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1. Jonas Grushkin's Gemini

Jonas Grushkin may be one of the best jazz pianists and composers you’ve never heard of.  If so, prepare to be surprised and intrigued by his just-released album, Gemini.  Evoking dark and light, tragedy and comedy, ying and yang, and two opposites forming a whole, this album showcases technically proficient jazz combined with the raw energy and passion of blues.

The album reminded me that the piano is a percussion instrument, and Grushkin is a percussionist from his ponytail to his boot heels.  He says his earliest memory of rhythm came from his father practicing drum rolls around the house.  Lacking a drum kit, Grushkin practiced beat and syncopation on an upright piano and taught himself how to play the instrument.  He is as capable as any pianist with the soft touch, but his métier is hard-driving virtuosity, playing the keys like drums and making resounding statements that linger in the mind even as the beat and melody advance.

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Miss

Very well said, Terry. As the shocking news begins to sink in, all the potential ramifications bubble up. If this were not enough to digest on the day-after, his identified cabinet selections exacerbate each frightening possibility.

November 10, 2016, 9:29 AM
Mike Speltz

Of all the campaign promises Trump has made, none is more fraught with danger then his promise to "cancel" the Paris agreement on climate change.

November 10, 2016, 12:12 PM
Bruce Hyland

Down here in New Zealand, there is, as elsewhere, shock at Trump's election. Your thoughtful words are a relief to the harsh rhetoric that has ensued over the past year or so. Vested interests in all societies need a shake up from time to time so that they reflect the public sentiment. Shake them too violently without regard to the public though has serious consequences. Let's hope that can be avoided.

Regards to you and our mutual friend Dan

November 10, 2016, 10:04 PM
KFreiberger and LAlthouse

Excellent article, Terry. You've said it the way it is!

November 11, 2016, 6:34 PM
Anna Pool

Thank you for bringing an element of sanity to a completely insane experience.

November 13, 2016, 3:21 PM
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