Bakari Chavanu


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Reading Theolinous Monk bio, by Robin Kelly. Monk seems to have influenced modern jazz more than even Charlie Parker.

What my son had for lunch today. This is not good.

Drummer Lenny White plays on Red Clay (1970? Freddie Hubbard) he also played on Joe Henderson's "If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Problem", and Woody Shaw's Blackstone Legacy. He also played on Bitches Brew.

Okay, here's my biased top 10 films list:

The Godfather
Spike Lee's Malcolm X
The Color Purple
The Silence of the Lambs
Fahrenheit 9/11
Pulp Fiction
School Daze
The Borne Trilogy
Jurassic Park
Mo' Better Blues

If I wrote this list a month from, I'm sure a third of it would be different.