Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sweet 16 and Jimmy Smith

I love watching Tajuan Porter play basketball.
The shortest player on the floor at 5-foot-6, Porter made his first four shots of the second half today -- and scored 14 points in all -- as MY BELOVED OREGON DUCKS beat would-be Cinderella Winthrop, 75-61, to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time since 2002. Aaron Brooks scored 22 points and Bryce Taylor played some great defense (pictured) for the third-seeded Ducks (28-7).

What better way to celebrate the great victory than listening to some great jazz?
Jill, the girls and I listened to JIMMY SMITH'S wonderful 1958 album "THE SERMON" while en route to the ANNUAL TELEGRAPH HERALD EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT CHILI COOK-OFF, where I entered my Cincinnati-style chili.
Alas, the Cincinnati-style chili could not compete with the top chili, which had just the right amount of ooomph!
Jimmy Smith had no such problems.
Arguably the greatest organist in jazz, the late Smith had more OOOMPH than many people ever experience in a lifetime.
On "The Sermon's title track -- all 20 glorious minutes of it -- Smith and guitarist Kenny Burrell get into a killer groove while tenor saxman Tina Brooks just wails. It is an example of jazz-soul at its most RIGHTEOUS, and it provided a wonderful anthem on the great day for MY BELOVED OREGON DUCKS.


Post a Comment

<< Home