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Saturday, April 3rd

never enough

Guitarist Pete Cosey? Miles gave him a lot of space, as he had pianist Bill Evans. And just as the Miles of Kind of Blue is unimaginable without Evans, so too with Cosey here.

Miles Davis Septet (MD [trumpet, organ, compositions], Dave Liebman [soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute], Pete Cosey [guitar, percussion], Reggie Lucas [guitar], Michael Henderson [bass], Al Foster [drums], Mtume [aka James Foreman, James Mtume; conga, percussion]), live, Stockholm, 1973

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, September 28th

timeless

Miles Davis Quintet (MD, 1926-1991, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, 1933-, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, 1940-, piano; Ron Carter,  1937-, bass; Tony Williams, 1945-1997, drums) , live, Italy (Milan), 1964

 

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musical thoughts

Herbie Hancock: “the best thing that Miles ever said to me.”

 

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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

Thursday, February 21st

another take

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude in C-sharp minor (Op. 45); Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), live, Italy (Prato), 1967

 

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musical thoughts

[N]ow Miles [Davis] was relaxed and pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was sending him into several shades of ecstasy.

‘Listen to those trills!’ Miles ordered.

—1961 interview, The Miles Davis Reader

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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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lagniappe

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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lagniappe

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

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