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Tuesday, March 12th

basement jukebox

Jackie (AKA Jacqui) Verdell (1937-1991), “Why Not Give Me a Chance” (J. Verdell), 1962

 

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musical thoughts

I also considered Jackie Verdell of the Davis Sisters one of the best and most underrated female soul singers of all time.

—Aretha Franklin (1942-2018), Aretha: From These Roots, 1999

Sunday, March 10th

sounds of Chicago

Jackie (AKA Jacqui) Verdell (1937-1991), “Too Close to Heaven” (following remarks by Jesse Jackson), live, Chicago, 1972

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

frosty night—
seven poor men
in a huddle

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Sunday, February 17th

timeless

Brother Joe May (1912-1972) and Jackie (AKA Jacqui) Verdell (1937-1991), “You’re Gonna Need Him After a While,” live (TV broadcast), 1963

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

A still – Volcano – Life –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 517 (Franklin)

Sunday, April 7th

two takes

The Davis Sisters (feat. Jackie Verdell), “We Need Power”

TV Show (TV Gospel Time), 1964


Recording, 1959


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reading table

Nothing lasts, and yet nothing passes, either. And nothing passes just because nothing lasts.

—Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Sunday, 8/21/11

Ever feel like, each day, you understand less and less?

Davis Sisters (with Jackie Verdell), “We’ll Understand It Better By and By,” live (TV broadcast), early 1960s

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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reading table

So long as that woman from the Rijksmuseum
in painted quiet and concentration
keeps pouring milk day after day
from the pitcher to the bowl
the World hasn’t earned
the world’s end.

—Wislawa Szymborska, “Vermeer”  (trans. Clare Cavanagh & Stanislaw Baranczak, Here [2010])

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Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid (c. 1658)

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Speaking of Szymborska, a charter member, like Von Freeman, of the recently announced MCOTD Hall of Fame (coincidentally, they were both born in 1923), here’s something I just came across:

I am a big admirer of her [Szymborska’s] work. I have read everything she has written, and I keep coming back to it. She is a very witty poet and she has greatly helped me to enjoy life. She exactly fits my definition of an artist. Who shouldn’t only have profound insight and a sharp mind but also remember that his obligation is to entertain the reader. And this is exactly what she does.

—Woody Allen, in the documentary Sometimes Life Is Bearable (2010)

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listening room: (some of) what’s playing

Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music)

Shane MacGowan and the Popes, The Snake (ZTT [import])

Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandTrout Mask Replica (Reprise/Ada)

• The Best of Charlie Patton (Yazoo)

Charley PattonThe Voice of the Delta (Indigo)

• The Detroiters/The Golden Echoes, Old Time Religion (Specialty)

• The Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, Alabama, Singing Songs of Praise (CaseQuarter)

Archie Shepp/Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio, Conversations (Delmark)

• Benny Goodman, The Complete Trios (Capitol)

Charlie Parker, The Complete Royal Roost Live Recordings on Savoy, Vol. 3 (Savoy/Columbia [import])

Charles Gayle, Repent (Knitting Factory)

Steve Lacy-Roswell Rudd Quartet, School Days (hat Art)

• Wadada Leo Smith & Jack DeJohnette, America (Tzadik)

Kenny Werner, No Beginning, No End (Half Note)

Bach, Suites for Unaccompanied Cello/Jean-Guihen Queyras (Harmonia Mundi [import])

Alfred Schnittke, String Quartet No. 3, Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet/
Borodin String Quartet with Ludmilla Berlinsky (Virgin Classics)

Morton Feldman, Piano and String Quartet/Kronos Quartet with Aki Takahashi (Nonesuch)

• Morton Feldman, For Bunita Marcus, Stephane Ginsburgh, piano (Sub Rosa) (available as a download from Amazon for 89¢)

• WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University)
Bird Flight (Phil Schaap, jazz [Charlie Parker])
Traditions in Swing (Phil Schaap, jazz)
Eastern Standard Time (Carter Van Pelt, Jamaican music)
Raag Aur Taal (Various, Indian music)

• WFMU-FM
Mudd Up! (DJ/Rupture“new bass and beats”)
Sinner’s Crossroads 
(Kevin Nutt, gospel)

Sunday, 8/14/11

 favorites
(an occasional series) 

Few performances, in any genre, pack this much punch.

Brother Joe May & Jackie [AKA Jacqui] Verdell, “You’re Gonna Need Him After A While,” live (TV broadcast)

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[Brother Joe May was] the most powerful male soloist in a day when gospel singers had the greatest voices in America.

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. . . Aretha Franklin’s delivery has Jacqui [Verdell] stamped all over it . . .

—Anthony Heilbut, The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times (1975 ed.)

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I considered . . . Jackie Verdell . . . one of the best and most underrrated soul singers of all time. It was through Jackie that I learned the expression, ‘Girl, you peed tonight,’ meaning you were dynamite. Several nights Jackie sang so hard she literally had a spot or two on her robe from peeing. Singing far too hard, I also peed here and there in the early days; I quickly realized no one should sing that hard.

—Aretha Franklin (in Aretha Franklin & David Ritz, Aretha: From These Roots [1999])

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This clip, I just learned, is included in a recent Sam & Dave DVD, The Original Soul Men, in a part called “The Roots of Sam & Dave.” (As one review notes: “Sam Moore was supposed to be Sam Cooke’s replacement in the Soul Stirrers, after Cooke made his historic decision to pursue pop music. But then Moore saw Jackie Wilson, and everything changed.”)

(Originally posted 11/29/09.)

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taking a break

I’m going to take a little break—back in a bit.

Sunday, 11/29/09

Few performances, in any genre, pack this much punch.

Brother Joe May & Jackie [AKA Jacqui] Verdell, “You’re Gonna Need Him After A While,” live (TV broadcast)

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lagniappe

[Brother Joe May was] the most powerful male soloist in a day when gospel singers had the greatest voices in America.

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. . . Aretha Franklin’s delivery has Jacqui [Verdell] stamped all over it . . .

—Anthony Heilbut, The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times (1975 ed.)

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I considered . . . Jackie Verdell . . . one of the best and most underrrated soul singers of all time. It was through Jackie that I learned the expression, ‘Girl, you peed tonight,’ meaning you were dynamite. Several nights Jackie sang so hard she literally had a spot or two on her robe from peeing. Singing far too hard, I also peed here and there in the early days; I quickly realized no one should sing that hard.—Aretha Franklin (in Aretha Franklin & David Ritz, Aretha: From These Roots [1999])

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This clip, I just learned, is included in a recent Sam & Dave DVD, The Original Soul Men, in a part called “The Roots of Sam & Dave.” (As one review notes: “Sam Moore was supposed to be Sam Cooke’s replacement in the Soul Stirrers, after Cooke made his historic decision to pursue pop music. But then Moore saw Jackie Wilson, and everything changed.”)

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