OK, so where in the world has SAXOMAN been? Well to be perfectly honest I have been a little lazy lately (like my cat - see photo). It's not that I've stopped buying cd's (oh no!) or stopped watching Asian movies (double oh no!) its just that I haven't felt much like blogging lately. I promise some blogs soon, who know maybe today. We shall see.....
In case you may have thought otherwise SAXOMAN is still buying cd's. There is really nothing I like better than scouring the used bins for hidden gems and walking away with some great stuff. Call me old school or a renaissance man. Here is the latest purchases and additions to SAXOMAN's jazz library. For those that don't know we have Charlie Parker, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Max Roach, Stan Getz and Chet Baker, Oliver Nelson and Art Blakey. Some real good stuff and welcome additions to the ever growing SAXOMAN library.
Yes, finally Thai sensation Tony Jaa is back! After several years away from the movie scene after the disastrous Ong Bak 3 Tony Jaa is back with a vengeance in Tom Yung Goon 2. Don't mess with his elephants! HAHA! Now Thai movies are typically pretty low budget adventures and this one is no different however what they lack up in budget they make up in death defying stunts. Oh my! Although my bootleg copy was a little dark in spots overall a good action movie with plenty of fighting scenes for all of you Muy Thai fans. Now not a great movie but better than anything SAXO has seen in a while so therefore it gets the coveted DVD Pick of the Week. What? You haven't seen it yet? Well here's the trailer for this fine piece of cinema. Check it out!
Well there's been many changes in the SAXOMAN household lately. Out with the old and in with the new. OK, so what am I talking about? Well first the wife and I got rid of our old dishwasher and got a brand new one Yep, so this is what clean glasses really look like HAHA! Next we got rid of our old linoleum floor in the kitchen and replaced it with tile. What? Wait there's more. then we replaced our refrigerator for a new double door stainless steel model. Nice! Then we replaced our Cal-King bed with a new somewhat smaller bed (Cozy, yeow!) What, yep many changes going on in the SAXO household. Many things we have had for years are now a thing of the past. Now hopefully the wife doesn't decide to trade me in on a newer model too! HAHA!
I heard the news today the great latin singer Cheo Feliciano had passed away. Now I must say that this was quite a surprise and a sad day for latin music lovers. One of my favorite songs by Cheo was his version of El Raton. Here is Cheo singing this classic tune with the Fania All Stars and Jorge Santana too! A great live version with a cast of All-Stars. Check it out!
Yes another great jazz musician has passed on. Wayne Henderson, trombone player from the Jazz Crusaders and later The Crusaders passed away last week. Now I was (and still am) a big fan of the Jazz Crusaders and always thought the combination of the trombone and tenor sax was a perfect match. I believe the very first jazz album I bought was Pass The Plate by The Crusaders (see below). Here is the tune Young Rabbits from this classic cd. Check it out!
Now as you know I am always observing things around me. Maybe it's just me or maybe others are drawn to odd sites, I dunno…..Anyway, the other day I was at a small market with the wife when something caught my eye. A cow's hoof in the meat section of a market! What? Yep, I kid you not. Now maybe this is common but I sure as hell never noticed this before. I mean what do you do with this? I mean you can't eat it can you? It's gotta be hard as a rock! Do you put it in soup? Jeez, I have no clue whatsoever. Oh yeah, it was right next to the cow's stomach lining (also known as tripe) Yuck! Gross! Any the cows hooves were only $1.49 a pound so maybe I should have bought some. HAHA! No thanks!
During my recent running of the L.A. Marathon I remember just barely starting out and running through the streets of L.A. I then hear Edwin Starr's classic hit 25 Miles to Go. HAHA! Perfect! A great choice as SAXOMAN probably had about 25 miles to go. Oh man….25 miles to go I thought. Oh well, as you know SAXO persevered and the rest is history. So here is that classic song for all of you to enjoy!
This weeks long overdue Jazz CD Pick of the Week is my man Stanley Turrentine with the cd titled A Bluish Bag. Now I have to admit that I have a ton of Stanley cd's in my collection. When i saw this cd I wasn't quite sure if I had it or not. I asked the store clerk if I could return it if I already had it and they said no. Jeez…..what do you think, I'm going to download to iTunes and return it. Hmmmmmm……Anyway, recorded back in 1967 on the Bluenote label this gem was only recently released. Featuring more of a larger ensemble than Stanley normally works with. Featuring hip bossa novas, ballads, blues and jazz standards another treat from Stanley Turrentine. Anyway, check it out!
Yep, you read right my many readers. SAXOMAN ran the L.A. Marathon! What? Yep, I kid you not! Last Sunday SAXO joined 30,000 others and ran from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. 26.2 miles, oh yeah! Now I must say that this was my very first full marathon and quite a physical challenge. Starting in the wee hours of the morning we all converged on Dodger Stadium. Because we could sit anywhere in the stadium I took full advantage and went and sat behind home plate. Nice! Probably the only time I will ever be able to sit behind home plate but regardless it was very nice! Anyway, the hot day made the race even more difficult as the streets were lined with cheering fans who urged us on to the finish line. Several people told me cool ocean breezes were up ahead but I'm sorry to say there were no breezes to be found. As a matter of fact it was over 80 degrees in Santa Monica where it's supposed to be cooler. Oh well…..anyway, thanks to my brother-in-laws for meeting the wife and I at mile 13 for some much needed Gatorade and a quick snack. A special thanks to the Pasadena Pacers who had a cheering station at mile 20 where you could get about anything you needed. The photo here is my actual medal that was presented to me at the finish line. Now as I'm running this ungodly distance I'm thinking to myself I'm never, ever going to do this again. This will be a one and done experience for me. But now that the pain and soreness has gone away I'm sure I will sign up for another marathon and forget about the difficulty I had. Now I will probably have my eyes set on improving my time. HAHA!
My mission is the never ending quest to hip the un-hip in the world of jazz, soul, funk, latin and reggae music. I am also on a quest to hip the masses to the world of Asian cinema. I realize that this free public service is a daunting task however I am confident that the many readers of my blog will be all the hipper for it!
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