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Tuesday, December 15th

sounds of Chicago

Little Rootie Tootie (Juli Wood, tenor saxophone; Dustin Laurenzi, tenor saxophone; Katie Ernst, bass; Greg Artry, drums) playing Thelonious Monk, live (performance begins at 13:00), Chicago (Constellation), 12/12/20

 

MVP?

The drummer (Greg Artry): he lifts everybody.

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table 

farewell! farewell!
hands waving
in the mist

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

Saturday, December 5th

sounds of Chicago

The Bridge: Separatist Party (Ben LaMar Gay, cornet; Fred Jackson, alto saxophone, flute; Marvin Tate, vocals; Mike Reed, drums, keyboard; Jakob Heineman, bass; Nolan Chin, piano, keyboard), live (performance starts at 13:00), Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Even this mountain
moss grows flowers all its own—
thus nature bestows

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, December 4th

sounds of Colombia

Ela Minus, live (studio), Colombia (Bogota), published 9/10/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

On the street corner
the blind musician dances,
fan held high overhead

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, November 27th

what’s new

How strange, and surprising, this word seems today—”fun.”

Emmet Cohen Trio (EC, piano; Russell Hall, bass; Kyle Poole, drums) featuring Cyrille Aimée (vocals), “La Vie En Rose” (E. Piaf, et al.), live, published 11/6/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

In cherry blossom
shadows, no one, really, is
a stranger now.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, November 8th

sounds of Detroit

Detroit Mass Choir, “The Storm Is Passing Over” (C. Tindley, D. Vails), live, Detroit, 2001

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

No matter how hard
I try, I can’t stop thinking
of my old village

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, November 2nd

Hop on this train; you won’t want to get off.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements (Steve Coleman, alto saxophone; Jen Shyu, vocals; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Tim Albright, trombone; Reggie Washington, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums), live (performance begins at 2:10), France (Amiens), 2005

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

gathering dewdrops—
each one
the life of a daughter

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

Monday, October 5th

Bach festival
day one

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, 3rd Movt. (Largo); Christian Tetzlaff (1966-, violin), Berlin, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Dean Nature Sanctuary, Oak Brook, Ill.)

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reading table

Just being alive!
—miraculous to be in
cherry blossom shadows!

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, September 6th

alone

Bessie Jones (1902-1984), “I’m A Rollin’, I’m A Rollin’ (Everybody’s A Rollin’ Stone),” 1961, New York (Alan Lomax’s apartment)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago

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reading table

to become a dewdrop
I bow
in prayer . . .

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

Saturday, September 5th

soundtrack to a dream I’d love to have

Jon Hassell (1937-, trumpet), “Sketches of the Mediterranean” (with Paolo Fresu, trumpet, flugelhorn; Rick Cox, guitar; Kheir-Eddine M’Kachiche, violin; Peter Freeman, bass), live, France (Junas), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

a knotwood-eating bug
likes what it likes . . .
evening dew

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

Saturday, August 29th

alone

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Les sauvages; Grigory Sokolov (1950-, piano), live, Berlin, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Fly, butterfly!
I feel the dust of this world
weighting my body!

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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