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Wednesday, December 12th

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Heaven: hearing, together, a favorite drummer and a favorite bassist.

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Malachi Favors (bass, 1927-2004) and Dewey Redman (tenor saxophone, 1931-2006), “Paris? Oui” (Tarik), 1969

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, December 11th

voices I miss

This drummer never fails to lift my spirits.

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Mal Waldron (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), Woody Shaw (flugelhorn), Reggie Workman (bass), “The Git Go” (M. Waldron), live, New York (Village Vanguard), 1985

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Saturday, December 1st

what’s new

David Leon (alto saxophone, compositions) & Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), live, New York, 11/29/18

 

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reading table

The Constructed Space
by W. S. Graham (1918-1986)

Meanwhile surely there must be something to say,
Maybe not suitable but at least happy
In a sense here between us two whoever
We are. Anyhow here we are and never
Before have we two faced each other who face
Each other now across this abstract scene
Stretching between us. This is a public place
Achieved against subjective odds and then
Mainly an obstacle to what I mean.

It is like that, remember. It is like that
Very often at the beginning till we are met
By some intention risen up out of nothing.
And even then we know what we are saying
Only when it is said and fixed and dead.
Or maybe, surely, of course we never know
What we have said, what lonely meanings are read
Into the space we make. And yet I say
This silence here for in it I might hear you.

I say this silence or, better, construct this space
So that somehow something may move across
The caught habits of language to you and me.
From where we are it is not us we see
And times are hastening yet, disguise is mortal.
The times continually disclose our home.
Here in the present tense disguise is mortal.
The trying times are hastening. Yet here I am
More truly now this abstract act become.

Saturday, November 24th

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Makaya McCraven, trailer for new album Universal Beings, 9/9/18

 

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“Young Genius”

 

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random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, November 21st

timeless

March 3, 1941, New York: Waiting for Benny Goodman to arrive for a recording session, the engineers are checking the equipment, the musicians are warming up, the tape is rolling.

Charlie Christian (1916-1942, guitar) with Cootie Williams (trumpet), Georgie Auld (tenor saxophone), Johnny Guarnieri (piano), Artie Bernstein (bass), Dave Tough (drums), “Waiting for Benny,” 1941

 

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art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009, MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, 1940s

Thursday, November 15th

voices I miss

Art Pepper (alto saxophone, 1925-1982) with Hampton Hawes (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Shelly Manne (drums), “Lost Life” (A. Pepper), Living Legend, 1975

 

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reading table 

. . . that Ethereal Gain
One earns by measuring the Grave –
Then – measuring the Sun –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 288 (Franklin)

Wednesday, November 14th

voices I miss

No matter what kind of day you’re having, this will make it better.

Von Freeman (1923-2012, tenor saxophone, MCOTD Hall of Fame), with John Young (1922-2008, piano), et al., live (radio broadcast), late 1970s

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park

Tuesday, November 13th

voices I miss

Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy (LB, 1941-1999, trumpet, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Steve Turre, trombone; Frank Lacy, trombone; Bob Stewart, tuba; Phillip Wilson, drums, et al.), “Saving All My Love for You,” live, Berlin, 1986

 

Saturday, November 10th

Here’s more of the only drummer-composer-trombonist-pianist-professor-MacArthur-“genius”-grant-recipient I know.

Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and Vijay Iyer (piano), live (studio), New York, 2017

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, November 9th

timeless

Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers, “Jumpin’ Jive” (Stormy Weather, 1943)

 

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art beat

other day, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Altar for Raquel M. Ontiveros by Victoria Tapia, Monica Cisneros, and Estella Cruz (Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy, through December 9th)

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