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Tag: Phillip Wilson

Sunday, November 18th

three takes

“God Has Smiled on Me”

Rev. James Cleveland (1931-1991), live, Oh Happy Day, 2004



Lester Bowie (1941-1999, trumpet, MCOTD Hall of Fame), with Amina Claudine Myers (piano, vocals), Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone), Malachi Favors (bass), Phillip Wilson (drums), 1978



Don Pullen (piano), George Adams (tenor saxophone), live, Italy (Perugia), 1984




reading table

mountain temple—
deep under snow
a bell

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

Sunday, September 11th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Lester Bowie (1941-1999, trumpet) with Amina Claudine Myers (piano, vocals), Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone), Malachi Favors (bass), Phillip Wilson (drums), “God Has Smiled on Me,” 1978



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Edward Hopper (1882-1967), New York Movie, 1939 (America after the Fall, Painting in the 1930s, through 9/18/16)



Wednesday, April 15th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy (LB, trumpet; Steve Turre, trombone; Frank Lacy, trombone; Bob Stewart, tuba; Phillip Wilson, drums, et al.), live, Berlin, 1986

Saturday, 12/29/12


Fontella Bass, singer, July 3, 1940-December 26, 2012

“Rescue Me,” TV Show (Shindig), 1965


“Theme De Yoyo,” with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, 1970


“God Has Smiled On Me,” with mother Martha Bass, brother David Peaston, Amina Claudine Myers (piano), Malachi Favors (bass), Phillip Wilson (drums), 1980


“All That You Give,” with The Cinematic Orchestra, 2002

Tuesday, 7/31/12

Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy (LB, trumpet; Malachi Thompson, trumpet; Steve Turre, trombone; Phillip Wilson, drums, et al.), “I Only Have Eyes For You” (H. Warren & A. Dubin), 1984



this just in

Lester Bowie, whose singular playing and presence have often been celebrated here,* has just been inducted, posthumously, into the ultra-exclusive MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining tenor saxophonist Von Freeman and poets Wislawa Szymborska and William Bronk.


*Here (Art Ensemble of Chicago). Here (with Digable Planets). Here (Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy). Here (Art Ensemble of Chicago). Here (with Sun Ra All Stars). And here (Lester Bowie Brass & Steel Band).

Thursday, 7/26/12

Julius Hemphill (alto saxophone), with Abdul Wadud (cello), Baikida E.J. Carroll (trumpet), Phillip Wilson (drums), “Dogon A.D.” (Dogon A.D.), 1972

The drumming is genius—he’s like the Zigaboo Modeliste of free-jazz. . . . Any musician who doesn’t like this should just stop—this is what it’s all about. It’s such a raw sound, right up in your face. This is the perfect introduction to someone who’s never heard free-jazz before. I wouldn’t mind if this piece went on for a couple hours.

Mats Gustafsson, Downbeat, 6/12

Monday, 3/14/11

Albert King

Fontella Bass

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Few musicians travel so widely—or so well.

Lester Bowie, trumpet, October 11, 1941-November 8, 1999

Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy (Steve Turre, trombone; Phillip Wilson, drums)
Live, Germany (Berlin), 1986


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#2 (Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You”)

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Lester and drummer Phillip Wilson were kindred spirits. Like Lester, the drummer came out of St. Louis. And like Lester, he roamed freely. Adventurous jazz (Art Ensemble of Chicago), funky soul (Stax Records sessions), hard-rocking blues (Paul Butterfield Blues Band): to each he brought the same hands, the same feet, the same ears.



Bill Cosby on Lester Bowie

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