Monday, March 12, 2018


Music Week

Music: current count 29476 [29452] rated (+24), 368 [368] unrated (+0).

Nothing to say about music this week. I woke up last Tuesday to the news that my sister had been struck by a car while walking from the parking lot to her work at Wichita State University. The car was not going especially fast, but knocked her to the ground, and she smashed the back of her skull on the pavement. The skull was cracked, and a CT scan showed multiple brain bleeds. The Wesley Hospital ER stapled the skull together, stabilized her, and put her in the Intensive Care Unit. When we saw her, she was conscious, incoherent, agitated, very frustrated. She developed respiratory problems, which they cleared up (mostly) with a 3-hour bronchoscopy operation. After that, she seemed to be improving, becoming calmer and more coherent, although she had bad periods as well. I never got any meaningful review of her brain scan tests. They were mostly described as "unchanged," and the bleeds were deemed inoperable, so they focused on palliative care. There was much discussion of transferring her to a "brain trauma hospital" in Nebraska, possibly early this week.

Last night, around 4AM, Kathy's heart stopped. This occurred during some form of respiratory therapy. Multiple attempts to revive her failed. A friend was staying overnight at the hospital with her, and tells me that they had "about half the floor in her room" and spent about 30 minutes before giving up. I don't know any more than that. The hospital called her son, Ram, who called me about 4:30 AM. Our brother, Steve, had come to Wichita on Wednesday, and planned on going in early morning. He found out when he woke up, and called me. I couldn't go to sleep, so I picked up and we talked about 7 AM.

I sent email to a couple of people before I went to bed. Ram posted something very brief on Facebook. I shared it, then added my own note. He'll be talking to a funeral director tomorrow, so we'll have a better idea of schedule then. I need to call some people, and to catch up with Ram and Steve, but in my current daze I figured I'd knock this out and get it out of the way. I've had a miserable week, with my own problems as well as this. Feeling shocked and helpless now.


New records rated this week:

  • Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra: Live at the Bird's Eye (2012 [2017], self-released): [r]: B+(*)
  • Nubya Garcia: Nubya's 5ive (2017, Jazz Re:freshed): [r]: B+(**)
  • Peter Kuhn: Dependent Origination (2016 [2017], FMR): [cd]: B+(***)
  • Peter Kuhn Trio: Intention (2017 [2018], FMR): [cd]: A-
  • Emma-Jean Thackray's Walrus: Walrus EP (2017, Deptford Beach, EP): [r]: B+(*)

Old music rated this week:

  • The Free Spirits Featuring John McLaughlin: Tokyo Live (1993 [1994], Verve): [r]: B+(**)
  • Christof Lauer: Christof Lauer (1989, CMP): [r]: B+(***)
  • Christof Lauer/Wolfgang Puschnig/Bob Stewart/Thomas Alkier: Bluebells (1992, CMP): [r]: B+(**)
  • Christof Lauer: Fragile Network (1998 [1999], ACT): [r]: B+(***)
  • Christof Lauer/NDR Big Band: Christof Lauer & NDR Big Band Play Sidney Bechet: Petite Fleur (2013 [2014], ACT): [r]: B+(**)
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra: Between Nothingness & Eternity (1973, Columbia): [r]: B+(*)
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra: Apocalypse (1974, Columbia): [r]: C+
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra: Visions of the Emerald Beyond (1974 [1975], Columbia): [r]: B-
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra/John McLaughlin: Inner Worlds (1975 [1976], Columbia): [r]: B-
  • Joe Maneri Quartet: Dahabenzapple (1993 [1996], Hat Art): [r]: B+(**)
  • Joe Maneri Quartet: In Full Cry (1996 [1997], ECM): [r]: B+(*)
  • Joe Maneri/Mat Maneri: Blessed (1997 [1998], ECM): [r]: B+(**)
  • Joe Maneri Trio: The Trio Concerts (1997-98 [2001], Leo, 2CD): [r]: B+(**)
  • John McLaughlin: Devotion (1970, Douglas): [r]: B+(**)
  • John McLaughlin: The Heart of Things (1997, Verve): [r]: B+(*)
  • John McLaughlin/Zakir Hussain/T.H. "Vikkur" Vinayakram/Hariprasad Chaurasia: Remember Shakti (1997 [1999], Verve, 2CD): [r]: B+(***)
  • Shakti/John McLaughlin: Shakti With John McLaughlin (1975 [1976], Columbia): [r]: B+(***)
  • Shakti With John McLaughlin: Natural Elements (1977, Columbia): [r]: B+(**)
  • Shakti With John McLaughlin: A Handful of Beauty (1976 [1977], Columbia): [r]: B+(***)