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Monday, June 15th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

His music I first encountered over 40 years ago, and it’s been a perpetual source of joy and inspiration ever since.

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (HT, 1944-, alto saxophone, composition [MCOTD Hall of Fame]; Jose Dávila, tuba; Liberty Ellman, guitar; Stomu Takeishi, bass; Elliot Kavee, drums), live, Italy ( Cormòns), 2008

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.

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

Wednesday, December 18th

sounds of New York

Lei Liang (1972-), Ascension (for brass quintet and percussion, 2008); Andy Kozar (trumpet), Gareth Flowers (trumpet), David Byrd-Marrow (horn), William Lang (trombone), Dan Peck (tuba), Russell Greenberg (percussion), live, New York, 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, December 11th

Playing, and talking, Monk.

Jason Moran (piano), Frank Lacy (trombone), Bob Stewart (tuba), Nasheet Waits (drums), et al., live, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Tuesday, April 22nd

like nobody else

Anthony Braxton ZIM Sextet (AB, 1945-, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet, flugelhorn, trombone; Ingrid Laubrock, reeds; Tomeka Reid, cello; Shelley Burgon, harp; Jacqueline Kerrod, harp; Dan Peck, tuba), live, Germany (Moers), 2017

 

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

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)

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random thoughts

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

Wednesday, April 20th

More.

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

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


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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


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Live, New York, 2013


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Live, Washington, D.C., 2013


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musical thoughts

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

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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.

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

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[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

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the beat goes on

2,300 posts—and counting.

Saturday, June 6th

sounds of New Orleans

Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

To Be Continued (TBC) Brass Band, live, New Orleans, 2012

Thursday, June 4th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid,* live, Washington, D.C., 2013


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lagniappe

reading table

Nothings’s a Gift
by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012; translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak)

Nothing’s a gift, it’s all on loan.
I’m drowning in debts up to my ears.
I’ll have to pay for myself
with my self,
give up my life for my life.

Here’s how it’s arranged:
The heart can be repossessed,
the liver, too,
and each single finger and toe.

Too late to tear up the terms,
my debts will be repaid,
and I’ll be fleeced,
or, more precisely, flayed.

I move about the planet
in a crush of other debtors.
Some are saddled with the burden
of paying off their wings.
Others must, willy-nilly,
account for every leaf.

Every tissue in us lies
on the debit side.
Not a tentacle or tendril
is for keeps.

The inventory, infinitely detailed,
implies we’ll be left
not just empty-handed
but handless too.

I can’t remember
where, when, and why
I let someone open
this account in my name.

We call the protest against this
the soul.
And it’s the only item
not included on the list.

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the beat goes on

Two thousand posts—and counting.

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*HT (flute, alto saxophone), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Jose Davila (tuba, trombone), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums).

 

Wednesday, April 15th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy (LB, trumpet; Steve Turre, trombone; Frank Lacy, trombone; Bob Stewart, tuba; Phillip Wilson, drums, et al.), live, Berlin, 1986

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