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Category: miscellaneous keyboards

Friday, May 5th

Still hard to believe he’s gone.

Prince with Stevie Wonder, live, Los Angeles, 2011


Thursday, February 23rd


Walter “Junie” Morrison, keyboard player, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, etc., 1954-January 21, 2017

Keyboards and vocals, with Parliament-Funkadelic, “Into You,” live, Passaic, New Jersey, 1978


Questlove, Instagram post:

The Great Junie Morrison. So inspirational. All the #OhioPlayers westbound era funk that birthed #Voodoo & #BlackMessiah: #Junie. Those adlibs on Hov’s “#BrooklynsFinest & #Tribe‘s #ScenarioRemix is Junie. All the Warner Era #Funkadelic songwriting wizzardry #OneNationUnderAGroove & #UncleJamWantsYou (he co-wrote #NotJustKneeDeep) even #Parliament‘s #MotorBootyAffair & #Gloryhallastoopid. His ideas birthed and ushered in the G-Funk era (all that synthy #FunkyWorm synth yall associate w gangsta rap/Dre’s sound? That’s #JunieMorrison. Even his #SuzieThundertussy in its tales of “Lost Angeles” were the backdrop on Ye’s bright light for #TLOP‘s #NoMorePartiesInLA. Solange even gave him props on #Junie (“jump on it” for those that call it the “Jump on it song Dre3000 sings on)—this man was an uncelebrated unsung unchampioned whose ideas we just took and took and took. I regret so much not having a “proper” conversation about his journey. His songwriting. His technology innovations. Man. This STINGS. Rip #Junie.

Friday, November 18th

only rock ‘n’ roll

La Luz, live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2014




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Descending Geese, c. 1830


Thursday, November 3rd

never enough 

Miles Davis (with Wayne Shorter, saxophones; Chick Corea, keyboards; Dave Holland, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums), live, Paris, 1969*



baseball: Chicago Cubs

It’s going to take a while, maybe a year or two, for this to sink in.


*Setlist (courtesy of YouTube):

1. Introduction 0:00
2. Directions 0:34
3. Bitches Brew 8:33
4. Paraphernalia 22:50
5. Riot 35:21
6. I Fall In Love Too Easily 38:42
7. Sanctuary 40:53
8. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down 45:13
9. The Theme 1:02:45

Tuesday, September 13th

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, if sleep leaves and doesn’t return, I’ll put one of these on repeat, softly.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Aki Takahashi and Kronos Quartet, 1993


John Luther Adams (1953-), The Farthest Place (2001), 2002



random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)



Saturday, August 6th

Sometimes the best of what’s new is old.

Betty Davis, “Down Home Girl” (Miles Davis & Teo Macero, prods.; John McLaughlin [guitar], Herbie Hancock [keyboards], Harvey Brooks [bass], Mitch Mitchell [drums]), 6/28/16 (rec. 1969)



art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago 

From Thirteen Laughing at Each Other, Juan Muñoz (1953-2001), through 10/5/16

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Saturday, July 30th

keep on dancing

M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, live (TV show), New York, 2016

Monday, July 4th

Happy Fourth!

Let’s celebrate by remembering three giants.

Ralph Stanley, singer, banjo player, February 25, 1927-June 23, 2016

“Little Maggie,” live (TV show), Austin, Tx., 1980


Bernie Worrellkeyboard player, April 19, 1944-June 24, 2016

Live (with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic), Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 2004


Scotty Moore, guitar player, December 27, 1931-June 28, 2016

“Blue Suede Shoes” (with Elvis Presley), live, 1956




Today, Louis Armstrong’s adopted birthday, it’s all Louis all day at WKCR (Columbia University).

Thursday, April 21st

what’s new

Vijay Iyer (keyboards), Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke, 2016





random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Monday, April 18th

Feel like floating?

Music for Airports, “1/1” (B. Eno, R. Davies, R. Wyatt), 1978; Bang on a Can All-Stars, live (arr. Michael Gordon), San Diego Airport, 2015



reading table

To a Snail
By Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

If “compression is the first grace of style,”
you have it. Contractility is a virtue
as modesty is a virtue.
It is not the acquisition of any one thing
that is able to adorn,
or the incidental quality that occurs
as a concomitant of something well said,
that we value in style,
but the principle that is hid:
in the absence of feet, “a method of conclusions”;
“a knowledge of principles,”
in the curious phenomenon of your occipital horn.

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