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Women's Basketball
vs. Northern Michigan
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Lake Superior
Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, November 21, 1984

Page 7

BAD BREAK CAN'T STOP WOLVERINES WINGER

By MIKE R
Sometimes things are jus
Prediction: If you grow
biggest high school hockey
a pond in your backyard, yc
Proof: Tom Stiles.
STILES, WHO started pI
the frozen pond in his South
now skates at left wing for
Despite missing four gai
a broken thumb, the 5-11,:
tly fourth for the Wolverin
goals and nine assists. His
freshman Brad McCaugh
threesome on the Michigan
After starting the seas
and eight assists in his first
his thumb with two minu
Hampshire, November 2.
MICHIGAN proceeded
games as coach Red Bere
lines to compensate for the
ned to action last Friday a
picked up an assist befo
m pulled flexor muscle. Tha
Saturday's victory at Chic

improving with g rand
Stiles is skating in practice this week, however, and out of balance."
EDSTONE should be ready for action in this weekend's series Jones, a sophomor
t too predictable. against Lake Superior State at Yost Arena. from Stiles' experienc(
up in Minnesota, one of the "This has been my best start in my three years at "If I give him the pu
areas in the country, with Michigan and I just hope this doesn't hinder me too to do with it," said Jor
ou will play hockey. much," said Stiles, while holding up a fiberglass on all three of the goa
playing cast extending halfway up his left forearm. against Ferris State4
aying hockey at age six on "It hurts to have to sit out games, but now I'm just gets back to full stre
zSt. Paul, Minn. backyard, looking forward to getting back on the ice and getting going again."
Michigan. my timing back." STILES, who has
nes this season, three with AFTER SCORING 10 goals in each of his first two playing college hocke
185 pound junior is curren- years under defensive-minded coach Jon Giordano, improvement he mayt
ies in total points with two Stiles has been even more productive with Beren- "If things keep pr
line with Brad Jones and son's offensive philosophy. In fact, his 11 points so far NHL) something that
ey is also the top-scoring this season total half of his 37-game output last year. Stiles, who played in
team. "He's just starting to get more confident this year. Wolverines before his
on quickly with two goals He's a quiet leader type, but very strong," said a free agent in the NH
t seven games, Stiles broke assistant coach Mark Miller. "He's always had the tinue to improve I mig
ites left in a loss at New tools, he's a very smart player. He can see the ice "I think he has the
well and has one of the better shots in the league." continues to improve,
to go 0-3 in its next three "Smart" seems to be the best way to describe veteran. "Right now
nson juggled his three top Stiles, who came to Michigan because he liked its players. It all depends
e loss of Stiles. Stiles retur- facilities and its numerous NCAA championships. If Stiles can continu
.gainst Illinois-Chicago and "TOMMY IS very smart offensively and he's a potential, a pro career
re being sidelined with a good goal scorer," said Berenson. "I think his years at Michigan. WI
t injury forced him out of presence on the team is important. He's on one of the a guy who grew up in
ago. top lines and when he's injured it puts our other lines backyard?

Stiles
e center, has benefitted both
e and his good hockey sense.
uck, I know that he knows what
ones, who was assisted by Stiles
als in his first career hat trick
earlier this season. I hope he
ngth soon so we can both get
already achieved one goal of
ey, thinks that, with continued
try for a pro career.
ogressing, it's (playing in the
I'm looking forward to," said
53 consecutive games for the
injuries this year. "I would be
IL but if I stay healthy and con-
ht have a shot at it."
makings of a pro career if he
" said Berenson, a 23-year NHL
he's definitely one of our top
on how high his potential is."
.e to improve and reach his full
r could follow a productive four
'hat else would you expect from
n Minnesota with a pond in his

Daily Photo by STU WEIDENBACH
Michigan left wing Tom Stiles crosses the center-ice line on a breakaway in
acton against Ferris State earlier this season.

Odean Pope's humanity

By Marc S. Taras
My ears were burning: physically, metaphorically, and
metaphysically. I was about two minutes late to the
new Ark for the Sunday evening performance by the Odean
Pope Trio. The sounds on the street alerted me to the fact
that the virtuosic power trio were already in full cry.
I had a little trouble figuring out which door to use (for
future reference, it's on the parking lot side). I was already
trembling as I vaulted up the stairs, through the 'chat 'n'
smoke' room and into the main listening space. It was
glorious; I mean the music and the room..
The program was part of Eclipse's ongoing Bright Momen-
ts series dedicated to the memory of Rahsaan Roland Kirk
and his commitment to progressive musics. We heard that
aplenty Sunday night. The band took their first piece at a
furious pace, allowing ample solo space for each of the
players to stretch out. Indeed, the most unusual aspect of the
trio's performance was the featured space allowed; we hear
every possible arrangement of solos and duets which only
heightened the intensity of the ensemble playing. Vivid. I
mean really lifelike. I'm fond of reminding folks that jazz is
the music of life itself. And this was life itself. Drummer
Cornell Rochester sat behind his set grinning like a new-age
Art Blakey, brimming over with thunder and lightning,
demonstrating his incredible strength and indefatigable
stamina. Gerald Veasley, grinned cooly behind his shades,
laying down the most amazing electric bass work that I have
ever heard. Monstrous.
And Odean Pope cradled his horn like a living thing (it is!)
he loved while his partners raged on; himself offering sax
work of immense power and delicate warmth. These guys
are 'plugged in' in more ways than one. Attuned to their
audience; involved with the human condition. It was that.
immediate.
The Veasley composition "The Caribbean Feeling" was
slow, warm, and deliberate. The saxophone and bass
weaving a single fabric; Gerald's pizzicato plucking soun-
ding like electric coconuts. The next piece was a saxophone
obligato, a solo piece that demonstrated the power, fire, and
kindness of Pope's approach to the horn. Next came "Almost
Like Me." As Pope explained, "This one is called 'Almost
Like Me'; it's the title cut from our album Almost Like Me
and it's almost like me." It might sound a little convoluted
but the point was revealed in the music: it is known
relation. After a hair-raising ensemble introduction, an
alarming drum solo ensued. Rochester demonstrating the
truth of the Oriental wisdom of strength found in "emptying
out". He seemed to be entranced, absent, yet with an abun-
dance of vigor. Read: Abund-dance. The music was
irresistable. It contains applicable lessons in life and living.
Biting my lip to quiet myself, I emptied out too, and was filled
with Veasley's outward bound solor. I've never heard such
sounds from an electric bass! His peculiar stroking
technique had ghosts of dinosaurs crowding the room; sum-
moned lions and jungle beasts to the stage. I heard them
growling! Really wild.

The second set began with a special message. Before
playing "A Walk in Kingston, Jamaica" Odean Pope offered
some personal 'thnak-yous.' He noted that Kingston was a
place that offered a lot of spicy food. Pope loves spicy food;
his favorite cocktail is a cleansing combination of hot water
and cayenne pepper. Here Pope offered a special thanks to
Colleen Clancy, one of the warmest people alive, and the
maker of Ann Arbor's (and the world's) finest Clancy's Fan-
cy Hot Sauce. Colleen provides the food for the artists as part
of Eclipse's hospitality staff. Pope thanked her for her
brewing the hot spicy cider saying, "It just took my heart."
Mine, too. Thanks, Colleen.
We could almost smell the sea breeze as we strutted
through Kingston town with the trio. Jan mon! Gerald
Veasley crooning lightly, leading us along the way. There
followed more reason for thanks. Pope had offered an after-
noon workshop which, though sparsely attended, was a sour-
ce of deep inspiration for Odean. There he met one person,
local trombonist Mark Kissinger, whose demeanor so im-
pressed Pope that he invited Kissinger to take the stage with
the trio.
This rarely happens. Pope said that he was being 'cold-
blooded' in bringing Mark up to play the improvised solo
passage, the hard, while the trio played the melody, the
easy part. This sharing of time and love was anything but
cold blooded. Really, it was quite the opposite. And Kissinger
rose to the occasion and warmed our hearts as part of a won-
derful quartet. I saw the bell of his horn expanding and
recognized in its warm tones the beating of the human heart.
Next, we were treated to the seriously deep mood piece
called "Multiphonics." Pope's self-proclaimed love song
featured Veasley's sleep soft dream bass; plucked as gently
as a Morpheus harp. Clarion seraphim saxophone breating
flutterflies, yielding the qualities of human speech. Veasley's
oass solo treading softly on clouds revealed the dynamic
range of the trio's sound. Before this steady vibration of life
the floor, the room, and our hearts vibrated in sympathy.
The program closed with a series of tributes. "Good
Question" was dedicated to Max Roach. Pope called him Dr.
Max Roach, and emphasized his teaching qualifies as a
musician and human being. "It's the humanity that's most
important," said Odean. This duet piece featured Pope and
Rochester, seen here as a graduate from the Mt. St. Helen's
school of drumming. Next came Coltrane's "Giant Steps,"
lovingly rendered. Pope always includes a challenging piece
from one of the masters, saying "When something is a
challenge I like to deal with it." And how! The finale was
"Scorpio Twins", dedicated to Max Roach's two daughters.
Beautiful.
Beautiful; the room. Beautiful; the music. Beautiful; the
humility. And above all, Beautiful the humanity. Theirs and
ours ! Odean Pope's trio offered up their hearts thankfully,
and took a piece of our hearts with them. Before leaving Pope
suggested that he would like to return with his nine piece
Saxophone Choir, and thanked us all warmly. Patience is a
virtue, so we're told. But nobody in the Ark last night wants
to wait too long.

Rickie Lee Jones at the Michigan

(Continued from Page 5)
like Jones was unlikely to be on the
concert/recording circuit, or around
at all, for much longer.
The Magazine LP seems, in a lot of
ways, a defiant aural no to all that. It
keeps its emotions more in reserve,
painting smaller still lifes rather than
enormous canvases, trying to keep

Rickie Lee from the sort of emotional
overspill that was apparently too
much for her to handle before. It's
certainly an excellent record, but it's
the first of hers that lacks the breadth
, completeness and compulsive
listenability of a vinyl masterpiece.
Still, as always, the song ought to be
fascinating in concert-if only

because Jones (who co-produced The
Magazine) uses the resources of the
studio so fully on record that any live
rendering would have to be significan-
tly different.
Tickets for the show are available
at all Ticket World outlets. For fur-
ther info call the Michigan or Prism
productions.

Red Rocking conversation with Hill
(Continued from Page 5)

H: He also did our first album, Con-
dition Red; but that was pretty much
done live - in two days - we just
bashed them out.
D: What about your new producer,
Rick Chertoff?
H: And William Wittman.
D: Who else have they produced?
H: Cindy Lauper and Scandal. They
were great to work with. We were

D: I ah, he worked with us on that.
You know how bands are doing that six-
ties psychedelic sound; we wanted to
take that and put it in an eighties sound.
D: "Good Thing I Know Her" seems
to be the title song. It's a really im-
pressive song.
H: It's our favorite song. We wanted
that to be our first single but unfor-
tunately.
D: That song, along with "Eve of
Tlactr.. .nfnn"' .., i a . wima faal

H: Yeah, we've done four. We did
"Eve of Destruction". We just finished
"Blood From A Stone" - our new
single. It's this anthem for the working
class being pushed to the brink. We did
a big shoot in Golden Gate Park in San
Francisco. We built a giant bonfire and
had all these working people come out
and they were holding torches. It looks
pretty strange. We cut in slices of fac-
tory machinery.

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