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Category: blues

Wednesday, January 27th

sounds of Chicago

Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell, 1940-, saxophones; Joseph Jarman, 1937-2019, saxophones, flute; Lester Bowie, 1941-1999, trumpet, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Malachi Favors, 1927-2004, bass, percussion; Don Moye, 1946-, drums, percussion) with guests,* live (performance begins at 8:20), Switzerland (Lugano), 1993

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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*Amina Claudine Myers (organ, vocals), Frank Lacy (trombone), James Carter (tenor saxophone), Chicago Beau (harmonica, vocals), Herb Walker (guitar, vocals).

Wednesday, January 13th

timeless

Sleepy John Estes (1899 or 1900–1977; vocals, guitar), with Hammie Nixon (harmonica) and Charlie Pickett or Son Bond (guitar), “Floating Bridge” (J. Estes), 1937

 

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random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Illinois Prairie Path)

Friday, December 25th

How about some blues for Christmas?

Bessie Smith (1894-1937) with Joe Smith (cornet), Charlie Green (trombone), Fletcher Henderson (piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925

 

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Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929), “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (1906-1976) with Lonnie Johnson (guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Leroy Carr (1905-1935), “Christmas in Jail—Ain’t That a Pain,” 1929


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Sonny Boy Williamson I (1914-1948), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1938

 

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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers with Charles Brown (1922-1999, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson (1921-1999), “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Alex or Aleck Miller, 1912-1965), “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), “Blues for Christmas,” 1959

 

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Hop Wilson (1921-1975), “Merry Christmas Darling,” 1961

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 3rd

sounds of the 1940s

Cecil Gant (1913-1951, piano, vocals), “What’s on Your Worried Mind,” “I Gotta Gal,” 1945

 

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random sights

a while ago, Maine (Monhegan Island)

Thursday, November 26th

basement jukebox

J. B. Lenoir (1929-1967), “Mama Talk To Your Daughter,” 1955

 

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Magic Sam (aka Samuel Maghett, 1937-1969), “All Your Love,” 1957

 

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Otis Rush (1934-2018)“All Your Love (I Miss Loving),” 1958

 

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Junior Wells (1934-1998), “Little by Little,” 1960

 

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Buddy Guy (1936-), “First Time I Met the Blues,” 1960

 

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Sonny Boy Williamson II (aka Alex [or Aleck] Miller, 1912-1965), “Help Me,” 1963

 

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Fenton Robinson (1935-1997), “Somebody (Loan Me a Dime),” 1967

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, August 10th

two takes

“Cold, Cold Feeling” (J. M. Robinson)

T-Bone Walker (1910-1975, vocals, guitar), 1952

 

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Albert Collins (1932-1993, vocals, guitar), 1978

 

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my back pages

The other day, on Spotify, I saw that this track—something I co-produced in another life—had over 4 million plays. If someone had told me, when we were working on this album, that someday it would “stream” to millions of listeners, I would have wondered: What are you smoking?

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, July 29th

basement jukebox

Otis Rush (1934-2018, vocals, guitar), “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” (O. Rush), 1959

 

If you take the words from ‘Black Magic Woman’ and just leave the rhythm, it’s ‘All Your Love’—it’s Otis Rush.

—Carlos Santana

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Roads run forever
Under feet forever
Falling away
Yet, it may happen that you
Come to the same place again
Stay! You could not do
Anything more certain—
Here you can wait forever
And rejoice at your arrival

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011)

Thursday, April 30th

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson II (aka Alex [or Aleck] Miller, 1912-1965, vocals, harmonica), “Help Me” (S. Williamson, et al.), 1963

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, March 29th

sounds of New York

Reverend Gary Davis (1896-1972), “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” live

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Clear skies ring with the honk of wild geese
On deserted hills, leaves whirl in the wind
Twilight on a smoky village road
Carrying an empty begging bowl and walking home alone

—Ryōkan (1758-1831), translated from classical Chinese by Ryūichi Abé and Peter Haskel

Friday, March 6th

sounds of Chicago

Junior Wells (1934-1998, vocals, harmonica), Buddy Guy (1936-, guitar), et al., “Cryin’ Shame” (AKA “Country Girl”), live, Chicago, c. 1970

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

All day long, singing,
yet the day’s not long enough
for the skylark’s song

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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