like nobody else
Anthony Braxton ZIM Sextet (AB, 1945-, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet, flugelhorn, trombone; Ingrid Laubrock, reeds; Tomeka Reid, cello; Shelley Burgon, harp; Jacqueline Kerrod, harp; Dan Peck, tuba), live, Germany (Moers), 2017
One of my favorite musicians of all time died over seventy-five years ago at the age of twenty-five.
Charlie Christian (1916-1942, guitar) with Cootie Williams (trumpet), Johnny Guarnieri (piano), Dave Tough (drums), et al., “Waitin’ for Benny” (full session), live (studio), New York, 1941
art beat: yesterday, Intuit (Chicago)
Robert Johnson, City, 2018
Aretha Franklin (1942-2018), “Climbing Higher Mountains” (with Rev. James Cleveland), live, Los Angeles, 1972
Wailers (Bob Marley, vocals, guitar; Peter Tosh, vocals, guitar; Bunny Wailer, vocals, percussion, et al.), “Stir It Up” (B. Marley), live (studio), London, 1973
William Basinski (1958-), On Time out of Time, 3/8/19
looking at the same mountain . . .
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)
Joanna Mattrey (viola, stroh violin), live, New York, 4/8/19
I made my way to the sofa, where I battled against cancer once more by lying there staring straight ahead. I had such great resistance to thought that I didn’t even worry.
—Colm Toibin, “‘It’s curable,’ he said,” London Review of Books, 4/18/19
sounds of Chicago
Listen to this guitarist (2:47-), who just celebrated his 92nd birthday with a gig at Chicago’s Green Mill. Even at twenty-three he was utterly original.
Charlie Parker (1920-1955, alto saxophone) with George Freeman (1927-, guitar), et al., “Keen and Peachy” (C. Parker), live, Chicago, 1950