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Wednesday, April 23rd

sounds of New Orleans

Let Me Do My Thang: Rebirth Brass Band (Keith Reynaud, 2000)


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lagniappe

random thoughts

Day after day, tiptoeing through minefields, until, finally, our luck runs out.

 

Tuesday, April 22nd

Happy (92nd) Birthday, Mingus!

Charles Mingus, bassist, composer, bandleader
April 22, 1922-January 5, 1979

Charles Mingus Quintet (CM, bass; Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone; Booker Ervin, tenor saxophone; Ted Curson, trumpet; Dannie Richmond, drums) with guest Bud Powell (piano), “I’ll Remember April” (G. de Paul, P. Johnston, D. Raye), live, France (Antibes Jazz Festival), 1960

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radio

WKCR (Columbia University): all Mingus, all day.

Monday, April 21st

old stuff

Jeannette and Her Synco Jazzers (Mary Lou Williams, piano, et al.), “The Bumps” (rec. 1927, Chicago)

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musical thoughts

Whistling was said to be popular among ancient Chinese hermits as a way of achieving oneness with nature.

Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei (translations by Tony Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, Xu Haixin)

Sunday, April 20th

sounds of Chicago

Mixon Singers, live, Chicago, 2013


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lagniappe

art beat

Walter Unbehaun (74-year-old client sentenced this week, in federal court in Chicago, for bank robbery [42 months]), African Preacher (pencil; Kankakee County Jail, 2014)

AfricanWoman

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reading table

God’s Grandeur
by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Tuesday, April 15th

Yesterday this piece, by a composer often heard here, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music.

John Luther Adams (1953-), Become Ocean (2013); Seattle Symphony

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taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Monday, April 14th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Krystian Zimerman (1956-), piano, live

Sunday, April 13th

sounds of Chicago

Before “A Change Is Gonna Come,” before “Chain Gang,” before “You Send Me,”  before . . .

Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke [1931-1964])

“Touch the Hem of His Garment,” 1956

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“Nearer My God To Thee,” live, Los Angeles, 1955

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reading table

Gray hairs being plucked,
and from below my pillow
a cricket singing

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694; translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Saturday, April 12th

sounds of Chicago

Edward Wilkerson Jr.’s Shadow Vignettes, “Defender” (E. Wilkerson Jr.), live


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lagniappe

random thoughts

What would it be like to live in a world where each moment was a small, but undeniable, miracle?

Friday, April 11th

sounds of Chicago

Oshwa, “Old Man Skies,” live (recording session), Chicago, 2013

Thursday, April 10th

alone

There are all kinds of lullabies.

Tamio Shiraishi (alto saxophone), live, New York, 1/26/14, 1 a.m.

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lagniappe

random thoughts

Yesterday, while I was shopping at Trader Joe’s, a youthful Mick Jagger jumped out of the speakers. “I can’t get no . . . satisfaction . . .” In 1965, when I was twelve years old, if someone had said that in 2014 this would be the soundtrack to buying grapefruit, I would have thought they were nuts. “When I’m drivin’ in my car and that man comes on the radio . . .” Sometimes I wish my generation would just get the hell off the stage.

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