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Category: trombone

Tuesday, March 27th

How about two minutes of joy?

Felix Quartet (Michael Moore, alto saxophone; Wolter Weirbos, trombone; Wilbert de Joode, bass; Michael Vatcher, drums), live, 2017




reading table

That gorgeous kite
from the beggar’s shack.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Tuesday, September 12th

Sometimes a simple melody can be more than enough.

Frank Lacy and 10³²K (FL, trombone; Kevin Ray, bass; Andrew Drury,  percussion), “I’ll Be Right Here Waiting” (S. McCall), live, Troy, N.Y., 2016




reading table

from the mist
stinging insects

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

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



reading table

Your actual experience is a complete flux.

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Thursday, March 9th

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.

Saturday, July 30th

keep on dancing

M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, live (TV show), New York, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th


Henry Threadgill’s Society Situation Dance Band
Live, Germany (Hamburg), 1988





Henry Threadgill and His Very Very Circus
“Too Much Sugar for a Dime,” live, New York, 1995



random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Tuesday, April 19th

MCOTD Hall of Famer—and, as of yesterday, Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid

Live, Poland (Warsaw), 2011


Live, New York, 2013


Live, Washington, D.C., 2013



musical thoughts

All music is classical music, you know. I don’t put up boundaries on music.


Of course I started out in an ethnic community, with the blues and church music and jazz. But that was just one place to start. You read fiction then you start reading nonfiction! You start reading biographies and scientific accounts. It doesn’t change where you came from. It just broadens it. That’s what we do, we keep building on the foundation where we come from. You don’t lose it, you just keep building on it.


I think we’ve gotten used to the dissonant, so it’s not even dissonant any more.


[W]e have no control over anything but what we do. I just try to stay hopeful: I don’t want to get too pessimistic about anything.

—Henry Threadgill, The Guardian, 4/18/16


the beat goes on

2,300 posts—and counting.

Wednesday, March 16th

sounds of joy

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, “Lavoro” (S. Bergin, borrowing from “Moten Swing”), live, Amsterdam, 2013

Joyful? Yes. But sad, too. Pianist (and cofounder) Misha Mengelberg’s encroaching dementia, which has since sidelined him altogether, provides a poignant counterpoint.

Thursday, January 28th

sounds of Jamaica

Burning Spear, live, Paris, 1988

Friday, November 20th

Milford Graves (drums, vocals) with Amiri Baraka (words), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Charles Gayle (tenor saxophone, piano), William Parker (bass), live, New York, 2013


As you get older, you ain’t afraid to say something.

—Milford Graves



art beat: yesterday, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago)

Douglas Ewart, George Lewis, Douglas Repetto, Rio Negro II, 2015 (The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now [through Sunday])

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