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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 ,4L F a ct ax reviewing the bes! : . the rest WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU - THE BEST OF WHITNEY HOUSTON RCA Records The wonderful vocals of Whitney Houston will for- ever fill the air and RCA Records has put together a collection that is the 'Gold Standard.' Packed tightly with a total of 18 hits that started in 1985 with plenty of surprises on the album is I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston. Number one hits include, Saving All My Love For You, How Will I Know, Greatest Love Of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Didn't We Have It All, So Emotional, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, I'm Your Baby Tonight, All The Man That I Need, I Will Always Love You and Exhale. Sprinkle in the #3 charted You Give Good Love and a quartet of #4 charted tunes, I'm Every Woman and I Have Nothing, from The Bodyguard, plus I Believe in You & Me from The Preacher's Wife and My Love Is Your Love. The previously unreleased Never Give Up and the album high- light is the Clive Davis pro- duced track I Look to You a duet with R. Kelly. Kelly origi- nally produced the song for Whitney's last studio album and added his new vocals for this track. PHAREZ WHITTED - FOR THE PEOPLE Origin Records Trumpeter/composer Pharez Whitted returns after a 14-year hiatus from record- ing to deliver an album stuffed with eleven jazz jewels he penned. The prod- uct of a musical family, Pharez plays For the People with spirited efforts as Watusi Boogaloo, slowing it down for If They Could Only See, changing speeds again for Another Kinda Blues, plus the inviting Freedom Song, then cranking it up a notch for the tasty title cut and explod- ing into It Is What It Is. The mellow strains of Sad Eyes maintains the mood followed religiously by Keep The Faith, offeri;ng up The Unbroken Promise, the tune Venture was written for the only non- musician in the family, his sister Venture, and Whitted's message is loud and clear with the finale Hope Springs Eternal. It surely does for Pharez and his music. Join- ing Pharez are Bobby Broom (guitar), Ron Perrillo (piano), Dennis Carroll (bass), Greg Artry (drums) and saxophon- ist Eddie Bayard. SAVE THE DATE - MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Save the Date is a roman- tic-comedy that features a dozen songs of diverse genres. The 'date' begins with Heavy Metal Drummer culled from Wilco's 2001 album, Daniel Hart's unique 0 Sangeeta, a Giorgio Moroder electronic gem Baby Blue, plus Wolfbird's painful Acci- dents, trailed by the bubbly Soak It Up (Houses) and a bit of R&B on Lovin' You Baby from Charles Bradley. Second half excitement in the form of Wolfbird's stutter- step Babies, followed by the soulful Some Place (Nick Waterhouse), the pow- erful Arum Rae (from group White Dress) with In My Head, the pop-power of Let Me Take You Out (Class Actress), along with The One AM Radio's Sunlight, and the brief finale is Good Luck from Hrishi-kesh Hirway (from group The One AM Radio) ! LITTLE BIG TOWN - TORNADO Capitol Records Nashville The silky-smooth harmony of Little Big Town engulfs Tornado, the country group's l 1-track beauty. On the strength of the album's first single, the sexy fun of Pon- toon, creating a new sound that was easy to follow. LBT penned the party cut Pave- ment Ends, the reality of Sober, the high energy Front Porch Thing, plus LBT wrote Your Side of the Bed with local songwriter Lori McKenna, and hits the mid- point with the hurt of Leavin' In Your Eyes. Batten down the hatches as Tornado roars through, powered by the fe- males -- along with another song LBT co-wrote, On Fire Tonight, the haunting melody titled Can't Go Back, winding down via Self Made a reflec- tion of LBT, and the lullaby Night Owl. LBT at Lowell Auditorium 2/16, scheduled with Keith Urban in Boston 8/10. FELIPE SALLES - DEPARTURE Tapestry Records Brazilian saxophonist Fe- lipe Salles serves up Depar- ture, his fifth CD as a leader. Surrounding himself with the international flavor of: pianist Nando Michelin (Uru- guay), a bit of local flavor with Boston resident bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa (NY born), drummer Bertram Lehmann (Germany) and jazz trum- peter extraordinaire, Randy Brecker, Salles blends his musical heritage of Brazil into all that he creates. Get ready to enjoy the lengthy journey of Departure, then breathe in the sea air from Seagull's Island, luxuriate in the mirrored beauty of Bela's Reflection, experience the lush, flowery sound of Maracatu D'Orleans, and it all comes together nicely on the gentle sound of Awaiting. Salles' saxophone notes move to the forefront on B's Blues, and there's no mistaking Schoenberg's Error, moving on to the hauntingly beauti- ful Adagio Triste, and it all becomes history following Natural Selection. The Uni- versity of Massachusetts, Amherst, Faculty Research Grant and Healey Endow- ment Grant made this record possible. Nice to know that our area played a part in the creation of this fine album! 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 OVER IN QUINCY FOR VETERAN'S DAY PARADE The City of Quincy puts on the best Veteran's Day I know. This year's was no exception. The parade started at 1:00 pm under great weather conditions. The streets were lined with folks and were cheering on the veteran's marching. I never miss marching in this parade and remembering all who served and all who died for their country ... Boston's Veteran's Day parade in Downtown Boston by the Bos- ton Common appears back again and was also well attended ... At the end of that parade, a second parade marched off sponsored by Veterans for Peace. Someday hopefully, we won't have to have two parades to honor service to the country by those who served in the armed forces. All veterans are for peace. Politics gets in the way too often. NATIONAL CAT DAY Boy, the folks behind National Cat Day need to do more public communicating. I didn't find out about Cat Day until a week later. I own a cat and never knew there was a day for cat owners out there who endlessly pick up poop, clean litter boxes and purchase endless supplies of cat treats. A man's best friend is his dog but we cat owners bond with our pets too. Dogs get very needy while cats pretend they don't need us. I think overlooking Cat Day must be part of the liberal anti-cat media. They don't like cats because cat owners are conservative. Dogs are part of Mitt Rom- ney's 47 percent. They are takers. The only thing they give us are bags full of poop. The cultural war is about cats too. YOU CAN'T FAKE A REAL SMILE On a recent Sunday morn- ing, I bumped into attorney Ann DiMaria down at Honey- dew's in Maverick Square. As I was walking in to get my coffee, she was walking out with hers. We chatted for a bit. She had just had a photo printed in the newspapers and like me she is smile- challenged. We laughed about how easy politician's can just switch over to a smile in the snap of a finger. We both agreed that smiling had to be real or it is just fakery. Perps getting mug-shots often take smile better than me. By the time we separated, I with my coffee and she with hers, we both had real smiles on our faces because we felt good smiling. File this one under: Something to smile over. LADY OF LOURDES RECTORY DIRT CHEAP We were just informed by Peter Bore at a recent Sun- day morning service that the rectory at the shuttered Our Lady of Lourdes church has just been sold to a developer by the Boston Archdiocese for only $300,000. Down at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Sun- day services continue on in- differently. Recently, accord- ing to Mt. Carmel Survivor's Group, many religious items have been removed from in- side the closed church. This chapter of church history in East Boston has been quite difficult for many former pa- rishioners at this church. ' IS IT POSSIBLE TO RE-SEGREGATE BPS? According to liberals, it is always possible to revisit and re-open old wounds. Today, the Boston public school sys- tem is over 85 percent non- Hispanic white, yet when I watch hearings on BNN-TV at school committee head- quarters, I still see educa- tors, activists and parents talking about creating pa- rental choice plans that could return Boston to 1974 as if that was even remotely possible. The only result of using busing to continue to take students further from home will be a further ero- sion of the white student population. Do liberals rally want to see Boston's public schools even further segre- gated by race and class? Is that their final objective? East Boston is the perfect example of this liberal silli- ness. Every day students, many Black and Latino are getting sent to public schools further from home. I watch all those Latino students heading down Eagle Hill from East Boston High School wanting over to Airport Sta- tion on the Blue Line taking them home to places like Dorchester or Jamaica Plain. I also see Latino younger students being bused into East Boston into seats next to Latino kids from East Bos- ton. What is the purpose of it all except living in Boston's past. I see East Boston stu- dents taking buses early in the morning and returning late at night. They leave in the dark and return in the dark. Parents often found it difficult to get to their child's school in the evening, espe- cially if their kids go to school way over on the other side of town. Apparently, liberals won't be satisfied until they com- pletely destroy the entire public school system in the name of political correctness. WHAT IS YOUR ONE SENTENCE? The East Boston Chamber of Commerce is putting on a networking conference that was scheduled due to Hurri- cane Sandy. The new date is Wednesday, November 28. It will be run by Dr. Mimi Goss, chamber member, author and spewer. Free for Cham- ber m email info@eastbostonchamber, corn for more information on this surely informative evening. CHAMBER ELECTIONS COMING UP TOO Sherri Raftery, executive assistant at the Chamber has announced that the 2012 Board of Directors Election for the East Boston Chamber of Commerce will be held on December 13 from l 1:00 am until 2:00 pm and again from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm. For further information on elec- tions, please contact Sherri at ST. NICHOLAS OF BEACHMONT? As a member of the Knights of Dunkin' Donuts in the Heights, I recently stopped by the Beachmont Dunkin' Donuts during a Knights gathering. The local group is headed up by a guy who goes by the name of "St. Nicholas."Apparently the guy dropped out of a semi- nary and was canonized. They're a bit more conserva- tive than us. Wait until the Obama liberals in Revere hear about this, huh? BOSTON COMMON BATHROOM NOW SERVING LUNCH A new sandwich shop has just opened up for business in a former John on the Boston Common. "Earl of Sandwich" opened up in the "Pink Palace," which was built as a public restroom back in the 1920s. 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