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Category: guitar

Friday, February 16th


Barbara Lynn, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” (B. Lynn [aka B.L. Ozen], H.P. Meaux), live (TV show: The !!! Beat), Dallas, 1966


Tuesday, February 13th

what’s new

Juana Molina, “Sin Dones,” live, Netherlands (Utrecht), 1/17/18 (published; recorded 11/17)


Wednesday, February 7th

old school

Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980), “Goodbye Slim Harpo,” 1971



Slim Harpo (AKA James Isaac Moore, 1924-1970), The Best of Slim Harpo, 1983*



*01 – Baby Scratch My Back (1965); 02 – I Got Love If You Want It (1957); 03 – I’m A King Bee (1957); 04 – Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King) (1964); 05 – Shake Your Hips (1966); 06 – Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu (1968); 07 – Buzz Me Babe (1960); 08 – Buzzin’ (1963); 09 – Rainin’ In My Heart (1961); 10 – Still Rainin’ In My Heart (1964); 11 – Late Last Night (1960); 12 – Tip On In, Part 1 (1967); 13 – Bobby Sox Baby (1961); 14 – Don’t Start Cryin’ Now (1961); 15 – I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis) (1964); 16 – Strange Love (1958); 17 – Rock Me Baby (1976); 18 – Blues Hang-Over (1960).

Monday, February 5th

sounds of Iceland

I’m not quite sure what these guys are doing but whatever it is they sure know what they’re doing.

ADHD, live, Iceland (Hafnarfjörður), 2014




random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 29th

what’s new

St. Vincent, “New York,” “Los Ageless,” “Slow Disco,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/22/18


Friday, January 26th

what’s new

Amadou & Mariam, “Bofou Safou,” “Dimanche à Bamako,” “Filaou Bessame,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/19/2018


Tuesday, January 23rd


No one plays ballads more tenderly—or tartly.

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame, 1923-2012), “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (E. Maschwitz & M. Sherwin) with Jodie Christian (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), live, Harrisburg, Penn., 1994



“I Can’t Get Started” (V. Duke, I. Gershwin), live, Belgium, 1992



“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart) with Mike Allemena (guitar), Matt Ferguson (bass), Michael Raynor (drums), live, Chicago (Mandel Hall, University of Chicago), 2011




random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 22nd

voices I miss

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame), tenor saxophonist, 1923-2012

“Oleo” (S. Rollins) with Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Willie Pickens (piano), Dan Shapera (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 1988



“Take the ‘A’ Train” (B. Strayhorn) with Joanie Pallatto (vocals), Bettye Reynolds (vocals), Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone), Billy Brimfield (trumpet), John Young (piano), George Freeman (guitar), Larry Gray (bass), Michael Adams (drums), live, Chicago, 1999




my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-one years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, Von Freeman and John Young played at our—Suzanne’s and my—wedding. All of what they played that night—”Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (as Suzanne walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after)—can be heard here (0:15-). Years later, John told me: “When I marry ’em, they stay married.”

Wednesday, December 13th


Joe Morris (guitar) and Daniel Levin (cello), live, New York, 12/8/17


(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Friday, November 24th

trumpet festival
day four

Miles Davis (with Bob Berg, saxophones; John Scofield, guitar; Robert Irving III, keyboards; Darryl Jones, bass; Al Foster, drums; Steve Thornton, percussion), live, Switzerland (Montreux), 1984


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