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Wednesday, February 6th

timeless

Fats Waller (1904-1943, piano, vocals), “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” (F. E. Ahlert, J. Young), 1935

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Monadnock Building, 1891-93)

Saturday, February 2nd

what’s new

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux (QN, tenor saxophone, composition; David Binney, alto saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano, keyboards, modular synthesizer; Nat Wood, drums; with guest Jason Barnsely, 1924 Kimball theatre organ), “Bounce,” video by Lee Hutzulak, 1/14/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 28th

sounds of New York

Marilyn Crispell (piano), Mark Helias (bass), Tyshawn Sorey (drums, percussion), live, New York, 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 23rd

out of this world

DJ Carl Craig and drummer Francisco Mora play Sun Ra, live, Paris, 2018

 

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

Wednesday, January 16th

what’s new

Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano), Dave King (drums), live, New York, 1/7/19

 

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lagniappe

reading table

in my thatched hut
even dreaming
the cold

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Tuesday, January 15th

what’s new

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, compositions) featuring Spektral Quartet, live (“Rosario,” “Milagrosa,” “Villabeño”), Washington, D.C., 1/4/19

 

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lagniappe

reading table

thin wall—
from the mouse’s hole
the cold

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, January 10th

what’s new

Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone), Marilyn Crispell (piano), Carmen Castaldi (drums), playing and talking about their forthcoming album, Trio Tapestry (published 1/8/19)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 9th

Here, rehearsing, is the most influential pianist in jazz of the last fifty years.

Bill Evans (piano, 1929-1980), Eddie Gomez (bass), Alex Riel (drums), live, Denmark (Copenhagen), 1966

 

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musical thoughts

The ‘open’ voicings that Evans used [i.e., leaving out a chord’s root note] were not new . . . . They had been there in ‘classical’ music since the early part of the century, since Bartok and Stravinsky. But they were new to jazz, and they opened up melody and flow in new ways.

—Martin Williams, The Jazz Tradition (2d ed. 1983)

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Bill had this quiet fire that I loved on piano. The way he approached it, the sound he got was like crystal notes or sparkling water cascading down from some clear waterfall.

—Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography (with Quincy Troupe1989)

Monday, January 7th

sounds of New York

Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Michael Formanek (bass) Andrew Cyrille (drums), live, New York, 2018

 

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lagniappe

reading table

One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 407 (Franklin)

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