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Wednesday, January 9th

Here, rehearsing, is the most influential pianist in jazz of the last fifty years.

Bill Evans (piano, 1929-1980), Eddie Gomez (bass), Alex Riel (drums), live, Denmark (Copenhagen), 1966

 

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musical thoughts

The ‘open’ voicings that Evans used [i.e., leaving out a chord’s root note] were not new . . . . They had been there in ‘classical’ music since the early part of the century, since Bartok and Stravinsky. But they were new to jazz, and they opened up melody and flow in new ways.

—Martin Williams, The Jazz Tradition (2d ed. 1983)

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Bill had this quiet fire that I loved on piano. The way he approached it, the sound he got was like crystal notes or sparkling water cascading down from some clear waterfall.

—Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography (with Quincy Troupe1989)

Saturday, July 7th

desert island disc

Miles Davis, In a Silent Way (MD, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, soprano saxophone; John McLaughlin, guitar; Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, keyboards; Dave Holland, bass; Tony Williams, drums), 1969*

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*Side A: “Shhh”/”Peaceful”/”Shhh” (M. Davis); Side B: “In a Silent Way” (J. Zawinul)/”It’s About That Time” (M. Davis)/”In a Silent Way” (J. Zawinul).

Tuesday, December 5th

more

Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Tokyo, 1985

 

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art beat: other day, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago)

Howard Finster, 1916-2001

Monday, December 4th

more

Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Montreal, 1985

 

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reading table

“Living here is like a joke without a punch line.”

—Bulgarian bar owner, quoted in New York Times Book Review, 12/3/17, review of Border: Journey to the Edge of Europe

Friday, November 24th

trumpet festival
day four

Miles Davis (with Bob Berg, saxophones; John Scofield, guitar; Robert Irving III, keyboards; Darryl Jones, bass; Al Foster, drums; Steve Thornton, percussion), live, Switzerland (Montreux), 1984

 

Monday, November 14th

never enough 

Miles Davis (with Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums), live, Italy (Milan), 1964*


Listening to Tony Williams never fails to leave me feeling lighter.

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), The Plough and the Song, 1946-47

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*Setlist (courtesy of YouTube):

1. Autumn Leaves 0:43
2. My Funny Valentine 14:34
3. All Blues 26:22
4. All of You 40:03
5. Joshua 50:41

Thursday, November 3rd

never enough 

Miles Davis (with Wayne Shorter, saxophones; Chick Corea, keyboards; Dave Holland, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums), live, Paris, 1969*


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baseball: Chicago Cubs

It’s going to take a while, maybe a year or two, for this to sink in.

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*Setlist (courtesy of YouTube):

1. Introduction 0:00
2. Directions 0:34
3. Bitches Brew 8:33
4. Paraphernalia 22:50
5. Riot 35:21
6. I Fall In Love Too Easily 38:42
7. Sanctuary 40:53
8. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down 45:13
9. The Theme 1:02:45

Saturday, August 6th

Sometimes the best of what’s new is old.

Betty Davis, “Down Home Girl” (Miles Davis & Teo Macero, prods.; John McLaughlin [guitar], Herbie Hancock [keyboards], Harvey Brooks [bass], Mitch Mitchell [drums]), 6/28/16 (rec. 1969)


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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago 

From Thirteen Laughing at Each Other, Juan Muñoz (1953-2001), through 10/5/16

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Wednesday, May 11th

more Prince

With Miles Davis, live, Paisley Park (Chanhassen, Minn.), 12/31/87

Tuesday, September 15th

never enough

Miles Davis (1926-1991), live, England (Isle of Wight Festival), 1970*


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random thoughts

What would it be like to live in a world where the sky was always the same?

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*With Gary Bartz, saxophones; Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea, keyboards; Airto Moreira, percussion; Dave Holland, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums.

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