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Muhal Richard Abrams

The only constant in the music of Muhal Richard Abrams is change. He composes complex scores full of mobile colors, textures, instrument groupings, and melodies that sometimes clash and sometimes complement. On the other hand, his familiar “Blues Forever” is a straightforward big-band swinger that’ll knock your socks off. As a pianist he ranges from […]

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Approved by Communitarians

To the editors: For the past two and one half years, I have been working to introduce Americans to a new way of thinking, something we call “communitarianism.” Several score newspaper articles and magazine pieces have been written on the movement, which includes an action group (the American Alliance for Rights & Responsibilities) and an […]

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Byther Smith

Guitarist Byther “Smitty” Smith is a genial, soft-spoken man whose mild disposition turns to fire when he hits the bandstand. His fretwork is distinguished by a keening fierceness, and he roars out his lyrics with a passionate intensity that sometimes borders on the frightening. Like Otis Rush, Smitty is especially adept at wringing every last […]

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Syndicate Connections

To the editors: My editors wish me to point out that the opinions attributed to me in the July 24 Hot Type item “Comic Complications” are my own and do not represent the official position of the Daily Southtown Economist. Also, that the very idea of running a comic strip in order to spite the […]

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The Straight Dope

Are Social Security numbers “recycled”? If not, then why is my number lower than my (older) boyfriend’s? If you add the current population (now about 250,000,000) to the number of Americans who have died since 1935 (when Social Security began), wouldn’t the resulting number exceed nine digits in an S.S. number, proving my little theory […]