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PAGE 8 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 30, 2017 by bob morello '1 reviewing the best ; /ng the rest ELI YOUNG BAND - FINGERPRINTS Valory Music Mike Eli and James Young are the driving forces behind the Eli Young' Band, with the added power of Jon Jones and Chris Thompson. The band's latest album offering, Fingerprints, went #1 on iTunes Country charts immediately upon re- lease. The 11-track collection contains" four single releases, including "Saltwater Gospel," "Skin & Bones" (penned in part by Stoughton, Mass. singer/ songwriter Lori McKenna), "Nev- er Again," and the album title track, "Fingerprints." Additional cuts shine with the throwback sound of "Old Songs," the con- trol of "Drive," the pulsating "A Heart Needs a Break," and the fairytale romance ending in lost love with "Once." The EY Band continues to wear their heart on their sleeve, moving on with "Never Land," pouring out their heart with "God Love the Rain," and putting the finishing touch on their "hands-on" album with the driving "The Days I Feel Alone." KRAKOW FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 Var~se Sarabande The Krakow Film Music Festi- val is now the biggest film music festival in the world and in 2017 celebrated its 10th anniversary. Highlighted is 75 minutes of music by the composers who were a part of this year's con- certs, making the album an eclectic sample of film music's incredible variety. Featured on this year's disc is music from five Academy Award-winning scores: Howard Shore's The Lord of the Rings, John Wil- liams' Star Wars, Giorgio Moro- der's Midnight Express, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek's Finding Neverland, and James Horner's Titanic. The album also features mu- sic by composers Brian Tyler, Sean Callery, Abel Korzenio- wski, Jean-Michel Bernard, Jeff Russo, Trevor Morris, and Klaus Doldinger. All of these concerts surrounded the festival's cen- tral All is Film Music Anniver- sary Gala, featuring almost all of the attending composers performing to an audience of 15,000 people! DESPICABLE ME 3 - ORIGI- NAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK i am OTHER Ent./Columbia Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams has created a wildly upbeat 16-track sum- mer dance party with the De- spicable Me 3 soundtrack. The five original tracks he wrote and produced for the film include "There's Something Special" and "Yellow Light," in addi- tion to his previously released "Freedom." Williams added a taste of nostalgia with a nod to new villain, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), using Michael Jackson's "Bad" as Bratt's theme song. Classic hits from the decade include Madonna's "Into the Groove," Nena's "99 Luftballons," A-Ha's "Take on Me," and Parker featured on Williams' infectious new song "Hug Me." Another favorite has The Minions performing "Mala- tikalano Polatina." Williams has written and produced songs and themes for the entire De- spicable Me series. Despicable Me 2 featured the Academy Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning global smash hit ~Happy." The song inspired a worldwide movement of hap: piness, with its original music video spawning thousands of self-made videos from fans in dozens of countries. "Happy" has topped countless charts around the globe with 14 mil- lion units sold. It has achieved seven-time-platinum certifica- tion in the U.S., making the song the best-selling and most successful single of 2014. CLAIRE JONES: THIS LOVE S/Ira C/ass/cs International concert harpist Claire Jones is a former Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, and her success became reality following her perfor- mance at the 2011 Royal Wed- ding for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. That is all history as her new album, Claire Jones: This Love, takes center stage with 15 beautiful tracks that will fill any listener's ears and heart with "love." Jones' album is a collection of the world's most romantic, love-inspired classical melodies. Pick your favorites from tracks like "Bal- cony Scene" from Romeo & Ju- liet, the haunting "A Thousand Years," Handel's "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba," the Mor- ricone's "Cinema Paradiso," the flowing "Cariad," plus Pietro Mascagni's romantic "Caval- leria Rusticana -- Intermezzo," and "Across the Stars" from Star Wars Episode 17: Attack of the Clones by John Williams. Leonard Bernstein's beautiful "Somewhere" from West Side Story is outstanding, followed by "Romance" from The Gadfly, the rhythmic "Trumpet Voluntary," , a Alan Silvestri s Feather Theme from Forrest Gump, and Erik Safie's "Gyrrmop6die No. 1," all played with a touch of love from Jones' harp. The final three cuts are "Prelude in C Major, BWV 846" from Bach, "MVT. II- Cait- lin (from Dylan), and Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major.". I. SZLO GARDONY - SERI- OUS PLAY [Solo Piano) Sunnyside Pianist Laszlo Gardony is a longtime Berklee College of Music professor who has been described as "One of jazz's most emotionally trenchant and melodically inventive solo piano practitioners." Kyou wish proof of that, just turn on Seri- ous Play, turn the volume up high, and let your mind wander. The soothing piano sounds of "Georgia on My Mind" are the beginning of a wonderful piano solo journey that includes Col- trane's ballad "Nalma," the title track, an improvised gem, the pensive sound of "Night Light," and the driven "Forward Mo- tion." The journey continues with the emotional "Watchful Through the Night," the com- passionate "Folk at Heart," the energetic "Truth to Power," and the deliberate chords of "Rever- berations." Finally, Gardony's wonderful version of "Over the Rainbow" makes one believe there IS a "pot of. gold" at the end of that rainbow! 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 REMEMBERING EDDIE CONTILLI I met Eddie Contilli, a/k/a "Eddie C," a few years ago over at the grand opening of an ad- dition to a hotel along McClel- lan Highway. I hadn't met him up to then. I knew he was the owner of Eddie C's in Maverick Square and he knew I wrote a lot, but during this function, we both found out we had two things in common. We were both born in 1948, and we were both retired police officers. He was 26 years with Boston P.D. and I was 28 years with Boston DMH P.D. We didn't know each other that long, but it was always fun to chat with him. May he rest in peace. ROADWORTHY IN DEDHAM I haven't tried this place yet, but there's a new diner- type restaurant at the West Roxbury-Dedham border on Washington Street. The place says it serves "classic street food." The place says it serves real food, real fast. be try- ing it out and reporting back to you soon, because I am an expert when it comes to know- ing the difference between real food and fake stuff. Stay tuned. BEACON HILL WANTS TO TAX THE HELL OUT OF POT The lawmakers on Beacon Hill are currently debating how to put legalized pot into effect here in Massachusetts after Bay State voters said "yes" to legalized recreational mari- juana. On the ballot, the tax was to be 12 percent, but how could greedy pols on Beacon Hill go that low? You knew that 12 percent would be changed in the House Chamber. On Beacon Hill, the legis- lative process proceeds at a snail's pace, except of course when it comes to either raising their salaries or state taxes. That they do with the speed of "The Flash." I must say, the only thing a 28 percent tax on pot will do is create an incredible black market for those seeking their weed. The object is to put the black market out of business and not incentivize that under- ground market, right? Everyone knew last year after the measure passed that our legislators would find a way to screw up the whole thing look- ing for more taxpayer loot. THAT '70s SHOW IN PEABODY Last Friday evening, folks inside Holy Ghost Hall in Pea- body were treated to a great 1970s show full of the best music ever. A number of tal- ented groups from that era showed up. I couldn't make it but heard it was a great time for all. If you missed it like me, you missed out on seeing Rare Earth perform some of their greatest hits. Back in the early "70s, they did a great remake of the Temptations "Get Ready." Rare Earth's version took a great R&B hit and turned into a great '70s rock classic. An- other big hit of theirs was "I Just Wanna Celebrate Another Day of Living." I guess old "70s bands never die, they just keep showing up at small venues across the land because we never tire of great music. ARE 2 I-YEAR OLDS THAT YOUNG? The Massachusetts Legis- lature still has before them a proposal to raise the age limit for young people to" have their criminal cases heard in juve- nile court. Defendants 18 and older are now tried as adults and subject to adult penalties. There is a move afloat on Beacon Hill to raise the age to 21 and older. Currently, liber- als are throwing out a concept called "emerging adults" and want to rehab these emerging folks as minors under the law. What say you folks out reading this news right here, right now? SAD QUOTE TO NOTE "It's a tragedy-stricken neigh- borhood. Somebody's always getting beaten, or stabbed, or shot." -- Mandysia Albert, who lives in the same Dorchester building where a Lyft driver was attacked at a late night stop on Christmas Day. Politicians always tell vot- ers, elect me and things will change. However, guess what? Things stay the same or get worse. Is it any wonder that voter registration and turnout remain low in violent-prone communities? GREAT TURN OUT FOR EAST BOSTON MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY On Thursday, June 8th, the East Boston Museum & His- torical Society hosted a presen- tation by Anthony Sammarco on the history of East Boston. Over 200 showed up for the event at the Hilton Garden Inn. Great showing and good news. for the East Boston Museum and Historical Society. MAYORAL MEET AND GREET COMING UP IN WEST ROXBURY There will be a meet and greet with the mayoral candidates in this fall's preliminary election. Hopefully, all four candidates will be at St. John Chrysos- tom's Church Hall (4750 Wash- ington Street in West Roxbury) on Thursday, July 13th, begin- ning at 6:30 pm. Each of the candidates will speak starting at 7:00 pm; they are Mayor Marty Walsh, City Councilor Tito Jackson, Bobby Cappucci, and Joe Wiley. U.S.A. HOCKEY ELECTS MeGRATH At the 43rd Annual Massa- chusetts Hockey meetings held in Plymouth, MA, South Boston Youth Hockey President Tom- my McGrath was re-elected to serve another three-year term on the U.S.A. Hockey Board of Directors and was also elected to the Mass Hockey Board for the next year. ADVOCATES WALK IN MATTAPAN Boston residents whose lives were forever shattered by an unsolved homicide joined ad- vocates and police officers for a Purple Light Night Walk through the streets of Mat- tapan last Saturday evening, June 24~, hoping to raise awareness of these murders and victims. "We want to find out what victims aren!t listed and find out new Information," stated Mary Franklin, founder of the Women Survivors of Homicide Movement. The march ended at BPD District-B-3 at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Mor- ton Street in Mattapan. Walk- ers carried purple lights and wore purple clothes (purple the color that has been embraced by leaders of the movement to solve more unsolved murders). Franklin and others who spoke have been aiming to get people and families to stand up and speak out to help solve the backlog of unsolved murders. I AM WITH SHERIFF HODGSON MORE AFTER GLOBE EDITORIAL This past Sunday's Boston Globe ran an editorial bash- ing Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, and after suffering my way through it, beginning to merciful end, I came to the conclusion that I am for Sher- iff Hodgson more now than I was before reading the Globe's bashing. SPEAKING OF HODGSON Lately, Republicans have been talking about State Rep. Geoff Diehl as the real deal to defeat U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in her 2018 re-election bid. Other names have been mentioned, but none of them jump out at me at the moment. However, now I am thinking about Tom Hodgson as a pos- sibility. He has electoral ex- perience. He's a good speaker with a great record. What other Republican out there can match him as a candidate for higher office? As a police officer for 28 years, I would have no trouble joining forces with him. I DIAMONDS 1 Fi'OLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 283-7788