Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper Experiment Dazzle Prospect Park With A Unique Evening Of Jazz

first_imgLast night, legendary Jazz pianist/keyboardist/godfather Herbie Hancock brought a unique band and some incredible opening acts with him to the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The show, which was organized by This Is Our Music and LPR Presents, featured a heavy-hitting opening lineup of soul musician Jamie Lidell and the electro-r&b of the Robert Glasper Experiment, and found Hancock performing a headlining set in Brooklyn for the first time in 50 years.After a short but intense downpour delayed the opening of doors for a few minutes, the crowd was allowed inside the venue for a mini set by Jamie Lidell. The British crooner, who was playing his only U.S. tour date for the forseeable future, is supporting a new forthcoming album called Building a Beginning, which will be released on October 14th.The real fireworks started when the Robert Glasper Experiment took the stage. The band, made up of Glasper on piano and keys, Derrick Hodge on bass, Casey Benjamin on saxophone, keytar, and vocoder, and Mark Colenburg on drums, took the audience on a quick trip to space via their unique blend of jazz fusion, hip-hop, and r&b. This band is one of the best improv outfits on the planet, and their set weaves between original tracks, unique and unexpected covers, and a healthy dose of full-band improvisation. The band unfortunately had to cut a few minutes from their set due to the rain delay, but made up for it in kind with an epic set-closing tribute to J. Dilla, during which Glasper surprised the audience by bringing out Bilal and Common to sing and spit a few bars, respectively. The collaboration felt very “Brooklyn”, and was a perfect fit for the larger-than-usual audience the Experiment were afforded.Finally, Herbie Hancock, the master, took the stage with his impressive band. The players in his band were a who’s who of modern jazz greats: James Genus from the Saturday Night Live house band on bass, West African legend Lionel Loueke on guitar, famed session drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr., and To Pimp A Butterfly mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin on keyboards, vocoder, and saxophone.The band was hot right out of the gates, opening with the uptempo 1974 jazz fusion track “Actual Proof”. The crowd was entranced by the virtuosity of the band, as they whipped from one idea to the other as the band worked themselves through the tune. After Hancock took a few minutes to introduce the band members to the audience, they launched into a winding version of “Overture” that featured impressive playing from Lawrence, as he picked up the rhythm of the jam and built it up until the song’s epic climax.Hancock followed that up with his classic “Watermelon Man”, and the funky track was met with huge applause from the enraptured audience. Loueke then led the band through a Afrobeat-tinged version of “Come Running To Me”, which featured some impressive soloing on the keytar from Hancock. Finally, things came to a close with a danceable version of “Cantaloupe Island” that saw Hancock and his band trading licks with ease.After a short break, the band returned to the stage for a synthed-out performance of Hancock’s best known song, “Chameleon”. The crowd went absolutely crazy for the track, and Hancock picked up the keytar again for a wild solo that was the perfect exclamation mark to cap off an excellent evening in Prospect Park.In the end, it was a truly amazing night in Brooklyn. Usually relegated to small clubs and festival appearances, it was amazing to see a show of jazz legends with thousands of other people in one of New York City’s most reliable cultural centers. The Robert Glasper Experiment and Herbie Hancock both put on incredible shows filled with improv and experimentation, and the crowd absolutely ate it up. We hope it doesn’t take another 50 years for Herbie to return to Brooklyn!Herbie Hancock | Celebrate Brooklyn! | Prospect Park Band Shell | 8/11/2016Set One: Actual Proof, Overture, Watermelon Man, Come Running To Me, Cantaloupe IslandEncore: Chameleon[photo via @briccelebratebk]last_img read more

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McIlroy snubs Faldo advice

first_img This year the 24-year-old has failed to meet his own high standards, having not managed a victory following a stellar 12 months in which he had five wins worldwide – including a second major – and topped the money list on both the American and European Tours. His reputation has been damaged by issues concerning his change of management and equipment manufacturer, which resulted in him throwing one club in frustration and bending another at last month’s US Open, and walking off the course mid-round during the defence of his Honda Classic title in March. Ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, Faldo this week said McIlroy needed to concentrate just on golf, alluding in part to his relationship with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. And although the Northern Irishman admitted at last month’s Irish Open he was feeling “a little lost”, he insists he is more than capable of sorting out his issues. “I saw what he said and he said I should be at the course nine to five,” McIlroy said. “I actually was on the range at 6.15am and got out of the gym at 6:15pm. That’s actually a 12-hour day compared to his eight-hour day. “Nick should know how hard this game is at times. He’s been in our position before and he should know how much work that we all do put into it.” McIlroy said he “didn’t know” whether Faldo was trying to help with his words of wisdom, but he admitted he could not copy the six-time major winner’s renowned single-minded dedication to the game during his peak, adding: “I could never – no, I’m not like that.” Debate over McIlroy’s form has become almost a weekly topic of conversation. The player himself has done his best to avoid consuming too much of the constant conjecture. “I guess the best way is to not read too much or not listen too much or not watch too much TV,” he said. “The best thing is to try to stay oblivious about what people are saying about you and try to wrap yourself in a little bubble, but obviously it’s hard to avoid at times. “The thing I think is ‘What’s the big deal?’ I haven’t had the best six months, but it’s okay. I’m fine, I’ve got a good life. World number two Rory McIlroy has told six-time major winner Nick Faldo he does not need any advice to find a way out of his current difficulties. “It doesn’t bother me and I’m working hard on the right things, and sooner or later it will turn around and I’ll be back lifting trophies. “You just have to have the confidence and the self-belief in yourself that what you’re doing is ultimately going to get you to the place that you want to be.” World number one Tiger Woods on Tuesday offered words of support to his closest rival and McIlroy believes he can learn a lot from the American, now a stablemate at Nike after his change of equipment. “Tiger more than anyone else in this game, probably more than anyone else in sport, has been scrutinised and criticised throughout his entire career,” he said. “He set the bar so high and that’s the expectations that everyone thought he was going to live up to. “It was only a couple of years ago he had dropped outside the top 50 in the world and he’s worked his way back up and he’s now the best player in the world again. “He had a plan in place, he stuck by it and all of a sudden proved a lot of people wrong. It seems like a few guys have forgotten in a short space of time how hard you have to work and how tough this game can be.” McIlroy still insists he has no regrets about changing his clubs after signing a multi-million pound mega deal with Nike. “I would rather have it done in a three or six-month period rather than having it drawn out over two or three years,” he added. “I’d rather get it done straight away and then at least after that transition period you’re fully comfortable. “I don’t mind maybe not playing your best golf for six months. It isn’t a huge sacrifice in a 30-year career.” McIlroy added: “It’s like life – you’re going to go through highs and you’re going to go through lows. It’s just about trying to work your way out of the lows. I haven’t played my best golf this year but I’ve shown signs it is there and it’s about trying to do that more often. “It’s been difficult to explain why I’m not playing or why I haven’t had the results I’ve wanted over the past six months, but I know that I’m working on the right things and I know I’m doing the right things and I’m staying patient. “Sooner or later it’ll turn around and I’ll play the golf that everyone knows that I’m capable of and that I know is capable of winning major championships.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Nyantakyi’s bombshell: FA to join in player selection

first_imgFA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has stated categorically that Coach Kwasi Appiah’s decision to settle for only players who play regularly for their clubs would be tampered with under extreme circumstances.Nyantakyi dropped the bombshell in an interview with the Graphic Sports after the Glo-CAF Awards in Lagos last Friday, insisting that the status quo would be changed depending on the quality of the player(s) involved.“That rule will be tampered with with some exceptions in exceptional circumstances. It all depends on the calibre of the player involved, his experience and input when he plays for the Black Stars, then we can consider him,” he explained.He stressed that there was a difference between a player having a club and not playing regularly, and not having a club at all.“If you have a club and you don’t play, it is different from somebody who doesn’t have a club at all; that makes it difficult, and in that case the coach has to explain why.”He made particular reference to the former Stars skipper, John Mensah, who had featured prominently in recent debates regarding his quality vis-a-vis the team’s defensive problems, describing him as an asset to the nation in his active days. “John Mensah is a very dependable central defender; about the best in his position during his playing days. If he is playing for a club today and he is not even regular he can be considered, but if he is not playing at all it is dangerous,” he emphasised.Nyantakyi also hailed the current craze of transfers among Ghanaian players in Europe as a positive desperation in a bid to catch the attention of Coach Appiah ahead of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.“I think it is a positive desperation because they are all trying to catch the attention of the coach and also maintain their form for the World Cup. It is a positive move the players are making.“If you are in a club and you are not getting enough playing time, it will show when you come to the national team; but wherever you are, even with a small club and you are getting playing time, it has a better impact on the national team,” he noted.Nyantakyi, who doubles as the chairman of the Black Stars Management Commitee, said the situation was not peculiar to Ghana and, therefore, encouraged players to move from big clubs where they were not getting playing time to small clubs where they would enjoy more playing time. “I hope the coach would select the best, and whoever he selects to make up his final 23 I will support it,” he assured.He hinted that the FA would announce a comprehensive package regarding the Stars’ roadmap to the 2014 World Cup, including scouts, medical team, coaching staff, friendly matches, and camping base, among others, in the next couple of weeks.“Our target is to go beyond the benchmark we set for ourselves at the last World Cup (quarter-finals). Personally, I’m even looking forward to seeing Ghana become the first African country to win the World Cup trohpy,” Nyantakyi predicted.last_img read more

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Curtis Everhart of Wellington is sentenced to 65 months of prison for two counts of meth distribution

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Curtis Everhart, 31, of Wellington has been sentenced in Sumner County District Court to 65 months  — nearly 5 1/2 years — in prison for pleading guilty to two different counts of distribution of methamphetamine, level 4 drug felonies.Everhart’s time in state prison could be reduced by 15 percent or 55 months for good behavior.Everhart pled guilty on two separate incidents – one on Wednesday, June 19 and one on Friday, May 24. The two sentences were concurrent meaning that Everhart will be serving time for both sentences at the same time, said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer.Spencer said had it not been for Everhart’s involvement with a high-speed chase that started in Wichita and ended in Wellington on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 involving four Latino men, the City of Wellington police department and the Sumner County Drug Task Force may have never looked into Everhart’s drug activities.“That was a case of one of Sumner County’s bigger drug dealers, getting involved with much bigger drug dealers in Wichita in a deal that went bad,” Spencer said.On Feb. 26, four Latino men allegedly started chasing Everhart in a four-car chase that started in Sedgwick County, and ended peacefully in Wellington at 2:46 p.m. in the Orscheln’s Store parking lot in west Wellington at 1203 W. Eighth (see story here). Spencer said Everhart, driving a black Lincoln LS, was being pursued by three vehicles that involved the four suspects.“He was the victim in that crime,” Spencer said. “But this wasn’t the case with his subsequent cases.”On Friday, May 24, Everhart was then accused of obtaining a 22-inch Vizio television from a Winfield Wal-Mart originally said to be stolen by Gail Leighty. He then was obtained in Wellington where he was accused of having 24 grams of meth inside a black pouch in his glove compartment (see story here).Then on June 19, Everhart was arrested again for distribution of .17 grams of meth to two middlemen at the Wellington Steakhouse Motel on March 20. (See story here.)Spencer said other lesser felony and misdemeanor charges were dismissed after obtaining guilty pleas on the lengthier felony convictions. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (30) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Wellington proud · 354 weeks ago Another loser drughead off the street! Great job Kerwin and Wellington P.D. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Sally · 354 weeks ago Yeah, now do some more. We needed this years ago. I know the family is hurt but in the long run this should help the boy. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down American Citizen · 354 weeks ago There should be a death sentense for meth pushers. Just look at the guy, do you think he will ever be a positive contributor to society? People like this destroy lives. We must do everything we can to protect young people from animals like Curtis Everhart. With this sentense Everhart will be out on the street in 50 months pushing his drugs, destroying more lives. Wake up America! Report Reply 9 replies · active 354 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 354 weeks ago American is absolutely correct. Sending him to prison although seems like the correct thing to do just surrounds him for 5 years with similar offenders who have nothing better to do than to discuss how they got caught and how they can get away with it next time. People become creative and brilliant in prison. We need more services to help drug addicts and actually put the correction in corrections. Youth have a lot of programs that steer offenders from becoming repeat offenders. It is possible to rehabilitate some of these people but unfortunately not everybody is savable. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 354 weeks ago We had someone we tried to get help for and they didn’t want help. They have to be willing first to get the help. If not then prison is the place for them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 354 weeks ago he will do that time standing on his head. Only to return and deal again Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Yeahme · 354 weeks ago If you abuse a child, you only get 3 years in prison. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down hatethissmalltown · 354 weeks ago Love you, Curtis. Report Reply 1 reply · active 350 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 354 weeks ago Finally now clean the rest of them up out of this town…off the streets… Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down wellingtoncitizen · 354 weeks ago I really don’t see that prison is going to help due to the fact that they still have access to it. As mentioned above they have time to learn more and possibly become more violently invovled. What is the right thing to do with these drug dealers though? If you all can figure out how to force them to become clean when they are not ready then you have preformed a miracle in itself. 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