RIP Gerry Goffin: A Tribute to a Prolific Songwriter Who Understood Women

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Gerry Goffin and Carole King with family
Brooklyn-born Gerry Goffin fashioned so many kinds of lyrics, the newest one so deeply different from the last, you could be forgiven for thinking the man had Multiple Personality Disorder. He could portray the top of a tenement building as the perfect place to stare at the stars, in the Drifter's romantic hit, "Up On The Roof" or conjure up the comic commands of a kickass dance number, Little Eva's immortal "The Locomotion." And when snarky hippie sentiments about the suburbs were all the rage, Gerry responded with the fantastically-nasty Monkee's smash, "Pleasant Valley Sunday." Goffin, who died yesterday at the age of 75, could also break your heart with the longing-for-childhood paean, "Goin' Back," have you pulling for the poor boy in The Righteous Brothers', "Just Once In My Life" and feel Gladys Knight's desperate determination in "Imagination". The former-husband and songwriting partner of the equally-gifted Carole King, will be remembered for all sorts of songs.

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In Praise of David S. Ware: Remembering the Saxophone Pioneer

Categories: Jazz, Tribute

Christian Ducasse, Paris France, 2005
David S. Ware, Saxophone Colossus, Profound Spirit (1949 - 2012) ..Forever / Never to be Forgotten
With the passing of avant-garde visionary behemoth David S. Ware this past October at 62 years too young, a monumental crater was forever ingrained in the jazz lexicon. Ware, in supreme alliance with fellow trailblazers like pianist colossus Matthew Shipp and bassist/composer extraordinaire William Parker, transported downtown New York City jazz and experimentalism into a singularly adventurous "out" stratosphere of spiritual otherworldliness.

The foreboding Ware matched his physical massiveness with an equally huge sound. The New Jersey native--a Sonny Rollins disciple and Cecil Taylor collaborator--was a paint-peeling fire-breather, a prophetic soul-spewing slayer and improvisational warrior. Through the staggering host of his Quartet and solo records released by Steven Joerg's titan AUM Fidelity label, the jazz royalty trifecta of Ware/Shipp/Parker fused the avant with DIY punk ethos, which was ultimately championed by the likes of freedom music enthusiasts like Thurston Moore.

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