Kim and Kanye choose Chicago for their new baby's name

Kim Kardashian West's fertilized egg had been implanted into a surrogate, who gave birth to the child. (File photo: AP)
Updated 20 January 2018
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Kim and Kanye choose Chicago for their new baby's name

CHICAGO: Chicago — where Kanye West was raised — is the name of baby No. 3 with Kim Kardashian West.
Mom made the announcement Friday on her app without explanation. Chicago was born Monday, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces. She joins big sister North, 4, and middle brother Saint, 2.
Kardashian West's fertilized egg had been implanted into a surrogate, who gave birth to the child. The rapper and the reality star chose to use a carrier after Kim suffered pregnancy complications with her two older children. She said her doctors told her it wasn't safe for her to carry another baby.
The name choice generated a bit of buzz in Chicago and on social media, where the wind jokes flew. The hashtag #BabyWest trended on Twitter in the U.S. by late afternoon Friday, with Kardashian West tweeting out the nickname Chi. So are we yay or nay?
"It's a great city. I love it. But I'm not sure if I would name my baby that. Maybe like a middle name or something, said Taylor Tippett, in Chicago.
Ashley Boice, also in Chicago, said she isn't surprised by the unusual name.
"They're trying to one up all the other celebs and their crazy names," she said. "I don't love it. I think it's for attention."
Besides, Boice said, why not go with a cool Chicago neighborhood name instead, perhaps one Kanye favors. Wicker Park and Logan (for Logan Square) are available.
How does all of this bode for the upcoming birth of Kardashian sister Khloe's baby, and reportedly half-sis Kylie Jenner, too.
"Khloe's really cool. I think her and her guy are going to find a really cool name," Boice said. "But if Kylie is pregnant, I don't know, I think she'll do something weird."


Chip Wickham ushers in winds of change on the jazz scene

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Chip Wickham ushers in winds of change on the jazz scene

PARIS: The hotly hyped “British jazz invasion” has been the toast of international scenesters for some months now, with breathy adjective-heavy sprawls penned on both sides of the Atlantic paying tribute to a fresh generation of musos who grew up not in the conservatoires but the clubs, channelling the grit and groove of grime into a distinctly hip, 21st century strain of freewheeling, DIY improvised music.

Now the Arab world has its own outpost in the form of Chip Wickham, a UK-born flautist, saxophonist and producer whose second album grew out of extended stints teaching in the GCC. “Shamal Wind” takes its name from the Gulf’s primal weather patterns, and there’s a distinctly meditative, Middle Eastern vibe to the title track, a slow-burning, moody vamp, peppered with percussive trills, with hints of Yusef Lateef to be found in Wickham’s wandering woodwind musings.

There’s rather less goatee-stroking to be found across the four further up-tempo cuts, which swap soul-searching for soul-jazz, soaked in the breezy bop of a vintage Blue Note release. Recorded over a hot summer in Madrid, a heady Latin pulse drives first single, “Barrio 71” — championed by the likes of Craig Charles — with Spanish multi-percussionist David el Indio steaming up a block party beat framing Wickham’s gutsy workout on baritone sax.

Having previously worked with electronic acts, including Nightmares on Wax and Jimpster, one imagines the dancefloor was a key stimulus behind Wickham’s rhythmically dense, but harmonically spare compositional approach. Phil Wilkinson’s sheer, thumped piano chords drive the relentless nod of second single “Snake Eyes,” Wickham’s raspy flute floating somewhere overhead, readymade to be skimmed off for the anticipated remix market.

In truth, Manchester-raised Wickham is both too thoughtful, and too thoughtless, to truly belong to the London-brewed jazz invasion — Shamal Wind yo-yos between meditative meandering and soulful strutting with a wilful disrespect for trend.