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Monday, November 20th

passings

Muhal Richard Abrams, September 19, 1930-October 29, 2017, pianist, composer, cofounder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), educator—and arguably one of the most influential figures in American music of the last 50 years

Solo, “Improvisation for John,” New York, 2016

 

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Quintet (MRA, piano; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Leonard E. Jones, bass; Reggie Nicholson, drums), Italy (Milan), 2016

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With bassist Malachi Favors (1927-2004), Sightsong, 1976

 

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Talking, 2016

 

Thursday, November 9th

sounds of New York

I’ve been down with flu since Sunday. Encountering this last night, serendipitously, lifted me in ways only music can.

Retrograde (Matt LaVelle, trumpet, alto clarinet; Reggie Sylvester, drums), live, New York (First St. Green), 9/30/17

 

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random thoughts

This world—the world one lives in, daily—is the most beautiful world one will live in, ever.

Saturday, October 28th

sounds of Amsterdam

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, live, Bogotá, Colombia, 9/19/17

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, October 21st

more

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), “Just a Gigolo” (I. Caesar, L. Casucci), “Bolivar Blues” (T. Monk), live, Tokyo, 1963

 

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art beat

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Designer’s Window, Bleecker Street, New York, 1947

Friday, October 20th

what’s new

Magically Inclined (Sean Sonderegger, tenor saxophone, compositions; Curtis Fowlkes, trombone; Kamala Sankaram, voice; Harvey Valdes, guitar; Shawn Lovato, bass; Joe Hertenstein, drums), “anyone lived in a pretty how town” (words by E.E. Cummings), live, New York, 10/15/17

 

Wednesday, October 18th

more

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

 

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art beat

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Fifth Ave., Nos. 4, 6, 8, New York, 1936

Tuesday, October 17th

sounds of Seattle

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, live, Seattle, 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Pine and Henry Streets, New York, 1936

Monday, October 16th

What better way to start the week?

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

 

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art beat

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Red River logging project, California, August, 1943

Tuesday, October 10th

drum festival
day two

Hamid Drake (MCOTD Hall of Fame, drums), Sylvain Kassap (clarinets), Benjamin Duboc (bass), live, France (Pantin), 2016

 

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reading table

I haven’t died before, so I sometimes get a bad case of beginner’s nerves, but they soon pass.

—Cory Taylor (1955-2016), Dying: A Memoir

Monday, October 9th

drum festival
day one

Dafnis Prieto Sextet (DP, drums; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor saxophone; Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Roman Filiu, alto saxophone; Manuel Valera , piano; Johannes Weidenmueller, bass), “Back and Forth” (D. Prieto), live, East Lansing, Mich., 2017

 

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