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Monday, January 27th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Julia Hülsmann Quartet (Julia Hülsmann, piano; Uli Kempendorff, tenor saxophone; Marc Muellbauer, bass; Heinrich Köbberling, drums), “This Is Not America” (D. Bowie), live (studio), 2019

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 22nd

voices I miss

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

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

 

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With John Young (1922-2008, piano), et al., live (radio broadcast), late 1970s

 

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“A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (E. Maschwitz & M. Sherwin) with Jodie Christian (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), live, Harrisburg, Penn., 1994

 

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

 

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“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

 

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my back pages

On this night forty-three years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Outside it was cold and snowy; inside Von Freeman was playing, with pianist John Young. All of what they played that night, before, during, and after the ceremony, can be heard here (0:15-) (before: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More”; during [as Suzanne walked down the aisle]: “In a Sentimental Mood”; after: “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father”).

Tuesday, January 21st

more

Agnes Obel, playing and talking (begins at 2:05; “Won’t You Call Me,” 3:00; “Island of Doom,” 13:55; “Broken Sleep,” 25:35),  New York, 1/14/20

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 20th

This voice I could listen to all day, even if I didn’t understand a word of English. He doesn’t speak—he sings.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), “I Have a Dream,” Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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Another take, with Max Roach (1924-2007, drums).

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 18th

what’s new

Agnes Obel, “Broken Sleep” (A. Obel), 1/7/20

 

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random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 15th

sounds of Algeria, France, and the United States

Mohamed Lamouri, “Billie Jean” (M. Jackson), live, Paris, 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 14th

what’s new

One-word review: Wow!

Fay Victor (vocals), Baba Israel (vocals), Marc Ribot (guitar), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Kris Davis (piano), live (Celebration of the Life of Steve Dalachinsky), New York (Winter Jazz Fest), 1/11/19

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

I speak across the vast
Dialogues in which we go
To clench my words against
Time or the lack of time
Hoping that for a moment
They will become for me
A place I can think in
And think anything in,
An aside from the monstrous.

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This is no other place
Than where I am, between
This word and the next.

—W. S. Graham (1918-1986), from “The Dark Dialogues”

Thursday, January 9th

27 years later

Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell, 1940-, reeds, flute, percussion; Famadou Don Moye, 1946-, drums, percussion) and Guests (Hugh Ragin, trumpets, flugelhorn; Tomeika Reed, cello; Silvia Bolognesi, bass; Jaribu Shahid, bass; Dudu Kouate, percussion), live, Italy (Cormòns), 2018

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Tuesday, January 7th

what’s new

Balún, “Vaivén”, “La Nueva Ciudad”, “El Espanto,” “Punto De Encuentro,” live, Washington, D.C., 12/20/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Monday, January 6th

like nobody else

Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell, 1940-, reeds, flute, percussion; Joseph Jarman, 1937-2019, reeds, flute, percussion; Lester Bowie, 1941-1999, trumpet, flugelhorn, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Malachi Favors, 1927-2004, bass, percussion, vocals; Don Moye, 1946-, drums, percussion), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1991

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Culture’s beginnings:
from the heart of the country
rice-planting songs

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

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