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Because I'm doing my best to look at the bright side of college football's new reality, I'll present this schedule overview without sadness, sarcasm, or cynicism. Just the facts as they're laid out before us. The Atlantic Coast Conference -- that's Stanford's new football conference now, for those who aren't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
To fully understand what happened in Boulder, Colorado, on Friday night, you must have experienced the first half, a half of football that felt all too familiar for Stanford fans. Things didn't go well for the Cardinal. The offense was struggling. Coach Troy Taylor's quarterback carousel continued, with Justin Lamson... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
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Record: Milestones Artist: Miles Davis Released: Columbia Records, 1958 One of the best gifts I've ever received came, not surprisingly, from my wife. We had been married only a year or so when she presented me with a 6-CD collection, Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1955-1961.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington Artist: Oscar Peterson Released: Clef Records, 1952 Before the record even comes out of the sleeve, this album is guaranteed to please. This format -- one legend plays another's material -- was incredibly common, but this particular effort, recorded way back in 1952, was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to go to the game last Saturday night. I wasn't sure that I wanted to try to find tickets, fight through L.A. traffic, find parking, and then sit in a Coliseum full of delirious Trojan fans for what I expected to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
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I'll have to admit that after spending eight months desperately looking forward to the 2023 version of Stanford Football, I felt surprisingly disconnected as I sat down to watch the Cardinal take on Hawai'i in their season opener last Friday night. I was mourning the loss of the Pac-12. I'll... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
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To give you an idea of how long I've been doing this, the first Pac-12 Media Day that I attended was David Shaw's first and Andrew Luck's last. There were only ten conference teams back then, and that season would mark the first conference championship game. Everything is different now.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
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Towards the tail end of a long morning and afternoon at Media Day, I was able to talk with Stanford's new head coach, Troy Taylor. We only had about ten minutes, so I've transcribed the entire conversation here. My main takeaway from our short chat is that Coach Taylor is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
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When Jim Harbaugh was hired as Stanford's newest head coach in December of 2006, he famously announced that he'd be approaching the job "with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind." While that statement caused eyes to roll up and down the Pac-10 and even, I'd imagine, within the halls of Stanford's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
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Record: Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo Artist: Jimmy Smith & Wes Montg0mery Released: Verve Records, 1966 The first thing you notice is the cover. One of the unexpected joys of this journey through my record collection has been the variety of artistic styles represented in the album artwork. Dozens... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Time Out Artist: The Dave Brubeck Quartet Released: Columbia Records, 1961 Time means everything in music, and not just as it relates to rhythm. Our brain has been conditioned to hear things in predictable units of time, whether its music or any number of other things. In your earliest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Lady in Satin Artist: Billie Holiday Released: Columbia Records, 1958 When you listen to Billie Holiday, are you listening to jazz? On this particular record, her first recorded with Ray Ellis and his orchestra, it seems at first that you aren't. Ellis's orchestra is what you would expect from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Somethin' Else Artist: Cannonball Adderley Released: Blue Note Records, 1958 If you were to look at any list of the greatest jazz albums of all-time, "Somethin' Else" would rest comfortably in the top ten or twenty, and for good reason. It's nearly perfect. It all begins with the personnel.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, Volume Two Artist: Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington Released: Verve Records, 1957 I've been listening to this album for three weeks now, and it's been beautiful. It plays well as quiet background music while eating dinner, grading papers, or just clearing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Getz/Gilberto Artist: Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto Released: Verve Records, 1964 This collection of vinyl that once was my father's but now belongs to me is more than just a sentimental link to a man I never knew. What he amassed over twenty years or so now stands as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Ella at Duke's Place Artist: Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington Released: Verve Records, 1965 This month Rolling Stone magazine released its list of the top 200 singers of all time. If we put aside the foolishness of such an endeavor and forgive the authors for the fact that they're... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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There are certain givens for every new coach's introductory press conference. There are obligatory well wishes for the people left behind at the previous stop and the proper genuflection towards those who have just made the hire. Regardless of whether or not the position is seen as a destination job,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2023 at Go Mighty Card
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Record: Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein Artist: Dave Brubeck Released: Columbia Records, 1961 There are a lot of reasons why I like this record. First of all, it's the Dave Brubeck Quartet, one of the more well known groups in jazz history, one of the most important groups in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2023 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Francis A. & Edward K. Artist: Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington Released: Reprise Records, 1968 The first thing I noticed about this record when I pulled it out is that it's almost pristine. It was released in 1968, so it's likely one of the last records my father ever... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: The Canadian Scene via Phil Nimmons Artist: The Phil Nimmons Group Released: Verve Records, 1957 If you'd told me back when I started this vinyl adventure that I'd one day be listening to a jazz clarinetist from Canada, I'd never have believed it, but at this point it makes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Piano Starts Here Artist: Art Tatum Released: Columbia Records, 1968 I had heard of Art Tatum, and I knew he was a jazz musician, but I'm sad to admit that I knew nothing more than that. I didn't even know what instrument he played until I picked this record... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Chico Hamilton Quintet Artist: Chico Hamilton Quintet Released: Pacific Jazz Records, 1956 The Chico Hamilton Quintet is different, and it's immediately clear why this was one of my father's favorites. Hamilton was born and raised in Los Angeles, and he became one of the pioneers of a more relaxed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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David Shaw typically steps into the press conference room fifteen or twenty minutes after leaving the field at the end of a game, talks to the assembled media for another fifteen or twenty minutes, and then leaves. After the Cardinal's season-ending 35-26 loss to BYU on Saturday night, however, there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2022 at Go Mighty Card
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Record: Big New Herd at the Monterey Jazz Festival Artist: Woody Herman Released: Atlantic Records, 1960 For the second week in a row I'm writing about a live performance recorded at a jazz festival. Last week it was Duke Ellington at Newport, and this week it's Woody Herman at Monterey.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
Forty years ago this week, in November of 1982, Stanford and Cal produced one of the most memorable college football games of all time and certainly the most amazing play, whether we Stanford fans like it or not. In a new book released this month, Five Laterals and a Trombone,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2022 at Go Mighty Card