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Tuesday, March 17th

passings

Charles Wuorinen, composer, June 9, 1938-March 11, 2020

Flying to Kahani (2005); Orchestra of the League of Composers (C. Wuorinen, cond.), live, New York, 2016

 

In 2011, jazz composer Carla Bley called Mr. Wuorinen ‘the greatest composer working.’ And the proudly poly-stylistic composer John Zorn, who has worked in forms ranging from klezmer to punk rock, recently called Mr. Wuorinen ‘a true artist whose intense and uncompromising vision produced work of remarkable beauty and drama.’ ‘He never wrote an insincere note in his life,’ Zorn continued. ‘He was a powerful role model and I loved him dearly.’

—Tim Page, obituaryWashington Post, 3/14/20

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random sights

early yesterday morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 9th

passings

McCoy Tyner, pianist, December 11, 1938-March 6, 2020

John Coltrane Quartet (JC, 1926-1967, tenor saxophone; MC, piano; Jimmy Garrison, 1934-1976, bass; Elvin Jones, 1927-2004, drums), “Impressions” (J. Coltrane), live (TV show), San Francisco, 1963

 

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art beat: other day, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Dance (I), 1909; Jeannette, c. 1910

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radio

Today, Ornette Coleman’s birthday (b. 1930), it’s all Ornette all day on WKCR (Columbia University).

Saturday, February 8th

passings

Peter Serkin, pianist, January 24, 1947-February 1, 2020

Live, Tokyo, 2003: Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Rain Tree Sketch (1982)

 

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Live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio in B minor, K. 540

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago, Ill.

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reading table

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Friday, September 13th

I can’t listen to this just once: the moment it ends I want to hear it again.

Womack & Womack, “Teardrops” (C. Womack, L. Womack), 1988

 

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art beat

Robert Frank, photographer, November 9, 1924–September 9, 2019

Today, remembering him, we revisit some of our favorite images.

Cafe—Beaufort, South Carolina, 1955

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Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955/56

 

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View from Hotel Window—Butte, Montana, 1955/56

 

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Rooming house—Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, 1955/56

 

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US 285, New Mexico, 1955

Monday, August 12th

passings

Something cheery to start the week.

David Berman (January 4, 1967–August 7, 2019), “All My Happiness Is Gone” (D. Berman), 2019 (Purple Mountains)

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, August 6th

passings

D. A. Pennebaker (director, July 25, 1925–August 1, 2019), Dont Look Back (1967, filmed 1965), trailer

 

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my back pages

I saw this when it came out—must have been 14 years old. Aardvark Theater, Chicago (Old Town, Piper’s Alley). Some things stay with you.

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, October 27th

passings

Tony Joe White, singer, songwriter, guitar player, harmonica player, July 23, 1943-October 24, 2018

“Rainy Night in Georgia” (T. J. White), live (TV show), London, 2013

 

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Live, Australia (Sydney), 2008

 

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Cicely Berry, Royal Shakespeare Company’s voice director, May 17, 1926-October 15, 2018

The Working Shakespeare/Muscularity of Language: Voice and Rhythm (excerpt), 2004

 

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Prairie Path)

Monday, October 8th

passings

Otis Rush, guitarist, singer, April 29, 1935-September 29, 2018 

Today, remembering him, we revisit a couple of posts.

1/21/10

Otis Rush (with Fred Below [drums], et al.), “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” live, Germany, 1966

 

I was staying with my sister and messing around with the guitar every day for my own amusement. Then she took me around and introduced me to Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and the first time I saw that onstage, it inspired me to play. I thought that was the world.

—Otis Rush

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9/15/18

basement jukebox

Otis Rush (1934-)

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving),” 1958

 

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“I Can’t Quit You Baby,” 1956

 

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“Double Trouble,” 1958

 

Sunday, September 2nd

Shirley testifies

Shirley Caesar (with Tasha Cobbs), “How I Got Over,” Aretha’s homegoing service, Detroit, 8/31/18

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

Friday, August 17th

passings

Aretha Franklin, singer, pianist, March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018

Today we remember her by revisiting previous posts.

10/18/09

Here—at the funeral service for Bishop David L. Ellis, pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith—Aretha testifies.

Aretha Franklin, “Never Grow Old,” live, Detroit, 1996

 

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[A] lengthy service was perceived to be an honor to the deceased—a testimony to the great impact of his or her life. Consider the 1996 funeral of Bishop David Ellis Sr., pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith, whose services stretched over three days. His body was laid to rest in a $30,000 gold-plated casket that was ‘propped at an angle in the church aisle so mourners could see his body resting on red velvet cushions.’—Karla FC Holloway (in Passed On: African American Mourning Stories [2002])

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10/25/09

When someone sounds as good as Aretha did last Sunday, only one word seems to fit: more.

Aretha Franklin (joined on the second number by Billy Preston and Little Richard), “Surely God Is Able,” “Packin’ Up,” live (Tribute to Marion Williams), Washington, D.C., 1993

 

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My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left.—Aretha Franklin

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11/1/09

Aretha didn’t have to wait until she was grown to be great. She was great when she was 14.

Aretha Franklin (at 14, vocal and piano), “Precious Lord,” live, Detroit (New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, was pastor), 1956

 

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10/24/10

Here’s more of the late Albertina Walker.

“Lord, Remember Me,” live

 

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“I’m Still Here” (joined by Delores Washington), live, 1998, Philadelphia

 

Want more? Here.

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Here’s a better clip from this service than the one posted last Sunday (now deleted).

Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Fly Away,” live, Homegoing Service for Albertina Walker, Chicago (West Point Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove), 10/15/10

 

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12/12/10

Friends and fans of Aretha Franklin offered prayers and good wishes after learning that the Queen of Soul, one of Detroit’s beloved musical artists, is suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The Detroit News, 12/8/10

A world without Aretha?

Impossible.

Aretha Franklin, “Oh It Is Jesus,” “Old Landmark,” live, featuring Rev. Cecil Franklin (brother) & Erma Franklin (sister), Detroit, 1985 (TV broadcast 1986)

 

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4/8/12

Aretha testifies

Aretha Franklin, “Surely God Is Able,” live, Detroit, 1990

 

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1/6/13

The other day, in the wake of Inez’s [Andrews] passing, we heard several takes on this. How about another?

Aretha Franklin (with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir), “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” live, Los Angeles, 1972

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6/23/14

passings

Gerry Goffin, lyricist, February 11, 1939-June 19, 2014

The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1961

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The Drifters, “Up on the Roof” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1962


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Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), 1967

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1/1/16

What better way to start the new year?

Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), live, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

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