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Monday, June 11th

what’s new

One-word review: Wow!

Cooper-Moore (piano), live, New York (Vision Festival), 5/28/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Maywood, Ill.

Thursday, May 10th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Hamid Drake (drums; MCOTD Hall of Fame), David Murray (tenor saxophone), live, 2017

 

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, April 26th

How many bands have not one but two MacArthur-certified “geniuses”?

Vijay Iyer Sextet (Vijay Iyer, keyboards, compositions [2013 MacArthur Fellow]; Tyshawn Sorey, drums [2017 MacArthur Fellow]; Stephan Crump, bass; Steve Lehman, alto saxophone; Graham Haynes, cornet and flugelhorn; Mark Shim, tenor saxophone), live, Ojai, Calif., 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, April 25th

passings

Bob Dorough, singer, songwriter, piano player, December 12, 1923-April 23, 2018

“Devil May Care” (B. Dorough, T. Kirk), live (studio), New York, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, April 17th

serendipity

Last night I bumped into these guys via a live webcast from Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio. As here, their performance had what a friend calls “gather.”

Aram Shelton (alto saxophone), Håkon Berre (drums), live, Copenhagen, 2017

 

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lagniappe

reading table

cherry blossoms—
to my lowly sleeve
they cling

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

Wednesday, April 11th

what’s new

Dafnis Prieto Big Band (DP [drums, compositions], Peter Apfelbaum [saxophones, melodica], et al.), Back to the Sunset (with guests Henry Threadgill [alto saxophone; MCOTD Hall of Fame], Steve Coleman [alto saxophone], Brian Lynch [trumpet]), released 4/6/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, April 7th

passings

Cecil Taylor, pianist, composer, bandleader, April 25, 1929-April 5, 2018

Today we celebrate his singular musical presence by revisiting a few favorites.

Live, 1981 (Imagine the Sound)

 

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With Max Roach (drums), live, New York (Columbia University), 2000

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With Harri Sjostrom (soprano saxophone), Tristan Honsinger (cello), Thurman Barker (marimba), Paul Lovens (drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995

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I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.

—Cecil Taylor

Thursday, April 5th

timeless

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; Lee Morgan, trumpet; Benny Golson, tenor saxophone; Bobby Timmons, piano; Jymie Merritt, bass), “Moanin'” (B. Timmons), live, Belgium (Brussels), 1959

 

Tuesday, March 27th

How about two minutes of joy?

Felix Quartet (Michael Moore, alto saxophone; Wolter Weirbos, trombone; Wilbert de Joode, bass; Michael Vatcher, drums), live, 2017

 

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lagniappe

reading table

That gorgeous kite
rising
from the beggar’s shack.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Wednesday, March 21st

tonight in Chicago

They’ll be playing at Constellation.

The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, baritone saxophone; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums), live, London, 2010

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