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Saturday, July 18th

timeless 

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan, trumpet; John Hicks, piano; Victor Sproles, bass), live (music starts at 4:25), Paris, 1965

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

If I had known
how sorrowful this world is,
I would have become
grass or a tree
in a deep mountain!

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Wednesday, February 19th

sounds of New York

Herbie Nichols Trio (HN, 1919-1963, piano; Al McKibbon, bass; Art Blakey, drums), “The Third World” (H. Nichols), 1955

 

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random sights

other morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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musical thoughts

Thank you all for listening. Your open ears, open minds, and open hearts are essential to resisting the gathering darkness of our times.

—composer John Luther Adams, 2/18/20 email

Thursday, April 5th

timeless

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; Lee Morgan, trumpet; Benny Golson, tenor saxophone; Bobby Timmons, piano; Jymie Merritt, bass), “Moanin'” (B. Timmons), live, Belgium (Brussels), 1959

 

Tuesday, March 28th

bad news/good news

Bad news: You’ve heard nothing this good in who knows how long.

Good news: You’re about to hear this.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan, trumpet; John Hicks, piano; Victor Sproles, bass), “On The Ginza,” “Lament for Stacey,” “The Egyptian,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Buhaina’s Delight,” live (TV show), London, 1964

 

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art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Rooming house—Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, 1955/56

 

Monday, February 29th

timeless

One of my favorite ballads.

“I Can’t Get Started” (V. Duke & I. Gershwin), Art Blakey (drums), John Gilmore (tenor saxophone), Lee Morgan (trumpet), John Hicks (piano), Victor Sproles (bass), live (TV show), London, 1964


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What I try to do is not miss anything.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon, on his goal at work each day

Tuesday, 5/10/11

Sometimes it takes years—decades even—before you’re really able to hear somebody’s music. The other day, for instance, I put on a CD by this guy, a jazz pianist and composer whose music, which I first encountered 20 or 30 years ago, I’d admired more than enjoyed. I put this on expecting to do some work while it played in the background. But it refused to cooperate. Instead of staying put, it jumped out of the speakers, grabbed me, wouldn’t let go. No work got done.

Herbie Nichols, pianist, composer
January
3, 1919-April 12, 1963

“The Third World”
With Al McKibbon, bass; Art Blakey, drums
Blue Note, 1955

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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“Applejackin'”
With Al McKibbon, bass; Max Roach, drums
Blue Note, 1955

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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“House Party Starting”
With Al McKibbon, bass; Max Roach, drums
Blue Note, 1955

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Like so many of life’s varieties of experience, the novelty of a diagnosis of malignant cancer has a tendency to wear off.

—Christopher Hitchens, “Unspoken Truths,” Vanity Fair, 6/11

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