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-Cottage cheese
-Balsamic oil
-Olive oil
-Salt + pepper
-Starch: Sourdough bread, potatoes, chips, whatevs….

  • Wash, chop & steam a pan of kale.
  • Meanwhile, toast bread or attend to starch as needed….
  • chop a fat clove of garlic
  • sliver some onion (to taste)
  • Mix onion + garlic together in a bowl with equal parts: jogurt + cottage cheese
  • Salt, pepper, and sprinkle the dairy mix with olive oil  (to taste)
  • Take kale off stove and toss in balsamic vinegar, oil + salt/pepper
  • Slice avocado and put on newly toasted toast (salt + pepper to taste)
  • Beverage of choice

I’m thinking about the end of the world and what might be in my larder if I’m lucky.  Consider it blunted in the bombshelter -a no nonsense mineral rich tasty treat of zero imagination or means.  The picture above is Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founding leader, from a glorious 1981 propaganda poster with current US tyrant’s head attached.  Kim Jon Ung, grandson of Kim Il, is moving towards a Trumpian autocracy in North Korea, as describe in James Bondian detail here.



Tim Berne’s cut, Thin Ice, will clear the mind and free the soul….




2 Eggs

1 Sausage Patty

1 Bunch Kale

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar


Salt & Pepper

Sourdough Bread


  • Saute sausage  in butter.
  • Meanwhile, clean, cut and set to steam 4 leaves of kale in a covered pan of water.
  • Add salt and pepper to eggs and whisk.
  • Add eggs to sausage and scramble altogether.
  • Toast sourdough bread.
  • Remove steamed kale and mix with salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar .
  • Butter toast and serve with eggs, kale, + Coffee (serves 1)



I stumbled on this CD when they were playing it at my local music shop and immediately picked it up for for four & a quarter.  Allmusic says, “A classic album, and one of the finest of drummer Max Roach‘s very productive career. The illustrious sidemen (trumpeter Booker Little; trombonist Julian PriesterEric Dolphy on alto, bass clarinet, and flute; tenorman Clifford Jordan; pianist Mal Waldron, and bassist Art Davis, in addition to some guest percussionists) all have opportunities to make strong contributions. Dolphy‘s pleading alto solo on “Mendacity” is particularly memorable. Abbey Lincoln has two emotional and very effective vocals, but it is the overall sound of the ensembles and the political nature of the music that make this set (along with Roach‘s Freedom Now Suite) quite unique in jazz history.


by Alexander



I’ve been quiet the last couple of months due to hand surgery to repair a torn scapholunate ligament.  Yet now summer is here, so let the good times roll!  This one is to ease back into things –super simple and simply delicious.

  • Three Eggs
  • Butter
  • Nancy’s Cottage Cheese
  • Green Tabasco
  • One Tomato
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Basil (fresh if you have it, dry if you don’t)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Tellicherry Black Pepper
  • Organic Blue Corn Chips
  • Green Tea

–Start iron skillet on high flame.
–Crack eggs into bowl, add a grind of sea salt + black pepper, and stir.
–Add butter to pan and lower heat to medium.
–Add eggs to pan, lifting up edges of egg once it’s cooked a few   seconds to let uncooked egg up underneath.
–Spread a couple Tbs of cottage cheese over half of the omelette and   sprinkle liberally w. green tabasco.
–Fold omelette and then flip onto serving plate.
–Turn heat to lowest setting and add a little olive oil.
–Chop tomato, cilantro, and basil (if fresh) and toss into skillet just to   warm it all up a couple minutes.
–Add more ground sea salt and pepper.
–Pour this mix over top of the omelette
–Serve with chips and the obligatory green tea of your choice

Eat with a smile



“Now Please Don’t You Cry, Beautiful Edith (about Kirk’s wife) was the first of his all groove sides.  Unlike Rip, Rig, and Panic from two years earlier in 1965, this set featured an in-the-pocket rhythm section. Adventure was not the name of the game on this date, feeling was — and for the job he got some of the finest cats working in the groove jazz idiom: drummer Grady Tate, pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, and bassist Ronnie Boykins. ”
Thom Jurek,


by Alexander



  1. Garlic
  2. Orange
  3. Tulsi Green Tea
  4. Red Potatoes
  5. Bubbie’s Traditional Old World Sauerkraut
  6. Aidells Garlic & Gruyer Cheese Smoked Chicken Sausages
  7. Dinosaur Kale
  8. Organic Butter
  9. Red Wine Vinegar
  10. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  11. Ground Pepper & Sea Salt
  12. Mustard
  13. Dark Chocolate

Today I felt a wee-little-bit-of-a cough down-deep so I  decided to nip it in the bud:
Eat one large clove of Garlic (raw) and one Orange and prepare a large cup of strong Tulsi Green Tea.  Next, add 4 Red Potatoes to boiling water and in separate pan add a bed of Sauerkraut with two Sausages on top.  Cover the latter and steam about ten minutes.  Meanwhile, wash half a bundle of kale, strip the leaves off and chop the stems and leaves separately.  Once the Sausages are done, remove from heat. In their place, put on water to steam the kale with the chopped stems in the bottom, just covered in water, and with the leaves on top, covered. Remove quickest cooking potatoes once fork-soft and skin them, leaving larger ones to cook a little longer.  After 5 minutes the kale will be ready (fresh green color, not dark from over cooking).  Serve potatoes slathered in butter with salt and pepper to taste, toss the kale in vinegar, oil, salt, + pepper, and serve the sauerkraut + sausages with mustard on the side.  Drink tea and finish with two squares dark chocolate.

The facts:

Lester Bowie – trumpet
Arthur Blythe – alto sax
Amina Myers – piano, organ, vocal
Malachi Favors – bass
Phillip Wilson – drums

1. Amina (Bowie, Blythe, Myers, Favors, Wilson)
2. Captain Courageous (Lester Bowie)
3. Tricky Slicky (Bowie, Blythe, Myers, Favors, Wilson)
4. Chili MacDonald (Bowie, Blythe, Myers, Favors, Wilson)
5. For Fela (Lester Bowie)

Recorded in Rome on April 16, 1978 at Mama Dog Studio and produced by Aldo Sinesio

Long out of print; courtesy of inconstant sol

by Alexander



  1. Onion
  2. Garlic
  3. Sea Salt & Fresh Pepper
  4. Adelle’s Cajun Style Andouille Sausage
  5. Rainbow Chard
  6. Organic Peeled Whole Tomatoes
  7. Organic Butter
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Ancient Harvest Quinua + Corn Flour Noodles

Saute 1/4 Onion in 1/2in of a stick of Butter at low heat.  In a separate pot, boil water for noodles.  Meanwhile, wash a bunch of Chard, strip the stems, chop them up and add them in with the onions, putting aside the leaves for later.  Slice and add a couple+ Sausages. When pot of water boils, turn down to a simmer and cover.  Chop/press 3 large cloves of Garlic and add with a splash of Olive Oil.   After a few minutes but before things begin to stick to the pan, add the liquid from one can of Tomatoes.  Turn heat up to high.  With a wood spoon, move contents of pan toward the edges and then into the center you’ve cleared, pour the Tomatoes into the pan.  Grind in Pepper and Sea salt to taste. Chop tomatoes into quarters using wood tool and then liquidize them using a potatoes masher.  Add the noodles to the boiling water. Once the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated a bit, mix everything together and simmer for a couple minutes while chopping the Chard leaves vertically into 3 or 4strips and then horizontally into small pieces. Stir the sauce and then scatter the Chard over the top, covering for about 4 minutes on a lower heat.  6-9 minutes after adding the noodles (erring on the side of al dente) drain noodles and put to the side.  Add sauce over the top.  Bob head to Bird + Fats and eat with relish!

“This set contains the originally released Birdland set pairing Bird with Fats Navarro and Bud Powell. Navarro would die shortly after these recordings were made on July 7, 1950 due to a combination of tuberculosis and heroin addiction. He was only 26. Bird, Fats and Bud are splendid on all these long and relaxed performances.” —

by Alexander


  1. Morning Elixer 
  2. Ethiopian Coffee from Cafe Vita
  3. Free Range Eggs from Wilcox Farms
  4. Organic Dino Kale
  5. Basmati Rice
  6. Northwest Honey from Anna’s Farm
  7. Organic CostaRican Vanilla Extract
  8. Organic Raw Sugar
  9. Whole Milk from Twin Brook Creamery
  10. Olive Oil + Red Wine Vinegar
  11. Sea Salt
  12. Tellicherry Fresh Ground Black Pepper from The Spice House

Prepare + imbibe Morning Elixer (minus tea+nuts).  Wash Basmati rice until the water runs clear.  Put 1 cup rice + 1&3/4 cups H2O in pan, bring to boil, then turn down heat to lowest setting once H2O is at level of rice.  Cover for 15 minutes then turn off heat and put a folded towel over the pan to dry out the rice as it finishes it’s steaming.  Meanwhile, wash a bundle of Dino Kale and then tear the stems from the leaves, chopping both separately.  Place stems in bottom of steamer with chopped leaves on top and steam for 7-10 minutes, no longer so they stay bright green.  Put kettle on and subsequently brew Ethiopian Coffee.  Meanwhile, place seasoned iron skillet on high heat until it is good and hot, then add butter and just before browning turn down heat to medium-low. Drop in a couple of eggs to fry, flipping them after a couple minutes, at which point heat can be killed.  Simultaneously, steam a cup of Milk. Once Kale is done, toss the leaves and stems together in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and fresh ground salt and pepper.  Once milk is steamed, pour into bowl over 1 tsp Honey, a few drops of Vanilla, a couple shakes of cinnamon and then add 1/2cup rice.  Serve Eggs and Kale on a plate, rice + milk in a bowl, and a big mug of black coffee.  YUM!

“After remaining unreleased for over a decade, the session that comprised Horace Parlan’s  Happy Frame of Mind record was issued as a Booker Ervin album entitled Back From the Gig.  Horace Parlan, however, was the leader for the session, and the album was originally scheduled to be released in the mid-’60s by Blue Note as Happy Frame of Mind. Back From the Gig finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory. Aided by a first-rate quintet — trumpeter Johnny Coles, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins — Parlan produces a provocative set that is grounded in soul and blues but stretches out into challenging improvisations. None of the musicians completely embrace the avant-garde, but there are shifting tonal textures and unpredictable turns in the solos which have been previously unheard in Parlan’s music. Perhaps that’s the reason the session sat unissued in Blue Note’s vaults until 1976, when it was released as part of a double-record Booker Ervin set, but the fact of the matter is, it’s one of Parlan’s most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music.”  –Stephen Thomas Erlewine,

by Alexander



  1. one Apple (or Grapefruit, Pear, etc)
  2. ten grams Spirulina
  3. eight grams Chlorella
  4. one tbls Dr.Bronner’s  Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil
  5. one pint H2O
  6. seven Brazil Nuts (and/or a handful of almonds/walnuts)
  7. one cup Mao Feng Green Tea

Put on tea kettle and set up tea pot.  Slice and eat apple while mixing sea greens into a pint glass of water using a small whisk.  Leave one Apple slice aside for last.  Drink sea greens when mixed.  Put Coconut Oil in mouth and let melt –YUM!  Eat nuts and finish up with last apple slice.  Drink tea and go forth into the day.  Repeat every morning….

“Dripping with ad-hoc samples and looped echo, the mixtape opens with an instrumental piece; the atmosphere it conjures is thick and grime-ridden, a gloop-smothered gateway into some hash-riddled snuff box of impropriety and prank. …BOY FROOT plays the length of LOOTERS to his advantage. The music is a drugged-up sprawl of well-crafted and inventive hip-hop that resets the boundaries of home recording.”


I recently heard Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooly duet at the Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival.  Familiar with Vandermark, Wooley was a new name to me and together the two tore the roof off the place, Vandermark playing clarinet, baritone sax, and lastly, tenor saxophone. Throughout their investigations there was a balance between form and free exploration –the one often suddenly breaking into the other with surprising synchrony–  and the level of interplay and sensitivity between the two was so uncannily high that it seemed they were a single organism with two horns.  With that said, Ken dedicated their duets to the influence of John Carter and Bobby Bradford’s duets –names I was totally ignorant of despite a wide and deep outside jazz collection.

In Laurence Svirchev’s article John Carter: The Unbelievalbe Possibilities of Music, he writes, “Carter and Bradford’s duet work is characterized by telepathic interplay, ability to hit and hold the same high tones simultaneously mid-improvisation, and their phenomnal ability to alter tempi at will without sacrificing the forward motion and logic of the composition. One never feels that they are displaying technique, but rather that they are achieving a musical end through the use of harmonic and melodic devices.”

Bobby Bradford-John Carter Quintet

On the new Vandermark/Wooley recording with Paul Lytton (percussion) and Ikue Mori (laptop) they’re called The Nows which can be had directly from their  label, Clean Feed.

by Alexander


  1. two table spoons Chia seeds
  2. one handful of dried Gogi berries
  3. three table spoons of shelled Hemp seeds
  4. one large chunk of Ginger
  5. half of one Avocado
  6. one Banana (skinned)
  7. one small bundle of Cilantro (about 1/3 of grocery bunch)
  8. six leaves of large leafed Kale
  9. two dates
  10. large handful of Almonds

Soak Chia and Gogi in 1 cup of water. Chop ginger and dates and add together with almonds to what’s soaking.  Wash Kale and Cilantro and tear stems apart from the kale, then chop the kale stems and add also. Chop Cilantro, tear up the Kale leaves, peel banana and halve an avocado, refrigerating one half and quartering and peeling the other half. Put all of this stuff aside and also have hemp seeds handy. Put on ear plugs and add the soaking stuff to the blender, cover it and blend it all up. Stop the blender and add the chopped Cilantro and torn Kale leaves. Add another cup of water and then cover and blend thoroughly. Cautiously open blender while it’s blending and see about adding the Hemp.  Finally, add the banana and then the avocado.

Polar Bear ” are clearly trying new things, ensuring that their brand of jazz-punk remains at the forefront of forward-thinking jazz music with an incessant desire to rebel against current trends.”  –TinyMixTapes