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by Thomas Hauner

31 Aug 2009

Robert Glasper’s album release party was a study in the dynamics of contemporary jazz.  Flexing the genre’s malleability as well as his own, Glasper showed off his abilities as both trio leader and experimental hip-hop group collaborator.  As he often does on his new album Double Booked, Glasper would either seize each ensemble’s melodic reins or demurely diffuse his harmonies into the underlying cadences, as led by drummer Chris Dave and bassists Vicente Archer (acoustic) or Derrick Hodge (electric) depending on the outfit.  In fact, Glasper receded too regularly into the background while playing in the trio but it’s a tendency whose success depends on taste.  For fans favoring the Experiment, it allowed Dave to take commanding solos that inverted the possibilities of his small kit.  For fans favoring Glasper’s prominence, there were never enough moments of aleatory but refined solos.  Everyone, however, appreciated Glasper’s disarming approach to both sets (one with each setup.)  Not unlike le Poisson Rouge’s own dressing down of classical music and jazz, it was a reassuring approach to an ostensibly imperious art.

by PopMatters Staff

31 Aug 2009

Taken by Trees
East of Eden
(Rough Trade)
Releasing: 8 September (US)

Victoria Bergsman releases her second album as Taken by Trees. The globe-hopping Swede has worked with the Concretes and Peter Bjorn & John as she developed her exploratory sound. Bergsman wanted to do something very different on East of Eden and record outside modern Western studios, so she trekked to Pakistan to explore her love of Pakistani music and work with Sufi musicians.

SONG LIST
01 To Lose Someone    
02 Anna  
03 Watch the Waves   
04 Greyest Love of All  
05 Tidens Gång  
06 Wapas Karna  
07 My Boys
08 Day by Day  
09 Bekännelse

Taken By Trees
“Watch the Waves” [MP3]
     

by Adam Tramantano

31 Aug 2009

If you’re like me, then you’re beyond excited to see the cast of Seinfeld reunited during the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

And that is why I suggest some contemplation to quell, or curb, your excitement. Let’s take some time to think about Seinfeld, which is, in essence, the founding father show of Curb. That is, Curb is almost a spinoff of Seinfeld. An actual spinoff (like The Jeffersons from All in the Family) isn’t necessary in order to consider the origin of certain story elements. 

I think most sitcoms can be traced to some of the iconic shows from the 1950s. For Seinfeld, I think it’s important to recall The Honeymooners.

by Katharine Wray

31 Aug 2009

Michael Moore, the director of Bowling for Columbine, has done it again with Capitalism: A Love Story. Tackling the recent financial crisis and the transition from the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration, Moore ruffles more than a few feathers with this documentary.

by Nikki Tranter

31 Aug 2009

They shared a name, and, it appears, a sort-of friendship. Big-time, big-name journalist Dominick Dunne, who died last week aged 83, is remembered in this article in The Australian by his friend and fellow journo, Dominic Dunne. Dunne, with a “c”, writes of his initial meeting with the other Dunne, and Dunne’s interest in the man with his name.

On that meeting:

I thanked him for making the time to meet me, and he replied, “I wanted to see what the other Dominic Dunne was like.” He wrote in my copy of The Two Mrs Grenvilles, “To Dominic Dunne from Dominick Dunne, in confusion”.

Dunne’s obit is not the first time he’s commented in the Australian on his connections with Dominick Dunne. A year ago, he wrote this article, which offers just a little bit more about this interesting partnership, and how Dominick effected Dominic:

Certainly, plenty of eyes were cast his way as we sat in the bar of a plush hotel in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I ordered him mineral water, and the same for me, out of deference to his status as a reformed alcoholic. (I recently learned that his house in Connecticut is full of booze. He just doesn’t drink it.) He’d just flown back to New York from Paris, and I was visiting New York from Sydney. As we sat facing each other, I understood why he had become such a celebrated chronicler: his skill was to listen, watch and absorb. For my part, it felt rather like a one-way conversation… When I was living in Washington, barely a week went by when someone didn’t comment about my name: “Are you the Dominick Dunne?” The fact that I was Australian and 40 years younger didn’t seem to bother people.

Dominick Dunne’s final novel, Too Much Money is out in December from Crown. (Dominic Dunne is very hard to research.)

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