond financing transactions, the details of which are all still in-flight. We were an hour late, but still okay. #whew!

Next up was a meeting with part of our financing team (representing advisers, our lawyers, the bankers, and their counsel). We were working to finalize the terms of one transaction when a new idea popped up. I quickly conferred with colleagues and decided to incorporate the new idea into our deal. #dingdingding!!

The meeting was about to end when I suggested something ridiculous. I asked one of our advisers to get up, rack up the balls on the pool table that’s been behind him in all of our Zoom calls, and then break them. He did, it was hilarious, and folks said we should have all of our meetings like this one.

So, suggesting stupid unusual things can sometimes be so #winning!!! :-)

These events confirmed another thought I’ve had lately: I #LOVE doing #BondDeals. They present opportunities to do big things, and I #LOVE doing big things!

Financial engineering is an area where I’m free to act. I’m trusted, and, working with some pretty awesome colleagues, we’ve entirely reshaped the finances here in the last nine years, with still more reshaping to come.

I’m trusted in this space, and it’s fun. We’ve made progress.

Now about some of those other spaces…

Okay, back to #winning! Did I mention I’ve been sitting out on our deck under an umbrella? Right now, it’s 83º with a light breeze. I’ve been sitting here in a tee-shirt, shorts, living – I mean working – the life of Riley. No complaints, despite what I wrote above.

One more thing. I’m losing a fantastic team member. She’s moving on to bigger and hopefully better things. She’s made a tremendous impact here and will continue on a grander scale. Of course, I have mixed emotions, but this isn’t the first time. I’ve had other great people move on to other opportunities. One example is the banker we met with this morning. He was part of my team when I arrived here nine and half years ago. A little over a year later, I wrote:

[On my first] morning, I witnessed a great presentation about my company’s financial outlook. That evening, when I went home, I told my wife, “Thank God that guy works for me!” Well, effective today, he no longer does. He’s moved on to a new career, doing almost identically what I did many years ago at the same point in my career. I wish him luck, and will miss his energy, curiosity, and drive!

The new idea this morning came from him, and it’s not the first time. The great people seem to always be around, with energy, curiosity, drive, and a penchant for helping.

That’s #winning, too!!!

#JazzChurch 60 - Sunday, June 20, 2021

#jazzchurch 60 – Sunday, June 20, 2021 – was a special Juneteenth/Father’s Day/Summer Soltice episode featuring music by McCoy Tyner, Kenny Garrett, Horace Silver, Bobby Watson, Leon Thomas, Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Joni Mitchell, Amel Larrieux, Andy Milne, The Young Rascals, Tina Turner, and Chic + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 60 - June 20, 2021
  1. Do Your Dance! (Kenny Garrett)
  2. Peresina (McCoy Tyner)
  3. Song for My Father (Horace Silver)
  4. Pere (Bobby Watson)
  5. Old Folks (Pat Metheny With Dave Holland & Roy Haynes)
  6. Song For My Father (Leon Thomas)
  7. For Art’s Sake (Kenny Garrett)
  8. Sister (Charles Lloyd)
  9. Travelin’ Blues (McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson)
  10. Passion Dance (Andy Milne & Unison)
  11. Lost (Wayne Shorter)
  12. Punjab (Joe Henderson)
  13. Hejira (Joni Mitchell)
  14. Yip Roc Heresy (Slim Gaillard and His Orchestra)
  15. Oye Cómo Va (Tito Puente & Celia Cruz)
  16. Go (Wayne Shorter)
  17. Drive By - The Fall (Andy Milne & Unison)
  18. Get Up (Amel Larrieux)
  19. Oxide (Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Andy Milne, Drew Gress & Mark Ferber)
  20. Message in a Bottle (Andy Milne)
  21. Emily (Julian Lage)
  22. Wilkes BBQ (Bobby Watson)
  23. Billville (David Arnay feat. Peter Erskine)
  24. Little Girl Blue (Red Garland Trio)
  25. The Wish (Chick Corea Quartet)
  26. Groovin’ (The Young Rascals)
  27. I Can’t Stand the Rain (Tina Turner)
  28. A Warm Summer Night (Chic)
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Thread by Jennifer Mercieca

I analyzed Tucker Carlson’s January 6th FBI conspiracy segment. It’s a masterclass in how conspiracy theories work, a thread.

First, TC activates his audience members’ “flight or fight” response. This is key because it activates the body’s natural responses to fear–adrenalin & cortisol flood the brain, which “hijacks” the rational part of the brain, preventing critical thinking.

Amygdala Hijack: What It Is, Why It Happens & How to Make It Stop Amygdala hijack happens when your brain reacts to psychological stress as if it’s physical danger and triggers your fight-or-flight response. It’s caused by a more primitive part of your brain called …

TC activated the f/f response by telling the story of a supposedly racially motivated shooting spree in which an African-American man targeted white men. He uses evocative language that puts his viewer in the place of the person shot, reaffirming they are in real danger.

But TC says that it’s not the shooter’s fault, it’s actually a reasonable response to what political leaders have done: focus on race to divide us. This general principle in his lede allows him to segue into the real topic: the government “regime” punishing “political dissent.”

He’s activated his audience’s flight/fight response, he has their attention, but not their reason, and now he deploys his conspiracy narrative. Remember what I’ve explained about why conspiracy is so powerful & effective: it is a “self-sealing” narrative. It can’t be disproven. If you deny the plot, the conspiracist accuses you of a cover-up, of trying to suppress the truth or free speech. If you deny the facts, the conspiracist says “they won’t tell you the truth.”

There is no fact or truth that can puncture the conspiracy theory, the logic of conspiracy covers it up.

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#JazzChurch 59 - Sunday, June 13, 2021

#jazzchurch 59 – Sunday, June 13, 2021 – featured music by McCoy Tyner, John McLaughlin, John Coltrane, Tré Burt, Charles Lloyd, Melissa Aldana, Freddie Hubbard, Eliane Elias, Joe Henderson, Kevin Eubanks, Don Braden, Allison Russell, Peaches & Herb, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band, The Friends of Distinction, Peaches & Herb, Celia Cruz & Tito Puente, and Chaka Khan, + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 59 - June 13, 2021
  1. Emotion in Motion (Peter Martin)
  2. Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit (McCoy Tyner)
  3. Peace One (John McLaughlin)
  4. Impressions (John Coltrane)
  5. Under the Devil’s Knee (Tré Burt)
  6. When Miss Jessye Sings (Charles Lloyd)
  7. Elsewhere (Melissa Aldana)
  8. Suite Sioux (Freddie Hubbard)
  9. Running (Eliane Elias)
  10. A Shade Of Jade (Joe Henderson)
  11. The Lady in My Life (Christian McBride Trio)
  12. Day Trip (Pat Metheny)
  13. Inner Crisis (Larry Willis)
  14. Kid Charlemagne (Don Braden)
  15. Round Midnight (Joe Henderson, Al Foster & Rufus Reid)
  16. The Messenger (Kevin Eubanks)
  17. Little Rebirth (Allison Russell)
  18. Butterfly (Don Braden & Joris Teepe Quartet)
  19. September (Marcela Mangabeira)
  20. Do Your Thing (Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band)
  21. Close Your Eyes (Peaches & Herb)
  22. Funky Nassau (Beginning Of The End)
  23. Lonesome Mood (The Friends of Distinction)
  24. Reunited (Peaches & Herb)
  25. I Know You, I Live You (Chaka Khan)
  26. Fickle Funk (Chick Corea)
  27. Cao Cao Maní Picao (Celia Cruz & Tito Puente)
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The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax — ProPublica

In 2011, a year in which his wealth held roughly steady at $18 billion, Bezos filed a tax return reporting he lost money — his income that year was more than offset by investment losses. What’s more, because, according to the tax law, he made so little, he even claimed and received a $4,000 tax credit for his children.

That’s f-ing ridiculous! And immoral!!