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No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning
No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning
by Abigail Thernstrom
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating how the evidence doesn't matter, July 14 2004
I find it fascinating that several reviewers here "refuse" or "categorically reject" data that there may be intellectual differences between ethnic groups. This is exactly what the authors of this book do - without giving any alternative research or evidence to support their stand. In other words, if you don't like a fact, you think you are free to reject it - without any reason to offer except that you don't want to hear about it. This isn't thinking; it's emoting. If this is the low level that your intellect operates on, you need to go back to the middle ages and enjoy witchcraft, astrology, and the flat earth. The rest of us prefer to come to conclusions based on evidence - not your personal superstitions, emotionally charged prejudices, or ideas that you gleaned from watching daytime talk shows.
The evidence is there whether you like it or not. Ignore it at your own peril. If you don't agree with it, come up with evidence that supports your view or get out of the way.
African-American children score 16 points lower on every IQ test devised. And no, the tests are not culturally biased. The American Psychiatric Association already ruled that out after an exhaustive study. And some tests don't have ANY cultural referents. Example: One IQ test requires nothing but the pushing of buttons when a light comes on. How is that culturally biased?
There are plenty of black athletes and entertainment performers but where are the chemists? The physicists? The Nobel Prize in science winners? Why are African nations an economic and social disaster? Why wasn't the compass, the wheel, or written language in use in Africa even in the 1600's?
Facts are facts and the current widespread dismal educational non-achievement of African-Americans continues to be a clear sign that more is at work here than the supposed effects of slavery. Even at an all African-American university such as Howard University, the drop out rate is close to 50%. And Howard is not considered a difficult school.
When the church forced Galileo to recant, he signed the papers and then said, "but the earth still revolves around the sun," - meaning: no amount of political nonsense/bullying is going to change the facts.

Vol. 2-1928-29 Recorded in New
Vol. 2-1928-29 Recorded in New
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent restoration; some great dance tunes, July 14 2004
Put this one on and your ears will pop at the clarity of the audio restoration done here. Ben Pollack had a great dance orchestra - one of the best of the 1920's. If you love twenties jazz dance numbers, this will be perfection for you. "Futuristic Rhythm," is only one of the many great cuts here. Try it!
I got into twenties music as a refuge from the tape loop, "Yo! I's a tough gangsta," hip-hop, pop diva slut, no-talent but mediagenic, good publicity agent, music people dominating the charts today. Listen to real music by live musicians (not tape loops) who could sizzle!

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2.0 out of 5 stars IT'S DE-SASTROUS!!, July 10 2004
This review is from: De-lovely (Audio CD)
I get no kick from this mess -
If Cole Porter was alive to hear this one he probably would have thrown himself back under that horse that crippled him in order to finish the job.
Let's look at the worst of the offenses here:
Someone needs to pull Sheryl Crow aside and (gently) tell her (we may need Dr. Phil as support for this one) that "Begin the Beguine" actually has a melody - a great one - and listeners familiar with the song may just want to be able to recognize it when she performs it. Her colossally chaotic misinterpretation of the tune appears to be an outtake from a primal scream/moan therapy session.
Alanis Morrissette sounds like she went into labor during her recording of "Let's Do It." Alanis, go do it in a maternity ward. Her whiny, breathy, pseudo-orgasmic/valley girl - passionate take on it was obviously meant to make the listener think that she is desperately anxious to "do it." Instead, it makes this listener think that she has gotten about as little action as a zoo panda.
Elvis Costello presents a beergut sloppy (he's all yours, Diana Krall (a.k.a. Ms. Costello) - go get him!), tune-distorting version of "Let's misbehave." Elvis sounds as if he might have already misbehaved plenty before the recording of the song. Elvis, please don't bother singing us an invitation to misbehave if our singing abilities will end up being as impaired as yours was when you sang this.
This is an absolutely AWFUL album. Kevin Kline fought with the director over the decision to have pop stars do the music for this movie. The director should have listened to Kline. The singers chosen have about as much understanding of these songs as Liza Minelli has an understanding about what makes a good husband.
Don't believe any album can be this bad? Trust me. This is going in the pile of cds I collect to get a laugh from friends who love musical turkeys.

1920s Roaring Twenties
1920s Roaring Twenties
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation and restoration, July 9 2004
This review is from: 1920s Roaring Twenties (Audio CD)
I have been searching for the recording of Charles King singing, "Broadway melody" for years. Here it is - in an excellent restoration - with just the slightest (and soon unnoticed) hint of surface hiss. What a great performance. Gene Kelly imitated King's phrasing and style when he did the same number in "Singing in the rain." King introduced the song in, "Broadway Melody of 1929." He was a talented Broadway singer who hoped to follow Al Jolson's success in Hollywood. He was memorable in the movie but soon returned to Broadway, found plenty of work, and was eventually forgotten.
There are lots of great numbers here. Hooray to Pearl for bringing this one out.

Vol. 3-1928-29
Vol. 3-1928-29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the Coon Hawks library, July 6 2004
This review is from: Vol. 3-1928-29 (Audio CD)
Marvelously restored twenties music by one of the best bands of the era. Even people who owned the original records and grammophone never heard them so clearly! Hot band!

College Rhythm
College Rhythm
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is with the Amazon editor's review??, July 5 2004
This review is from: College Rhythm (Audio CD)
Take a look at the review of this cd by Amazon. I quote:
"An elite group of WHITE American youth reflected the changing musical tastes that also paralled the economic times...The snapshot of popular music represented here covers a brief eight years aimed at a group of young, WHITE music fans lucky enough to be in college at the time. Interestingly enough, the African-Americans made up a growing percentage of the college population, there are no black dance bands represented here."
Capitalization added for emphasis.
Is this a cd review? Or is it politicizing of non-political music?? If we are going to start this nonsense, the reviewer should have added that there are no female bands on this album, either, or that we don't know if any of the performers were gay or not or that there are no Native-American performers either so that we can't be sure if this album is truly diverse.
This is total, mindless B.S.!
The editor doesn't review the music here. He/she does nothing but use this as an opportunity to drag some irrelevant poltical resentment into a cd review. The operative word of that last statement of mine is IRRELEVANT. What's next? reviewing gangsta rap records and moaning that there are few middle class, suburban white kids in gangsta rap?? Or how about complaining that there are no black surfing music groups?? Or that there are few easy listening lounge crooners that are African-American? This is how absurd this is getting.
Here is what this review SHOULD have said:
This is a fun-filled collection of rarities from the twenties. Fans of this music will be delighted that those old 78's have been cleaned up and released in this great collection. College life in the roaring twenties must have been as fun and frivolous as the sixties were if this album is any indication. This is danceable but it is also great for a long drive. A musical peek into a more innocent era. Rah! Rah! Be true to your school!!!
Ok? Get the idea??

1920-1933 Say It W/Music5
1920-1933 Say It W/Music5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Whiteman is fantastic, July 4 2004
When you read the reviews you need to keep in mind that there are jazz fanatics who are purists and who believe that only black orchestras/bands should be allowed to play dance and jazz music and that anything done by white groups was trash. They also have a stroke because Paul Whiteman called himself, "the king of jazz." Well, this is like dismissing all of Michael Jackson's music because he called himself, "King of pop." The fact is, Whiteman hired some of the best people in the business, was responsible for Gershwin rushing to put together a little piece called, "Rhapsody in blue," had Ferde Grofe as an arranger (he wrote "Grand Canyon Suite"), introduced Bing Crosby to the world, and recorded some of the best music of the twenties and thirties. These purists complain that Whiteman sanitized Jazz. Personally, I prefer my jazz "whitened up", with more melody and less aimless improvising. And you can't argue with numbers: Whiteman outsold all of the black jazz bands combined. As the old joke about critics out of touch with the public goes, "Sure, the audience is wild about them, but what do they know?" Whiteman was wildly popular and with good reason. This is a great album and Whiteman is an important part of our musical history.

Nipper's Greatest Hits: The '20s, Vol. 1
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The '20s, Vol. 1
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4.0 out of 5 stars The twenties were great, July 4 2004
The music of the twenties was some of the most exciting music of the century. Jazz was being interpreted and filtered into dance and pop music for the young and middle class. Literally thousands of bands discovered that they could make a living going from town to town playing for people mad about the new dances of the charleston, the foxtrot, the bunny hop. This led to highly skilled musicians who became excellent players as a result of the long hours they spent playing and practicing. These guys and gals worked at their instruments every day for several hours a day (which is very unlike today's stars - many of who can't play any instrument or who rely on tape loops and rhythm tracks). Their livelihood depended on it.
In 1925 electrical recording took over from the much cruder acoustic recording (where musicians needed to hover around a large horn that was attached to a needle that literally carved the vibrations into wax or another mediium. Audio fidelity took a big leap forward as sound could now be balanced better and a more realistic recording was possible. The result was an explosion in demand for new music. This music was fun, sometimes very complex and innovative, very energetic with its two step and a breakneck pace that could go as fast as 240 beats per minute (this is the speed of modern "club mix" house music!). There were also crooners, male and female, who sang torch songs with pathos and deep sentiment - even when the lyrics were mushy and silly. The USA was delirious with prosperity and possibility. Women were boldly experimenting with new freedoms in dress, manners, and morals. Men were enjoying a prolonged adolescence as large numbers went to college and enjoyed the new lifestyle of the frat boy with raccoon coats, the new invention of the cheap automobile, and an easy to learn instrument called the ukulele (which was brought over from Hawaii by American tourists and which originally came from Portugal).
This album is a good introduction to this music. I only wish it was three albums and contained a wider survey of the great dance bands and crooners out there. Check out Ben Selvin, Ben Pollack, early Bing Crosby, Paul Whiteman, etc. There is a wealth of music form this period now available in good restored collecitons. this is cheerful, finger-snapping music. Enjoy.

Everything Is Hotsy-Totsy Now
Everything Is Hotsy-Totsy Now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great twenties jazz dance band!, July 4 2004
Here is a band sure to delight any fan of twenties jazz dance music. You can practically feel these guys sweating as you listen to them rip through their exciting, breakneck paced arangements and compositions. Sanders had a heck of a powerful set of vocal cords. Hearing him holler "Here comes my ball and chain" is enough to convince this listener that his testosterone level was up in the stratosphere.
I love this music. I can't understand why so many reviewers of early dance music have to keep reminding us that this is a WHITE band. Personally, I don't like the rougher, more improvising style of the black jazz bands. Give me some melody and get to the point.
Buy this album!

We All Scream for Ice Cream
We All Scream for Ice Cream
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waring's Pennsylvanians: symbol of the roaring twenties, July 3 2004
Never heard of Fred Waring?
Well, if you or your parents have a Waring blender in your kitchen, it was invented by him.
More importantly (who needs another food processor?), Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians epitomized the image of the college frat boys in raccoon coats with ukuleles hell-bent on having a good time with flappers. Yep, they pretty much established that image and it stuck with us as a symbol of that great era.
They were a great, hot, fun dance band. Sometimes, you will hear that the white jazz bands of the twenties were not as good as the black bands. Personally, I don't like most of the black jazz bands and I prefer the more melodic music of the white bands of the twenties. I prefer melody to rhythm.
This is a great album with lots of numbers. Check out collegiate and "I say its spinach." If you love twenties music, get this.

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