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* ..... , . " "." . , . . . . , .... . .... . . . . ..... '.. Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 14, 2013 reviewing the LADY ANTEBELLUM - GOLDEN Capitol Nashville In the seven short years that Lady A has been on the country music scene, they've captured 'Vocal Group of the Year' title three consecutive times from both the CMA and ACM. 1 1 million albums sold to date, nine singles went Gold and four passed Plati- num. With that in mind, per- haps the tremendous trio should have titled their fourth studio album 'Plati- num,' rather than 'Golden.' In either case, they deliver a dynamite dozen gems, in- cluding the album's first single "Downtown." Cuts des- tined to be crowd favorites begin with Hillary's smooth "Get To Me," Charles Kelley reminiscing on "Goodbye Town," reflecting on "Nothin' Like The First Time," the dip- lomatic good-bye via "Better Off Now (That You're Gone)," and the heartbreak of "It Ain't Pretty." Dave Haywood's key- boards set the tone on "Can't Stand The Rain," plus the tight harmonies of the title cut "Golden," picking up the pace with "Long Teenage Goodbye," and the pain of "All For Love." The final tracks of 'Golden' shine with the pretty "Better Man" and their wish to make their mark on "Gen- eration Away." Super CDI THE FILM MUSIC OF MICHAEL NYMAN FOR SOLO PIANO BuySoundtrax Records Pianist Joohyun Park earned her Bachelor's Degree of Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston's Berklee College of Music. Park puts her indel- ible stamp on composer Michael Nyman's beautiful and dynamic melodies on an album that is outstanding. Nyman's work from seven films are featured, including seven tracks from 'The Piano,' trailed by "Fly Drive" (Carrington), "IF' and "The School Room" (The Diary of Anne Frank), "Ship and Tides" (Drowning By Num- bers) and from 'Enemy Zero' -- "Digital Tragedy" and "Love." For 'Azed & Two Noughts' Nyman created "Time Lapse," filling the col- lection with "Tomorrow" and "Departure" from the film 'Gattaca.' Park's piano work is a fitting tribute to Nyman. CHRIS BERRY- KING OF ME Kanaga System Krush Chris Berry is an adventur- ous musician who spent eight years in Zimbabwe learning to play the 'mbira' which is a thumb piano. His simple modifications to the mbira resulted in him being able to write hit songs and even complex arrangements for a big brash band. 'King of Me' is an album that displays Berry's creativity. The rhyth- mic beats begin with "Leave It," followed by Deja Solis' vel- vety vocals on "Sister River," a pair of tunes that speak to oppression and poverty -- "U" and "Shadow of the Whip," sandwiching the romantic "Our Time" and speaks to by bob morello , the rest inhumanity with the hip-hop flavored "Many Have Not." Second half dozen has title cut "King of Me" boasting individuality, the myster- ious "Aquarius" results in many questions, the ancient ritual greeting "Samauhay," plus the ode to suffering -- "The Other Ones," penning "Sekai" for his daughter and the spiritualistic "Mudzimu We," caps off this traditional African music CD! MIKE TRENI - POP-CULTURE BLUES Bell Production Co. Trombonist Mike Treni serves up this big band album that is described as, 'A 10-movement suite that explores modern jazz's rapidly evolving compositional styles through the lens of the blues.' Treni wrote each movement to reflect the com- positional style of an influen- tial jazz composer or bandleader of that period. Setting the pace is the opener, "One For Duke" (in- spired by Duke Ellington), "BQE Blues" (Basic Band), his gritty solo on "Minor Blues" (Charles Mingus), the Latin- flavored "Bluesy Boss" (Lee Morgan) and the 'west coast jazz' track "More Than 12 Blues" inspired by Gerry Mulligan. The legendary John Coltrane and Oliver Nelson's music provided the basis for "Summer Blues," along'with the woodwinds/' trumpets and piano collabo- ration on "Blues In Tripli- cate" inspired by the music of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Gil Evans. The Brecker Brothers' music was the basis for "Mr. Funky Blues," while pianist McCoy Tyner was Treni's inspira- tion for "Smokin' Blues" and the end comes in a more re- laxed form - the title cut "Pop-Culture Blues." Treni's creations and sound is truly tremendousI THE BLOW MONKEYS - FEELS LIKE A NEW MORNING Cherry Red The Blow Monkeys released 'Feels Like A New Morning' their third album of new material since re-uniting in 2008. This superb collection of ten well-crafted songs, that display a refreshing maturity and intensity, evoking memories of the '80s and their songs laden with thought-provoking lyrics. This new album includes a bonus disc of acoustic ver- sions of some o the Monkeys' biggest hits. Song list in- cludes, "Oh My," the title cut "Feels Like A New Morning," the melodic "Cover Me," the positive lyrics of "Chained," and the dance beat of "Said Too Much." The mood is maintained on "Icarus In Flames," "That's Not Right," the jazzy "In No Time At All," "Shake It Up," "Hold Every- thing Dear" and "Digging Your Scene." Dr. Robert penned all the tunes and serves up ten acoustic ver- sions of some of the Blow Monkeys' biggest hits on a bonus disc included in this 2-CD collection. 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 QUINCY'S 62N~ ANNUAL FLAG DAY PARADE This year's Flag Day Parade in Quincy will be held on Saturday, June 15th. The parade steps off at 7:00 pm from Coddington Street in front of Quincy High School, makes its way down Hancock Street to Merrymount Parkway to Pag- eant Field where fireworks follow the end of the parade. BUNKER HILL DAY PARADE SUNDAY, JUNE 16th The Bunker Hill Day Parade is on this Sunday, starting at 12:30 pm at Hayes Square. The 28th annual pre-parade breakfast put on by the Bunker Hill Associ- ates begins at 8:30 am at the new Knights on Medford Street. Happy Bunker Hill Day to alll NOAH'S 25TM ANNIVERSARY Come join in on the celebration for NOAH'S 25th anniversary at the Hyatt Harborside on June 20tu at 5:30 pro. Register by calling Linda at (617) 418-8240 or email Cel- ebrate East Boston! GIULIANI BACKS GOMEZ The Gomez campaign brought in Rudy Giuliani to prop up the sagging cam- paign of Gabriel Gomez. I don't think using the site of the Boston bombings as a campaign backdrop was cool. If you want to take on Ed Markey, do that but don't using a horrible event to boost poor poll showings. At this point, Republicans need to do more than fly in Giuliani or McCain to help Gomez. The GOP needs to give me a reason to vote for Gomez other than he is a new or fresh face. SADIKI KAMBON IS BACK I haven't heard Roxbury community activist Sadiki Kambon in a long time. I wondered what had hap- pened to him. He was always there making some out- rageous statement to the media on something. Back then, I even started referring to him as "Sadiki KaBOOM." The last time he was heard from when he wanted Rox- bury to break away from Bos- ton and call itself "Mandela." Kambon now heads "Friends of Roxbury Commu- nity College" and recently this group sent a letter to mentality" his selection means to KaBOOM. The only media person who has taken on Sadiki is Globe columnist Adrian Walker. I guess we won't be seeing an editorial on racism in the Boston Globe when it comes to this news story anytime soon, eh? Come to think of it, I liked things better when there was no mention of Sadiki Kambon in newsprint. Let's hear from the real friends of Roxbury Commu- nity College. What say you? OVER AT SACRED HEART IN ROSLINDALE Terrence Roberts was 15 years old when he and 8 other classmates enrolled in Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas for the 1957- 58 school year. These nine kids became known as the "Little Rock Nine" for becom- ing the first black students ever to attend the all- white high school. Recently, Roberts spoke with students at Sacred Heart School in Roslindale. He is now 72 years old and seemed to en- joy discussing his experi- ence with the students. One student reportedly asked him why he did what he did and he said, "It was about an idea whose time had come." As a baby boomer all I know about this part of American history is what I heard on the TV news and my father explaining what was happening and what I've read since. Looking back now, I was a fourth grader at St. Rita's Grammar School on Thorndike Street in Lower Roxbury where race never mattered in the class- room as we grew up together with each other in school and after school at the nearby Emmanuel House after school programs. It still makes me angry that in the same country, things could be viewed so differently. Bos- ton had its own issues with race but nothing to compare with elsewhere at that time. PATRICK J. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School on Sara- toga Street in the Eagle Hill section of East Boston is named after an Irish immi- grant who came to America to start a family which turned into the Kennedy Politi- cal Family Dynasty that produced the first and to date only Catholic president in John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This small school was estab- lished in 1893 and 97 percent of students walk to school. This is my own neighborhood now and I share it with many Latino neighbors. East Boston has always been a tight-knit neighbor- hood of generations of immi- grants. The Irish, the Ital- ians and now Latino have come here and called it home. We all learn from each other to value our differ- ences and that which brings us together. GOMEZ IS NOT BROWN Sadly, Gabriel Gomez is not another Scott Brown. This race gets closer and closer and this is looking like Ed Marker's race to lose. I have problems with Marker. Has he been on Capitol Hill too long? I think voters, lots of voters think that. However, has Gomez reached out to Brown voters in his bid this month? He's hardly on anyone's radar. When he does get quoted, it's nonsense like "pond scum." Where is his field operation? Who's doing his media? Does he have any money to spend? If he does, better spend it now, eh? His headquarters are over in Watertown on Water Street but right now his whole campaign appears to be taking on water like the Titanic after the iceberg hit. Republicans in this state are in a bad state of way. They look pathetic which is even worse than what they usually look like. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor, Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 135, Boston, MA 02113 Governor Patrick for appoint- ing a new Chairman of the ~con lg RCC Board who is white and I~same~I~The~t~tt~'~lisher~tr'~to~m~ Kambon is incensed over this horrible choice of a white ]nehlde~set~- guy and the "plantation type