More of Ornette.
Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone) with Don Cherry (cornet), Charlie Haden (bass), and Billy Higgins (drums), The Shape of Jazz to Come, 1959*
WKCR’s memorial broadcast continues until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
*Track list (courtesy of YouTube):
00:00 Lonely Woman
18:25 Focus on Sanity
Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925
Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928
Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928
Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929
Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947
Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950
Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951
John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959
sounds of Chicago
Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek, cornet, electronics, voice; Chad Taylor, drums, mbira, electronics), live (music begins at 4:30), Italy (Venice), 2013
(This clip, alas, has some glitches: at 56:15 both the sound and the picture drop out, returning, with just one of two audio channels, at 58:46.)
This I bumped into yesterday, while taking a break from work (murder case, tax stuff, etc.). I found it enthralling—maybe you will too.
Okkyung Lee (cello), live, Ireland (Cork), 2012
Today, on the heels of yesterday’s celebration of Ornette Coleman, WKCR (Columbia University) is hosting yet another birthday marathon—this one for jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, born on this date in 1903.
Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra (with Bix Beiderbecke [1903-1931], cornet), “I’m Coming Virginia” (1927)
sounds of Chicago
Michael Zerang and the Blue Lights (MZ, drums; Mars Williams, alto saxophone; Dave Rempis, baritone saxophone; Josh Berman, cornet; Kent Kessler, bass), live, Chicago (Hideout), 2013
Now, in general, Stick to the boat, is your true motto in whaling; but cases will sometimes happen when Leap from the boat, is still better.
—Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick
love it or hate it
Anthony Braxton 12+1tet, Composition 355, live, Italy (Venice), 2012
Anthony, a MacArthur “genius” award winner (1994) and professor at Wesleyan University, talks about this and that:
Music can take us places we’ve never been before, if we’re willing to listen to sounds we’ve never heard before.