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#7202 Post by Michael Kerpan » Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:48 pm

Saturnome wrote:Isao Takahata
Devastated...

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Japan Times

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#7203 Post by zedz » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:07 pm

Jazz giant Cecil Taylor

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#7204 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:23 pm

Takahata and now Taylor. Jesus what a shitty day.

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#7206 Post by fdm » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:34 am

Hell of a sad news day...

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#7207 Post by denti alligator » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:16 am

zedz wrote:Jazz giant Cecil Taylor
He had an astounding run, though. And he's one of the few who seemed with each year to get even better. That Willisau concert from the late 90s is something like one of the greatest solo piano recordings of all time, in any genre. I cherish his over 100 recordings. One of the great American musicians, period.

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#7208 Post by StevenJ0001 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:07 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Saturnome wrote:Isao Takahata
Devastated...

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Just found about this and am utterly heartbroken. An incomparable giant of the art form.

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#7209 Post by fdm » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:08 pm

The Willisau Concert is one of the very few Cecil Taylor albums that seem to have got lost in my listening kevyip before I had a chance to listen to it. Need to fix that.

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#7210 Post by denti alligator » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:25 pm

fdm wrote:The Willisau Concert is one of the very few Cecil Taylor albums that seem to have got lost in my listening kevyip before I had a chance to listen to it. Need to fix that.
Yes, you do. It may be the culmination of his art. I got the date wrong, though: it was recorded in 2000.

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#7211 Post by fdm » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:59 pm

Apparently the musical side of the kevyip still needs some work, no sign of it or the other three in what I thought was pretty much all of it. Curses.

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#7212 Post by Lemmy Caution » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:39 pm

WKCR, Columbia University's jazz and classical station, is playing Billie Holiday all day for her birthday.
And after midnight EST, they'll continue with a Cecil Taylor Memorial program, which should run at least a full day, I'd guess. Should be interesting and insightful. Tune in on line.

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#7213 Post by Lemmy Caution » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:02 pm

Anna Chenault, 92.
Her Flying Tiger husband died 60 years ago.
She became a staunch anti-communist and GOP operative.
Rumored to have scotched the Vietnamese peace talks to help Nixon get elected.

Aside:
I was an extra in a film in Shanghai once. It was a film about some great Chinese train pioneer, and I was a train porter, though my friends thought I looked more like a bellhop. There was a scene in which Anna Chen Xiangmei meets Gen. Chenault for the first time. And bizarrely they had the actress playing her dressed up exactly as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, in a blue-and-white gingham dress with braids that came over her shoulders. Weird.

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#7214 Post by Polybius » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:44 am

That's not just a rumor.

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#7215 Post by Caligula » Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:50 am

Juraj Herz, best known around here for having directed The Cremator

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#7216 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:59 pm

Damn, that's a great movie. Second Run released Morgiana too, which is equally dark.

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#7219 Post by GaryC » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:18 pm

Ralph Woolsey, cinematographer, at the age of 104.

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#7221 Post by Lemmy Caution » Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:44 am

Here's a longer more detailed obit for Yvonne Staples.
It was hard to find an obit that was any good.
About half the short obits I saw mainly mentioned the Staples Singers and didn't even note that Yvonne was the business manager. While some of them disagreed on details: Yvonne joined the family group after brother Pervis Staples left to either join the Army or become a nightclub owner, in 1970 or perhaps '71.
It's probably a symptom of the state of today's journalism, but doesn't seem too much to ask for a little research and accuracy.

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#7222 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:10 pm

I should have posted this earlier.

The best places to get an obit is usually a local reporter from the deceased's home turf. (For example, the better-known news sources in Pittsburgh had much better stories and anecdotes about George Romero when he passed.) This is true for any story really. (Just look at the Baltimore Sun's Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the Baltimore riots from several years ago - you really need journalists who know the area and the people better than anyone from the outside.)

Greg Kot wrote a book on Mavis Staples and has followed her career in recent years more closely than anyone else, so not surprisingly his obituary was one of the few to publish a lot of "new" reporting rather than regurgitating a newswire.

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#7223 Post by Mungo » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:00 pm

Alex Beckett, at just 35

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#7224 Post by Big Ben » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:04 pm

Thirty five year olds don't just drop dead. I imagine it was probably an undiagnosed heart issue. Terrible loss.

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