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Monday, 4/25/11

 joy, n. a source of keen pleasure or delight. E.g., the singing of Eddie Jefferson.

Eddie Jefferson, jazz singer, August 3, 1918-May 9, 1979

Live (with Richie Cole, alto saxophone; John Campbell, piano; Kelly Sill, bass; Joel Spencer, drums), Chicago (Jazz Showcase), 5/6/79 (days later, outside a jazz club in Detroit, he was shot to death)

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Mark Rothko, Untitled (Purple, White, and Red), 1953

No painting has held my gaze more often, or meant more to me, than this. It’s different every time I see it.

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reading table

ROTHKO: Look at the tension between the blocks of color: the dark and the light, the red and the black and the brown. They exist in a state of flux—of movement. They abut each other on the actual canvas, so too do they abut each other in your eye. They ebb and flow and shift, gently pulsating. The more you look at them the more they move . . . They float in space, they breathe . . . Movement, communication, gesture, flux, interaction; letting them work . . . They’re not dead because they’re not static. They move through space if you let them, this movement takes time, so they’re temporal. They require time.

—John Logan, Red (2009)

Sunday, 4/24/11

Take me to the water . . .

Take Me To The Water:
Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography
1890-1950
(Dust-to-Digital 2009)

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lagniappe

reading table

Three Lilies

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in
the morning.” Psalm 30

Before dawn, under a thin moon disappearing
east, the planet Mercury, the messenger
and healer, came up vanishingly
into the blue beyond the garden where
three lilies at the bottom of the yard
arrayed white trumpets on iron stalks
under a slow, slow lightning from the sun.
I stood on a rotten step myself,
and smelled them from a hundred feet away.

—Brooks Haxton (Uproar: Antiphonies to Psalms)

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listening room: what’s playing

Billy Bang Quintet, Above and Beyond (Justin Time)

• The Complete Atlantic Recordings of Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh (Mosaic)

Bunky Green, The Salzau Quartet Live at Jazz Baltica (Traumton)

Bombino, Agadez (Cumbancha)

Friedrich Gulda, The Complete Gulda Mozart Tapes (Deutsche Grammaphon)

Maryanne Amacher, Sound Characters (Tzadik)

The Original Gospel Harmonettes (featuring Dorothy Love Coates), Love Lifted Me (Charly)

Rev. Johnny L. Jones, The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta (Dust-to-Digital)

Sinner’s Crossroads, Kevin Nutt, WFMU-FM (Thursday, 8-9 p.m. [EST])

Gospel Memories, Bob Marovich, WLUW-FM (Saturday 10-11 a.m. [CST])

Bird Flight, Phil Schaap, WKCR-FM (M-F, 8:20-9:30 a.m. [EST])

Charles Mingus Birthday Broadcast, WKCR-FM, 4/22/11

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