Gonna Be a Great Weekend!

I just received two items I ordered. The first is a multi-author book on John 6. I’ve been looking for additional material pertaining to a portion of this chapter to ponder over for a projected blog post. The second item is a new (for me, but previously released except one cut) disc of jazz music from the late sixties.

The book features contributors from diverse (including multi-national) perspectives: Paul N. Anderson, Johannes Beutler (SJ—Germany), Peder Borgen (Norway), Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, Dr. Robert Kysar, Maarten J. J. Menken (Netherlands), Francis Moloney (SDB—Australia),  Gail R. O’ Day, John Painter (Australia), Ludger Schenke (Germany), and Dr. Marianne Meye Thompson.









The music is led by the relatively unsung Charles Tolliver (trumpet, composer of all tunes here). Rounding out his quartet—augmented by Gary Bartz (alto sax) on four of the seven tracks—are Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (acoustic bass), and Joe Chambers (drums). All great musicians. At the time, Hancock and Carter were two-fifths of the Miles Davis quintet—rounded out by Wayne Shorter (tenor & soprano sax) and Tony Williams (drums)—the greatest band ever assembled in any music idiom. That’s not just opinion, that’s fact! Not debatable. Also note that both Bartz and Chambers would end up playing with Miles later.

I received one item from NW USA (Oregon), the other from NE USA (Connecticut). And I’m in between the two, though much further South (Texas). What a great country!

This Labor Day weekend let’s consider the wonderful diversity of this great country and not let the media, politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and sports icons divide us.

Freedom and diversity of thought and expression. Freedom to think independently. But let’s labor to give grace to others with their own independent thoughts and different opinions—except regarding the best band ever, of course.


Upon reading the Preface to the book above, I think Culpepper’s remarks are quite appropriate:

One suspects that [the contributing authors’] civility and collegiality even in the midst of sharply conflicting points of view–which could be a model for scholars in many other disciplines–is probably borne of their perennial brooding over the depths of the Gospel of John.


6 Responses to Gonna Be a Great Weekend!

  1. Jim says:

    Have a good long weekend Craig. Father’s Day here on my soil tomorrow and looking forward to that time together. My kids and granddaughter are so wonderful and precious to me. Whatever you’re doing, I pray that time spent with the the ones you love is a joy and delight.

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  2. Craig says:

    For those who may think most everything is available on compact disc, etc., witness this below. This was on a small, independent label, and as far as I know has never been re-released in any form since it’s original release in ’79. Much the pity, for this is a beautiful album and well-recorded. Glad someone on YouTube has posted it. Original vinyl is hard to find (I got a copy many years ago):

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  3. Craig says:

    Here’s an article about John Coltrane’s tenure with Miles Davis–and the final European tour. Excellent article. In it, the author puts forth the common notion that Davis’ quintet in the ’50s, which included Coltrane, was the “first great quintet”, as compared to the quintet from the mid-to-late ’60s described as the “second great quintet”. My contention is, similar to the relationship of John the Baptizer to the earthly Jesus, that ‘the one that came after is superior to the one that came earlier’:

    When the Student Became the Master

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  4. Craig says:

    Speaking of the greatest band ever, here’s Rick Beato interviewing bassist Ron Carter, who was part of the mid-60s Miles Davis Quintet:


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