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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 4, 2014 ,C ,. F a c ..... :: by bob morello tS00Wax tewewing the best g the rest BULLETS OVER BROADAY: ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Masterworks Broadway 'Bullets Over Broadway' is a musical comedy written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film. The original Broadway cast recording contains 22 tracks that smack of music from the 1920s. The triple threat of Glen Kelly, Doug Besterman and Andy Einhorn are responsible for the slate of music that brings this musical to life. The 1920s take center stage with memorable flappers as, "Tiger Rag," "Up a Lazy River," "I'm Sitting on Top of the World," "Let's Misbehave," "l'ain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do," "There'll Be Some Changes Made," "I've Found a New Baby," and "Yes! We Have No BananasF CASCADA DE FLORES - RADIO FLOR Ita Music Courtesy of Cascada de Flores, a California-based acoustic Latin ensemble, listeners can join them on a musical journey back to Mexico and its sounds of ro- mance. Vocals and guitar are (:apably handled by Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga, with Saul Sierra-Alonso serv- ing up double bass, leoncita, Marco Diaz providing the searing trumpet, and Brian Rice on percussion, and all three providing background chorus. "La Chuparrosa" (The Hummingbird) is from the Mexican songbook, trailed by the spirited "La Calandria" (The Lark), the intense praise of "La Gloria Eres Tu" (You Are Glory), and one of the many highlights has the Rodgers and Hart standard "With A Song In My Heart" arranged with an Afro-Latin flavor. Arwen's vocals soar on "Estrella Solitaria," (Solitary Star), followed by "Marla" an original piece penned by Jorge who heard a flight at- tendant called by name, along with the passionate "Como Fue" (How It Hap- pened). No need to under- stand the language, the mes- sage is in the music/vocalsl NAZARETH - ROCK 'N' ROLL TELEPHONE Conveyor For over four decades, rockers Nazareth have made music that started in London in the '70s, and has sur- passed 30 million albums sold worldwide. Studio album #23 boasts a lineup that in- cludes founding members Dan McCafferty on vocals and Pete Agnew on bass with Jimmy Murrison, guitar; and Pete Agnew's son Lee on drums. Dial in on tracks as. "Boom Bang Bang" featuring solid guitar work and Dan's gravel-laden vocals, the rattling "One Set of Bones," keeping it mellow for "Back 2B4" slowing the pace for "Winter Sunlight," the mon- ster title cut "Rock 'n' Roll Telephone," and hit the mid- poi,t with the uptempo "Punch a Hole in the Sky." The mood is maintained via the rhythmic "Long Long Time," followed by the subtle "The Right Time," plus the heavy sound of "Not Today," taking the motivation up a notch with "Speakeasy," and the album bookend "God of the Mountain." If your musi- cal taste craves tunes that are heavy rockers and bluesy ballads, Nazareth has the quenching remedy! JIM STRANAHAN - MIGRATION TO HIGHER GROUND Tapestry Records Jim Stranahan has re- ceived much acclaim for his work as bandleader and sideman, for this album 'Migration to Higher Ground) he surrounds himself with some of the best musicians in Colorado. Included in that lineup is Jim's son Colin Stranahan, an internation- ally acclaimed drummer. Penning six of the nine songs on this jazz gem, the sax master also takes a page from the works of Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, adding his own arrangements. The blar- ing horns of "Mambo FaciF set the pace, trailed by the funky "Bayou Bounce," a tribute he dedicated to two jazz giants, (Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond) with "Paul and Dave," while the title cut contains an Afro- Cuban beat and melody, and "Blues and a HalF' features a melody influenced by an- other jazz giant, Thelonious Monk. Dave Brubeck's com- position "In Your Own Sweet Way" is the first of three tracks of legends' songs on which Stranahan's arrange- ments are heard -- next up is Rollins' "St. Thomas," and Charlie Parker's classic com- position "Donna Lee" finishes off the threesome, with Stran- ahan squeezing in his own "Straight from the Source." No stepping on toes with this group, everybody gets their chance! TF,T o ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Movieseore Media 'Test' is a feature film about professional dancers navi- gating their way through the AIDS epidemic in 1980s San Francisco. Welsh-born com- poser Ceiri Torjussen is the author of the music for this emotional film, and he has composed 16 tracks that while dark and moody at times, it does clearly express the turmoil each character was going through at the time. Torlussen's music, he explained, was researched by him listening to 1980s synth music from artists, the likes of Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk. Cabaret Voltaire, Tangerine Dream and Giorgio Moroder. From the droning opening track "Dawn," to the rhythmic finale "Weilly Waltz," Torjus- sen never takes his foot off the pedal, making sure to extract every ounce of emo- tion possible from each and every given scene. Without a doubt, he passes the rest' with flying colors! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings BOB THE MUSIC MAN NEEDS YOUR HELP Late every spring, WJIB holds a fundraiser to keep the music playing commer- cial free. This low-watt station is an oasis for many listeners. Every year Bob breaks into the music to ask listeners to help keep the music play- ing on the "Memories Sta- tion' and every year, listen- ers come through for him and the music. If you wish to learn more about how you can help, go to bobthemusicman7.com or write to the station at P.O. Box 308, Bath, Maine 04530. Whenever I go to the beach to look more Sicilian over the summer, I take my radio along for a day in the sun. Usually, when I pack it in, everyone around me sun- ning tells me they love the station music and I tell them it is AM 740 on the dial. JOANNE AND PETER AGAIN Picking up my latest copy of Boston Seniority, I noticed photos that were taken at the East Boston Mother's by Sal Giarratani Day Luncheon at Spinelli's and noticed a great photo of Joanne and Peter Cardinale from the Point. They are both members of the day division of the Knights of Dunkin' Donuts up at the Heights. CASINO BAN BALLOT QUESTION GOES TO VOTERS The state's highest court has upheld the legality of placing a ballot question concerning a casino ban statewide on the November ballot. This will mean a high turnout at the polls and will overshadow even the governor's race. Attorney General Martha Coakley had attempted to keep the question off the ballot and lost. How her stance on the ballot question will affect her race for gov- ernor is still unknown. One can bet the house that lots of money will be spent by pro-casino inter- ests in getting the public's approval on the November ballot. Many experts think the casino ban folks will be grossly outspent but these folks seem ready for the challenge. KUDOS TO BEACON HILL ON ILLEGALS GETTING DRIVER LICENSES Kudos to members of the Joint Committee on Transportation up on Bea- con Hill for sending the bill back to committee and killing any attempt by lib- eral lawmakers from grant- ing driver's license to illegal immigrants. The measure in question had the dubious title, Safe Driving Bill and now taxpayers are saved from this driving bill which liberals so touted. The last thing Massachu- setts needs is giving up to 200 thousand illegals in this state driver's licenses. Sup- porters say some $15 million could be raised by fees paid by illegals to get licenses but most of us know that ain't going to happen either. JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS Once again on the third Saturday of June everyone seemed to show up to cel- ebrate the Juneteenth Cel- ebration and Roxbury Re- union in Franklin Park next to the Shattuck Hospital. The weather was fabulous and thousands showed up to enjoy great food, fun, music and people that hold their Roxbury roots close to heart. CELESTE KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN Celeste Meyers held her recent campaign kick-off over at ZUMIX where a lively crowd showed up to cheer her on in her campaign for state representative. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) its team the "Redskins." President Obama is talking about paid family leave for the struggling middle-class. Talk about anything other than our borders and the invasion of all these future undocumented Democrats. Oh, Paid Family Leave Talk When all hell is breaking loose, talk about anything other than what is really important. Iraqi insur-gents are on a killing spree beheading folks in their way, the I.R.S., lost all those important emails, veterans were dying at'VA medical centers with secret lists and the President is blam- ing Republicans for hurting working middle-class people. Right now, no one has done a worse job than our Presi- dent when it comes to both employees and employers. Too many folks can't find work and many small busi- nesses are getting croaked with all these mandates. Then, instead of helping create good jobs with decent pay, our politicians just want to raise the minimum wage and call it quits and when all else fails go back to the War on Women. How Unprepared President Obama was for the White House I believe President Obama was the first president who has never held a real job before becoming president. Now, America is paying the price for his inexperience. Lt. Horatio Kane from CSI M/am/once said on the series, "You never know someone until all hell breaks loose." Look around all the messes in the world and watch our chief executive playing golf as if that's a really impor- tant priority. Free Health Care for All Recently, read a news- paper story about folks here in the Bay State who lost their old health care thanks to the state connector's woes. These folks found out the state's temporary health care given them was worse than before. They couldn't see the same doctors, ser- vices or get the same meds. One lady was irate as she said, 'I know my health care is free but what good is it if I can't see my doctor or get my medicines?" Good country America, especially if you're not working. Everyone else gets whacked paying everyone else's services and pills. Missing IRS Emails I just finished reading Glenn Geenwald's new book, "No Place to Hide" the story of Edward Snowden and the NSA. Why don't we pardon Snowden and bring him home? I am sure he can find all those "lost" emails that the IRS are saying are gone forever. How stupid do these characters think the American people are? June 28, 1914 Back in my college days at Boston State College, I was a European history major and remember the date "JUNE 28, 1914" quite well. World War I officially began on that date when a Bosnian Serb terrorist killed the Serbian Archduke Franz Ferdinand as he and his wife Sophia were riding in their horse-drawn carriage. The assassin may have been the first known terrorist of the 20 TM century and the incident quite locally turned into an international affair where nations were drawn into a worldwide conflict. Back in my history class, 2014 seemed so far away but all of a sudden here it was. "Don't Separate Families" On Saturday, June 28 th, advocates for illegals held protests nationwide in sup- port of ending deportations of "non-criminal undocumented immigrants" as if being here illegally wasn't criminal in the first place. In Boston, they marched at the State House to protest deportation of parents from their U.S.-born children. Hey, these folks can always take their anchor babies home with them. can't they? ! long ior the days when illegals hid in the shadows, now they are out front and gabbing to the media about how badly America treas them. Hey ?ev can always