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Tuesday, February 19th

what’s new

Sun of Goldfinger (David Torn, electric guitar, live-looping, electronics; Tim Berne, alto saxophone; Ches Smith, drums, electronics); video, 2/6/19; album, 3/1/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 2nd

what’s new

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux (QN, tenor saxophone, composition; David Binney, alto saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano, keyboards, modular synthesizer; Nat Wood, drums; with guest Jason Barnsely, 1924 Kimball theatre organ), “Bounce,” video by Lee Hutzulak, 1/14/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 30th

sounds of New York

Zs, live, New York, 2015

 

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reading table

cold winter sky—
where will this wandering beggar
grow old?

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

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

Tuesday, January 15th

what’s new

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, compositions) featuring Spektral Quartet, live (“Rosario,” “Milagrosa,” “Villabeño”), Washington, D.C., 1/4/19

 

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reading table

thin wall—
from the mouse’s hole
the cold

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

Monday, January 14th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Tarkovsky Quartet (François Couturier, piano; Anja Lechner, cello; Jean-Marc Larché, soprano saxophone; Jean-Louis Matinier, accordion), “Nuit blanche,” 2017

 

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I prefer winter . . . when you feel the bone structure of the landscape . . . . Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

—painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Times Literary Supplement, 11/23/18

Thursday, January 10th

what’s new

Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone), Marilyn Crispell (piano), Carmen Castaldi (drums), playing and talking about their forthcoming album, Trio Tapestry (published 1/8/19)

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 7th

sounds of New York

Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Michael Formanek (bass) Andrew Cyrille (drums), live, New York, 2018

 

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reading table

One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 407 (Franklin)

Saturday, December 29th

sounds of London

NÉRIJA, “The Fisherman,” live (studio), 2016

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, December 16th

timeless

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone, 1936-1970) with Donald Tyler (trumpet), et al., “Our Prayer” (A. Ayler), Live in Greenwich Village (Village Vanguard), 1967

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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