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Thursday, June 18th

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Henry Threadgill (1944-, MCOTD Hall of Fame), alto saxophone, compositions

Very Very Circus, live, New York, 1995

 

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Society Situation Dance Band, live, Germany (Hamburg), 1988

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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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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)

Thursday, August 1st

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Henry Threadgill Sextett (HT [MCOTD Hall of Fame], 1944-, alto saxophone, flute, compositions); Frank Lacy, trombone; Rasul Sadik, trumpet; Deidre Murray, cello; Fred Hopkins, bass; Newman Baker, drums; Yoron Israel, percussion), live, Germany (Frankfurt), 1988

 

Wednesday, April 11th

what’s new

Dafnis Prieto Big Band (DP [drums, compositions], Peter Apfelbaum [saxophones, melodica], et al.), Back to the Sunset (with guests Henry Threadgill [alto saxophone; MCOTD Hall of Fame], Steve Coleman [alto saxophone], Brian Lynch [trumpet]), released 4/6/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, August 16th

like nobody else

Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone, composition; MCOTD Hall of Fame) & Make a Move, live, Italy (Perugia), 1996

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vase in the Form of Leda and the Swan, 1887-1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

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

Saturday, July 2nd

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Henry Threadgill (1944-, composer, alto saxophonist, flutist, bandleader, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner), playing and talking, 2010

Wednesday, April 20th

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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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lagniappe

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, August 1st

Even in death he remains a source of rare beauty.

Henry Threadgill (MCOTD Hall of Fame, bass flute) and Jason Moran (piano), “Sail” (H. Threadgill), live, New York (Ornette Coleman Memorial Service), 6/27/15


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reading table

The world she grew up in was so different it was hard to believe she was ever in it.

—Anne Enright, The Green Road (2015)

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