First Take

Jazz on Film: Rollins - Last of the Great Jazz Redwoods

Feb 6, 2015

Once upon a time there were titans who needed only one name to be identified--Hawk, Prez, Bird, Trane; all of them saxophonists. Sonny Rollins is probably that last living link to these giants, and he played with them all, as well as Mingus, Bud Powell Miles, Dizzy, Monk, Clifford Brown and Max Roach. In 1948 he made his first recordings at age 17 and has led his own groups, made records, and toured the world for over 60 years. He is a master of tone and rhythm, with a simultaneously sincere and insouciant way of quoting popular tunes or phrases into his solos.

Written by Cole Porter for the 1940 film Broadway Melody of 1940, "I Concentrate on You" was first performed by Douglas McPhail.

The song illustrates a man's decision to think about a lover when faced with difficulty.

"When fortune cries "Nay, nay" to me/And people declare "You're through"/Whenever the blues become my only songs/I concentrate on you"

This jazz standard has been covered by numerous artists including Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Dianne Reeves, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Washington. 

Round two of Chipotle's "Cultivating Thought" series has been announced, with a diverse collection of 10 writers, whose work, thoughts, musings and ideas will appear on cups and wrappers.  This time, curator and NY Times bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Eating Animals) included three Latino authors in the mix, but none of them Chicano or Mexican.

American wage-earners are supposed to have their W-2s and 1099s in hand now, but there are a few more government forms you might need.  Denver area CPA Lori Anderson visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to decipher some of the new 2015 tax filing issues we might be facing.

Just in time for the 2015 World Alpine Championships, public safety agencies in Eagle County have set up a new website and text app to keep the public informed about emergencies.  Kris Friel visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the upgrades.

"Our intent is to provide a one-stop shop for public safety information, emergency information, logistical information.  It's a little bit outside of what our visitors need, but (it's) stuff that our locals will certainly be interested in."