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Category: passings

Saturday, April 7th


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.

—Cecil Taylor

Wednesday, December 20th


Best minute of music you’ll hear all month?

Willie Pickens, April 18, 1931-December 13, 2017, pianist, educator

“Giant Steps” (J. Coltrane), live, Chicago, 2012


Saturday, November 25th


Warren “Pete” Moore, singer (The Miracles, bass), songwriter, vocal arranger, producer, November 19, 1937-November 19, 2017

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (WPM, far left)

“Tracks of My Tears”  (S. Robinson, P. Moore, M. Tarplin), 1965



“Ooo Baby Baby” (S. Robinson, P. Moore), 1965



Jon Hendricks, singer, songwriter, September 16, 1921-November 22, 2017

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (JH scats first), “Airegin” (S. Rollins), live, Newport, R.I., 1960



Tommy Keene, singer, songwriter, guitarist, June 30, 1958-November 22, 2017

Live, New York, 1986


Monday, November 20th


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



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










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



Talking, 2016


Thursday, October 26th


Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., February 26, 1928-October, 24, 2017, singer, songwriter, piano player

“Don’t You Hear Me Calling You” (A. Domino, D. Bartholomew), 1954





random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, October 6th


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, live, Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl), 9/25/17 (last show)


Tuesday, October 3rd


Tom Petty, songwriter, singer, guitarist, bandleader, October 20, 1950-October 2, 2017

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (featuring Stevie Nicks), “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (T. Petty, M. Campbell), 1981



Johnny Cash (with Tom Petty, vocals, organ), “I Won’t Back Down” (T. Petty, J. Lynne), 2000



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” (T. Petty), live, 2006


Monday, September 4th

sounds of Amsterdam

Michael Vatcher, percussion (Angels’ Share, sculpture exhibition, Herbert Nouens; Westerpark, Sculpture Park), 2014




reading table

John Ashbery, July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017

Alcove (Planisphere, 2009)

Is it possible that spring could be
once more approaching? We forget each time
what a mindless business it is, porous like sleep,
adrift on the horizon, refusing to take sides, “mugwump
of the final hour,” lest an agenda—horrors!—be imputed to it,
and the whole point of its being spring collapse
like a hole dug in sand. It’s breathy, though,
you have to say that for it.

And should further seasons coagulate
into years, like spilled, dried paint, why,
who’s to say we weren’t provident? We indeed
looked out for others as though they mattered, and they,
catching the spirit, came home with us, spent the night
in an alcove from which their breathing could be heard clearly.
But it’s not over yet. Terrible incidents happen
daily. That’s how we get around obstacles.

Tuesday, August 15th


Glen Campbell, guitar player, singer, actor, TV host, April 22, 1936-August 8, 2017

“Wichita Lineman” (J. Webb), live (TV show), London, 2008



Alice Cooper, talking about his friend


Thursday, June 29th


Geri Allen, pianist, June 12, 1957-June 27, 2017

With Kenny Davis (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dance), live, South Korea, 2011



With Charlie Haden (1937-2014, bass), Paul Motian (1931-2011, drums), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988


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