CD Picks of the Week: “A Night in Treme” Edition

June 23rd, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

In honor of one of Sunday’s anchor acts at this weekend’s Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, here are five “instant classics” from The City that Care Forgot:

Christian Scott: Yesterday You Said TomorrowCHRISTIAN SCOTT: “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow” (Concord, 2010)A Skidmore Jazz Institute alum and the nephew of saxman/“Night in Treme” leader Donald Harrison Jr., Scott was anointed as NOLA’s “next big thing” some time ago. But while his ability as a trumpet player has never been questioned, and all his previous discs were solid, Scott takes it through a whole new door on “Yesterday.” Balancing biting social consciousness with heart-stopping talents as a player and composer, Scott takes on his hometown police department (“K.K.P.D.”), Louisiana’s medieval prison system (“Angola, LA & the 13th Amendment”), and the foes of marriage equality (“The Last Broken Heart (Prop 8)”). Throw in a dead-solid-perfect re-boot of Radiohead’s “The Eraser,” and “Yesterday” is more than just a “breakthrough release” for someone who’s already broken through. As Richard Dreyfuss said in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “This means something! This is important!”

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It’s Almost Here…

April 21st, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Season 2 of HBO’s “Treme” starts at 10pm on Sunday…


July 12th, 2010, 2:22 pm by Greg

Can somebody tell us what exactly is going on every Thursday night on North Pearl Street after the weekly Alive at Five concerts? It’s called Pearl Street Live. There’s a band playing. And they’re selling beer. But they are also shutting down a public city street to traffic and charging admission. Is this even legal? Sure, the streets are shut down for other events around Albany like Art on Lark, block parties in front of the TU Center, LarkFest, Pearl-Palooza, but admission is always free to those events.

No Emmy love for “Treme”? Really? Are you kidding? You mean to tell me that Khandi Alexander, Clarke Peters and Melissa Leo didn’t each deserve an acting nomination?

While we’re on the subject of the best television drama of the day, we have no idea what the heck writer Anthony Benigno meant when he described “Treme” as “a more morbid version of ‘Glee'” in a New York Daily News story last week.

And we’re appalled and insulted that the media continues to refer to the Gulf oil disaster a “spill.” A spill is when you knock over a glass of milk on the kitchen counter, not when you have 1.5 million gallons of milk gushing out of a hole in your refrigerator every damn day for three months.

Wanna rant about something? Go ahead and bring it on…

Yacub Addy & HBOdadaa!

March 15th, 2010, 2:04 pm by Greg

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the debut of the new HBO series “Treme” for months now. Why?

1.) Co-creator of the series is David Simon, the man behind one of our all-time favorite television series, “The Wire.” His cohort on “Treme” is writer-producer Eric Overmyer (“St. Elsewhere,” “Homicide”).
2.) “Treme” is set in the troubled, post-Katrina times of New Orleans, one of our favorite cities.
3.) The series centers around the lives of jazz musicians and the Crescent City’s second-line culture, and well, you know how we feel about music – especially New Orleans music.

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