Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Roswell Rudd - an example of an inspirational and fine musician

Roswell Rudd at Jazzfestival Frankfurt -2006 / photograph by Christian Sahm

One of my favourite musicians, the great Roswell Rudd..
.............. Here is his latest recording project.
For those wishing to make this recording happen I leave a link -HERE

Regarding this living Jazz Legend I leave another link - Here (wikipedia)

Here is his site - LINK - believe me it's a worthwhile visit.

Yes - It is, I must admit, revigorating as it is inspirational to see one so great take into his very own hands the fruition of this project!! Hooray for his eternal youthful spirit, only outmatched my his obvious (proven) talent and incredible career!!!

Bless his heart!


Thursday, 23 February 2012

25 anos................ Zeca Afonso (a shadow that was cast 25 years ago today)

José Manuel Cerqueira Afonso dos Santos
(Zeca Afonso)
August 2, 1929 - February 23, 1987

This post is only in English mainly on account of his being a Portuguese Icon.. Even though he was well known in his day in many parts of the globe, in his nation his name is household .

To paraphrase a common saying from his country of birth; anything I could say to a Portuguese reader regarding Zeca Afonso would have the weight and significance of a few droplets upon a vast ocean.
(... seria "chover no molhado".)

I don't think I can possibly come up with anything to begin an account of the man. A champion of Art, of Song and Freedom. It's quite wonderful to recall his innocence, his talent and his love for his fellow man.

I can't even remotely begin to imagine the heartbreak and suffering it would cause him if he caught a glimpse of what has been going on lately.. here in his beloved Portugal, and elsewhere.

I know I can say ONE thing for sure.
I can say that the old maxim: « Anyone can be replaced » is utterly false, completely laid to waste, and rubbish when he comes to mind.

I'll leave you with two of many favourite pieces by José Afonso (Zeca).

.................. oops did I say two??!

Ok,ok, ok, I lied... :)

Share some loving kindness with your fellow man and have a nice day (please)
Take care


Friday, 17 February 2012

Pétition - Dette odieuse (Droits de l'homme) // Petition - Odious Dept. (Human Rights) // Uma petição - Dívida odiosa (Direitos humanos)

© Guida Almeida

«Ένα εκατομμύριο υπογραφές για την Ευρώπη»

petition - available in many languages other than the above Greek
“One million signatures for Europe”
"Un milione di firme per l’ “ europa della solidarietà’’
"Um milhão de assinaturas para a Europa"
"Un million de signatures pour l'Europe"
"Un millón de firmas para europa"
"Eine Million Unterschriften für Europa"
«Ένα εκατομμύριο υπογραφές για την Ευρώπη»


Below are samples of the petition's text:

em POrtugues: (Texto contido na petição - AQUI)

in English: (The petition's text - HERE)

en Français: (Texte de la pétition - ICI)

(the absurd inhumanity that is assailing Greece must be stopped)
Isto não é uma questão de direita/esquerda, muito menos de democracia, é quanto a mim uma questão de Humanidade.., de dignidade Humana.. nem mais nada digo. [e obrigada por lerem]

Homero: "Sim, com as lições do Tempo, o meu coração aprendeu a regozijar-se com a boa fortuna do Outro e a desfaz-se com o que o atormenta.

"Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for the Other's good, and melt at an Other's woes."

One can not and should not stand idle whilst watching Death conquer Humanity. Thank you for reading.

"Eu preferia estar sobre a terra calado e trabalhando para um homem de poucas posses a ser senhor de todos os mortos inertes."

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Kirk Lightsey - February 15th, 1937 - A happy day for Music / 15 de Fevereiro. Um dia a celebrar

A beautiful human being I've had the extream pleasure and fortune to have met, I leave you with a sample of the great man's work.
I may be biased out of a strong sence of friendship for he's truly admirable, but the music leave's no doubt and is testament of his wonderous talent.
Here is a short playlist with some of my favourite recordings of his available on Youtube. Go ahead. Enjoy.

Have a lovely day

(oops, didn't I mention some of the people that have shared his stage?? How thoughtless of me! Here are the names of a few: Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Betty Carter, Harold Land, Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell, Chet Baker, James Moody, Clifford Jordan, Sonny Stitt, Rufus Reid, Benny Golson, Pharoah Saunders, Don Cherry..)