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Tuesday, May 23rd

never enough

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, Tokyo, 1963


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Men are children. They must be pardoned for everything, except malice.

—Joseph Joubert, 1754-1824 (The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert, translated from French by Paul Auster)

Thursday, May 11th

timeless

James P. Johnson (piano), Sidney DeParis (trumpet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Shirley (guitar), John Simmons (bass), Sidney Catlett (drums), “After You’ve Gone” (T. Layton, M. Harris), 1944


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Your actual experience is a complete flux.

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Wednesday, May 3rd

more

Paul Motian (drums, 1931-2011), Charlie Haden (bass, 1937-2014), Gerri Allen (piano, 1957-), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988

 

Monday, May 1st

two takes

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), “Hackensack”

Anat Fort, live, Israel (Tel Aviv), 2015


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Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Larry Gayle, bass; Ben Riley, drums), live (TV show), London, 1965

 

Tuesday, April 25th

Is any alto player more eloquent?

Joe McPhee (alto saxophone), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), live, New York, 2014


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Paul Strand (1890-1976), Abandoned Window, 1944

 

Tuesday, April 11th

more

John Coltrane Quartet (JC, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums), “Vigil,” “Naima,” “My Favorite Things,” live, Belgium (Comblain-La-Tour), 1965


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Robert Frank (1924-), Cafe – Beaufort, South Carolina, 1955

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Tuesday, March 28th

bad news/good news

Bad news: You’ve heard nothing this good in who knows how long.

Good news: You’re about to hear this.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan, trumpet; John Hicks, piano; Victor Sproles, bass), “On The Ginza,” “Lament for Stacey,” “The Egyptian,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Buhaina’s Delight,” live (TV show), London, 1964

 

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Robert Frank (1924-), Rooming house—Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, 1955/56

 

Friday, March 24th

more

“Johnny B. Goode” (C. Berry), live (TV show), France, 1958


Everyone talks about his guitar playing. And, yes, it’s terrific. But he may be an even better songwriter.

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Robert Frank (1924-), Candy Store, New York City, 1955/56

Monday, March 20th

passings

Chuck Berry, October 18, 1926-March 18, 2017, guitar player, singer, songwriter

“Roll Over Beethoven” (C. Berry), live (TV show), France, 1958


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Saturday, March 11th

more

William Parker’s In Order To Survive (WP, bass; Hamid Drake, drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Cooper-Moore, piano, vocals; Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone), “Hymn,” live, New York, 2013


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He isn’t doing that right—that was a very important one. It was what Astaire claimed he was thinking whenever he watched himself onscreen, and I noted that third-person pronoun. This is what I understood by it: that for Astaire the person in the film was not especially connected with him. And I took this to heart, or rather, it echoed a feeling I already had, mainly that it was important to treat oneself as a kind of stranger, to remain unattached and unprejudiced in your own case. I thought you needed to think like that to achieve anything in this world. Yes, I thought that was a very elegant attitude.

—Zadie Smith, Swing Time

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