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"Un Poco Loco" | Stories of Standards

Feb 2, 2016

“Un Poco Loco” (1951) by Bud Powell was first recorded May 1, 1951 during a Blue Note session with Powell on piano, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums. According to Nasheet Waits, Max was playing Caribbean-Afro Cuban variations of 5 over 4 with cowbells. Alan Kurtz described Powell’s solos as having “the brilliant clarity of a cosmologist describing far-off galaxies as if he'd been there”. “Un Poco Loco” exemplifies his transformation of jazz piano, particularly the bop styles, with rapid right hand melodic lines accompanied by percussive dissonant chords by the left hand.

Host of national mid-day news magazine "The Takeaway" John Hockenberry broadcast from Denver this week, reporting on changes in the media landscape, and moderating a panel at the University of Colorado - Denver's College of Art & Media.

"People aren't going to school to be a journalist," Hockenberry told the "First Take with Lando and Chavis" morning show.  "What's being said on the air and music that's being played, art and culture - digital technology makes these transitions seamless."  A web version of the interview is posted below.

“I Only Have Eyes For You” | Stories of Standards

Jan 21, 2016
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“I Only Have Eyes For You” was composed in 1934 by Harry Warren with lyrics by Al Dubin. This tune was featured in the 1934 movie “Dames," first as Dick Powell singing to Ruby Keeler, then as a production number in which Powell sees Keeler’s face everywhere he looks. 

The song was a hit in 1959 for The Flamingos, in 1966 for The Letterman, in 1975 for Art Garfunkel, and was named the most-recorded song of the 20th Century by ASCAP.

image and some text from culturehaus.denverartmuseum.org

Join the First Take crew each Thursday at 8:35 AM as they talk about Colorado’s cultural scene with Arts District host Carrie Saldo. Below is the summary from January 21, 2016.  

"Sex with Strangers" at Curious Theatre

Jaco: Wild, Untamed, Complicated | Jazz on Film Review

Jan 21, 2016

In the world of bass guitar there is everyone before Jaco Pastorius and there is everyone after him. In the history of 20th century music only a handful of musicians stand out as truly revolutionizing what was possible from their instruments. Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix, and Jaco Pastorius are in that elite group. Interestingly, none of them lived beyond their early 30s and all three are instantly recognizable by one name only—Bird, Jimi, Jaco.

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