A variety of poultry, known as the Barnevelder Chicken, originated in the Netherlands region of Barneveld just before the First World War. Due to the rich brown color, and the high quality, of the eggs, the species became sought-after by other countries and, consequently, in 1921 exports began. Another main attraction was the fact that hens produced were excellent layers.
The ‘double laced’ is a very popular variety, but they also come in black, partridge, and silver. The hen’s plumage is predominantly dark brown with black double lacing. This is frequently named a ‘double laced partridge’. Males have beautiful plumage with bursts of bronze, shimmering green, and violet. Some males have white and blue lacing.
The plumage of both sexes can be described as ‘tight with a rich texture’. They have red ear lobes, yellow skin, and a single comb. The stance is upright and the breast is broad. Due to their short wings, they are not very at flying.
Although they first became famous because of their brown eggs, Barnevelders are today most sought-after by show breeders and not so much for their eggs. In fact, the color of the eggs is now irrelevant because the focus is more on the characteristics of the birds’ appearance. Eggs are now much lighter in color and layers are not producing quantities equal to their previous reputation.
However, they are very useful winter layers and have a quiet, friendly disposition. They are not only bred to be show birds, but also as a handy utility breed. Medium-to-heavy in weight, they make an ideal double-purpose bird that can produce an adequate supply of eggs and yield an acceptable carcass. Barnevelders are excellent foragers and very hardy. Because they are inherently lazy, if allowed to live inactive lives, they are prone to becoming fat.
Both the female and the male enjoy human company and are docile. Therefore, they make good pets, for children especially. They will happily become a member of the family and won’t mind being handled, stroked, or picked up. A young one will probably need some socialization before it becomes a true pet. Barnevelders, unlike other breeds, have even been known to nurture very young children and babies.
They are easygoing and relate well to adults and children. Similar to a dog, a pet chicken will follow his or her owners around. Some people have said that Barnevelders also show guarding characteristics. The hen is a doting mother and will brood her eggs. When the chicks have hatched, she gives them care and attention. Even the rooster plays his role in parenthood.
It takes a chick longer to feather-out than other breeds. Hens usually reach a weight of 6 pounds and males 8 pounds. To summarize, the Barnevelder Chicken is a multi-purpose utility bird that is great as a pet, a good layer, and good to eat. The average hen will lay approximately 180 to 200 eggs per year, some of which can weigh as much as 3 ounces. The droppings serve as an excellent grass fertilizer.
Jeff Lorber Fusion
Legendary Fusion Master Jeff Lorber leads All-Star Group at Nighttown!
Featuring: Jeff Lorber-piano & keys, Jimmy Haslip-bass, & Gary Novak-drums.
Trailblazing pianist, composer, producer and bandleader Jeff Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Lorber has triumphed as one of the most innovative musical minds in contemporary jazz. The multi Grammy-nominated pianist’s newest CD is a sterling example of his expansive musical roots, masterfully crafted harmonic and melodic sophistication, irresistible finger-poppin’ grooves and intricate rhythmic sense. “I came up with the name Prototype because we are always trying to up our game and come up with new exciting music that could be a prototype or innovative harbinger for the future of our musical style,” says the LA based pianist. Lorber, a Berklee College of Music alum who formerly majored in Chemistry at Boston College goes full throttle on Prototype, orchestrating like an alchemist in the lab concocting a majestic elixir of jazz, soul, funk, pop, R&B and gospel.
Prototype features longtime collaborators – bassist Jimmy Haslip (founding member of The Yellowjackets) and drummer Gary Novak. “From a production standpoint Jimmy adds a ‘big picture’ element. He contributes a lot with his warm bass sound and on the road he is without a doubt one of the finest soloists out there on his instrument.” Lorber adds, “Gary’s very versatile, imaginative, super solid and gets a great sound. He really shines playing over the funky polyrhythmic grooves we record.”
Jeff Lorber’s Fusion came to life in the 70s when the pianist attended Berklee College of Music. “I was listening to Miles Davis and Bitches Brew and the beginning of great fusion bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever,” reflects Lorber. “There were also artists like Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders and Grover Washington, who pioneered a more melodic and funky type of sound. Not to mention the fantastic music being made in R&B and pop music like Earth Wind and Fire and Tower of Power.” Lorber envisioned Jeff Lorber Fusion a second generation to these fusion bands that were more R&B and melody oriented. A true clinician, Lorber has made it a point to study the long line of modern jazz pianists since 1945. “Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea have been major influences but I had to go back and try to figure out who they listened to and were inspired by,” says Lorber. “Some of these icons that come to mind are Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and Bud Powell.” He adds, “I also can’t forget all of the pianists who played with Miles Davis such as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flanagan and Horace Silver.”
Friday, May 26, 2017