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Category: bass

Wednesday, July 26th

voices I miss

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Mal Waldron (piano), Charles Rouse (tenor saxophone, flute), Woody Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn), Reggie Workman (bass), live (“The Git Go,” “All Alone,” “Fire Waltz”), New York (Village Vanguard), 1985




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Irises at Horikiri, 1857

Thursday, June 29th


Geri Allen, pianist, June 12, 1957-June 27, 2017

With Kenny Davis (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dance), live, South Korea, 2011



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


Friday, June 23rd

found sounds

Yesterday, waiting for a train.

“Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” (N. Whitfield, B. Strong; Temptations, 1971), Red Line (Jackson), Chicago, 6/22/17




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Danny Lyon (1942-), Racer, Schererville, Indiana, 1965

Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016




reading table

summer heat—
today, all day
the playful clouds

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue with assistance from Sakuo Nakamura)

Thursday, June 15th

like nobody else

Anthony Braxton Accelerator Ghost Trance Septet (AB, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet, flugelhorn; Jessica Pavone, viola; Chris Dahlberg, bass, cello; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jay Rozen, tuba; Aaron Siegel, drums, percussion, vibraphone), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2008




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)


random thoughts

Aging criminal-defense lawyer’s retirement plan: drop dead at my desk.

Tuesday, May 23rd

never enough

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



reading table

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


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



reading table

Your actual experience is a complete flux.

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Wednesday, May 3rd


Paul Motian (drums, 1931-2011), Charlie Haden (bass, 1937-2014), Geri 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


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



art beat

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


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