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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Classical J.S. Bach, “The French Suites BWV-812-817” (Harmonia Mundi, two discs). The always-winning harpsichordist Richard Egarr has a persuasive theory about why Bach’s “French Suites” have been relatively unloved both on record and in live performance compared to so much other Bach keyboard music. For... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jazz Jeri Southern, “Blue Note, Chicago, March 1956” (Uptown) It’s a sizable irony that in her prime, Jeri Southern was almost completely forgotten and rather quickly at that. There were so many unquestioned empresses in the world of jazz song back then – the whole sorority of singers for whom only a first... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 23, 2016

They weren’t kidding when they called this sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence.” If you remember the emblematic moment of the terrifically entertaining original summertime apocalypse, a gigantic space ship parked itself over the White House, sent a giant ray into the joint and blasted it to smithereens. So... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, June 17, 2016

Jazz/R&B Allen Toussaint, “American Tunes” (Nonesuch). This is not just a great 2016 record, but a towering but tragic moment in the history of American recording. Maybe this would have been the final record of Allen Toussaint if he’d actually known he was going to die of a sudden heart attack in... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 16, 2016

My advice? Don’t even worry about it. Of course, “Finding Dory” isn’t as good as the original “Finding Nemo” was 12 years ago. That, after all, was only one of the string of animated feature masterpieces that Pixar has turned out in an era replete with them (“Wall-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,”... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thomas Wolfe was 6 feet 7 inches tall – an inch taller than Michael Jordan. We’re talking now about the 1930s writer who wrote massive novels, not the flamboyant, white-suited “new journalist” who came along three decades later. The original Thomas Wolfe said he wrote by hand because the hands God gave him were... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 9, 2016

Much is made in “The Conjuring 2” of the movie’s origins in a real tale of paranormal investigation in Britain. To wit, the real Transatlantic investigation of “The Enfield Poltergeist” in which an ordinary family in 1977-79 London was beset by what many insisted was the “demonic possession” of two sisters,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 9, 2016

Something rather quietly wonderful is happening in American movies and you can see it in Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan.” It’s not happening front and center, though, but in the background and over to the side. You notice it if, for some reason, you’re attuned to it.Directors have figured out how to direct... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, June 4, 2016

No. Orson Welles didn’t stop making films after “Citizen Kane.” Thanks to a promise the new management of the North Park Theatre is keeping, one of his best ever – “Chimes at Midnight” – is currently playing.So consider the terrific book “My Lunches With Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, June 3, 2016

You know one when you see one. So I’m telling you a star is born. I’m talking about the two-and-a-half-mile stretch of our Kensington Expressway featured in the opening nighttime action and chase scene in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” It’s a character part, not a starring role, which... Read More

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