like nobody else
Anthony Braxton Accelerator Ghost Trance Septet (AB, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet, flugelhorn; Jessica Pavone, viola; Chris Dahlberg, bass, cello; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jay Rozen, tuba; Aaron Siegel, drums, percussion, vibraphone), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2008
this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)
Aging criminal-defense lawyer’s retirement plan: drop dead at my desk.
Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, Tokyo, 1963
Men are children. They must be pardoned for everything, except malice.
—Joseph Joubert, 1754-1824 (The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert, translated from French by Paul Auster)
Steve Lehman, 15 Places at the Same Time (excerpts); PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman (alto saxophone), live, Philadelphia, 2014
James P. Johnson (piano), Sidney DeParis (trumpet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Shirley (guitar), John Simmons (bass), Sidney Catlett (drums), “After You’ve Gone” (T. Layton, M. Harris), 1944
Your actual experience is a complete flux.
—Robert Lowell (1917-1977)
Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), “Hackensack”
Anat Fort, live, Israel (Tel Aviv), 2015
Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Larry Gayle, bass; Ben Riley, drums), live (TV show), London, 1965
bad news/good news
Bad news: You’ve heard nothing this good in who knows how long.
Good news: You’re about to hear this.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan, trumpet; John Hicks, piano; Victor Sproles, bass), “On The Ginza,” “Lament for Stacey,” “The Egyptian,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Buhaina’s Delight,” live (TV show), London, 1964
Robert Frank (1924-), Rooming house—Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, 1955/56
Soundtrack for a man in a box trying to escape.
Ab Baars (tenor saxophone), “Asor,” live, Amsterdam, 2014
I thought that you were an anchor in the drift of the world;
but no: there isn’t an anchor anywhere.
There isn’t an anchor in the drift of the world. Oh no.
I thought you were. Oh no. The drift of the world.
—William Bronk (1918-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “The World”
MCOTD Hall of Fame
William Parker’s In Order To Survive (WP, bass, composition; Hamid Drake, drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame;* Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Cooper-Moore, piano), “Criminals in the White House,” live, New York, 2013
Today—his birthday—it’s all Ornette Coleman all day on WKCR-FM (Columbia University).
*With saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; trumpeter Lester Bowie; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; composer Morton Feldman; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.