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Category: France

Tuesday, May 17th

timeless

Lee Konitz (1927-2020, alto saxophone), Bill Evans (1929-1980, piano [25:33-]), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (1946-2005, bass), Alan Dawson (1929-1996, drums), live (“What’s New,” “All the Things You Are,” “Detour Ahead,” “My Melancholy Baby”), Paris, 1965

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, April 24th

timeless

Clara Ward Singers (feat. Vermettya Royster), “Travelin’ Shoes,” live, France (Antibes), 1962

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 14th

more

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982, piano) with Philly Joe Jones (1923-1985, drums), et al., “Nutty,” (T. Monk) live, Paris, 1969

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, February 8th

like nobody else

John Zorn’s Acoustic Masada (JZ, 1953-, alto saxophone, compositions; Dave Douglas, trumpet; Greg Cohen, bass; Joey Baron, drums), live, Vienne (France), 2006

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 1st

like nobody else

James Brown (1933-2006), live, Paris, 1968

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

You shout from the other room
You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie
And instantly I think what luck
no war has been declared
no fire has consumed
our city’s monuments
our bodies our dwellings

The river didn’t flood
no friends
have been arrested
It’s only boogie-woogie
I sigh relieved
and say it’s spelled just like it sounds
boogie-woogie

—Adam Zagajewski (1945–2021), “Boogie-Woogie” (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Thursday, August 19th

sounds of Paris

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, voice, compositions; Lester St. Louis, cello, voice; Anton Hatwich, bass, voice; Chad Taylor, drums, mbira), live, Paris, 7/12/21

first set

*****

second set

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, August 11th

sounds of Paris

Yusef Lateef Quartet (YL, 1920-2013, flute; Kenny Barron, piano; Bob Cunningham, bass; Albert Heath, drums), “Yesterdays” (J. Kern), live, Paris, 1972

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

This is a world of books gone flat.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “Visits to St. Elizabeths”

Saturday, June 19th

alone

Helene Vogelsinger (electronics), “Reappearance,” live, France (Hendaye), published 6/9/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, June 14th

like nobody else

Cecil Taylor Unit (CT, 1929-2018, piano; Sam Rivers, soprano saxophone; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Andrew Cyrille, drums), live, Paris, 1969

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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