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Wednesday, June 17th

voices I miss

Betty Carter (vocals, 1929-1998) with Geri Allen (piano, 1957-2017), Dave Holland (bass, 1946-), Jack DeJohnette (drums, 1942-), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1993

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, March 19th

two takes

“Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most” (F. Landesman, T. Wolf)

Betty Carter (1929-1998), 1965

 

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Bob Dorough (1923-2018, piano, vocals), 1997

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Glen Ellyn)

Saturday, March 3rd

voices I miss

Betty Carter (1929-1998) with Gerri Allen (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), “Giant Steps” (J. Coltrane), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1993

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Chicago (West Diversey)

Saturday, April 16th

like nobody else

Betty Carter (1929-1998), live, Montreal, 1982


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random sights

Tuesday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Today

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Wednesday, March 20th

two takes

It’s spring!

“Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” (T. Wolf & F. Landesman)

Betty Carter (1929-1998), Inside Betty Carter, 1964


*****

Bob Dorough (1923-), Right On My Way Home, 1997


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lagniappe

reading table

spring rain—
the uneaten ducks
are quacking

—Kobayashi Issa, 1813 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, 5/10/12

two takes

“Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” (T. Wolf & F. Landesman)

Bob Dorough, vocals & piano (Right On My Way Home, 1997)

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Betty Carter, vocals (Inside Betty Carter, 1964)

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lagniappe

reading table

Alcove
by John Ashbery
(Planisphere, 2009)

Is it possible that spring could be
once more approaching? We forget each time
what a mindless business it is, porous like sleep,
adrift on the horizon, refusing to take sides, “mugwump
of the final hour,” lest an agenda—horrors!—be imputed to it,
and the whole point of its being spring collapse
like a hole dug in sand. It’s breathy, though,
you have to say that for it.

And should further seasons coagulate
into years, like spilled, dried paint, why,
who’s to say we weren’t provident? We indeed
looked out for others as though they mattered, and they,
catching the spirit, came home with us, spent the night
in an alcove from which their breathing could be heard clearly.
But it’s not over yet. Terrible incidents happen
daily. That’s how we get around obstacles.

Tuesday, 1/5/10

captivating, adj. capturing interest as if by a spell. E.g., Betty Carter.

Betty Carter (with Cyrus Chestnut, piano), “Once Upon A Summertime,” live, Japan, 1993

(Watch how she moves when giving way to Cyrus Chestnut’s piano solo [3:40-54]: the elegance of a dancer, the dignity of a queen.)

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lagniappe

If you’re sitting in that audience ready to fight me from the very beginning, I’m going to have a hard time getting to you. But if you’ve got a heart at all, I’m going to get it.—Betty Carter

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