First Take

Jazz on Film: A Studio Romantic, Arif Mardin

Mar 10, 2015

From the 1950s to the 1980s Atlantic Records turned out the freshest, most cutting edge and soulful records in Jazz, R & B, Rock and Roll, and Pop music. The brain trust of the brothers Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun along with producer Jerry Wexler and engineer Tom Dowd cranked out one classic record after another, hit after hit and made the label Atlantic synonymous with taste and class in their relationships with the artists. Arif Mardin was the fifth member of that group and is the least well-known but no less influential.

In 1960 Brazilian songwriter, pianist, guitarist and vocalist Antonio Carlos Jobim composed the bossa nova hit “Corcovado” (“Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”).

The Portuguese title refers to the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

Renown for his gentle bossa novas, Jobim's music focuses on the tender, romantic side of jazz. Jobim's compositions illustrate the Brazilian concept of "saudade," a happy-sadness evolving into sad-happiness.

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Mass transit is on the rebound, according to new figures from the American Public Transportation Association.  Art Guzzetti, APTA vice-president of Policy and Research told "First Take with Lando and Chavis" that Americans' 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014 was the highest annual ridership number in 58 years.

"You have to go back before the big road-building era - 1956 - to see that number," said Guzzetti.  "And this is in the context of gas prices that were significantly lower than a year ago in the fourth quarter."  

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Police departments nationwide are dealing with community fallout from the often fatal shootings of unarmed (often black) men.  In the college town of Boulder, Colo., the police department has had Boulder residents participate in its Professional Standards Review Panel, a 20-year old program that puts citizens in the room when allegations against officers are handled.  Sgt. Pat Wyton told "First Take with Lando and Chavis" about current openings on the panel.

First Friday on Santa Fe: an audio postcard

Mar 5, 2015
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KUVO intern Ryan Mecillas put together this montage of sounds from a recent "First Friday" in Denver's popular Santa Fe Arts District.  It aired on Jazz 89 KUVO's morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis" on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

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