1998 - The Higher Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, sentences promoter Mathias Hoffmann to a jail term of five years and eight months. Hoffmann, 47, organizer of the 3 Tenors' concerts, had been found guilty of 59 counts of fraud and tax evasion involving some $13.5 million.
Wayne Shorter's 2002 Verve album, Footprints Live!, will rank high on many jazz critics' year-end top-10 lists, but the contents of this handy two-disc anthology shouldn't be forgotten as the bedrock upon which his art rests.
Originally released in 1979 on Toronto-based True North, the magnificent Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws concluded a trio of acoustic-oriented albums by the justly celebrated Canadian singer/songwriter and particularly showcased Cockburn's sparkling guitar work.
As easy as it might be to write off the nine-song Scraps as a money-grubbing collection of also-rans from the sessions for the rock diva's recent Under Rug Swept, it's actually a substantial piece of work that could (and should) stand solidly on its own creative merits.