First Take

“Autumn Leaves” | Stories of Standards

Sep 28, 2015; info from

“Autumn Leaves,” composed by Joseph Kosma and featuring lyrics by the French poet, Jacques Prevert, debuted as “Les Feuilles Mortes.” Yves Montand performed the song in the 1946 poetic realism film, Les Portes de la Nuit, a dark drama set in post-World War II Paris.

When did you last witness a total, super moon, blood red lunar eclipse in the early evening? If you cannot recall a specific time, do not feel lonely. For many, this alignment of rare occurrences will only happen once in a lifetime.

The Beer Bible

Sep 23, 2015

It's official, and just in time for the Great American Beer Festival.  Portland-based writer Jeff Alworth has written "The Beer Bible" (2015, Workman Publishing, 644 pages).  In Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, Alworth visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

Beer for the Genius

Sep 23, 2015

From the "For the Genius" series (counter to the other series "for dummies"), Denver-based alcohol writer Richard English visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss his "Barrel-aged compendium of Frosty Beer Knowledge," "Beer for the Genius."

"The very ancient times of beer, from its discovery up through the early days of Christianity, beer has been right there," said English.  His book contends "Beer history is human history."

Art, politics, gender relations, commerce, it's all there in a very fun style of prose and design.

“Stolen Moments" | Stories of Standards

Sep 22, 2015; info from The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire by Ted Gioia

“Stolen Moments” - originally titled “The Stolen Moment” - was composed by Oliver Nelson and first performed by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis’s big band project.

The song is the opening track of Oliver Nelson’s 1961 album, The Blues and the Abstract Truth. The album ranks among the best-selling jazz works of all time, showcasing the talents of recording artists Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Roy Haynes.