Lettuce’s Eric Benny Bloom Shares His Top 10 Albums Of All Time

first_img2. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End TheoryI’m sure you all know how epic this game-changing hip-hop classic album really is. I’m no hip-hop expert, but one of the biggest things about this album is that it is laden with a lot of old jazz/funk/R&B samples, and it really fuses jazz and hip-hop together. It is a history lesson whilst staying cutting edge at the same time. Plus, Miles Davis alumni/jazz bass legend Ron Carter is all over the album. In order to get him to play on the record, they had to totally avoid the use of profanity. Wow.3. Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First FinaleThis particular album contains “Creepin’”, which is my favorite Stevie Wonder song of all time. Each track on this album is a classic, but what I love about this record is its ability to put me in an introspective mood at any time. I often listen to this album after I play a gig to reset my ears and mind.4. Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis QuintetOne of my first jazz albums and still one of my faves. This album features his “first quintet:” John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Garland. I could talk about why this album is a crusher all day, but if you are not a big jazz person, just get this album and put it on. You will probably get laid.5. Albert King – Born Under A Bad SignAlbert King is my favorite blues guitarist of all time. The title track is his biggest hit, but the rest of the songs on the album are also classics. If you are a guitarist and don’t know any of the solos on this record, then Houston, we have a problem.6. Parliament – Clones of Dr. FunkensteinThere are many Parliament albums, and sometimes, they can get a little abstract and outer-spacey for my taste. However, this album does a great job of staying funky throughout every song. Everything from Bernie Worrell‘s synthesizer to the tight horn parts is groundbreaking and epic. Everyone claims to play funk nowadays yet no one plays like this anymore… food for thought.7. Frank Sinatra – Live at the Sands Hotel 1996This is the only “live” Frank Sinatra album backed by the Count Basie Orchestra led by Quincy Jones. We all know Frank Sinatra’s songs, but they had never been done before with the rawness and power that is exhibited here. Quincy Jones (who also produced Thriller!) arranged the horn parts for this record, and they are the ones that all big bands play when backing up Frank impersonators. This is possibly Frank’s best singing, and while performing most of his hits, he also talks in a faux stand-up comedy kind of way. I got a lot of jokes from this album.8. John Coltrane – Coltrane’s SoundJohn Coltrane is arguably the greatest saxophonist that ever lived. I think this album will be too avant-guard for most people, but nevertheless, it’s still a classic in my heart. During this period, Coltrane really started to hone in on his advanced concepts of harmony, which yielded many modern standards that are usually too difficult for most musicians to play correctly. I often listen to this album when I need to reinvigorate my ears before going to play music in this style.9. George Jones – The Grand TourGeorge Jones is my favorite country singer of all time. I don’t own many country music albums, but this is the one to own. At this point in George Jones’ career, his marriage to Tammy Wynette was in rough shape due to her career doing great while his was in decline. If you’ve ever been through a tough break up, this is the album for you. Eric Benny Bloom is a major player in the live music scene, best known for his soaring trumpet solos with Lettuce and The Shady Horns. His musical tastes are dynamic, drawing influence from a wide base of old-school funk, hip-hop, jazz, pop, country, and everything in between. We caught up with Benny to get schooled his top 10 albums of all time. Check out the list and his reasons why below.“Take some time away from your phone to listen and enjoy these works of art either by yourself or with another human. You deserve it.” — Eric Benny Bloom1. Michael Jackson – ThrillerMichael Jackson is my favorite musician of all time. This is actually the first album (cassette tape!) I ever bought. Anytime I heard a song from this record, I would start doing some MJ dance moves. Everything from the cutting-edge production, world-class musicians, and even the album cover is unparalleled. This album really walks the line between funk and pop music. If this isn’t one of your top 10 albums, we probably can’t be friends. 10. Dr. John – Destively BonnarooThis Dr. John record, produced by Allen Toussaint, is a great study of New Orleans music and its musicians. It’s loose, dirty, and funky—plus,  The Meters’ are the rhythm section on the entire album. This album yielded some of Dr. John’s biggest hits and is pretty straight-ahead in comparison to most of his earlier records. The line between swing, funk, and R&B lies in New Orleans music… Get you some.last_img read more

Biden rescinds abortion restrictions on US foreign aid

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has rescinded a regulation that barred U.S. foreign aid from being used to perform or promote abortions. The move also includes a restoration of funding to the U.N. Population Fund and withdraws the U.S. from an international accord that promoted anti-abortion policies. The steps come just a week after Biden was inaugurated and fulfills his campaign pledge to reverse measures that previous Republican presidents, including Donald Trump, instated immediately on taking office. The so-called Mexico City policy, or global gag rule, has been a political ping-pong ball for decades, bouncing back and forth between Republican and Democratic presidents since it was first enacted in 1985.last_img read more

County Receives Record Number Of Absentee Ballot Requests

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has received a record number of applications for absentee ballots.Democratic Election Commissioner Norman Green said nearly 7,000 absentee ballot requests have been received with Election Day still eight weeks from this coming Tuesday.No past presidential cycle has found much more than 4,000 absentee ballot applications for the county, out of its current 77,758 registered active voter total. Commissioners expect that 70 percent of county voters (55,000) will turnout this year.The board, which is one of just five of sixty-two counties statewide that prints its ballots in-house, will be mailing absentee ballots starting Friday Sept. 18t, and every business day thereafter when a timely application is received before Election Day. “It is an extremely complicated process to send out absentee ballots and that is why the board ordered 60,000 printed envelopes, since each ballot needs three envelopes when it goes out: a labeled envelope for the mailing of the ballot, an envelope to return the voted ballot and the actual security envelope holding the ballot,” Green said in a released statement.With the record number of absentee requests already received and the totals expected to increase, Republican Election Commissioner Brian C. Abram are expecting workers will be at the board six days a week processing returned absentee ballots.“We have brought on extra staff and our regular workers are kicking it up a notch to ensure that the absentee ballots get out the door on time,” said Abram.“No voter will be denied the opportunity to vote by mail, as long as they apply now and return their ballots as soon as they are received,” concluded Green.Voters can apply in a one stop on-line request portal that can be located at Also voter can call the elections office at 716-753-4580 daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The elector could also send via mail or fax a hard copy absentee application.This year voters will find a Chautauqua County unique tracking tool that will allow county citizens to determine their personal voting status and track the application, mailing and receipt of their voted absentee ballot.“Chris Burt in our office developed the ballot tracking software,” said Green. “The tracking application was developed by Chris during his workday and at no additional cost to the taxpayers.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dubai solar bid ties record low at 2.4 cents/kWh

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced that Phase IV of its 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park, originally planned to deploy 700 MW of CSP capacity, will now also include a PV section of 250 MW.The power utility also said that the PPA it awarded to Saudi energy giant, ACWA Power for the construction of the 950 MW plant has now been amended and that the price for the sale of electricity from the new PV section has been set at $0.024/kWh. This price equals the lowest price ever recorded for a large-scale solar project in the Emirates – $0.0242/kWh – which was offered in March 2017 by the joint venture of Jinko Solar and Marubeni for a 1.17 GW solar project in Abu Dhabi.The previous lowest price in Dubai was that of Phase III of the Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park, which is planned to have a capacity of 800 MW and is currently being developed by a consortium formed by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based developer of renewable energy, Spain-based GranSolar and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), which is a unit of the Saudi Arabian firm, Abdul Latif Jameel. In May 2016, the consortium offered a tariff of $0.029/kWh, at the time the world’s lowest solar bid ever recorded.As for the 700 MW CSP section of Phase IV, ACWA and DEWA had agreed a price of $0.073/kWh. It will consist of a 600 MW parabolic basin complex and a 100 MW solar tower. “The project will have the world’s tallest solar tower at 260 metres, and the largest thermal energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours, which allows for energy generation round the clock,” DEWA stressed in its statement.For the huge solar complex, DEWA has recently announced plans to include a hydrogen plant and a storage facility, while also issuing a tender to seek IPP advisory services for Phase V of the project.More: Dubai: Tariff for large-scale PV hits new low at $0.024/kWh Dubai solar bid ties record low at 2.4 cents/kWhlast_img read more

Looking to supplement your child’s education this crazy school year? Local teacher and mother breaks down resources

first_img(WBNG) — When it comes to the upcoming, unconventional school year, one local teacher has resource suggestions if parents are looking to supplement their child’s education. One tip she says to keep in mind when adding on to your child’s education, make sure whatever you’re adding matches up with what they’re learning in school. It’s a website for children in preschool all the way through grade twelve. It transforms manipulative like graphs and fraction bars to a virtual format for students to use. She also suggests using ‘Quizlet,’ another website she says is great for helping practice vocabulary with flashcards and games. “Whatever our families can do at home to support what our students are doing in school or in school virtually is only a bonus,” explains Hendricks. The first resource she recommends is called ‘The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.’ Lindsey Hendricks is an elementary school math teacher in Windsor and mother of young twins. Students can try measuring items in their homes and then converting those numbers between inches to feet, for example. “If your child is a visual learner or that hands on learner, it’s going to give them those manipulatives that they would have had in the classroom maybe on that day,” said Hendricks. Not all her resources are online however, some tools she recommends can be found right in your own home like measuring cups or a tape measure. “When anytime that we can take vocabulary and put it into extra practice and make it fun for them too, and they’re still learning, will just make any gaps that they have as students a little bit easier for them.”last_img read more

Ebola outbreak in Sudan contained

first_img See also: Educational efforts are under way in the area of the outbreak, including a workshop for teachers aimed at disseminating messages about Ebola and its prevention, hospital placement of trained staff to provide information and counseling to patients and their families, and development and distribution of posters and leaflets for the public. Jun 11 CIDRAP News story on the outbreak Jun 17 WHO disease outbreak notice Jun 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday said that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Yambio, Western Equatoria province, south Sudan, appears to be under control. First reported in May, the outbreak grew to 30 cases, with seven deaths. Laboratory testing is continuing, according to the WHO, and active surveillance by the South Sudan Early Warning and Response Network is ongoing. A story from the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), posted on, says the 23% mortality rate in the current outbreak is one of the lowest ever reported for Ebola infection. Outbreaks in Equatoria in 1976 and 1979 resulted in mortality rates of 53% and 65%, respectively, according to Abdullahi Ahmed, head of the WHO’s southern Sudan office. WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will analyze the current outbreak to determine what may account for its lower mortality rate, says the IRIN story.last_img read more

Dutch pension funds achieve highest returns in world against lowest costs

first_imgDutch pensions funds performed well in 2012 relative to their peers in other countries, generating the highest returns against the lowest costs, according to Canadian benchmarking firm CEM.It said Dutch schemes reported returns of 14.3% on average over the period, while pension funds in Europe and the US returned 12.5% and 11.4%, respectively. The benchmarking firm compared costs at 344 pension funds worldwide, including 60 schemes in the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.The 29 Dutch schemes that took part in the survey represented almost 6m participants and more than €600bn of assets. CEM also looked at 193 pension funds in the US, 82 in Canada and nine in Asia.The company found that the Dutch pension funds spent 0.44% of their assets on asset management on average, including 6.4 basis points on governance.Schemes elsewhere in Europe and the US reported asset management costs of 0.48% and 0.59%, respectively, it said.In contrast, on pensions administration, Dutch schemes incurred costs of €93 per participant, against a worldwide average of €65.CEM Benchmarking attributed the difference chiefly to the smaller scale of the participating Dutch funds, which had 204,000 participants on average against 444,000 for the other pension plans.It said it found that costs per participant decreased by €149 if the number of participants increased tenfold, adding that this appeared to be true in particular for pension funds with fewer than 100,000 participants.According to the benchmarking firm, Dutch company pension funds and industry-wide schemes reported administration costs of €249 and €90 per participant on average.Between 2008 and 2012, administration costs at Dutch pension plans increased by 3.1% a year on average, against an annual increase of 4.2% at schemes elsewhere.CEM said it also saw much variation between costs and added value, but stressed that it had been unable to identify a statistical link between these two variables.CEM’s survey also found that Dutch schemes generally invested less in equity and more in fixed income – in particular in euro-denominated government bonds – than other schemes.Whereas Dutch schemes had the largest allocation to property and commodities, their investments in hedge funds, tactical asset allocation (TAA) and private equity were the lowest.CEM also found that Dutch schemes contracted out more active and passive asset management than schemes elsewhere.last_img read more

APM Terminals Selling Zeebrugge Terminal Share to Cosco

first_imgDutch container terminal operator APM Terminals has reached a deal to sell its 76% share in the APM Terminals Zeebrugge container terminal to COSCO SHIPPING Ports.Under the agreement signed between APM Terminals and the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of China COSCO Shipping Corporation, the stake in the Belgian port facility would be sold for a price of EUR 35 million (USD 42 million).The transaction, which is subject to adjustments and fulfillment of conditions precedent, is expected to close by the end of November 2017.The acquisition will bring COSCO SHIPPING Ports’ shareholding in the 1 million TEU annual capacity terminal in Belgium’s second-busiest container port to 100%.As part of the deal, APM Terminals has proposed to buy back 25% of the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) shares and will then sell them together with APM Terminals’ own 51% stake in Zeebrugge to COSCO SHIPPING Ports.The Dutch operator opened the Zeebrugge terminal in October 2006 and later sold a 24% share to COSCO SHIPPING Ports in 2014.“Our decision to divest Zeebrugge reflects our portfolio strategy to focus on long term core assets. We believe COSCO SHIPPING Ports is the right long-term owner of the Zeebrugge facility and will continue to grow the port for customers, employees and the Zeebrugge stakeholder community,” Wim Lagaay, Head of APM Terminals USA and Europe Portfolio, based in The Hague, Netherlands, said.last_img read more

Wildlife checkpoint scheduled Sunday in Ripley County

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana Conservation Officers will conduct a wildlife checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Ripley County on Sunday, November 16.The checkpoint is from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.It is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws and to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance with the laws and regulations.Motorists should expect minimal delays and will be asked if they have been hunting or transporting wildlife. An affirmative answer will result in further inspection by Indiana Conservation Officers, which should also result in minimal delay.Conservation Officers remind hunters and anglers to make sure they are familiar with the fish and wildlife laws and regulations before entering the field.Saturday is opening day of firearms deer season.last_img read more

Gerard Nus named Head Coach of Northeast United FC

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Former Ghana National Team Assistant Coach Gerard Nus has been appointed as Head Coach of Northeast United FC for the upcoming Hero ISL season. The 35-year old Spaniard will be the youngest manager in the Club’s history. Reacting on the appointment Nus said, “I am excited to start working at Northeast United FC. This is going to be my 3rd stint in Asia and I have heard a lot of good things about the club, the fans and the league from my former boss Avram Grant. I am looking forward to working with the coaching staff and the players to deliver results which the club aspires to achieve in the coming season.” It may be mentioned here that Grant worked as interim coach for Northeast United FC in 2017-18 season. Nus started his professional career as a coach at Liverpool FC’s academy. Known for his methodical approach, effective man management and grooming young talent, Gerard has worked with academy teams at Brighton and most recently at AFC Eskilstuna. He has also served as Sporting Director for the La Liga sides Elche CF and Rayo Vallecano. On the international stage, he enjoyed a highly successful stint with the Ghana National Team, working as an assistant manager under Avram Grant. Meanwhile NorthEast United’s Executive Director Priya Runchal speaking on the appointment said, “We were really impressed with Gerard’s vision for the team. He is known to develop budding talent whilst playing a brand of attractive attacking football. We are confident that he is the right appointment for the Club.” Due to COVID-19 pandemic ISL would be held this season in single venue and Goa will host the championship. Also Watch: Koch-Rajbongshi groups meet with CM to discuss their Demands.last_img read more