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importance of secrecy and how it
plays an essential role in this record
of cryptography; secrecy drives one
to make codes, similarly, it impels
another to break codes.
An engaging tale of buried secrets
and the techniques of solving them,
"The Code Book" absorbs the reader
and actually gives you something to
think about, beyond the mystery, past
the suspense, its teachings linger in
your mind and dwell in your psyche.
After reading this book, you'll never
leave a puzzle unsolved. And Singh's
promise of S15,000 from his own
pocketbook as a prize for solving the
code at the finale of the book only
offers further incentive for breaking
So when Simon says solve, we
solve. And if Simon says clap your
hands, we would undoubtedly
applaud Simon for successfully
engrossing us in his games and puz-
Jarrett: Blahing the blues away at Hill
By John Uhl
Daily Music Editor
Saturday night, the troll of Hill Audi-
torium lurked beneath the stage.
The haughty imminence of Hill
quells nearly a block of North U. Pastel
blue and glimmer gold, its halo arc hov-
The Department of Philosophy
The University of Michigan
TH ETANNER LECTURE ON
Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics
University of Cambridge
Valuing Objects and Evaluating Policies:
Economic Well-Being and the Natural
Friday, October 6, 4:00 p.m.
Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 East Washington Street
SYMPOSIUM ON THE TANNER
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Sept. 23. 2000
ers over azure
organ pipes with
above lesser Ann
The maize and
blue crown jewel
of the Universi-
Yet under the
perfect echo of its
Courtesy o fUM
Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock lulled Hill to sleep.
rious for humming along with his
improvising, a fairly common fetish
among jazzers. But Jarrett squirms over
his piano bench like a bored child,
shrieking like a pig in a slaughterhouse.
The irony of this distraction is that
Jarrett is very fickle about the acoustics
accompanying his playing situations.
Ann Arbor was one of only five stops
for the pianist this fall. And as Jarrett
has cataloged over fifty albums for
ECM (a label that is renowned for sap-
ping the life out of recordings by many
fantastic jazz musicians), the choice of
Hill's cavernous dry hall as a perfor-
mance space is rather apt.
squeaks of an animated gargoyle,
unaware of the concert above by Keith
Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack
DeJohnette, were audible. At least that's
the way I'd like to think of it.
What I was really hearing was the
awful whine of Jarrett singing along
with his piano. The jazz pianist is noto-
More than anything, it's indicative of
the misguided sentiment that jazz
should be regarded as "America's clas-
sical music." The green idea of Wynton
Marsalis and a few other uncreative cats
from the '80s, neo-classicism and the
modern trend of featuring blockbuster
jazz names (like Jarrett, Peacock and
DeJohnette) on expensive tickets seems
bent on removing everything that's
dirty about jazz from the music.
Jazz used to be written about in dirty
books. White jazz musicians were for-
saken by their families for playing the
music, which was spawn in whorehous-
es. The word jazz itself originally held
sexual connotations. A pianist used to
be able to groan to his music without
seeming odd. Now it costs S35 to get
into the Blue Note and Lincoln Center
is building a whole complex for the
promotion of its jazz program.
Now, a bunch of tight-assed Ann
Arborites sit in Hill Auditorium in utter,
painstaking silence. (After commenting
on the performance, I was actually
shushed by one woman, a gesture that
is such the antithesis of jazz's social ori-
gins that it nearly made me sick enough
to puke on her.) And what they hear
was one of the most soulless, borin
performances I've ever witnessed.
Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette have
been interpreting standards, the body of
American popular songs from the '30s-
'50s, since 1983. Unfortunately, an
extended vamp ending to "Autumn
Leaves," a one-key piece that is a lot
like a long vamp anyway, was last
night's only product from 20 years of
tinkering with form. Most of the tunes
featured extensive piano introductio
and piano solos with brief additions b
Peacock's bass or DeJohnette's drums.
Occasionally they traded fours.
That Peacock and DeJohnette didn't
play more was particularly disappoint-
ing, since their pithy contributions were
generally more inspired than the solip-
sistic meandings of Jarrett, whose end-
less phrases rarely build to any
definable climax or denouement.
I left in disgust when the tri
kicked off their encore of "When
Fall In Love," a song that never hear-
ing again will help me die as a happy
man (save for the Miles Davis Quintet
Basically: The sound of my own uri-
nation would have been more musical-
ly stimulating than what was played.
Keith Jarrett took two and a half hours
away from my life that I'd like back.
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