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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 27, 2015 : by bob morello reviewing the best ttlng the rest KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON - MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Var~se Sarabande Jazz legend Clark Terry is without a doubt the greatest trumpet player of the 20th Century. This soundtrack from the motion picture 'Keep On Keepin' On,' is a tribute to the 93-year-old legend, and highlights the work of his prot6g6 Justin Kauflin, blind pianist extraordinaire. Kauflin contributed a host of original songs, including a tribute to Clark with "For Clark." Produced by Quincy Jones, the 24 tracks of mu- sic and dialogue shine with Terry joining forces with the Oscar Peterson Trio, along with contributions from Duke Ellington, Dave Grusin (who helped with the film's score), The Count Basie Orchestra, Jazz at the Philharmonic All- Stars, and the Metropole Or- chestra. Terry's credentials include, being among the ul- timate artists of the Golden Era of Jazz, his mentoring of Miles Davis, and having been one of the few who've played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. If you're a jazz fan, you will thor- oughly enjoy this sound- track, and if you're not, this track will likely make you one. Words of wisdom as in Terry's case, please 'Keep on Keepin' On.' OLLY MURS - NEVER BEEN BETTER Columbia Records British singer/songwriter Oily Murs delivers his sopho- more U.S. album, 'Never Been Better,' with an electric en- ergy that is refreshing, and total enjoyment. His album explodes with the questioning "Did You Miss Me?," followed by Murs utilizing the efforts of Gym Class Heroes front- man Travie McCoy, who helped write and perform the funky "Wrapped Up," to serve as the first single. Murs showing his soft side with the pretty "Beautiful To Me," trailed by the vocals of Demi Lovato on "Up," plus the catchy vibes of "Seasons," penned by One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder. Murs had a hand in co-writing eight of the 11 songs on his album, three are the lyrical gems "Nothing Without You," the confident title track - "Never Been Better," and the sar- casm of "Hope You Got What You Came For." The pleading "Stick With Me" starts the musical wind down, followed by the possibilities of "Tomor- row," and the finale is in form of the promise of protection with the tasteful "Let Me In." Murs album title couldn't be more accurate -- as he's never been better! STRIKING MATCHES - NOTHING BUT THE SILENCE I.R.S. Nashville Producer extraordinaire T Bone Burnett, has produced the debut album of Striking Matches, a guitar-dueling duo who can write as good as they sing. Already having opened for country artists Hunter Hayes and Vince Gill, they are also credited with having eight of their songs placed on ABC television's 'Nashville.' Their ability to harmonize vocally and on guitar is awe- some, and they come through nicely on their album's 11 original compositions. Pick your favorite from cuts as, "Trouble Is As Trouble Does," the challenging "Make A Liar Out Of Me," the gently whis- pering title track "Nothing But The Silence," the con- frontational "Hanging On A Lie," testifying "Never Gonna Love Again," and mark the midpoint via the promising, and pretty "When The Right One Comes Along." Tight har- monies can't hide the hurt of "What A Broken Heart Feels Like," the pain of lost love "Miss Me More," mapping out a plan with "Like Lovers," feeling the distance and divide with "Missing You Tonight," and it all ends with the spirituality of "God And You." An excellent debut from a pair of artists whose voices, lyrics, and music -- become one beautifullyl FURIOUS7 -MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Atlantic Records 'Furious7' uses the subtitle -- 'vengeance hits home' and it is no surprise that the soundtrack is full of hip-hop gems that set the pace. The movie track explodes off the screen via "Ride Out" (Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, Rich Homie Quan), "Off-Set" (T.I. & Young Thug), "How Bad Do You Want It" (Sevyn Streeter), "Get Low" (Dillon Francis & DJ Snake), "Go Hard Or Go Home" (Wiz Khalifa & Iggy Azalea), "My Angel" (Prince Royce), "See You Again" {Khalifa), and "Pay- back" (Juicy J, Kevin Gates, Future, Sage the Gemini). The music continues to scream down the road with, "Blast Off' [David Guetta & Kaz James), "Six Days" (DJ Shadow), "Ay Vamos" (J Balvin), "GDFR" (Flo Rida), "Turn Down For What" (DJ Snake & Lil Jon), "Meneo" [FRo Blanko), "I Will Return" (Skylar Grey), and the bonus track "Whip" (Famous to Most). A 'pedal to the metal' soundtrackl PLAYING IT COOL - MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Records + Phineas Atwood Prod. 'Playing It Cool' is a roman- tic comedy featuring the film's original music composed by Jake Monaco, who composed 15 of the 18 tracks on the album. Select your favorites from Monaco creations as, "Many Faces of ME," "What Is Love," "Guest Book," "Some- one For Everyone," "Charity Case," "Two Waves," and "First Date." Monaco's music envel- ops the moment and makes it memorable. Three tracks were done by Andrew Felten- stein and John Nau - they collaborated on "Let It Blow," "Meet The Gang," and "Battle." Monaco added, "Yoga," "Shoebox," "Kard Rack Kiss," "Samson's Serf Story" (with Brian Kim), plus "Welcome Back Cap/Alone," "Grandpa Dies," "Rom Com," and ends with "Love Hate Relationship." The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani MASSACHUSETTS GETS PLENTY (F)s, BUT THAT'S NOT FANTASTIC The Heritage Foundation recently put together a re- port card on welfare policies in all 50 states. Take a guess where the Bay State landed. If you guessed 49th place, you would be correct. The only state worse than us is Missouri. This tells me even Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas does better than us when it comes to handling its welfare programs. When it comes to work requirements, cash diver- sion, time limits, and sanc- tions, we were given a big fat F for a total overall policies grade of, yes, you guessed it, a big fat F. Did you know that in Massachusetts, there are 11.3 recipients per em- ployee? That sounds pretty good to me, so why does it take so long to get a response from your case manager and why are so many recipients reportedly being ignored? The report cards summa- rize the most important data concerning anti-poverty ef- forts and welfare reform in all states and can be the ba- sis for a real discussion of how to make welfare policies better for recipients and tax- payers. PATRICK AIDE HEADED TO NYC New York Governor An- drew Cuomo recently an- nounced that his office has hired Rosemary Powers, a senior Patrick administra- tion aide and one-time chief of staff for State Senator Jackie Hart (D-South Bos- ton), as COO for the New York Department of Trans- portation. Powers,. a Dorchester native, ran for state repre- sentative back in 1997 to succeed State Rep. Jimmy Brett. She ran against both Martha Coakley and winner Marty Walsh. ONE MORE NOTE ON NIMOY Actor Leonard Nimoy, a/k/a Mr. Spock, was an English High School alum- nus from the Class of '49. Shortly after, he went on to find both fame and glory. He was a character actor during the '50s and hit pay dirt in 1967 when he joined Will- iam Shatner on Star Trek. JONAS GRAY GOES TO KOWLOON Super Bowl champion New England Patriots running back had them rolling in the aisles at the Kowloon in Saugus with his stand-up routine. Bring Jonas back to Kowloon Komedy Club for more stand-up, because Gray is such a great stand- up kind of guy. NEAD EASTER PARTY North End Against Drugs will once again host its annual Children's Easter Party on Saturday, April 4th starting at 10:00 a.m. The event is sponsored by Michael Giannasoli, in memory of his mom, Flo- rence. The puppet show is sponsored by City Councilor Sal LaMattina. Photos with the Easter Bunny, egg coloring and regular coloring of Easter pictures from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Puppet Show from 11:00 am to Noon. All ages welcome, however best for ages I0 and under. Please bring your own camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. This event is free. ROONEY AND CARMODY RECEIVE HALL OF FAME AWARDS Kudos go out to Jim Rooney, who heads the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority for being named to the Massachusetts Lodging Association's Hall of Fame for his work promot- ing travel and tourism in Massachusetts. Jim Carmody, vice presi- dent and general manager of the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center was also named to the Hall of Fame. PIZZA AND COMEDY FUNDRAISER APRIL 9 The East Boston Social Centers is planning for its annual spring fundraiser at Prince Restaurant in Saugus scheduled for Thurs- day, April 9th. For further information on tickets, go to or call Marisa at 617-569-3221 x19. "PAWS FOR A SONG" BENEFIT MassPAWS recently held a "Paws for a Song" benefit, an all volunteer organization that helps to find homes stray cats and dogs on the North Shore. The 10th annual benefit took place on Thursday, March 19th at the Orient Heights Yacht Club. It was an evening of entertainment, great food and fun helping our four- legged friends. In case you couldn't make it, you can go to MassPAWS .org for more information on how you can help. SOUTH END CHURCH CONVERTS? Another South End church is slated for housing under a plan by GTI Properties, the development company behind the neighborhood's artsy SoWa district. GTI plans 54 one- to three-bed- room apartments in the old Immaculate Conception Church on Harrison Avenue. Also planned are four town- house style units in the attached "Link Building." I was an altar boy at the Immaculate while living in the neighborhood back as a young boy. Ground was broken for this Italian Renaissance Revival gran- ite church in 1858. I remem- ber all the big doings back in 1959 for the church's centennial. SOUTHIE CHURCH CONVERTS TOO The conversion of St. Augustine's Church on Dorchester Street in South Boston into luxury condos is expected to be completed by September. The residences have hit the market offering buyers a chance to live in new housing units with high Victorian Gothic archi- Immaculate Conception Church in Boston's South End. tecture, soaring ceilings and arched windows. Twenty two- and three-bedroom con- dos in the former church and another nine one-bedrooms will occupy the old rectory. Everything starts between $649,000 to $1.29 million. The owner is Brenco Con- struction of Milton. AYANNA PRESSLEY -- A RISING STAR? Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is a rising star according to Emily's List, which just named her as such at this year's recent awards banquet. The affair took place in Washington, DC and her acceptance speech was rated A-plus. In her speech, she credited her mother Sandra's voice, "It was a voice of conviction that told a black girl growing up on a tough block in Chicago that she had a right to a life of her own choosing, of her own design, unshackled to the stereotypes or stigmas society would reflexively as- sign her." Pressley won Emily's List 2015 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award named for former U.S. Representative from Arizona whose career was cut short in a mass shooting. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P1257EA Estate of STEPHEN F. SARABOK Date of Death February 6, 2015 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Joseph R Toomey of Brighton, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Joseph P. Toomey of Brighton, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the dght to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on April 15, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipi- ents are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Represen- tative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: March 18, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/27/15 '