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November 30, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Electric bassist Max Bennett doesn't have a high opinion of a lot of the jazz he hears nowadays--just what you'd expect from a guy who once played with Charlie Parker. But Bennett isn't a be-bop purist, by any means. He was an integral part of saxophonist Tom Scott's groundbreaking fusion outfit, the L.A. Express, back in the '70s and has recorded with the Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, Quincy Jones, Frank Zappa and the Four Tops.
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March 16, 2014 | By Chris Barton
There are few surer bets in the concert industry than an anniversary celebration. Seen across the musical spectrum, including recent tours commemorating Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" as well as this year's star-studded televised salute to the Beatles, such tributes reliably serve two constituencies in showing young listeners the value of history while allowing longtime fans to savor a bit of nostalgia. At a crowded Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic offered a doubleheader of such tributes with "60+60," a concert featuring two ensembles that honored the 60th anniversaries of the Newport Jazz Festival and the landmark live recording "Jazz at Massey Hall.
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December 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed
Sites for CD-quality and studio master downloads: Qobuz: This French site is now the world's best megastore record store for downloads. While the catalog is not quite as deep as Amazon or iTunes, it offers a vast wealth of recordings available as downloads in CD quality and often hi-def. Plus it has a wealth of unbelievable bargains, although you have to search for them. HDtracks: Although the selection is fairly limited, this pioneering U.S. site has hi-def recordings you won't find anywhere else and is especially good at providing astonishingly rich remasterings of classic '50s and '60s jazz, rock and classical.
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March 15, 2014 | By Don Heckman
Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax in addition to being an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died. He was 87. His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood. Flory had not been professionally active over the last few years, a shift from the busy demands of a career stretching over six decades. One of Hollywood's most unusual hyphenates, he was successful in two creatively demanding arenas.
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March 3, 2011
After a sleeper Grammy win in 2008, the jazz piano titan Herbie Hancock gained some new commercial momentum. Here, he takes his airtight and adventurous band ? with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta ? to Disney Hall for a night of searing standards and progressive takes on newer cuts from his career. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 1111 Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $45.75-$118. http://www.laphil.com.
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December 3, 1987 | RICK SHERWOOD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Florida bar manager accused of fatally beating jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius is being charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors decided to file a direct charge against Luc Havan, 25, without presenting the case to a grand jury. Havan already had been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly beating Pastorius outside the Wilton Manors nightclub that Havan managed. Pastorius, 35, died Sept. 21.
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February 6, 2011
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown L.A. When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 13 (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic) and 8 p.m. Feb. 15 Tickets: $45.75 to $177 Information: (323) 850-2000 or http://www.laphil.com
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Not only have the Clippers been rolling through the NBA, but they have also been rolling through the Utah Jazz in recent games. The Clippers have defeated the Jazz eight consecutive times and will be looking to extend that Friday night when the two teams play at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City. The Clippers have won nine consecutive games, the longest current streak in the league. If the Clippers win their next two games, they will match the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.
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March 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SALT LAKE CITY -- Defense. Defense. Defense. Once the Clippers decided to play defense, they overwhelmed the Utah Jazz in pulling out a 96-87 victory Friday night at Energy Solutions Arena to extend Los Angeles' winning streak to 10 games. The Clippers were indifferent about playing defense in the first half, allowing the Jazz to score 51 points, shoot 50% from the field, 55.6% (five for nine) from three-point range and outrebound them, 24-14. But the Clippers clamped down on the Jazz in the second half, holding Utah to just 36 points and 40.5% shooting.
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March 14, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The spring reliably brings a fresh crop of music, and a new live release from saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins (May 6) and from the ongoing "Miles Davis Bootleg Series" drawn from his epic run of Fillmore dates in 1970 (March 25) are just a few albums worth investigating. Here is a selection of concerts sure to put a spring in your step: Joshua Redman Quartet, Brad Mehldau Trio: A pair of like-minded artists who completed each other's musical sentences on Mehldau's orchestral "Highway Rider" project and Redman's like-minded "Walking Shadow," the two heavyweights of contemporary jazz come together.
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March 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city's bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall , and the venerable venue's namesake jazz band. The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
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March 6, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A rundown of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows coming to L.A. in the coming days. Anthony Wilson's Seasons Quartet at the Broad Stage Consider an all-guitar jazz quartet and it's easy to conjure images of fingers burning up and down fretboards with the kind of mind-scrambling fireworks that've made heroes out of Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin. Anthony Wilson offers something more understated with his Seasons quartet. Assembled after being commissioned by guitar maker John Monteleone (whose wares will be featured here)
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February 28, 2014 | By Cynthia Mines
KANSAS CITY, Mo.  - Kansas City is a fitting home field for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: It was here that the first professional league for black players was formed in 1920 and where Jackie Robinson was playing in 1945 when he was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers to be the player who would break the color barrier. And it was the Kansas City Monarchs who won the first Negro World Series in 1924. The museum, founded in 1990, has stepped admirably to the plate to preserve the history of the half-century when black players were shut out of professional baseball and formed their own teams.
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February 26, 2014
Paco de Lucia, a renowned Spanish guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, died Wednesday in Mexico. He was 66. De Lucia suffered a heart attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen and was taken to a hospital where he died, Mexican officials said. De Lucia - whose real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez - was best-known for flamenco but also experimented with other genres of music. One of his most famous recordings was "Friday Night in San Francisco," recorded with fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola in 1981.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014
Kevin Love had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, the first triple-double of his career, and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Utah Jazz, 121-104, Saturday night in Salt Lake City. Minnesota was again playing without starters Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (finger), but Love filled the void, keeping one step ahead of the Jazz throughout the game. He compiled all his statistics in just 32 minutes to earn a spot on the bench for the final nine minutes of the Timberwolves' third runaway win over the Jazz this season.
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