Cecil Taylor, the pianist whose music was an intentional sound of revolutionary freedom that broke the jazz-shackled rhythms of conformity while sending his listeners on a perpetual surreal journey, died April 5 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. The death was confirmed by his legal guardian and representative, Adam C. Wilner. The cause of death was not immediately determined. Taylor’s first recording, “Jazz Advance” (Transition, 1956), put listeners and critics on notice that he was forging his own path, which seemed to be defiant to those who weren’t up for his challenge. The first group he formed on arriving in New York from Boston in 1955 included the soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, bassist Buell Neidlinger and drummer Dennis Charles. They appeared on Taylor’s debut album and later played the Five Spot Cafe in 1956 for six weeks and performed at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival (which was recorded by Verve), His somewhat “Monkish” … [Read more...] about Jazz Notes: Cecil Taylor, iconic innovator, dies at 89
Wide receivers coach Ron Dugans with Jeff Thomas (4) as the University of Miami opens fall football camp at Greentree Field on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald) [We toured Miami Hurricanes’ indoor practice facility]Jeff Thomas ‘electric’ for Miami; TE, WR, OL updates]Ending ‘streaky’ play at QB; Richt likes new O-line combo]Several transfer options emerging for Miami basketball]FBI downplays Miami involvement in college basketball scandal] CORAL GABLES — A few spring practice notes heading into Saturday’s spring game (6 p.m., Hard Rock Stadium, no TV, 560 WQAM): * Though coaches say he needs to be more consistent, sophomore Trajan Bandy is UM’s best nickel cornerback. He will likely play there full-time this fall (more on alignments in a minute). However, he spent the first two weeks of spring ball battling senior Jhavonte Dean for the second outside corner spot opposite senior Michael Jackson, UM’s clear-cut best at the … [Read more...] about The ACC is not ready for Jeff Thomas, Miami assistant says; Hurricanes CB, S, OLB notes
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The mother of a 6-year-old Massachusetts girl found dead told her 9-year-old son not to call 911 and used super glue to close a wound on his neck, police said Wednesday.Thirty-seven-year-old Shana Pedroso and 38-year-old Marvin Brito were charged with two counts of reckless endangerment of a child at Fitchburg District Court Wednesday. Pedroso was separately charged with assault and battery, while Brito was charged with permitting substantial injury to a child.Both parents have pleaded not guilty.District Attorney Joseph Early told reporters that police responding to a call at a Fitchburg home Tuesday found the injured boy and non-responsive girl. Brito and Pedroso were arrested, and are being held without bail. A hearing is set for April 18.The girl was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. Police said she had "extensive bruising" all over her body and the boy had bruising on his face and a neck wound. The boy told police that bullies attacked him and his sister the … [Read more...] about Police: Mom’s note said children were ‘bad’ and ‘beaten’ before girl, 6, is found dead
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