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Tuesday, April 17th

serendipity

Last night I bumped into these guys via a live webcast from Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio. Their performance had, as here, 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

#1

 

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Tuesday, March 20th

spring!

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009; vocals, piano), “They Say It’s Spring” (M. Clark, B. Haymes), 1958


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Bob Dorough (1923-; vocals, piano), “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” (T. Wolf, F. Landesman), 1997


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Sun Ra Arkestra (SR, 1914-1993, piano; June Tyson, vocals; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone, et al.), “Springtime Again” (S. Ra), live, Rome, 1980

 

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lagniappe

reading table

First day of spring—
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

 

The lights are going out
in the doll shops—
spring rain.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

 

Not very anxious
to bloom,
my plum tree.

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

Saturday, March 3rd

voices I miss

Betty Carter (1929-1998) with Gerri Allen (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), “Giant Steps” (J. Coltrane), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1993

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Chicago (West Diversey)

Wednesday, February 28th

trumpet festival
day three

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet (WLS, trumpet, compositions; Anthony Davis, piano; John Lindberg, bass; Pheeroan akLaff, drums), “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days,” live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park Conservatory)

Monday, February 26th

trumpet festival
day one

Nate Wooley Quartet (NW, trumpet, compositions; Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone;  Brandon Lopez, bass; Dre Hocevar, drums), live, New York, 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Garfield Park Conservatory)

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