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Thursday, March 12th

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Elastic Arts.

Ken Vandermark (reeds), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Paul Lytton (drums), live, Chicago, 2011

 

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Kuzu (Dave Rempis, reeds; Tashi Dorji, guitar; Tyler Damon, drums), live, Columbia, S.C., 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Tuesday, March 10th

more

John Coltrane Quartet (JC, 1926-1967, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, 1938-2020, piano; Jimmy Garrison, 1934-1976, bass; Elvin Jones, 1927-2004, drums), live (“Vigil,” Naima,” “My Favorite Things”), Belgium (Comblain-la-Tour), 1965

 

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random sights

other day, New York

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radio

Today WKCR (Columbia University) celebrates the birthday of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931)—all Bix, all day.

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reading table

In the dark we disappear, pure being.

—Stanley Plumly (1939-2019), from”Wight”

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).

Sunday, March 8th

testify!

Vernard Johnson (alto saxophone, vocals), live, Fort Worth, Tx.

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill

Tuesday, March 3rd

two takes

“Stars Fell on Alabama” (F. Perkins, M. Parish), 1934

Jack Teagarden (1905-1964, with Frankie Trumbauer [C-melody saxophone], et al.), 1934

 

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Billie Holiday (1915-1959, with Ben Webster [tenor saxophone], et al.), 1957

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Wednesday, February 5th

sounds of Chicago and Wuppertal (Germany)

Peter Brötzmann (1941-, saxophone) and Hamid Drake (1955-, MCOTD Hall of Fame, drums), live, Chicago (Hideout)

 

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random sights

other morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, February 3rd

sounds of New York

Sam Newsome Quartet (SN, soprano saxophone, preparations, compositions; Angelica Sanchez, piano; Luke Stewart, bass; Reggie Nicholson, drums), live, New York (Smalls), 1/20/20

#1

 

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#2

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 25th

what’s new

Brian Blade & Life Cycles (BB, drums; Myron Walden, woodwinds; John Hart, guitar; Jon Cowherd, piano; Doug Weiss, bass; Monte Croft, vibraphone, voice; Rogerio Boccato, percussion), “My Joy,” “Slow Change,” “Hello to the Wind,” “The Final Four,” live (studio), Seattle, published 1/10/20 (recorded 9/27/19)

 

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random sights

other morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

The moon disappears
into darkening treetops
collecting the rain

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

Wednesday, January 22nd

voices I miss

Von Freeman (1923-2012), tenor saxophonist, MCOTD Hall of Fame

“Oleo” (S. Rollins) with Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Willie Pickens (piano), Dan Shapera (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 1988

 

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With John Young (1922-2008, piano), et al., live (radio broadcast), late 1970s

 

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“A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (E. Maschwitz & M. Sherwin) with Jodie Christian (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), live, Harrisburg, Penn., 1994

 

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“I Can’t Get Started” (V. Duke, I. Gershwin), live, Belgium, 1992

 

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“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart) with Mike Allemena (guitar), Matt Ferguson (bass), Michael Raynor (drums), live, Chicago (Mandel Hall, University of Chicago), 2011

 

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my back pages

On this night forty-three years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Outside it was cold and snowy; inside Von Freeman was playing, with pianist John Young. All of what they played that night, before, during, and after the ceremony, can be heard here (0:15-) (before: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More”; during [as Suzanne walked down the aisle]: “In a Sentimental Mood”; after: “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father”).

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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random sights

other day, Chicago

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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”

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