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Tuesday, March 22nd

spring: another take

Sun Ra Arkestra (SR, 1914-1993, piano, composition; June Tyson, vocals; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone, et al.), “Springtime Again,” live, Rome, 1980

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lagniappe

reading table

Thus spring begins: old
stupidities repeated,
new errors invented.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Saturday, August 11th

voices I miss

Sun Ra Arkestra (Sun Ra [aka Herman Blount, 1914-1993], keyboards, compositions, vocals), TV show (Night Music), “Face the Music,” “Space Is the Place,” 1989

 

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Here’s another take on “Space Is the Place,” which I bumped into the other day at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it’s playing, continuously, through August 19th.

Space Is the Place (A March for Sun Ra), directed by Cauleen Smith, featuring the Rich South High School marching band, Chicago (Chinatown Square), 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, March 20th

spring!

Bob Dorough (1923-; vocals, piano), “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” (T. Wolf, F. Landesman), 1997


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Blossom Dearie (1924-2009; vocals, piano), “They Say It’s Spring” (M. Clark, B. Haymes), 1958


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Sun Ra Arkestra (SR [1914-1993], piano; June Tyson, vocals; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone, et al.), “Springtime Again” (S. Ra), live, Rome, 1980


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lagniappe

reading table

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown—
Who ponders this tremendous scene—
This whole Experiment of Green—
As if it were his own!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886; Franklin #1356)

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spring rain—
the uneaten ducks
are quacking

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, 2/23/12

street music

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, New York, 2007

#1 (“Ballicki Bone”)

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#2

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#3

The horn players—all eight of them—are sons of Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter and AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) cofounder Phil Cohran.

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