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Wednesday, November 21st

timeless

March 3, 1941, New York: Waiting for Benny Goodman to arrive for a recording session, the engineers are checking the equipment, the musicians are warming up, the tape is rolling.

Charlie Christian (1916-1942, guitar) with Cootie Williams (trumpet), Georgie Auld (tenor saxophone), Johnny Guarnieri (piano), Artie Bernstein (bass), Dave Tough (drums), “Waiting for Benny,” 1941

 

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Helen Levitt (1913-2009, MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, 1940s

Sunday, November 11th

timeless

Five Soul Stirrers (feat. R. H. Harris), “Walk Around” (R. H. Harris), 1939

 

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Helen Levitt (1913-2009, MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

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Sunday, May 14th

like nobody else

Rev. Utah Smith (1906-1965), “Two Wings,” 1953


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Helen Levitt (1913-2009, MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

 

Saturday, January 21st

passings

Some drumming is solid. Some, like this, liquid.

Charles “Bobo” Shaw, drummer, September 15, 1947-January 16, 2017

With Lester Bowie (trumpet, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “Bugle Boy Bop” (Bugle Boy Bop, recorded 1977; released 1983)

 

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Helen Levitt (MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

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Sunday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959


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Helen Levitt (MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, early 1940s

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Tuesday, August 30th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Today drummer Hamid Drake (1955-) enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining 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. Whatever the situation, he adds oxygen.

DKV Trio (HD, drums; Kent Kessler, bass; Ken Vandermark, baritone saxophone), live, Chicago, 2010

Tuesday, March 1st

Another favorite ballad.

“I Thought About You” (J. Van Heusen & J. Mercer), Mal Waldron (piano), Jeanne Lee (vocals), et al., live, France (Marciac), 2000

 

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Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1945

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Saturday, February 20th

old school

Re-Vells, Trent town Records (Trenton, N.J.), 1960s

“I Want a New Love”


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“Do I Love You?”

 

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Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1937

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Monday, June 22nd

More of Ornette.

Ornette Coleman Trio (David Izenzon, bass; Charles Moffett, percussion), playing and talking, Paris, 1966

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Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

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Sunday, June 21st

Here, on Father’s Day, is more of Aretha’s.

Rev. C. L. Franklin (1915-1984; Pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, 1946-1979), “Dry Bones in the Valley”


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Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

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