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Sunday, April 26th

More of Vernard Johnson.

Live, Roanoke, Tx.


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“What Is This,” live (Something’s Got a Hold on Me), Little Rock, Ark., 1981

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“I’ve Decided To Make Jesus My Choice,” The Gospel Saxophone of Vernard Johnson, 1974

Saturday, April 25th

Sometimes nothing is more enlivening than to hear something that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Rebecca Saunders (1967-), Fury II (2009); Remix Ensemble (Emilio Pomarico, cond.; Antonio Augusto Aguiar, bass), live, Portugal (Porto), 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

after the dance
right away, cutting
the morning grass

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Friday, April 24th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Metz, “Get Off,” live, Seattle, 2014

Thursday, April 23rd

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Mingus!

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

Better late than never for someone who, like Miles and Monk, Bach and Beethoven, I couldn’t live without.

Charles Mingus (bass) with Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute), Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), live, Belgium, Norway, and Sweden, 1964*


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

There’s something about listening to Eric Dolphy that makes you feel glad to be alive.

—Cliff Preiss, D.J., yesterday, WKCR (Columbia University), Mingus birthday broadcast

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*Set lists (courtesy of YouTube):

Belgium
00:00-00:45 Intro
00:46-05:33 So Long Eric
05:35-11:20 Peggy’s Blue Skylight
11:23-32:03 Meditations On Integration

Norway
32:30-54:46 So Long Eric
56:30-1:11:40 Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
1:13:53-1:16:20 Parkeriana
1:16:22-1:29:05 Take The “A” Train

Sweden
1:30:05-1:33:55 So Long Eric
1:34:02-1:52:35 Meditations On Integration
1:52:40- 1:59:50 So Long Eric

Wednesday, April 22nd

sounds of South Africa

Fantasma, “Basbizile,” live, London, 2015

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Another take (Free Love, 2015)

Tuesday, April 21st

sounds of Malawi

The Very Best with Mafalika, “Let’s Go,” live, Malawi (Kumbali Village), 2/15


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Another take (Makes a King, 4/15)

Monday, April 20th

what’s new

Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta” (video, 4/15; To Pimp a Butterfly, 3/15)

 

Sunday, April 19th

In forty years this guy has let me down not once.

Vernard Johnson, “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last,” live


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lagniappe

random thoughts

Blessed to be awakened, again, by birds.

Saturday, April 18th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 3 in C major for Unaccompanied Cello; Anner Bylsma, live, 2000


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lagniappe

art beat: Thursday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vase in the Form of an Exotic Plant, 1886/87

Style: "Japanese baskets"

 

Friday, April 17th

With all he does, this can get lost: on guitar, he’s a killer.

Cee Lo Green, “Crazy,” live (with Prince, guitar), New York, 2011


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Stevie Wonder, “Superstition,” live (with Prince, guitar), Paris, 2010


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lagniappe

reading table

I am alive—I guess—

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #605 (Franklin), first line

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