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Tuesday, October 23rd

like nobody else

Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, clarinet, etc. [1935-1977]) and the Vibration Society (Dick Griffin, trombone; Ron Burton, piano; Vernon Martin, bass; Jerome Cooper, drums; Joe Texidor, percussion), live, Paris, 1970




random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.


reading table

All the people at the controls are opportunists or gangsters. The sweetness of reason died out of our public life with FDR. There doesn’t even seem to be a normal intelligence at work in the affairs of the nation.

—Tennessee Williams, letter to publisher James Laughlin, April 9, 1947

Thursday, April 27th


Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977), “Haunted Feelings,” 1971



reading table

secluded house—
the drunk hired hand
in the autumn dusk

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

Thursday, January 26th

What we need—now more than ever.

Clickety Clack! Clickety Clack!
What is this madness that Nixon has put upon us?
Clickety Clack! Clickety Clack!
Won’t someone bring the spirit back?

—Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977), 1973

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bright Moments, recorded live (San Francisco), 1973*


*Track list (courtesy of YouTube):
A1. Introduction
2. Pedal Up
3. You’ll Never Get To Heaven
4. Clickety Clack
5. Prelude To A Kiss
6. Talk (Electric Nose)
7. Fly Town Nose Blues
B1. Talk (Bright Moments)
2. Bright Moments Song
3. Dem Red Beans And Rice
4. If I Loved You
5. Talk (Fats Waller)
6. Jitterbug Waltz
7. Second Line Jump

Friday, August 21st

like nobody else

Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977), live, Paris, 1970



art beat: yesterday at the Chicago Cultural Center 

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist (through 8/31)

Black Belt, 1934



Wednesday, June 11th

voices I miss

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, live, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 1972



art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), New York, 1980s



Thursday, 7/5/12

Post-holiday blues?

Not for long.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk (saxophones), with McCoy Tyner (piano), Stanley Clark (bass) and Lenny White “drums,” “Pedal Up,” TV show (introduced by Quincy Jones), 1975

(Later note: When I posted this clip, I didn’t know there’d be all these commercials. You can skip the junk here.) 

Friday, 12/25/09

John Lee Hooker, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dinu Lipatti: where else would you find these three artists together, performing back to back, besides a cyberstage?

John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas” (1949)


Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, manzello, flute, stritch), “We Free Kings” (1961)


Dinu Lipatti, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Johann Sebastian Bach/Hess transcription (1947)

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