Monday, December 12, 2016
Kanye and Stanley
I fell in love with Atlanta last week. I was smitten by the city’s Southern hospitality, collard greens, excellent public transportation and vibrant downtown. Even so, I was unable to get past the highly publicized cancellation of Kanye West’s tour. I had wheeled the trip around the troubled star’s concert at Philips Arena. I settled for a Stanley Clarke show. While the jazz-fusion legend looked and sounded amazing, I never got into his performance. Not even keyboard whiz Beka Gochiashvili’s lovely playing on “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” allayed my disappointment.
I reviewed The Owen/Cox Dance Group and the People’s Liberation Big Band’s interpretation of The Nutcracker.
I wrote an extended preview of tonight’s Mary J. Blige and Maxwell concert for The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine.
I write weekly music previews for The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine.
The new compilation Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria is an amusing diversion.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)