Remembering Dizzy Gillespie With Our Favorite Phish “Manteca” Jams [Watch]

first_imgTrumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most skilled jazz trumpet players of all time. Along with Charlie Parker, he is credited with pioneering the “bebop” style and for introducing Afro-Cuban elements into modern jazz music.In addition to being an incredible improviser and skatter, Gillespie is responsible for several pieces that have become jazz standards including “Manteca”, which he co-wrote with Chano Pozo and Gil Fuller in 1947. The tune has been covered by a wide array of artists over the years, from Red Garland (1958), to Ella Fitzgerald (1970), to Quincy Jones (1973).“Manteca” also caught the attention of Vermont four-piece Phish during their formative years, and quickly became one of their most frequently performed jazz numbers. Phish recorded a version of the song for their 1992 album A Picture of Nectar, adding the somewhat nonsensical lyrics “crab in my shoe mouth” to the instrumental melody.Since then, Phish has continued to work “Manteca” into their live performances in fun and creative ways. From subtle teases to full-scale “Manteca” jams, the appearance of the “crab in my shoe mouth” refrain never fails to send Phish crowds into a frenzy. In honor of the 26th anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie’s passing today, give a listen to a few of our favorite Phish “Manteca” jams:First, check out this dark and dirty “Manteca” jam, part of a top-notch “Stash” at Phish’s 11/14/95 show at the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando:[Video: PhrankieC87]Setlist: Phish | University of Central Florida Arena | Orlando, FL | 11/14/95 Set One: Chalk Dust Torture, Foam, Billy Breathes, Divided Sky, Esther > Free, Julius, I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome[1], CavernSet Two: Maze, Gumbo, Stash -> Manteca -> Stash -> Dog Faced Boy [2] -> Stash , Strange Design, You Enjoy Myself -> Immigrant Song Jam -> You Enjoy MyselfEncore: The Wedge, Rocky Top[1] Acoustic.[2] Performed over a different arrangement than usual.Next, give a listen to the “You Enjoy Myself” from New Year’s Eve 2010 at Madison Square Garden, featuring a fun “Manteca” sandwich during the song’s jam section:[Video: HarpuaFSB]Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/2010 Set One: Punch You In the Eye > AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance > Scent of a Mule, Burn That Bridge[1], Weigh> Ocelot, Beauty of My Dreams, Gone, Rock and RollSet Two: Wilson > 46 Days, Sand, NICU > Down with Disease[2] > Ghost , You Enjoy Myself -> Manteca -> You Enjoy MyselfSet Three: Meatstick[3], Auld Lang Syne[4], After Midnight, Backwards Down the Number Line > Piper > Free, Waste > Slave to the Traffic Light, GrindEncore: First Tube[1] Phish debut.[2] Unfinished.[3] Portions pre-recorded; Lyrics sung in multiple languages.[4] Sung with Meatstick singers while Trey played guitar.You can also check out partial fan-shot footage of Phish’s super-funky “Bathtub Gin” from Bethel Woods (the home of Woodstock) on 5/28/11 containing a double-time “Manteca” interlude:[Video: ld12985]Setlist: Phish | Bethel Woods Center For The Arts | Bethel, NY | 5/28/2011 Set One: Theme From the Bottom, NICU, Cities, Halley’s Comet > Runaway Jim, Gumbo > Quinn the Eskimo > Limb By Limb, Horn, Bathtub Gin -> Manteca > Bathtub GinSet Two: Down with Disease[1] > Free > Backwards Down the Number Line  > Makisupa Policeman[2] > Harry Hood > Cavern > David BowieEncore: A Day in the Life[1] Unfinished.[2] With lyrics referencing several band members’ houses (and Trey’s favorite show, House)Thank you, Dizzy Gillespie, for all the wonderful music you gave to the world.last_img read more

Dedication leads Valentyn out of backstage, onto floor

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)If you’ve ever walked past Brett Valentyn on campus during a weekday afternoon, you probably didn’t give him much of a second glance.You probably didn’t peg him to be a college athlete, much less a member of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, a program that has accepted 12 consecutive invitations to play in the NCAA tournament.And most fans of the team might not even recognize his name despite the fact that he has been a staple on the team for over four years now.Valentyn, a native of nearby Verona and former walk-on, spent nearly the entirety of his first four years with the Badgers in the backstage – practicing on the scout team and watching games from the bench.But lately, that trend has been shaken up a bit.After redshirting his freshman year, Valentyn averaged no more than just 2.1 minutes on the floor for the Badgers, with most of those minutes coming in “garbage” time, when the game already been convincingly decided.This year, however, his numbers have risen to 5.5 minutes per game, and Valentyn has found his number being called far before garbage time arrives.Against Michigan on Jan. 5, Valentyn played a career high 11 minutes – seeing time in both the first and second halves – where he went on to hit a pivotal three-pointer from the corner to extend a Wisconsin lead to 11 points with over three minutes left.“It feels good; it’s what I’ve been working for since I got here,” Valentyn said. “It’s always been my goal to get on the floor and play significant minutes in big games – it feels good to do that and I’ve got to work hard to continue that.”An AP all-state honorable mention his senior year at Verona High School, Valentyn turned down opportunities to play basketball at smaller schools outside of Division I – where he no doubt would have received more playing time – for a chance to attend the Wisconsin School of Business and join the basketball team as a walk-on.As far as appearances go, the 6-foot-4, 195 lb. shooting guard doesn’t quite radiate an air of basketball prowess, and even Valentyn himself admits that he wouldn’t describe himself as a “physical specimen.” But nevertheless, Valentyn has certain attributes that are hard to ignore.“He’s obviously pretty cerebral, he understands the game and he’s not going to make a bad decision,” UW associate head coach Greg Gard said. “Perimeter shooting wise, he’s very good; the odds of him knocking down shots are very good.”Valentyn found a way onto the squad prior to the 2006-07 season and quickly established himself as a marksman from the arc while his hard work and basketball smarts earned him the role of mimicking the future opponent’s most dangerous player in the backcourt during practice.Despite earning an important role in keeping the team prepared week in and week out, Valentyn’s presence on the floor didn’t increase too much, but that never resulted in a lack of effort.He wasn’t the only one, though. Senior guard Wquinton Smith, a good friend of Valentyn’s and another walk-on who also earned an increase in playing time this year, endured the unglamorous side of a collegiate athlete along with Valentyn.“Being a walk-on, we got to work a lot more harder than everybody else [to get noticed] so we make sure we work harder than everybody else and make sure we’re leading and get noticed, which happened to both of us this year,” Smith said.And noticed he was. After years of lifting weights, running hills and imitating upcoming opponents in practice, Valentyn now finds his number being called more often to help his team win.No. 15 has appeared in 11 games this year, already a career high, and has scored 16 points for the Badgers, also a career high.His biggest contribution still might occur in practice, away from the lights and cameras, but the rest of the Badgers know how important his presence on the team is.“The better he practices, the better it makes us defensively because we got to work that much harder to guard him in practice,” Gard said.And considering all the other options that Valentyn had to play basketball with scholarships offered up front, he still doesn’t regret the path he chose at Wisconsin.“I’m surrounded by great teammates, good guys, good bunch of friends, good coaching staff… I love it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything and all the hard work, it feels good that it’s paying off even more this year.”last_img read more

Bench players have varied success in Syracuse’s 76-50 blowout of BC

first_imgWith his face covered in a protective plastic mask and curly hair flopping out of his head band, Brycen Goodine pogoed to the rim and sank a layup while drawing a foul. The play, a rather meaningless basket at the end of a 76-50 rout over Boston College on Wednesday night, held more significance to the freshman who’s been battling to return to the court since breaking his nose in practice before Syracuse played Notre Dame on Jan. 4. “It finally felt good because I put a lot of work in my own time,” Goodine said. “So it  was frustrating when I was missing shots I could make.”Goodine’s five points tied his total for the month of December which was spread across two appearances. Goodine was one of several players that saw increased minutes during Wednesday’s 26-point rout for a Syracuse (10-7, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) team that calls to the bench less than every team in the country outside of Hofstra. But from the common bench contributors like Quincy Guerrier and Howard Washington to the rarities like Goodine and Jesse Edwards, increased minutes garnered inconsistent results against Boston College (9-8, 3-3). “It was a good opportunity to get Howard going,” Boeheim said. “Brycen, who’s had a lot of trouble with that nose and faceguard, made a couple of good plays. It was an opportunity to get those guys a little time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEdwards ran onto the court following a Bourama Sidibe foul midway through the first half. Within a minute and a half, he’d committed a foul of his own. Then, a Boston College defender hit a floater while running right at Edwards. Edwards then lost the battle for a rebound on the defensive glass to a Boston College player and then fouled that same opponent as he went up for a putback. Six minutes into the freshman center’s chance at meaningful playing time, Boeheim had seen enough. Boeheim said that Edwards can’t put the ball on the floor near the hoop like he did on the offensive end against Boston College. He needs to rebound better, stronger and distribute the ball out to the guards, not lose possession.“Practice is where for me it’s going to be happening the most this year because I just got to develop,” Edwards said. “So when I get out there, I take full advantage of it.”When asked how far Edwards is from helping the team Boeheim smirked.“I can’t even talk about that,” he said. Around the same time Edwards worsened his case for more playing time, Howard Washington helped spark an SU run. The junior guard subbed in after a Joe Girard III turnover and helped the Orange run in transition. On one play he darted across the middle of the Boston College defense and dumped the ball off for an easy Marek Dolezaj layup. On another play, he snatched the ball from an Eagles player, started a fast break and dished an assist on a Buddy Boeheim 3-pointer. Washington finished with two points and a pair of turnovers in the second half, which didn’t leave him unscathed from Boeheim’s postgame remarks in otherwise positive review for Syracuse’s backup point guard. “Howard was very productive in the first half,” Boeheim said. “The second half he made a couple bad turnovers but you know he came back and got a steal.” Guerrier and Goodine both listened to advice from coaches on their strengths to varying success. Goodine said coaches told him to drive more and that’s the area he’s worked on the most in practice. Against BC, he scored twice by attacking the hoop, including a nifty reverse layup following a pump fake. Goodine’s sudden effectiveness also came in part due to his new mask. He’s wearing a custom-fit mask now that fits tighter to his face with less bulky padding. He said he couldn’t see with the prior mask and therefore couldn’t play in games. Guerrier didn’t have the same fortune fulfilling his role. Syracuse wants him to be physical down low and dominate the boards. A five-rebound performance isn’t enough, Guerrier said, and he’d hope to be closer to eight boards per night. Boeheim agreed, noting that Guerrier needs to seize loose balls more around the hoop. But like all his young players, Guerrier’s improving, and that’s where this young Syracuse stands, hoping that some good and some bad eventually grows into more of the former and less of the latter. “We got to work on those things everyday…It’s a good group,” Boeheim said. “They’re trying to get better and we’ll see.” Comments Published on January 15, 2020 at 10:38 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more