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Monday, November 20th

passings

Muhal Richard Abrams, September 19, 1930-October 29, 2017, pianist, composer, cofounder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), educator—and arguably one of the most influential figures in American music of the last 50 years

Solo, “Improvisation for John,” New York, 2016

 

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Quintet (MRA, piano; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Leonard E. Jones, bass; Reggie Nicholson, drums), Italy (Milan), 2016

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With bassist Malachi Favors (1927-2004), Sightsong, 1976

 

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Talking, 2016

 

Friday, November 10th

Was popular music, some of it, anyway, better then—or is any inclination in that direction simply a matter of nostalgia?

Otis Redding (1941-1967), “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” (O. Redding, S. Cropper), rec. 1967 (official video)

 

Taking another break. Still flu-beaten. At times like these, I’m especially grateful to be in a long marriage (41 years, January). (I’m also grateful, when my wife is ill, to be able to care for her.) Back before long, I hope.

Thursday, November 9th

sounds of New York

I’ve been down with flu since Sunday. Encountering this last night, serendipitously, lifted me in ways only music can.

Retrograde (Matt LaVelle, trumpet, alto clarinet; Reggie Sylvester, drums), live, New York (First St. Green), 9/30/17

 

lagniappe

random thoughts

This world—the world one lives in, daily—is the most beautiful world one will live in, ever.

Sunday, October 29th

old school

Willie Neal Johnson (1935-2001) & The Gospel Keynotes, “Jesus, You’ve Been Good To Me,” live, Jackson, Miss.

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Saturday, October 28th

sounds of Amsterdam

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, live, Bogotá, Colombia, 9/19/17

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, October 27th

basement jukebox

J.B. Lenoir, “Mama Talk To Your Daughter,” 1955

 

If I had a time machine, I’d travel back to 1954—the year they recorded this in Chicago—and I’d step into the studio, unobtrusively, just as they’re about to begin.

Thursday, October 26th

passings

Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., February 26, 1928-October, 24, 2017, singer, songwriter, piano player

“Don’t You Hear Me Calling You” (A. Domino, D. Bartholomew), 1954

 

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, October 25th

thank God (or Whatever) for radio

Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) with guest Tyondai Braxton, live, New York (The Lot Radio, Brooklyn), 2017

 

Tuesday, October 24th

what’s new

Anouar Brahem (oud, vocal) with Django Bates (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), “Blue Maqams,” 2017

Monday, October 23rd

sounds of New York

Blue Turf (Nels Cline, guitar; Jim Campilongo, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass; Jim Black, drums), live, New York, 2016

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