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Wednesday, January 15th

sounds of Algeria, France, and the United States

Mohamed Lamouri, “Billie Jean” (M. Jackson), live, Paris, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 14th

what’s new

One-word review: Wow!

Fay Victor (vocals), Baba Israel (vocals), Marc Ribot (guitar), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Kris Davis (piano), live (Celebration of the Life of Steve Dalachinsky), New York (Winter Jazz Fest), 1/11/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

I speak across the vast
Dialogues in which we go
To clench my words against
Time or the lack of time
Hoping that for a moment
They will become for me
A place I can think in
And think anything in,
An aside from the monstrous.

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This is no other place
Than where I am, between
This word and the next.

—W. S. Graham (1918-1986), from “The Dark Dialogues”

Friday, January 10th

tonight in Chicago

He’s playing at Buddy Guy’s club, opening for Buddy himself.

Kingfish (AKA Christone Ingram, 1999-), “Hey Joe,” live, Tupelo, Miss., 2017

 

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langiappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

a lovely night lit
with oil lamps . . .
croaking frogs

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

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radio

Today WKCR (Columbia University) is celebrating the birthday of jazz drummer Max Roach (1924-2007), playing his music all day.

Monday, January 6th

like nobody else

Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell, 1940-, reeds, flute, percussion; Joseph Jarman, 1937-2019, reeds, flute, percussion; Lester Bowie, 1941-1999, trumpet, flugelhorn, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Malachi Favors, 1927-2004, bass, percussion, vocals; Don Moye, 1946-, drums, percussion), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1991

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Culture’s beginnings:
from the heart of the country
rice-planting songs

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), from Narrow Road to the Interior (translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Saturday, January 4th

timeless

Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990), “Misty” (E. Garner, J. Burke), live, Sweden (Stockholm), 1964

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

welcoming in loads
of new year’s rain . . .
trashy house

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

Sunday, December 29th

back to church

Swanee Quintet, “Prayer Changes Things,” live, 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

You think you care what this book is about, but really you care how it sounds.

—Joe Moran, First You Write a Sentence (2018)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 28th

sounds of outside and inside

This I could listen to all day.

Cool Maritime (AKA Sean Hellfritsch), from Sharing Waves, 2018

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The bush warbler
in a grove of bamboo sprouts
sings of growing old

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

*****

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, December 27th

what’s new

Los Lobos, “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?”, “Llegó Navidad,” “Christmas and You,” “It’s Christmas Time in Texas,” live, Washington, D.C., 12/18/19

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Along my journey
through this temporal world, people
new-year-house-cleaning

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, December 22nd

never enough

Gospel Harmonettes (featuring Dorothy Love Coates, 1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “I Won’t Let Go” (D. Coates), live (TV show), 1964

 

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lagniappe

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

To limber your sensibility, stalk the aesthetic everywhere: cracks in a sidewalk, people’s ways of walking. The aesthetic isn’t bounded by art, which merely concentrates it for efficient consumption. If you can’t put a mental frame around, and relish, the accidental aspect of a street or a person, or really of anything, you will respond to art only sluggishly.

—Peter Schjeldahl, “The Art of Dying,” New Yorker, 12/23/19

Tuesday, December 17th

sounds of New York

More of one of my favorite drummers—again at the Village Vanguard.

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Mal Waldron (1925-2002, piano), Charles Rouse (1924-1988, tenor saxophone), Woody Shaw (1944-1989, flugelhorn), Reggie Workman (1937-, bass), “Git Go” (M. Waldron, excerpt), live, New York (Village Vanguard), 1985

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Do you imagine that writers speak ‘as themselves’? No such selves exist.

—Peter Schjeldahl, “The Art of Dying,” New Yorker, 12/23/19

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