There’s no denying that Ramsey Lewis is a jazz legend. At age 81, Lewis has been a vital part of the jazz scene for sixty years, delivering dozens of albums as a composer and pianist. One of his latest works, Taking Another Look, saw Lewis continuing to reinvent his iconic sound.Interestingly enough, the deluxe edition of Taking Another Look features alternate takes on the songs from the album. One of the bands featured on the album was TAUK, the progressive instrumental fusion quartet based out of Long Island. “We are honored to be a part of this new record. Ramsey Lewis is giant in the Jazz community and beyond. It cannot be overstated how much his music has influenced musicians around the world for his entire career, all of us included. His music is meaningful, has soul, and has lasted the test of time. There is no one, and will never be another like him.”TAUK put their unique spin on the composition “Sharing Her Journey,” transforming the jazz classic in true TAUK fashion. Though the deluxe album was released last year, it will make its way into the digital realm this Friday!To get you excited for this new release, we have the honor of premiering TAUK’s take on this Ramsey Lewis track. Listen to the band’s cover of “Sharing Her Journey” in the player below.Don’t miss TAUK performing with The Naughty Professor on November 12th in New Orleans! More information can be found here.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Again Asks House GOP Leaders to Advance Domestic Violence Legislation May 01, 2018 Press Release, Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today again asked House Republican leaders to advance a package of stalled Senate bills that will improve protections for victims of domestic violence. Most importantly, Governor Wolf wants to sign Senate Bill 501, which will keep firearms away from domestic abusers and protect their victims and others. The bills passed the Senate unanimously on March 21, 2018.“It has been well over a month since these important bills passed the Senate unanimously,” Governor Wolf said. “Domestic abusers are known to use firearms to threaten and claim the lives of their victims and others. The House should act on these bipartisan, commonsense pieces of legislation so I can sign them into law. We must protect victims – spouses and children – of domestic violence and attempt to prevent domestic abusers from escalating their violence in everyday places that result in greater violence. The State House should not waste another opportunity to act on this bipartisan, commonsense legislative package to protect victims and reduce violence.”According to recent research, from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S., there were 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.The Senate’s domestic violence legislation backed by Governor Wolf includes:Senate Bill 501 (Killion) requires that a defendant relinquish all firearms, other weapons, and ammunition upon entry of a Final PFA order and strengthens protections for the timeframe and safekeeping of firearms owned by a domestic abuserSenate Bill 313 (Boscola) allows a domestic violence victim to opt out of a shared phone plan with the abuser with no penalty.Senate Bill 500 (Vulakovich) provides for a law enforcement official to accompany a victim to his or her residence before or during the service of a PFA order.Senate Bill 502 (McGarrigle) allows judges to extend the terms of a PFA order or create an entirely new one if the order is set to expire or has expired while a defendant is incarcerated. The victim would not be required to show that the defendant engaged in a new act of domestic violence that indicates a continued risk of harm.Senate Bill 919 (Haywood, co-sponsored by Sens. Bartolotta and Schwank) allows a resident of a county housing authority to request relocation if they or someone affiliated with them has experienced domestic or sexual violence. The resident must certify their status as a victim of domestic violence. read more
The Western Conference is going to finish with a better cumulative record than the Eastern Conference for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons (with the lone exception being the 2008-09 season), and this will be the East’s worst season (0.448 winning percentage with 15 inter-conference games left to play) of the last four.But right now, the eighth-place team in the East (the 38-38 Miami Heat) has a better record than the ninth-place team in the West (the 38-39 Sacramento Kings). So it’s possible that the 16 playoff teams will be the same 16 teams that would have made the postseason if conferences were ignored (not taking schedule imbalance into account).The East race for the final three spots has heated up. No potential 6-8 seed should be a major threat to any of the top three in the East. But there’s intrigue with every team involved.The Detroit Pistons are the only Eastern Conference team that hasn’t won a playoff game in the last 10 years, and they’re trying end their drought in their first full season with Blake Griffin and Dwane Casey’s first year on the bench. They seem to be in good position to finish sixth, but Griffin is dealing with a left knee injury that will have him out for their game in Indiana on Monday.The Brooklyn Nets are the underdog story. They had the East’s worst record over the last three seasons and haven’t had their own draft pick since 2013, but have benefited from player development and smart moves made in the margins. They’ve already won 11 more games than they did last season, but still have some work to do and five tough games left on their schedule.The Miami Heat are trying to get Dwyane Wade to one last postseason. They lost a big game to Orlando last week, but were an East-best 11-4 in March and still control their own destiny, with what could be a huge game in Brooklyn on the last night of the season.The Orlando Magic have won seven of their last eight games (and are 18-8 since Jan. 31) to stay right in the mix. They’re trying to end the East’s longest playoff drought (six years without an appearance) and have been the league’s second most improved team in regard to winning percentage.With 12 days left in the season, anything can happen with these four teams. It will be a success story for the three that make the playoffs and a disappointment for the one that doesn’t.Note: For the 12 teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention (the bottom five in the East and the bottom seven in the West), notes below will be focused on their defense. See last week’s rankings for notes on their offense.Plus-Minus Players of the WeekMr. Plus: Kevin Durant (GSW) was a plus-78 in three games last week.Mr. Minus: Brandon Knight (CLE) was a minus-50 in three games last week.Teams of the WeekMake It Last Forever: Orlando (3-1) — The Magic got three huge wins last week, beating Philadelphia, Miami and Indiana, with the last two coming on the road (where they had lost four straight entering the week).Something Just Ain’t Right: Indiana (0-3) — A winless week (and a 1-7 stretch) included a loss to another team (Oklahoma City) that’s been struggling and a loss (in Boston) that could contribute to the Pacers starting the playoffs on the road.East vs. WestThe West is 240-195 (.552) against the East in interconference games after going 11-9 last week.Schedule strength through Week 24Toughest: 1. New York, 2. Phoenix, 3. DallasEasiest: 1. Toronto, 2. Milwaukee, 3. MiamiSchedule strength is based on cumulative opponent record, and adjusted for home vs. away and days of rest before a game.Movement in the RankingsHigh jumps of the week: Orlando (+3), Boston (+2), Detroit (+2), L.A. Lakers (+2)Free falls of the week: Brooklyn (-2), Charlotte (-2), Miami (-2)Week 25 Team to WatchMiami — Whether Dwyane Wade gets to see a 14th postseason as part of #OneLastDance will be determined in the next 12 days. The Heat will play in Brooklyn on the final night of the season, but both the Nets and Heat will have to navigate a tough schedule before they get to the finale. While the Nets play two games against Milwaukee this week, the Heat will have a home-and-home with the Celtics. They’ll then play in Minnesota on Friday and in Toronto on Sunday.* * *Pace: Possessions per 48 minutes (League Rank)OffRtg: Points scored per 100 possessions (League Rank)DefRtg: Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rank)NetRtg: Point differential per 100 possessions (League Rank)The league has averaged 100.7 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes and 109.5 points scored per 100 possessions this season. –Source: ESPN read more