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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Red And White With Envy

September 20, 2006
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After a ten-year run and a staggering stroke of success and luck; it wasn’t the law suits, the Grammys, Hollywood, the bad blood, the mug shots, the hyperbole or the gossip that made it feel officially “over.” It was this that put an end to the Detroit Garage Movement we once knew and loved....
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The Final Word

September 6, 2006
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Latimer’s final word on this year’s Jazz Fest, punches un-pulled: “There was a lot of overkill. Too many Brazilian acts. The fireworks were unnecessary. To me, the festival is becoming too diluted. I mean, it’s supposed to be a jazz festival, the operative word being jazz. I think there was even a Karaoke stage,...
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Walk Your Bass Like A Prom Date: Jazz Fest ’06

September 5, 2006
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Regular Metro Times freelancer Charles L Latimer checks in with these recollections of the 2006 Detroit International Jazz Festival: Just shut up and blow!Okay, so I admit that I was excited when I heard alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson was performing at 27th Detroit International Jazz Festival. I’ve always loved Donaldson’s bluesy, gritty and soulful...
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Todd Snider Eats Bush!

August 31, 2006
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Dig this vid that pimps a song from Todd Snider’s latest, The Devil You Know. The song uses an inarticulate aging frat dude as a device to spin an hilarious and on-target Bush yarn. All hail the chief and the power and beauty of the three-minute pop tune! Click this: “You Got Away With...
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