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Wednesday, January 20th

timeless

Bud Powell (1924-1966, piano) with Curly (aka Curley) Russell (bass), Max Roach (drums), “Un Poco Loco” (B. Powell), 1951

 

In the late 1980s, the renowned literary and cultural critic Harold Bloom included “Un Poco Loco” in his list of the most “sublime” works of twentieth-century American art (from his introduction to Modern Critical Interpretations: Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow).

—Wikipedia

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, September 1st

timeless

Charlie Parker Quintet (CP, 1920-1955, alto saxophone; Miles Davis, 1926-1991, trumpet;  Al Haig, 1922-1982, piano; Tommy Potter, 1918-1988, bass; Max Roach, 1924-2007, drums) with Symphony Sid Torin (1909-1984, announcer), live (“Groovin’ High,” D. Gillespie, F. Paparelli; “Big Foot,” C. Parker; “Ornithology,” C. Parker, B. Harris; “Slow Boat to China,” F. Loesser), New York (Royal Roost), 12/11/48

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Monday, January 20th

This voice I could listen to all day, even if I didn’t understand a word of English. He doesn’t speak—he sings.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), “I Have a Dream,” Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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Another take, with Max Roach (1924-2007, drums).

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, January 10th

tonight in Chicago

He’s playing at Buddy Guy’s club, opening for Buddy himself.

Kingfish (AKA Christone Ingram, 1999-), “Hey Joe,” live, Tupelo, Miss., 2017

 

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langiappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

a lovely night lit
with oil lamps . . .
croaking frogs

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

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radio

Today WKCR (Columbia University) is celebrating the birthday of jazz drummer Max Roach (1924-2007), playing his music all day.

Tuesday, March 25th

Happy (85th) Birthday, Cecil!

Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-), pianist, composer, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy, etc.

Today, celebrating his musical life, we revisit three favorites.

Live, Germany (Nürnberg), 1984


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Live (with Rashid Bakr, drums; Thurman Barker, marimba, miscellaneous percussion), 1995


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Live (with Max Roach, drums), New York (Columbia University), 2000


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.

—Cecil Taylor

Tuesday, December 24th

Last night this woman, who died of cancer in 2006, was very much alive, singing Bach on the radio.*

Johann Sebastian Bach, “Ich Habe Genug” (“I Have Enough,” church cantata), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006), 2003

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lagniappe

Christmas, 1948

Charlie Parker (alto saxophone), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Al Haig (piano), Tommy Porter (bass), Max Roach (drums), “White Christmas,” live, New York (Royal Roost), 12/25/48

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*WKCR-FM (Columbia University), Bach Festival, through New Year’s Eve.

Thursday, 1/10/13

basement jukebox

Robert Ward, “I Will Fear No Evil,” mid-1960s

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lagniappe

radio: Happy (89th) Birthday, Max!

WKCR-FM, celebrating the birthday of drummer Max Roach (1924-2007), is featuring his music all day.

Monday, 1/9/12

What do you get when you combine a pianist who plays with the percussive intensity of a drummer and a drummer who plays with the melodic buoyancy of a pianist?

Cecil Taylor (piano), Max Roach (drums), live
New York (Columbia University), 2000

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lagniappe

art beat: more from Thursday’s stop at the Art Institute of Chicago (after a hearing at the nearby federal court building)

Mark Rothko, Painting (1953-54)

Tuesday, 5/10/11

Sometimes it takes years—decades even—before you’re really able to hear somebody’s music. The other day, for instance, I put on a CD by this guy, a jazz pianist and composer whose music, which I first encountered 20 or 30 years ago, I’d admired more than enjoyed. I put this on expecting to do some work while it played in the background. But it refused to cooperate. Instead of staying put, it jumped out of the speakers, grabbed me, wouldn’t let go. No work got done.

Herbie Nichols, pianist, composer
January
3, 1919-April 12, 1963

“The Third World”
With Al McKibbon, bass; Art Blakey, drums
Blue Note, 1955

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“Applejackin'”
With Al McKibbon, bass; Max Roach, drums
Blue Note, 1955

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“House Party Starting”
With Al McKibbon, bass; Max Roach, drums
Blue Note, 1955

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lagniappe

reading table

Like so many of life’s varieties of experience, the novelty of a diagnosis of malignant cancer has a tendency to wear off.

—Christopher Hitchens, “Unspoken Truths,” Vanity Fair, 6/11

Monday, 1/10/11

Happy Birthday, Max!

No drummer is more clear, more precise, more melodic.

Max Roach, January 10, 1924-August 16, 2007

“The Third Eye,” live

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“The Drum Also Waltzes” (Drums Unlimited), 1966

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With Sonny Rollins (saxophone), “St. Thomas” (Saxophone Colossus), 1956

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With Clifford Brown (trumpet), “Sweet Clifford” (Brown and Roach Incorporated), 1955

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With Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Charlie Parker (saxophone), Bud Powell (piano), Charles Mingus (bass), “Salt Peanuts,” live, 1953

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

In this music, you have to find out who you are, what you feel, what you want to say. That’s one of the reasons that it’s so American. You have to be yourself.

That’s also one way jazz is different from classical music. In classical music, you learn to study and come up with the finest interpretation of a work that you can. That’s a different way of expressing your personality. You have to learn to use what’s written already to express yourself. In jazz, you have to learn to be who you are, and create the music from that.

—Max Roach (in Gene Santoro, Highway 61 Revisited [2004])

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radio

Today it’s all Max all day at WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University).


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