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Month: August, 2013

Saturday, August 31st

For over thirty years he’s been taking me places no one else does.

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid, live, New York, 2013

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It’s not just notes on a page. Threadgill really reaches out and grabs you by the lapels. Someone else described it to me as ‘every time Threadgill enters, it’s like the curtains just parted.’ He has this way of cutting right through the texture of the music.

—pianist Vijay Iyer

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lagniappe

reading table: passings

Between my fingers and my thumb
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.

—Seamus Heaney (April 13, 1939-August 30, 2013), “Digging” (excerpt)

Friday, August 30th

three takes

“Grits Ain’t Groceries” (T. Turner; AKA “All Around the World”)

Little Milton with Bonnie Raitt, TV show (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), 1997


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Little Milton, recording, 1969


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Little Willie John, recording, 1955

Thursday, August 29th

nothing much happening

Phill Niblock, “Pan Fried 70” (Touch Food, 2003)

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lagniappe

random thoughts

If they’re both immeasurable, is a lifetime any greater than a moment?

Wednesday, August 28th

can’t wait: Chicago Jazz Festival, 8/29-9/1

The Engines (9/1; Dave Rempis, saxophones, Jeb Bishop, trombone; Kent Kessler [filling in for Nate McBride], bass; Tim Daisy, drums), live, Columbia, South Carolina, 2013

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Tuesday, August 27th

more

O.V. Wright (1939-1980)

“God Blessed Our Love,” “When A Man Loves A Woman,” live, Japan, 1979


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“I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled, And Crazy” (Back Beat, 1973)


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“A Nickel And A Nail” (Back Beat, 1975)

Monday, August 26th

old school

O.V. Wright (1939-1980), “Into Something (Can’t Shake Loose)”
Live, Japan, 1979


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No other soul singer—not Otis Redding, not Al Green, no one—gives me such chills.

Sunday, August 25th

fifty years ago

March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Mahalia Jackson, “How I Got Over”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Martin Luther King

Has there ever been a greater musician of speech?

Saturday, August 24th

alone

If you’re in the mood for his music, as I often am, nothing else will do.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Triadic Memories (1981); Louis Goldstein, piano


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lagniappe

reading table

In the summer rain
the path
has disappeared.

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783; translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

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musical thoughts

What would it be like to live in a world without sound?

Friday, August 23rd

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


Not many stars would handle this the way Prince does. Actually, what’s most impressive is what he doesn’t do. Given a guitar solo, he doesn’t try to steal the show—or even draw attention. Instead, he feeds the groove.

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lagniappe

reading table

Sophistication is upscale conformity.

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What is more yours than what always holds you back?

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The heart is a small, cracked cup, easy to fill, impossible to keep full.

—James Richardson, “Even More Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays from Vectors 3.0” (excerpts)

Thursday, August 22nd


alone

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 1 in G major for Unaccompanied Cello; Anner Bylsma, live, Germany (Dornheim), 2000

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As I’ve said, I first encountered Bach’s cello suites in the ’70’s, when I was in college. Since then they’ve lost none of their magnetic power—it’s only increased. Living without them is unimaginable.

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