February 8

I Put You On To | Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus Cumbia & Jazz fusion

The Black Saint & Sinner Lady

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Hey Maaaaaan, Rob Lee here. As I’m sure many of you know I’m a music lover, an audiophile. I get into moods and the musical genre matches my mood many times. I think music should evoke feeling or it is at least connected. Imagine listening to music that’s just phoned in – there’s no passion, seduction, nothing. It’s flat – music like elevator music.

Charles Mingus, the double bassist, composer and bandleader,  is an artist that I discovered a few month’s ago. On Fridays after work for a year or so, my dad and I listen to jazz and drink scotch as an effort to bond. It’s a really good time and a journey. I seek music – I take referrals and look everywhere for it – it has to speak to me.  I was on a musical journey that usually starts with Youtube then descends into me creating a Pandora station and reviewing the artist’s bio somewhere. It’s like I was hooked.

A found out about Charles Mingus while on a John Coltrane kick – I recently watched Chasing Trane – highly recommended documentary on Netflix – with my girlfriend. I saw all of these old jazz players like Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner. I stumbled upon The Black Saint & Sinner Lady after listening to the French cut of A Love Supreme. I thought “Hell, I’m a Black Saint…and I’ve dated sinner ladies, I should give this a shot.” It is a passionate album, a score actually to ballet I later read – an judging by the artwork of that record, he’s my type of lad, flavorful. It’s really good you should check it out. Additionally I relate to how Mingus is described in various bios from the exemplary talent followed by bouts of depression and being a large, temperamental man. Some of the sounds he generates cannot be duplicated – I love that. I want to share this with you and invite your suggestions of other Jazz musicians.

Rob Lee

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October 30

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 207 | Sexy Robots

An episode where Rob Lee & Dann D cover each state’s favorite Halloween candy, Robot Citizens, Stranger Things and vibrator urns.

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May 25

Robservations: Accidental Courtesy

I watched that doc on Daryl Davis over the weekend. It was interesting. Like initially I was on some “fuck this coon-ass coon outchea cooning” or something like that but then after watching it a bit that attenuated, I recognized that, while flawed – that slick back, potbelly and blatant Uncle Ruckus vibe bugged me – he was doing what I do. He wasn’t seeing shit as binary. Like how can he hate white people for instance while being married to one? He called out what he saw as bullshit and had patience. Seek first to understand. Dude had more patience than I when it comes to people wilin’. There was this one White guy from some super liberal group that essentially said you’ve done nothing, and they that Pastor Tom who was a racist cunt. They got under my skin, but not as much as those BLM kids. Davis, who’s claims to fame is music and reforming KKK members. How can you trivialize what that dude did when all you have to your credits in life is being a unemployed, college dropout and “poet”…em…conscious mumble rapper. Not to mention – these weren’t just regular hoods that Davis got off these KKK members they were like high ranking leaders. That accounts for something. Those fuckers were dumb asses – lots of misdirected energy. Like energy is fuel for change but they directed anger at Davis, who was doing his own thing. Like what has BLM done would have been my question if I were Davis but of course those fuckers repping BLM didn’t allow dude to talk. That’s a coward’s tactic – it perpetuates my issues when BLM and many feminists – specifically radical fuckers. If you don’t abide by what they believe then you’re horrible – they talk at you under the guise of dialogue. Fuck that. I ask the question – “where’s yours?” when JC Faulk, i think, called Davis disrespectful (these lads were a bad version of neo-Hotep – they hadn’t reached their final form) Their old-head was a piece of shit too – likely a former drug dealer or that now grew a conscience and wants to save his community – the old head threatens Davis as he leaves the interview. That was that typical old, soft spots in the dick, LaVar Ball style of threat too. “I better not see you in Baltimore.” My threats are more direct. Vague threats are for punks. . Fuck outta here! It’s a reminder of who you ‘elect’ as your leaders. I say fuck all of it and I’m from Baltimore. I was at protests during the 2015 Uprising. Don’t get me wrong – I can see how Davis comes off – I was triggered, as previous mentioned, and fuck that white people are redeemable shit. I believe everyone can be redeemable and that everyone should have a say – you’re entitled to have an opinion and I’m entitled not to agree with it . While not an endorsement of anything or a commercial for the documentary – I’ll say overall the doc was interesting and worth checking out.
 Watch it and tell me what you think?
Also on Netflix
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