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Fine Whines; Forensic Exploitation; Another Average Reader Pleased; Local Boys Making Good; "Church" Not Built on Rob's Rock; Bad Fest, Good Drummer

Fine Whines

It is time for Terry Gilbert to go take a time out. That is what any of my children would do for whining as badly as he is doing in his letter ["Another Disappointed Customer," April 27]. I realize that this was a very personal thing for him, and I have great empathy for Sam Reese Sheppard, but this man is a professional lawyer; shouldn't he be able to deal with this in a better fashion?

We will never really know what happened that night, and Mr. Gilbert, for all his beliefs in Dr. Sam's innocence, has to realize that some things are just not ever going to be settled. It does not say anything about the system at all to take a case that was disputed from the beginning, place it 45 years in the future, and still have it disputed by the general population, not to mention the court system that made it disputed to begin with! I do not know if Dr. Sam is innocent or guilty, and what I read in the papers did nothing to sway me one way or the other. Of course, on the other hand, the multimillion-dollar settlement that [Sam Reese Sheppard] was looking for and the publicity that went along with the case would be enough to make any lawyer whine!

Rich Thompson
Cleveland

Forensic Exploitation

So let me get this straight. Terry Gilbert (the loser) thinks the court should have just sided with him and his pathetic client without a trial and awarded him a settlement. Mr. Gilbert called this a political trial, but what he really meant is that, by losing the case, he didn't further his career as he thought he would have by winning. Who's playing politics now, Mr. Gilbert? Forensic experts can be bought and paid for to say anything the person paying the bills wants them to say. O.J. had forensic experts, too, and we all know how guilty he was.

Damon Koch
Cleveland

Another Average Reader Pleased

Excellent article on the Sheppard trial ["Terrible Burden," April 20]. That's better journalism than one can find in The Plain Dealer on a day-to-day basis. I'm just an average reader, but I was thoroughly attached to the article and how it summed up the whole trial. Congrats to you for the outstanding literature and to the county prosecutors for winning the case.

Daniel Duliba
via the Internet

Local Boys Making Good

Thank you for the kind paragraph on the band Ivet [2000 Scene Music Awards, April 27]. Two corrections are in order: The instrumental opening contains no synthesizers. Just guitars that build into the brutal attack of the second song. Second, The CD was not released until January 10 of this year. We intended it to come out in September of last year, but were asked to hold up while a decision was being made whether a certain label would release it. When they hadn't decided by January 1, I released it on the 10th of that month. Our press kits were made in anticipating the September release. This can be confirmed by picking up the first issue of CMJ from this year announcing the release. By the next month, Ivet's Sickhouse had not only made the national CMJ charts, but had risen into the top 100. I think that's pretty good for a band doing everything on its own.

Jim Benson
Manager, Ivet

"Church" Not Built on Rob's Rock

First off, I am pleased that you have the DJ awards included in the 2000 Music Awards. It's a nice thing to see support from a local 'zine. However, I do think that a little deeper research may be in order in regard to the history presented in the snippet about Rob Sherwood.

He is a good DJ, but the fact is that he was not the "mastermind" behind "The Church." The founders were Scott Forbush (who died in 1998 of cancer), Scott Lucci, and I. Without the vision of breaking new musical ground in the Cleveland underground dance scene, "The Church" would never have been the success it was. Scott Forbush provided that vision; Scott Lucci provided the venue and the belief that what Forbush was doing was valid.

I do not write this letter to denigrate a fellow artist -- only to state the facts about the Cleveland underground electronic music scene. Sherwood has done good things for the scene, including throwing the first major "rave" event. For that the scene is better, but there is far more history out there to be aware of.

Ian Mariano
via the Internet

Bad Fest, Good Drummer

I attended all of the Tri-C Jazzfest concerts this year, and I must say I was quite disappointed in the music and its quality. It was a rather dull series, except for the "Bandy Does Blakey" concert. It was by far the best concert that I have attended in the past couple years of the Jazzfest. What I enjoyed most was the way Mr. Bandy related to his audience, the quality of the program, and the musicians. Never before have I seen anything like this in Cleveland, and I have lived here all of my life. It was informative, spiritual, and uplifting, and very entertaining.

I have followed Bandy's career since high school and cannot understand why he gets so little recognition, especially being a "hometown" person. He is a teacher at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, has traveled throughout the world, and has played with the finest musicians in the world, but still no recognition. Wake up, Cleveland. You have someone who can bring the jazz greats to Cleveland and make this a place to hear good jazz!

G. Crosby
Cleveland

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