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Wednesday, April 21st

sounds of Niger

Mdou Moctar, “Afrique Victime” (M. Moctar), published 4/1/21

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, April 16th

what’s new

Adrianne Lenker (voice, guitar, compositions), live (“anything,” “zombie girl,” “half return,” “forwards beckon rebound”), published 3/2/21

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

With a warbler for
a soul, it sleeps peacefully,
this mountain willow

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

Saturday, April 3rd

never enough

Guitarist Pete Cosey? Miles gave him a lot of space, as he had pianist Bill Evans. And just as the Miles of Kind of Blue is unimaginable without Evans, so too with Cosey here.

Miles Davis Septet (MD [trumpet, organ, compositions], Dave Liebman [soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute], Pete Cosey [guitar, percussion], Reggie Lucas [guitar], Michael Henderson [bass], Al Foster [drums], Mtume [aka James Foreman, James Mtume; conga, percussion]), live, Stockholm, 1973

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 30th

sounds of New York

Strictly Missionary (Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone; Wendy Eisenberg, guitar; Richard Lenz, bass; Kevin Murray, drums; Nick Neuberg, percussion), live, New York (Valentino Pier; Red Hook, Brooklyn), 3/27/21

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other day, Chicago

Tuesday, March 2nd

sounds of New York

Ben Monder (guitar), Tony Malaby (saxophones), Tom Rainey (drums), live, New York, 1/17/21

 

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Illinois Prairie Path)

Friday, February 26th

what’s new

Rae Khalil, live (“Way Down,” “FATHER,” “UP LATE,” “MARIA”), Los Angeles, published 2/18/21

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Interchanged, 1955 (detail)

Sunday, February 14th

more

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed” (trad.), 1928

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

Mingling with the wind
the snow comes falling;
mingling with the snow
the wind comes blowing;
by banked coals
I stretch my legs,
idle, idle,
in this grass hut
a shut-in,
and counting, find
that the second month too
like a dream
has come and gone

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Sunday, February 7th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “God Don’t Never Change” (W. Johnson), 1929

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Midnight frost—
I’d borrow
the scarecrow’s shirt.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Friday, January 29th

only rock ‘n’ roll

The Dirtbombs, live, San Francisco, 2008

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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).

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