November 8, 2000 |
Funny how the signature Copland style known through the great ballets--"Appalachian Spring" or "Rodeo"--or the Third Symphony suddenly sounds like Copland Lite when you hear some of his earlier music. It's all there--the sense of bracing, open vistas, the visceral excitement of urban rhythms and syncopation, the shading into tender but unsentimental emotions. But it's more compacted and varied, and its shifts take place more quickly.
July 31, 1989 |
Mbilia Bel's featured role in the ensemble of Africa's most popular singer, Tabu Ley Rochereau, ensures the young Zairian vocalist an immediate audience for her solo career. But Bel's two 45-minute sets before 400 enthusiastic fans at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City on Friday were scattershot affairs.
May 20, 1985 |
Fishbone's show at the Palace on Friday capped a quick rise for the first black band since the Bus Boys to make a mark on the L.A. rock scene. On stage, though, the kinetic sextet pelts you with so much action that it's nearly impossible to get a fix on what it's about. It's easier to identify the sources of Fishbone's volatile vaudeville, starting with the original funk ringmaster, George Clinton.
May 26, 1986 |
Though it's riding high on two recent dance hits ("Object of My Desire" and "Restless"), Starpoint showed even more flair for balladry during its confident, enthusiastic set at the half-filled Universal Amphitheatre Saturday night. That skill could win the sextet crossover success not unlike that of Atlantic Starr, a group it resembles stylistically.
May 6, 1996
Regarding "Remembering Arnold: This Pig Was a Trouper Long Before 'Babe,' " (Counterpunch, April 29): Margaret Hehman-Smith wrote a nice tribute to Arnold the Pig by comparing his talent with Babe, the Aussie porker whose acting skills were manufactured through special effects. Arnold had no such luxury; everything the script called for Arnold did, the hard way. I know, I was there for all 168 episodes. I was the director. In fact, I was known as the best pig director in town. Hehman-Smith stated that Sugar, the original pig, took an early retirement and from then on only previously filmed clips of Sugar were used to depict Arnold.
December 4, 1992 |
After a successful week with the Ray Brown Trio, Catalina has turned over the bandstand to another bassist, Charles Fambrough . A relative newcomer as a leader, he heads a sextet of local musicians that will be appearing through Sunday. Two of the members, pianist Kenny Kirkland and drummer Jeff Watts, are members of Branford Marsalis' "Tonight Show" band and played on a couple of cuts in a recent Fambrough album.