MCOTD Hall of Fame
Hamid Drake (drums; MCOTD Hall of Fame), David Murray (tenor saxophone), live, 2017
(Taking a break—back in a while.)
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
other day, Oak Park, Ill.
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
to my lowly sleeve
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)
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
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
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)
With Max Roach (drums), live, New York (Columbia University), 2000
With Harri Sjostrom (soprano saxophone), Tristan Honsinger (cello), Thurman Barker (marimba), Paul Lovens (drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995
I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.
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
How about two minutes of joy?
Felix Quartet (Michael Moore, alto saxophone; Wolter Weirbos, trombone; Wilbert de Joode, bass; Michael Vatcher, drums), live, 2017
That gorgeous kite
from the beggar’s shack.
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)