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Thursday, July 27th

voices I miss

Some musicians suck up oxygen; others increase the available supply.

Jaki Byard (piano, 1922-1999), live, Berlin, 1965

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bullfinch on camellia branch, early 1830s

Wednesday, July 26th

voices I miss

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Mal Waldron (piano), Charles Rouse (tenor saxophone, flute), Woody Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn), Reggie Workman (bass), live (“The Git Go,” “All Alone,” “Fire Waltz”), New York (Village Vanguard), 1985

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Irises at Horikiri, 1857

Tuesday, July 25th

voices I miss

Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone, 1934-2004), “Wasted” (S. Lacy), live, Paris, 1982

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Yatsumi Bridge, 1856

Thursday, June 29th

passings

Geri Allen, pianist, June 12, 1957-June 27, 2017

With Kenny Davis (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dance), live, South Korea, 2011

 

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With Charlie Haden (1937-2014, bass), Paul Motian (1931-2011, drums), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988

 

Saturday, June 17th

more

Hamid Drake (1955-; drums; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Fred Anderson (1929-2010, tenor saxophone), “Black Women (For Beatrice Anderson and Amelia Drake),” live (recording session, Back Together Again), 2004

 

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art beat

Marc PoKempner (1948-), Theresa’s Lounge (Junior Wells behind the bar), Chicago (4801 S. Indiana), 1979

Thursday, June 15th

like nobody else

Anthony Braxton Accelerator Ghost Trance Septet (AB, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet, flugelhorn; Jessica Pavone, viola; Chris Dahlberg, bass, cello; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jay Rozen, tuba; Aaron Siegel, drums, percussion, vibraphone), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2008

 

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random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)

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random thoughts

Aging criminal-defense lawyer’s retirement plan: drop dead at my desk.

Saturday, May 27th

I could listen to these two—he’s long been one of my favorite pianists—all day.

Sara Serpa (1979-, vocal), Ran Blake (1935-, piano), “Night and Day” (C. Porter),
live, New York (Kitano), 2016


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reading table

He thought his head would explode, if the forenoon kept burning into the jungle all around him and the gulls kept screaming and the monkey kept regarding its surroundings carefully, moving its head and black eyes from side to side like someone following the progress of some kind of conversation, some kind of debate, some kind of struggle that the jungle—the morning—the moment—was having with itself.

—Denis Johnson (July 1, 1979-May 24, 2017), Tree of Smoke (National Book Award for Fiction, 2007)

Tuesday, May 23rd

never enough

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, Tokyo, 1963


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reading table

Men are children. They must be pardoned for everything, except malice.

—Joseph Joubert, 1754-1824 (The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert, translated from French by Paul Auster)

Thursday, May 11th

timeless

James P. Johnson (piano), Sidney DeParis (trumpet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Shirley (guitar), John Simmons (bass), Sidney Catlett (drums), “After You’ve Gone” (T. Layton, M. Harris), 1944


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reading table

Your actual experience is a complete flux.

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Wednesday, May 3rd

more

Paul Motian (drums, 1931-2011), Charlie Haden (bass, 1937-2014), Geri Allen (piano, 1957-), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988

 

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