I want you all to know I’m not going to stop singing when I die.
—Robert Blair (1930-2001)
Robert Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, “Sing with the Angels”
Live, Rocky Mount, N.C.
voices I miss
This sounds as fresh, and timely, as it did in 1971.
Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” (M. Gaye, J. Nyx; What’s Going On, 1971)
Geri Allen, pianist, June 12, 1957-June 27, 2017
With Kenny Davis (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dance), live, South Korea, 2011
With Charlie Haden (1937-2014, bass), Paul Motian (1931-2011, drums), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988
sounds of Tunisia (and all over)
Dhafer Youssef (composer, singer, oud player), documentary about making Diwan of Beauty and Odd (2016)
(Thanks for the tip to John Balmes.)
Do you listen to contemporary rap and R&B?
I do. I like Anderson .Paak, that’s for sure! That “Come Down” piece.
Anderson .Paak, “Come Down,” 2016
Here’s something from Roscoe Mitchell’s new album, Bells for the South Side (ECM), a 2-CD set recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
“Spatial Aspects of the Sound,” Roscoe Mitchell (composition, piccolo), Craig Taborn (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (piano), William Winant (percussion), Kikanju Baku (wrist bells, ankle bells)
this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)
“Jesus Will Fix It”
Lee Williams, live
Al Green, live, Tokyo, 1987