I m a little scared for the future of the modern jazz trio The Bad Plus. Not that there s anything wrong with them at the moment. Their last two albums were the sturdiest of their career and their live shows continue to dazzle. All three members are allowed to indulge themselves in various projects outside of the band. Drummer Dave King has two solo albums and now two albums under the name of his other band, the Dave King Trucking Company. It s this 2013 release, Adopted Highway, that threatens to bury the legacy of The Bad Plus like it s nothing. The music within this album is so weird and alluring that Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson are really going to have to pull off a miracle with King in the studio next time to top it.
Dave King s main thing these days is welding Midwestern American roots music to jazz. Most of the band has ties to the Midwestern America, which helps make quick work of King s ambitions. The only odd man out is Chris Speed on tenor saxophone, who comes from New York. Anyone who has more than one recording featuring Speed already knows that the guy can play just about anything. Rounding out the Trucking Company are Erik Fratzke on electric guitar, Adam Linz on bass and Brandon Wozniak offering another tenor sax to give Speed the push and pull the band needs. King wrote five of the seven tracks, but you d be mistaken to believe that they are all rhythmically driven. The opening bars of Adopted Highway let you know that this is not a head-bobbing album. I Will Live Next to the Wrecking Yard right away finds King refusing a groove rather than embracing it. The meter and the downbeat shift almost constantly, yet Fratzke and Linz are right there with him the whole time. Speed and Wozniak are somehow able to play a melody over this thing.
But King also composed This Is a Non-Lecture , a song that grows into something too abstract and mysterious to sound like it came from the drummer s chair. I say this because at one point, about two minutes into the track, everything goes silent. Then Erik Fratzke begins to make an absolute racket as King gently brushes his cymbals. At times Fratzke s instrument doesn t even sound like an electric guitar. Fratzke has his own contribution at the end, Bronsonesque , an intentionally clumsy swing that hangs on two very blue notes. Adopted Highway can also play with your sense of harmony, as it does on Ice Princess . Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak work King s theme in a particular key. Union arpeggios set the scene for a very unusual modulation to occur in the middle of a melody. And this is about hockey groupies?
But Adopted Highway is not an album that keeps listeners at a distance. There is something much more engaging going on with this music, a finger emerging from the polyrhythms and acrobatic melodies beckoning you to step inside and see what it s all about. If Dave King and his band would have made a terribly pretentious album, I wouldn t be concerned about The Bad Plus s future. But that s not what happened here.
Dave King Trucking Company — Adopted Highway
Calvin Stovall, of Victoria said he is still recovering from the accident that left him with a head injury and has had numerous back surgeries. Stovall along with Armando and Maria Olachia and their children were injured last March when they were struck by a semi-truck.
The driver of the truck was traveling close to 70 mph when he rear ended Stovall s truck at the intersection of U.S. 59 and Upper Mission Valley Road. The Olachia s were also hit.
Close to three hours of the accident, the driver Johnny Raymond Rodriguez had a blood alcohol level of .71 and .065 according to a state trooper s report. The legal limit in Texas1 is .08, but the legal limit for commercial truck drivers is .04.
It was later revealed that Rodriguez had been previously charged with several DWIs, but was hired by AW Trucking and Jet Maintenance who said his prior convictions did not show up in a background check.
Who in the world would let somebody like that drive for you, Wright, one of the attorneys representing the two families questioned told News Channel 52. That s disturbing. Anybody who places a heavy truck on the road where it can come into contact3 with other folks and is aware of the type of behavior and doesn t monitor it strictly, they ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Rodriguez, who was hauling gravel, had worked 97 hours in the eight days prior to the accident which far exceeds the 70 hour per 8 days limit imposed by the federal government. This is regulated by log books which trucking companies are required to keep for all driving routes.
If a trucking company violates the federal regulations they could be fine thousands of dollars. But Rodriguez was working for a smaller trucking company and they aren t required to keep log books if the route is less than a hundred miles.
Attorneys for the victims are pleased with the outcome of their cases, but expressed outrage over the fact that Rodriguez still has a commercial driver s and is allowed to drive even with his numerous DWI convictions. That means even more motorists are in danger because he is still allowed to drive.
AW Trucking and Jet Maintenance agreed to settle with the accident victims for $9.5 million. Stovall will receive $5.4 million throughout his lifetime and the Olachias will receive $4.1 million.
When you have been injured in a truck accident, an experienced truck accident attorney will work tirelessly on your case to make certain you get the money you need to care for yourself and your family. The truck accident settlement you receive should not only cover your immediate medical costs, but your future ones as well.
This is so sad:
A former employee at Pritchett Trucking Inc. based out of Lake Butler, FL went on a rampage on Saturday the 24th killing three people and wounding another before turning the gun on himself. His victims were his boss and coworkers at the trucking company.
The gunman, 72-year old Herbert Allen Jr, had retired from his job at Pritchett Trucking only a few days prior to the shooting for unknown reasons. Before he started his rampage, he left a note in his home with a list of five names on it and wrote that these people deserve to die. He traveled around the small town of about 1,500 people, tracking down the people on the list and shooting them.
He first went to a location owned by his former boss where he shot and killed 80-year old Marvin Pritchett who founded the company back in 1980. While he was there he also shot and killed 28-year old former co-worker Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado. He then drove to where another former coworker was driving a farm tractor on the road, had an argument with him and then shot him in the arm and side with a shotgun. The victim, 66-year old Lewis Mabrey Jr. is in good condition at the hospital. His last stop was at his old company headquarters where he shot and fatally wounded 44-year old David Griffis.
After shooting Griffis, Allen returned home where police found his body after an apparent suicide. Authorities have not revealed who the fifth intended victim was.
Locals, including members of his family and the local police department were shocked by Allen s actions. He had never been in trouble with the police before and he was described by a sheriff s deputy as laid back and law abiding. The deputy also said that in such a small town, everyone knew each other.
So sad. Prayers for the families of all involved.
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TAMWORTH KARTING PRO-KART CHAMPIONSHIP (Round 4).Just a quick reminder that this Sunday 2nd June 2013 is the Pro-Kart Championship. The gates will be open at 9am. Drivers briefing is at 9.45am. Practice and qualifying start at 10.30am.
OWNER DRIVERS not taking part in the championship will be able to start TESTING at 12.30-1pm till 7pm. Junior kart school is on the 8th June and the next OWNER DRIVER ONLY DAY is on the 30th June 2013.
Ed Dahlberg of Clifton turned himself in to Fairfax County Police at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and was served with a misdemeanor assault charge, according to Fairfax County Police.
Dahlberg is charged with assaulting a taxi driver and fleeing the scene on foot in the early morning of Friday, April 26.
The 39-year-old taxi driver, Mohamed Salim, is Muslim, and claims that Dahlberg compared him to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and repeatedly punched him, resulting in a fractured jaw, a head injury and hearing loss.
Salim, a US Army veteran, picked up Dahlberg at the Country Club of Fairfax2 on the early morning of Friday, April 26. The cab driver took 11 minutes of video of Dahlberg drunkenly arguing over Muslim extremism3 and provided the video to the Washington Post.
If you re a expletive Muslim flying jets into the World Trade Center, then expletive you, I will slice your expletive throat right now, Dahlberg said.
Dahlberg then knocked the phone away as Salim tried to call the police. Dahlberg then fled the scene on foot.
That may be the end of the video, but not the story.
“After the recording Dahlberg got out of the car, and (Salim) said, ‘I’m going to call 911,’ and he (Dahlberg) gets back into the car, called the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings his cousins and punched him a couple more times before running into the woods,” said Salim’s attorney Gadeir Abbas of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Salim refused treatment at the scene, and drove himself to INOVA Fair Oaks Emergency Department.
The hospital report shows that Salim had a fractured jaw and a head injury. No specifics were available on the extent of the head injury. Salim, who also complained of pain in his right ear, was then prescribed with pain killers, which warn that he not drive or operate heavy machinery.
Abbas is working for the Commonwealth’s Attorney to get Dahlberg’s potential sentencing over the alleged assault increased by classifying it as a hate crime.
“At this point what Mohamed is focused on is seeking justice in this case through the criminal justice process, and here a local prosecutor can send a message that active acts of violence against muslims are out of place in Virginia,” said Abbas, adding that Salim is weighing options on whether to file a civil suit against Dahlberg.
The Volkswagen scene commands a lot of attention, and I am not saying that simply because I am a VW owner, driver, fan, and euro fanatic. The Volkswagen driver is someone who emits love for their car, no matter if it s their first or fifty first. Josh Joyce ran across this little MK1 Rabbit as a good deal and had thoughts to use the little diesel as a daily driver. After owning a good amount of vehicles already and always having a soft spot for the diesel Rabbits the answer was quickly given, and the little green machine was in the hands of Joyce and on the way home.
Josh, who tells us he simply built this car to drive and he did just that. The first few things that were done to this little Volkswagen were a roof rack to haul tools and painting the wheels black because they were purple and well purple just wasn t going to work for Josh. The front end was changed up a little and round eye headlights were welded into the front. The whole idea of a scene car never crossed Josh s mind he just wanted to build the car to suite himself, and one night while drinking with a few buddy s a plan was hatched. They decided the car needed to go low, really low and so they started hacking and cutting at the frame and body of the Bunny. The final result was a custom bag set up, two raised strut towers, and a four inch body drop planting the tiny diesel into the earth.
Check out the hatch, no conventional air tank was used, instead a keg was retrofitted into an air tank. The wheel decision was a tough one for Josh, and six sets later a set of German P Slots were found and purchased. The German version of the iconic wheel is a larger 15 5 which was the only wheel that would really fit after the body drop.
Josh enjoyed driving the car so much his F-150 soon got told to kick rocks and with the funds left over a German turbo diesel engine and five speed tranny was purchased to swap into the MK1. The little Rabbit now had some gumption to go with its gusto, and it showed it off. The tiny Bunny has been seen carrying engine and transmissions from other cars on the roof, and still getting a stout 70 MPG while doing it. So what started as a daily driver, something to go from point A to point B turned into a passion for Josh. A set of Cabriolet front fenders turned into a body dropped, turbo diesel daily that gets compliments wherever it rolls to. The people still shock Josh as he just sees his little daily, but to many others they see a work of art. It is with this total experience that the real driver is found.
Editor: mike meszaros
2013 Harken Young 88 Nationals
The calibre of the owner drivers in the 2013 Young 88 fleet is enough to put the heat on the most seasoned professionals. Members of Emirates Team New Zealand have entered several times and prevailed over the last few years but this year the cat is amongst the pigeons and their desire for a serious one design competition has been foiled by other commitments.
There is still a very strong representation of some of New Zealand and the world s most talented sailors including Volvo driver Mike Sanderson skippering the contingent from Doyle Sails on Flash Gordon, international match racing crew Waka Racing (2nd in 2012 in World Match Race Tour) split between boats, with skipper Phil Robertson calling tactics on Flash Gordon and the rest of the Waka crew on board Undercover with ex Melges and new Y88 owner/driver Ed Massey. Youth match racing champion Chris Steele will be skippering the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme contingent on Sister Moonshine.
In amongst a myriad of sub plots we have the challenge of the generations with Chris Steele the youngest Y88 skipper up against seventy plus silver sailor Mason Pepper and three generations and four members of the Pepper family aboard Young Magic including sons Michael and Hamish, a NZ Olympian and America s Cup sailor, and grandson Mahia.
Mason said I have owned Young Magic for six years and really enjoy the fun you get from a well-controlled one design fleet with close and competitive racing against a bunch of like-minded sailors. The boats are already very even in performance and the new crew weight rule will make them even closer.
In the battle of the sail makers North Sails have put their resources behind their customers including Jeff Hopper s summer sprints champion boat Raging Hormones, Auckland regatta and previous Nationals winning boat Lincoln Fraser s Danger Zone and Bill Dalbeth s top performing boat Waka Huia. The rapidly improving Sailor Moon skippered by Jacko van Deventer will be flying the flag for Beacon Sails and is a real threat to the podium, Norths and Doyles.
The success of the Young 88 is down to Jim Young s fantastic design offering a fast and safe cruiser racer that was well ahead of its time. This coupled with Roger Land s innovative marketing has seen more than one hundred and fifty boats built since the 1980s and many exported. A strong owners association perpetuates this success, managing an annual program of racing and social events and a tightly controlled set of one design rules. This keeps the boats on the same playing field, affordable and safe.
Owners association president Grant Crawford welcomed the enthusiast registrations for the event. We are very pleased to see entries in our grand prix event increasing at a time when these types of regattas are struggling globally. We will continue to work to ensure existing, new and potential owners have an affordable fleet of boats that can be raced competitively one week and then easily converted for cruising with the family on the weekend.
The 2013 regatta will once again be run by an internationally qualified race management team from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron including on the water umpires to keep this very competitive fleet on the right side of the race rules.
Forecast for the weekend is for light winds mainly from the North
Racing will be held on the former Americas Cup waters north of Auckland s extinct volcano Rangitoto Island1 and will start at 1000am on Saturday and Sunday 13-14 April, with a prize giving to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Sunday evening.
Follow the racing online on the RNZYS web site here including individual boats on PredictWind s Smart Phone GPS Race Tracker tool, the event page here, class news on the Y88 Association web site and the Young 88 Facebook page23456
Entrants in the 2013 Harken Young 88 Nationals include:
- Abracadabra Zane Gifford
- Dangerzone Lincoln Fraser
- Flash Gordon Mike Sanderson
- Heartlight Nigel Garland
- Legless Grant Crawford
- Medium Dry Philip Rzepecky
- Men @ Work Frans de Court
- Outrageous Ross Masters
- Panama Jack Andrew Fraser
- Raging Hormones Jeff Hopper
- Sailor Moon Jacko van Deventer
- Simple Minds Bruce Scott
- Sister Moonshine Chris Steele
- Skitzo Rick Hackett
- Slipstream III Nathan Williams
- Sweeny Todd Vaughn Clark
- Undercover Edward Massey
- Voodoo Leigh Miller
- Waka Huia Bill Dalbeth
- War Machine Paul McWilliams
- Young Magic Mason Pepper
About the Young 88The Young 88, about 8.8m (30 ft) in length and with a fractional rig, is a popular multipurpose boat that offers speed and agility for racing, with space and comfort for cruising. The first mould was built by Roger Land in the 1980s, and since then 158 have been built. Of these, 77 are still in the Auckland area, 9 in Northland, 13 in the rest of the North Island, 19 in the South Island, and 38 have been exported. There are good fleets in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Sydney.
The Young 88 class is driven in New Zealand by the Young 88 Owners Association. For more information, please contact:
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