Remembering Ahmet.

December 20, 2006
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Not many record executives have touched so many aspects of pop culture as the late Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records. The son of a Turkish ambassador to the United States, young Ertegun and his brother Nesuhi felt the love in black American music and returned it (making a big profit in the process)....
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Land Of Os.

December 20, 2006
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By press time for our 12/20/06 issue, rumors had been swirling about the state of Oslo, the downtown Detroit sushi bar and lounge that’s hosted the local and international electronic music community since opening in 2004. What’s really going on and why it happened is still murky, but you can be sure that Metro...
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Live Jazz Roundup

December 11, 2006
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Metro Times jazz scribe Charles Latimer checks in with a roundup of last week’s jazz gigs.–JTL Don Mayberry12/6/06Jazz ForumGross Pointe Unitarian ChurchGrosse Pointe Park, Michigan There have been some memorable concerts at the Jazz Forum concert series over the years, but Wednesday night’s set from bassist Don Mayberry and friends wasn’t one of them....
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Improv The Grimy Way.

December 1, 2006
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It’s another jazz In the Flesh from our man on the scene, Charles Latimer.-JTL Henry Grimes11/30/2006Bohemian National Home The Henry Grimes gig Thursday night at the Bohemian was an improvisational journey through every nook and crevice of jazz music. Every thought and sound that emanated from the musicians’ instruments was made up on the...
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Zune Out…

November 28, 2006
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Zune Out…

The Microsoft Zune digital music player is less than a month old, but it’s already facing tremendous adversity. For those unaware, the Zune is Microsoft’s attempt to create an ‘iPod killer’. And while the unit offers a few nifty features, such as wireless song sharing (Microsoft calls this “squirting”) and a built in FM...
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Gentleman Of Swing

November 15, 2006
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Ramsey Lewis11/9/06Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher CenterDetroit, Michigan Of the nine jazz concerts this season at the LaSalle Bank Paradise Jazz Series, Ramsey Lewis’ performance was the one I was least thrilled about attending. Lewis’s playing is dignified and polished, and that combination can sometimes be called outright boring. Not this time....
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Baseball, Ruin Or Grey Skies?

November 3, 2006
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From our pals at Popbitch — via our long lost UK correspondent Shireen Liane — whose uncanny predictions and wonderful insights have always had a way of, um, coming clean.UK pop chart prediction for No. 1 next week:Fedde Le Grande “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” Don’t ask us, ’cause we’ve haven’t a bloody...
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Snoozing With Ellis.

October 25, 2006
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It’s another dispatch from Charles L. Latimer, Metro Times‘ jazz scribe.–Johnny Loftus Ellis Marsalis10/20/06Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Ellis Marsalis kicked off the 2006-20007 LaSalle Bank Paradise Jazz Series with a performance last Friday night at Orchestra Hall. Verdict: It was snooze. I didn’t expect Marsalis to swing; the man...
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Make It Up As You Go.

October 10, 2006
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Metro Times jazz scribe Charles Latimer checks in with this review of the Trio X gig at Bohemian National Home last Saturday night. Because Trio X is a free jazz band, I sort of expected a live set from the New York City-based group to be a bunch of self-indulgent horseplay. But they proved...
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Alice Coltrane In Wonderland

September 25, 2006
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Johnny Loftus writes: Ever the jazz purist curmudgeon, our man Charles Latimer checks in with this review of Alice Coltrane’s Sept. 23 performance at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor: I should really stop getting excited about jazz shows, because I’m usually disappointed when they finally occur. Alice Coltrane’s performance Saturday evening at Hill Auditorium,...
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