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Friday, July 07, 2006

A Friday night walk around the blogosphere

Wow what a week! After a busy holiday weekend on call I’ve had to play catch-up with various work related issues this week and I am just now able to get back into my blog headfirst. The Jaco Pastorious post was just for fun, one of my visitors wanted to here more about Jaco so I put that piece together quickly. I will try to do part 2 as time permits but I need to catch up on the SC Athletic scene first.

HP has an interesting take on whether Charles Woodson was more deserving than Peyton Manning to win the 1997 Heisman Trophy. He makes some interesting points, and his conclusion does follow his Heismandments, but I still feel Peyton got jobbed. Oh well.


I don't know...

Bruins Nation had great post on the verbal commitment of top Basketball recruit O.J. Mayo to USC. I will hold any premature celebration in check until I actually see his signature on the paper. Even if he does sign the consensus is that he will be “one and done” and on his way to the NBA. I am even more intrigued that he picked SC, don’t get me wrong, this is great news and good get for Tim Floyd but I am having a hard time understanding how this helps the anemic SC basketball program if leaves after one year. If he stays 3 years than that’s a different story, his influence will go a long way to landing other top recruits. So stay tuned.


Will he make a difference?

BN also had an intriguing post on the possibility of luring Steve Spurrier to UCLA. I for one would welcome it if it were a possibility. That would turn the USC/UCLA rivalry on its ear. That move would produce some great games. Sadly though I think the Ole’ Ball coach’s salary is little out of the Bruins price range, but one can always hope.

Burnt Orange Nation continues to impress. Peter has put up a couple of great posts on Football National Champs and how they fared the next year. I think it is safe to say that SC has more than its fair share of work cut out for them if they want to get to the NC game in 2007. The odds are against them. Peter does great research as does Kyle over at Dawg Sports with his post on Georgia recruiting. Where do these guys find this stuff!? It’s just amazing!

Nico over at Roll Bama’ Roll continues is look at What to Watch: Week One of the 2006 CFB Season. He is quickly becoming one of the top bloggers on SB Nation.

DC Trojan continues his great posts on the World Cup. He and Thistle71 really do have a quit wit. My interest waned when Germany was eliminated. Of course that’s what happens when you marry into a German family, Please pass the Wurst.


This was the theme in our house

Finally, there has been a lot of talk about around the blogosphere lately about expanding the Pac-10. I won't claim to be an expert because others have made the argument much more eloquently than I ever could so I will ask just a simple question.

What's in it for the Pac-10?

They obviously won't expand for money. The multiple rivalries within the conference make for some exciting games now. What would the two new teams offer to the Pac-10. There have been some comments regarding academics that raise the bar pretty high for expansion consideration. In the end I just don't see it happening. It's not like the Pac-10 needs it to compete with other conferences in challenging for national titles in the major sports.


Expansion is not in the cards

In the end the Pac-10 will stay as it is.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Just for Fun but Completely of topic: The Music of Jaco Pastorious

For those of you into Jazz the name Jaco Pastorious is not foreign to you.

In 1987 the world lost the most prolific electric bass player ever to play the instrument. Jaco changed the way the instrument was played and spawned a whole generation of great Bass players. Jimmy Haslip, Gerald Veasley, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona and Victor Wooten just to name a few.

While Jaco's music is considered seminal work by some, interest has ebbed and flowed over the years. His work with Joni Mitchell, Weather Report and Pat Metheny is true hall of fame material especially his work with Joni Mitchell.

A friend of mine, Jeff, played bass with Blood Sweat and Tears in the 80s and he told me that Jaco WAS the standard but that Jaco's genius was not just in his playing but also in his composing and arranging. This was also said about the great Jazz Double Bassist Charles Mingus. Jaco had an incredible feel for how a song should be arranged and played and he could get the instrument to sing.

In 2003 the members of Jaco's big band, Word of Mouth, got together to re-release some of Jaco's work. Now I have never been a big fan of compilation albums or box sets. If the music is good enough it should stand on its own. Box sets, greatest hits and compilation albums are seen by some, including me, as money grabs by artists who have lost their fortunes or glory and are now attempting to cash in on past fame. The Who did this in 89' with Tommy and critics panned it as the "We Won't Go Broke Again" tour. Couple that with the 14 back-up singers, percussionists and horn section to replace the great Keith Moon and you have commercialism at its finest. But I digress.



So in 2003 Jaco's big band released "Word of Mouth Revisited". A collection of some of Jaco's finest work with a twist, each song had a different guest bass player. This is a neat concept, each bass player keeps to Jaco's arrangement but their individual style is peppered throughout the song.

Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets opens up with a stunning rendition of "Havona", Richard Bona improvs on "Punk Jazz", Gerald Veasley's rendition of "Elegant People" really swings but the best is Victor Wooten who hammers out "Teen Town". Even Jaco's nephew David gets in to the act on "Opus Pocus".

All in all this is a refreshing look at Jaco's music as seen through the eyes of his loyal followers. When the band went on tour in 2004, I was lucky to see Victor Wooten in the guest bass players seat at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC. He is truly a master of his domain.

Jaco's family has preserved his musical legacy in such a way as to not sully it with commercialism. Of course they will make some money off the deal, as is their right, but they have done it in such a way that it preserves the legacy of perhaps the greatest Jazz Electric Bass player the world has ever known.

More to come... Up next, The Word is Out.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Light Blogging for the Hoilday Weekend

I meant to put this up Friday night but the weekend started of with a bang. I am on call until Wednesday for the group so I will be running around from Hospital to Hospital putting out the various fires that are sure to come up. It has already been pretty busy, gotta love those rollerblades and Razor scooters, they don't mix well with alchohol.

When I return I will finish my review of USC's 2006 team with a look at the defense.

Happy 4th of July to one and all!!