first_imgJimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys reinvented the traditional, Jimi Hendrix Experience vibe with its unique mosaic of sound and integrative acoustics. The original live recordings showcased a harmonious groove, led by Billy Cox‘s powerful guitar, Buddy Miles‘s percussion, and overall vocal mastery. This past weekend, Roosevelt Collier, along with Dopapod members Rob Compa and Chuck Jones and TAUK’s Isaac Teel, led a vibrant Band of Gypsys tribute at New York City’s American Beauty.Collier, a pedal-steel maestro and Hendrix aficionado, immersed the venue in rich, late 60’s era jams. As the industry heavyweight dazzled the intimate venue, each crowd goer was awed in his outstanding craft. Collier provides a sound that is truly soulful, rhythmic, and indicative of his remarkable talent. Compa (Guitar) and Jones (Bass) evinced their inventive sound while encapsulating Cox’s trademark Band of Gypsys feel. The duo approached Cox’s string-filled prominence in their prolific instrumentals that boast contemporary sound. Teel presented pure percussion mastery that assumed a unique approach to the craft with surprise vocals and respectful nods to Miles’s old-school talent. Collectively, each artist pursued his mastery in a compilation of groovy jams that paid serious homage to the infamous live album.The Band of Gypsys led the night with a setlist boasting tracks, “Who Knows,” “Changes,” “We Gotta Live Together,” and “Foxy Lady,” to name a few. While Collier soaked the evening in an upbeat atmosphere led by poetic steel driven notes, “Who Knows,” fluttered throughout the room in a vintage and psychedelic feel. Teel led the tune in his vocals, an instrument on its own, belting, “She didn’t know/ And she didn’t care/ She didn’t know/ She didn’t care/ And she go walking/ Down the street singing.” The robust tones of Teel’s vocals led the crowd into the infamous lyrics to later come together in harmony. Collective hymns are integral to the tune and indicative of the crowds’ undeniable enthusiasm. The band led the jam into, “Changes,” another track from the live album. Collier rendered the formerly dark and jammy track into a slow and harmonious rendition with impressive vocals. As opposed to emphasizing heavy instrumentals, the band illuminated its soulful side with intoxicating lyrics. Teel chanted, “It’s alright baby/ Yeah it’s alright,” while Collier laced the track with fluttering notes and contributive vocals. The delightful chorus hardened throughout the room in its dark and soulful haze. In true Jimi Fashion, Collier pronounced, “We’d like you to clap your hands,” as the crowd clapped and cheered the band drew out a thick jam that was brought into, “We Gotta Live Together.” The crowd cheered as Teel belted, “Home sweet home! Home sweet home!” giving American Beauty a sense that New York can be home to any who are in tune to admire.Intense bass took center stage as Jones dug out a ravine for guitarist prominence, complimented by Compa’s penetrating notes. Bass ensued, immersing American Beauty in an instrumental haze. Collier prompted the crowd, pressing, “Is everyone having a good time out there?!” as the crowd was clearly responsive in their cheers, he threw a head nod to the late Hendrix, proclaiming, “Enjoy this Jimi!” Compa and Jones continued in their guitarist prowess, caressed by Teel’s sound. A slow rendition of, “Fire” encompassed the room while Teel belted, “Let me stand/ Let me stand/ Let me stand next to your fire.” This slow and sexy rendition of the traditionally excited track had the entire crowd slow dancing and singing along to the enticing lyrics.Collier prompted the crowd with the night’s last song, an essential Jimi tune, “Foxy Lady.” Amongst the bands’ head nods, strums, and jamming that constructing this high energy cover, Compa poured his both his instrumental and vocal talent into its composition. Compa belted, “I’ve made up my mind/ I’m tired of wasting all my precious time/ You got to be all mine/ Foxy.” As Compa roared the sultry lyrics, the room was filled with a delightful, nostalgic haze that is beautifully trademark to the Jimi Hendrix sound. The night came to a close as the track struck a harmonious chord. American Beauty was immersed in the jam-driven, sensual vibe led by “Foxy.” The tune laid down a warm glow that bounced off the venue’s walls and christened the night with infectious smiles.Check out full audio from the night below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts.last_img read more


first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Those may be the same people who will see Jansen quoted as saying “who cares” and wonder if his attitude is where it should be. If so, they’re the ones misinterpreting things, not the pitcher.“You gotta have that ‘who cares’ mentality” as a coping mechanism, Jansen said Sunday. “It happens. It hurts. We wanted that win today. But they’re gonna be there (in Dodger Stadium) next week. That’s who I am. I just get that payback time when I face them again.“You gotta let it go, man. You gotta let it go to survive in this league. You can’t let stuff like that happen and worry about it, because it’s going to cost you the next game.”Relief pitching, especially in high-leverage situations, is guaranteed to frustrate those who don’t have to do it. Fans are already prepared to give up on Joe Kelly, who was signed for three years to help get the Dodgers to the ninth inning but has often been unable to build that bridge.  They’re just now warming to Baez, but the memories of his early struggles are never too far from the public consciousness.With Jansen, the concerns – from the outside – are about his velocity, or his location, or the home run ball to which he has become susceptible in recent seasons. He has surrendered high profile homers in each of the last two World Series. He gave up 13 last season in 69 games, and now has given up four in 17 outings in 2019. SAN DIEGO — Part of the problem is that we expect our relief pitchers to be perfect. And, as we were once again reminded Sunday afternoon, they aren’t.“These guys aren’t robots,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said earlier in the week.When he spoke those words he was talking about Pedro Baez. But he could have been talking about Kenley Jansen, who gave up a walkoff grand slam to Hunter Renfroe that gave the Padres an 8-5 victory Sunday afternoon and prevented a Dodgers sweep at Petco Park.Jansen has saved 280 games in his career, 12 in 14 save opportunities this year. The times he doesn’t, such as Sunday? Those are the times that fans grumble and squirm and, in some extreme cases, wonder if there is a better option out there. Believe me, people were tweeting that sentiment around 4:10 Sunday afternoon, after Renfroe hammered a cutter into the left field seats.center_img The first pitch to Renfroe was mid-strike zone and a wee bit in, and the Padres slugger took it for strike one.“The second pitch, I tried to go up … tried to climb the ladder,” Jansen said. “But the ball stayed a little down, and he put a good swing on it. Sometimes that’s gonna happen. I can’t beat myself (up) about this.“How many times do you throw a good pitch up in the zone and guys swing through it? … I got beat by my best pitch, the pitch I want to throw there in that situation, up in the zone. I’ve just got to let it go.”There is also this about these high-wire artists: The best ones believe in accountability. Jansen, as is the case with most of his fellow closers, does not duck questions after a bad outing.No, he’s not perfect. But he sets a good example. His is a high-wire act, only way more public. And those who discount the importance of the save usually are those who have never had to get those 25th, 26th and 27th outs with little margin for error.Ask Padres fans. Their closer, Kirby Yates, came into this series with 14 saves in 16 appearances and an 0.56 ERA, but he suffered losses in the ninth inning Friday and Saturday nights. Eventually, everybody gripes about their respective relief pitchers.Jansen had a one-run lead going into the ninth inning Sunday, achieved on Chris Taylor’s two-run home run in the eighth to complete a comeback from what was originally a 4-0 deficit. Starter Kenta Maeda and relievers Ross Stripling and Baez had retired 14 San Diego hitters in a row, with seven strikeouts in a row at one point, to get the ball to Jansen.The ninth started ominously, with Eric Hosmer stroking a high and outside cutter to the opposite field for a single, and Manny Margot and Wil Myers following with bunt hits to load the bases. Margot was sacrificing, and third baseman Justin Turner let his bunt roll but it stayed fair. Myers bunted to the left of the mound, and in the confusion over who was covering he beat it out.Yet Jansen almost got to the end of the high wire, getting Greg Garcia on a called third strike – the ninth pitch of the at-bat – and retiring catcher Francisco Mejia on a popup to first.“We did,” said Roberts, when asked at that point if he felt confident Jansen was going to get out of it. “And when he got to some stress there were some 93s there (velocity), and I thought the ball had life. So once he got Garcia, and then Mejia, I really liked our chances.” … I think right now he just hasn’t been consistent with his execution. Even the Hosmer ball, he was trying to go up and in and (the ball) leaked back over for some hard contact. But when he gets in a spot to save and it gets stressful, he finds a way to make pitches.”Usually.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more


first_img… 7 recaptured…PPP/C expresses concern over latest disasterJoining the four criminals that are already on the run, another 13 prisonersThe hole which the men dug to escapeescaped from the Lusignan penitentiary between Sunday evening and Monday morning, literally slipping out from under the nose of a Joint Services operation.Among these 13 men, 10 were charged for murder, while one was charged for attempted murder and two for armed robbery. The murder accused are Clive Forde, Pascal Smith, Kerry Cromwell, Odel Roberts, Kendell Skeet, Rayon Jones, Jason Howard, Shawn Harris, Paul Goriah and Jamal Forde. The armed robbery accused are Teshawn McKenzie and Winston Long, while the attempted murder accused is Jamal Joseph.By late Monday evening, Roberts, Jamal Forde, Jones, Long, Howard, McKenzie and Jamal Joseph were recaptured. Three were caught at Agriculture Road, Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, including Forde; and two others were caught in Georgetown. Howard was later recaptured in North East La Penitence, Georgetown while Joseph was caught in South Ruimveldt.It is believed that the men escaped from the swampy pasture of the Lusignan Prison by digging a hole under the perimeter fence. The hole is about five feet in length and another five feet in depth.While there are three layers of security at the penitentiary, the men were able to escape presumably during the downpour in the wee hours of Sunday.The first layer of security, Guyana Times understands, is the actual prison security. Then there are the Police ranks who are overlooking the criminals, and outside the parameter are members of the Guyana Defence Force.The Guyana Prison Service has come in for harsh criticism after it was revealed that the exterior of the prison had thick vegetation, which the men used to their advantage.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who appeared on the state owned National Communications Network (NCN) to speak to the nation, said a joint services’ operation codenamed ‘Clean Sweep’ has been intensified to recapture the fugitives, as well as the four who are still on the run following the fire at the Camp Street Prison.Nevertheless, the Minister explained that there were 99 inmates in total in the swampy holding area, 13 of whom have escaped; but he said the remaining 86 will be transferred to the brick prison at Camp Street which has been sufficiently completed to securely hold them.However, since the escape of the prisoners, Police have been combing the backlands along the East Coast of Demerara, and army and Police ranks have been stopping and searching vehicles along the East Coast Highway. In addition, security presence in the community of Lusignan has been beefed up; but the residents are still in fear. And in success, ECD, members of the joint services have been urging residents not to go into the backdam.The escapees have now joined the Camp Street escapees: Royden Durant, aka Smallie; Uree Varswyck, aka “Malcolm Gordon”; Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander and Corbena Stephens.DisasterMeanwhile, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic has, in a statement, expressed its deepest concerns over the latest “disaster to have befallen this nation.” The release stated that most dangerous prisoners escaped the pasture in which they were corralled at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, and this is the latest tragedy that has catapulted the nation into even greater fear.The matter, the opposition highlighted, is compounded by the fact that the present Government is manifestly incapable of saying or doing anything to allay the fear and trauma that have gripped Guyana.“Will they still ludicrously contend that they inherited this situation from the PPP/C Government?” the PPP asked.As such, the PPP/C reiterates its continued support for the members of the Disciplined Forces, and has urged them to expend their best efforts in seeking to capture all the escapees, so that Guyana can return to some degree of normalcy.last_img read more