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Thursday, July 27th

voices I miss

Some musicians suck up oxygen; others increase the available supply.

Jaki Byard (piano, 1922-1999), live, Berlin, 1965

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bullfinch on camellia branch, early 1830s

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

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

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

Tuesday, July 25th

voices I miss

Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone, 1934-2004), “Wasted” (S. Lacy), live, Paris, 1982

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Yatsumi Bridge, 1856

Monday, July 24th

what’s new

Venetian Snares (AKA Aaron Funk, electronics), Daniel Lanois (pedal-steel guitar), “Night,” live (studio performance), Toronto, 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bush warbler and plum, c. 1840

Saturday, July 22nd

old instruments, new sounds

Daniel Levin (cello), Mat Maneri (viola), live, Norway (Oslo), 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Robert Frank (1924-), US 285, New Mexico, 1955 (The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago, through October 29th)

Friday, July 21st

can’t wait

Monday night, Chicago—Millenium Park.

Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao), “Senegal Fast Food,” 2004

 

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lagniappe

random thoughts

The story we tell ourselves of who we are is just that—a story we tell ourselves of who we are.

Monday, June 26th

what’s new

Here’s something from Roscoe Mitchell’s new album, Bells for the South Side (ECM), a 2-CD set recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

“Spatial Aspects of the Sound,” Roscoe Mitchell (composition, piccolo), Craig Taborn (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (piano), William Winant (percussion), Kikanju Baku (wrist bells, ankle bells)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

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

Wednesday, June 21st

serendipity

Just now, walking to the Art Institute of Chicago after lunch, I heard a man singing on the sidewalk. The voice seemed familiar. And the more I listened, the more confident I became that I’d heard this voice before.

Willie Barbee, today

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clips posted the other day (May 29th)

Anna Clyne (1980-), A Wonderful Day (2013)
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Willie Barbee (pre-recorded voice)

Live, New York, 2015


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Recording (Field Recordings), 2015

 

Saturday, June 17th

more

Hamid Drake (1955-; drums; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Fred Anderson (1929-2010, tenor saxophone), “Black Women (For Beatrice Anderson and Amelia Drake),” live (recording session, Back Together Again), 2004

 

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lagniappe

art beat

Marc PoKempner (1948-), Theresa’s Lounge (Junior Wells behind the bar), Chicago (4801 S. Indiana), 1979

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