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Donald Byrd dies: Innovative jazz trumpeter and teacher was 80

11 February 2013 4:19 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Donald Byrd, a renowned jazz trumpeter known for his innovative style, died February 4, at 80-years-old, the Associated Press reports. He got his start at Detroit's Cass Technical High School, before playing in military bands in the Air Force.

Byrd signed to Blue Note Records in 1958, teaming with saxophonist Pepper Adams to release their label debut, "Off to the Races," in 1959. He was also a noted jazz educator, receiving a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and being the first person to teach jazz at Rutgers University.

When Byrd released "Black Byrd," a mix of jazz, R&B and funk, critics panned him for not going the traditional jazz route that had been followed in the past. "I'm creative; I'm not re-creative," he said, "I don't follow what everybody else does."

In 1982, Byrd moved from performing to teaching, creating a curriculum called Math + Music (equals) Art. It allowed him »


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Disney 53, Week 3: Fantasia

18 January 2013 6:21 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are. The really good ones get through more editions than the Star Wars trilogy, and that’s saying something.

This week, well, it’s Fantasia. This is going to be tricky.

1940/ 125 Minutes

Budget: $2.28 million

Box Office: $83,320,000

Directed by Samuel Armstrong [with others]

Fantasia actually began as a way of getting Mickey Mouse back in the limelight; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was originally intended to be an elaborate Silly Symphonies short. However, as production costs rose, Disney realised it wouldn’t make a profit, so made it the centrepiece of “The Concert Feature”, which later became known as “Fantasia.” The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and »

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Music in Film: top 12 movie soundtracks of 2012

2 January 2013 5:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ivan Radford Jan 3, 2013

As 2012 recedes into history, Ivan counts down his pick of the year's finest movie soundtracks...

While Den of Geek writers were busy voting for the top film of the year, I’ve been rifling through my collection of albums from the last 12 months to work out which film soundtrack was the best.  The conclusion? It’s been one heck of a year.  (Please excuse the long list of Honourable Mentions at the end…)

These are the best movie soundtracks of 2012. Probably.

1. The Master (Jonny Greenwood)

A quick rewatch of the trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson’s film reminds you of the power of Jonny Greenwood’s music. The Master is surpassed by its haunting score, which nails the psychological state of Joaquin Phoenix’s Able-Bodied Seamen, increasingly dominated by His Master’s Voice. It may not be as lyrical as Greenwood’s Norwegian Wood soundtrack, »

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