Master Composers: John Klemmer brings cool vibes and so much more on Brazilia

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While most guys his age have retired, John Klemmer is still going strong.
Born July 3, 1946 in Chicago–his extremely popular brand of blending saxophone tenor with soprano flutes, Alto, clarinet, synthsizer, percussion, and sometimes piano along with vocals makes this album a definite addition to any jazz fan’s collection.

Track 1 from the 1979 album Brazilia starts out very calm, laid-back, and easy going for about the first 35 seconds.  After that, it rushes to race car driver like speed but it does not really feel like a busy song.  Even for some of the popular tracks like “Heartbreak” (Track 3) and “Tender Storm” (Track 5), it feels like a very soothing track to put your mind at ease and realize that there is, as Lisa Ruddy reminded many kids my age years ago on the Nickelodeon slapstick comedy series, You Can’t Do That On Television:

“There is this great big, wide, wonderful world out there!”

The songs are first-rate, and along with an album produced four years ago with Touch, it gives fans plenty of smooth listening to savor for hours on end.  Although Klemmer produced only six albums in the early 1980’s, his greatest hits compilations started to surface after 1989 collaborating with the likes of recent Kennedy Center Honoree Herbie Hancock and Joe Sample.

This album definitely gets my highest marks.


2014 FIFA World Cup Plans…And Beyond As 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Slowly Get Closer

It is of best interest that all people truly enjoy the games.

I do have a special message written in Portuguese that will hopefully resonate well, especially when the host nation might be playing in a tense, close match maybe in the “Sweet 16″/knockout stage.

Unlike in my other blog when I talk about the NCAA basketball tournament, the World Cup will not have too many days off in the general schedule:

NCAA First Four

Usually third Tuesday and Wednesday–Dayton, Ohio (2 games each night)

World Cup

One match June 12, three on the 13th, four on the 14th, etc.

NCAA Second and Third Round

Usually third Thursday and Friday, four pod sites usually in NBA or college arenas (16 games total).

Action starts after 12:15 p.m. Eastern and continues for up to 12 consecutive hours.

Third Round on Saturday goes for about 10 or 11 hours, similar case for Sunday–but only 8 games are played each during that first weekend.

World Cup

Most early round games the week of June 15 will have staggered times starting at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 or 7 p.m. Brazil time.

NCAA Sweet 16 (takes place after three days off)

Usually the fourth Thursday and Friday night, 2 games 2 separate times, 2 different sites and channels.

World Cup Knockout Stage

Two games each at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. from June 28 to July 1.

NCAA Elite Eight

The following Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, 2 games each day.

World Cup Quarterfinals

Two games, same times on July 4 and 5.

NCAA Final Four

National Semifinals are on the first Saturday evening in April in a packed NFL domed stadium.

Two games on two separate nights, July 8 and 9.

Albeit the NCAA abandoned the third place game after the 1981 championship at the old Spectrum in Philadelphia, FIFA will have a third place game that will take place on Saturday, July 12.

NCAA National Championship

Final game airs the first Monday night, usually shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern time and once the nets get cut down by the winning team’s players ending up with their head coach, the sappy and sometimes corny 1987 song, One Shining Moment plays both on the big screen and for the CBS cameras for fans watching in their dorms/apartments or at home.

FIFA Championship

To take place on Sunday, July 13 to be broadcast for the final time by ESPN on ABC Sports.

Songs from Shakira to Fabiana Passoni will resonate loud and clear before and during every match.

Fox, along with their cable entities–Fox Sports 1 and 2 will cover all of the 2018 tournament in Russia.

My simple message as I am going to take this time out for a blog holiday is this:

É minha esperança e desejo de que os jogos da Copa do Mundo são jogados de forma justa e que todos os fãs, especialmente aqueles em futbol louco e exuberante Brasil fazer a coisa certa antes, durante e, principalmente, após os jogos ocorreram.

Por favor, faça o seu melhor para deixar todos nós, como fãs de esportes com uma ótima impressão, como Rio prepara freneticamente para preparar para sediar os Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016.

Simplificando, recorrer a qualquer tipo de violência não é a resposta. Nunca foi a resposta, e sempre nunca será. Uma coisa é a reagir com tristeza e uma sensação de desânimo após uma perda dolorosa, onde talvez o vento pode fazer a bola ir ou para o lado ou um pouco acima do travessão. É uma outra coisa completamente diferente para aquelas pessoas aleatórias que querem que seus “15 minutos de fama.”

Às vezes, cenas muito idiotas e feias jogado fora em outros países durante algumas partidas passadas. Eu espero que nós não ouvir ou ver qualquer um desses tipos de incidentes de jogar na nossa TV e smartphones.

Se eu tiver uma outra breve mensagem para o meu MPB de favorito, seus amigos e todos os fãs, é esta:

É só um jogo. Não é uma questão de vida ou morte. Pelo menos, tornando-se a este ponto deve ser considerado um grande feito – você pode dizer a seus filhos e netos que o meu país foi um dos 32 melhores países do mundo.

Mas, no final, apenas um pode ganhar tudo. Aposto que esses confete matchine pessoas estão trabalhando duro para tentar ao tempo quanto confete vai chover sobre os jogadores quando a buzina final soa.

Bottom line, espero que a Copa do Mundo de 2014 acaba por ser memorável e, acima de tudo, para ver jogos competitivos a cada tarde, juntamente com momentos de diversão para os fãs. Afinal, você tem muita quilômetros de praias para sempre olhar para frente. Apenas ore muito difícil que não chove.

Bottom line, Espero Que a Copa do Mundo de 2014 Acaba POR Ser Memorável e, Acima de Tudo, parágrafo ver Jogos competitivos a CADA Tarde, juntamente com momentos de Diversão parágrafo OS Fãs. Afinal, Você. TEM Muita quilómetros de Praias parágrafo Semper Olhar parágrafo Frente. Muito minério Apenas Difícil Opaco Localidade: Não chove.

Aproveite os jogos!

Translated Message:

It is my hope and wish that the World Cup games are played fairly and that all fans, especially those in futbol crazy and exuberant Brazil do the right thing before, during, and especially after the matches have taken place.

Please do your very best to leave all of us as sports fans with a great impression, as Rio prepares frantically to gear up for hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Simply put, resorting to any type of violence is not the answer. It has never been the answer, and always never will be. It is one thing to react with sadness and feeling a sense of dejection after a heartbreaking loss, where maybe the wind might make the ball go either to the side or just above the crossbar. It is another thing entirely different for those random people who want their “15 minutes of fame.”

Sometimes, very idiotic and ugly scenes played out in other countries during some past matches. I hope we do not hear or see any of those types of incidents play out on our TV’s and smartphones.

If I have one other brief message to my favorite MPB’s, their friends and all fans, it is this:

It is only a game. It is not a matter of life and death. At least, making it this far should be considered an accomplishment–you can tell your kids and grandkids that my nation was one of the 32 best countries in the world.

But in the end, only one can win it all. I bet those confetti machine people are hard at work trying to time how much confetti will rain down on the players when the final horn sounds.

Bottom line, I hope that the World Cup 2014 turns out to be memorable and, above all, to see competitive games every afternoon, along with moments of fun for the fans. After all, you have a lot of miles of beaches to always look forward. Just pray it does not rain very hard.
Enjoy the games!
Even with Lauren Simonetti reporting on Fox Business late on Wednesday afternoon that FIFA plans to rake in a record $4.5 billion during this entire World Cup tournament, I hope you get the chance to do something simple for a change.
I will leave you with the perfect interlude song from John Klemmer’s 1975 Touch album which used to serve as the backdrop music on the old Public Access cable channels in Northern Indiana from 1982 to around 1989 or 1990.
Pretending just for a moment–as if a rerun of Deal or No Deal will be playing inbetween matches, it is time to go to the next game.  Enjoy, and I will be back with a really cool soccer themed album cover as I will review Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’77 on the first World Cup off day on June 27.
Take care, everybody!


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