'Speaking of contrarians...'
Reader No. 1 on Hub rock, Papi and health care:
"1. Why didn't the Mayah just declare this Boston rock week? Good Phoenix story
on the remarkably deliberate Rick Harte and what sounds like a great new compilation
"2. I love Big Papi, but I also love contrarian analyses like this one
"3. Speaking of contrarians, take a look at out of towners Mickey Kaus and Bruce Reed
talking Mass Health Care. It's easy to think of reasons this won't work and damned hard to think of reasons it will.
"Happy Easter Weekend, R#1"'Despite the very positive critical attention,' Part III:
A reader tipped me off that tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, star of the 'Ellington at Newport 1956'
album, was born, raised and got his band start in Boston
. So that settles the issue: Whether you agree or not Rhode Island is a colony of Massachusetts
, Ellington's CD deserves to be on Charles'
Essential Boston Music List. ...Update
-- This further nails it: Johnny Hodges was from Cambridge.