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Category: saxophone

Saturday, August 19th

mysterious, adj. Exciting wonder, curiosity, or surprise while baffling efforts to comprehend or identify. E.g., Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Sequences.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Sequences (bass flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, contrabassoon), 2016; International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2016




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in the big rain
gushing down
little butterfly

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, August 17th

what’s new

Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt (music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg), 8/25/17




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Portrait Head of Martinique Woman with Kerchief, 1887-1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Saturday, August 5th

sounds of Chicago

Solstice Drum Quartet (l-r: Michael Zerang, Mike Reed, Hamid Drake [MCOTD Hall of Fame], Avreeayl Ra) & Guests (Mars Williams, Nick Mazzarella, saxophones; Dan Phillips, guitar; Tatsu Aoki, bass), live, Chicago, 2016


Tuesday, July 25th

voices I miss

Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone, 1934-2004), “Wasted” (S. Lacy), live, Paris, 1982




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Yatsumi Bridge, 1856

Thursday, June 15th

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




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)


random thoughts

Aging criminal-defense lawyer’s retirement plan: drop dead at my desk.

Tuesday, May 23rd

never enough

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, Tokyo, 1963



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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)

Saturday, May 13th

otherworldly birds

Steve Lehman, 15 Places at the Same Time (excerpts); PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman (alto saxophone), live, Philadelphia, 2014


Thursday, May 11th


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



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Your actual experience is a complete flux.

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Monday, May 1st

two takes

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


Tuesday, April 11th


John Coltrane Quartet (JC, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums), “Vigil,” “Naima,” “My Favorite Things,” live, Belgium (Comblain-La-Tour), 1965



art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Cafe – Beaufort, South Carolina, 1955



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