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Tuesday, December 11th

voices I miss

This drummer never fails to lift my spirits.

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Mal Waldron (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), Woody Shaw (flugelhorn), Reggie Workman (bass), “The Git Go” (M. Waldron), live, New York (Village Vanguard), 1985

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Saturday, December 1st

what’s new

David Leon (alto saxophone, compositions) & Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), live, New York, 11/29/18

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The Constructed Space
by W. S. Graham (1918-1986)

Meanwhile surely there must be something to say,
Maybe not suitable but at least happy
In a sense here between us two whoever
We are. Anyhow here we are and never
Before have we two faced each other who face
Each other now across this abstract scene
Stretching between us. This is a public place
Achieved against subjective odds and then
Mainly an obstacle to what I mean.

It is like that, remember. It is like that
Very often at the beginning till we are met
By some intention risen up out of nothing.
And even then we know what we are saying
Only when it is said and fixed and dead.
Or maybe, surely, of course we never know
What we have said, what lonely meanings are read
Into the space we make. And yet I say
This silence here for in it I might hear you.

I say this silence or, better, construct this space
So that somehow something may move across
The caught habits of language to you and me.
From where we are it is not us we see
And times are hastening yet, disguise is mortal.
The times continually disclose our home.
Here in the present tense disguise is mortal.
The trying times are hastening. Yet here I am
More truly now this abstract act become.

Thursday, November 29th

more

Charmaine Lee (composition, voice) with Wet Ink Ensemble and guests (Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; Darius Jones, alto saxophone; Peter Evans, trumpet; Weston Olencki, trombone; Erin Lesser, flute; Alex Mincek, tenor saxophone; Ian Antonio, percussion; Eric Wubbels, piano; Josh Modney, violin; Kate Soper, voice; Sam Pluta, electronics), Smoke, Airs, live, New York, 2018

Wednesday, November 28th

what’s new

How many singers invent their own language?

Charmaine Lee, live, New York, 11/20/18

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The difference between Despair
And Fear, is like the One
Between the instant of a Wreck
And when the Wreck has been —
The Mind is smooth —
No Motion — Contented as the Eye
Upon the Forehead of a Bust —
That knows it cannot see —

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 576 (Franklin)

Tuesday, November 6th

spellbinding

Tyshawn Sorey Trio (TS, compositions, drums [2017 MacArthur Fellow]), Cory Smythe (piano), Chris Tordini (bass), live, New York, 2015

This I could listen to—I could lose myself in—for a long, long time.

 

They’re playing Thursday night at the University of Chicago.

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, November 1st

what’s new

Aruan Ortiz (piano), Melanie Dyer (viola), Michael Attias (alto saxophone), live, New York, 10/8/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, October 17th

what’s new

This I could listen to all day.

Mat Maneri (viola) and Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola), live, New York, 8/19/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, October 16th

what’s new

Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFUNK (FV, vocals, compositions; Joe Morris, guitar; Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone; Reggie Nicholson, drums), live, New York, 10/13/18

 

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lagniappe

reading table 

I can’t tell you – but you feel it –
Nor can you tell me –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 164 (Franklin)

Wednesday, October 3rd

what’s new

One-word review: Wow!

Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Brandon Lopez (bass), Francisco Mela (drums), live, New York, 9/30/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Elmhurst, Ill. (Prairie Path)

Thursday, September 20th

alone

Matthew Shipp (piano), live, New York, 9/13/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

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