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Wednesday, August 15th

like nobody else

Tony Allen (drums), “Wolf Eats Wolf,” 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, October 11th

drum festival
day three

Tony Allen (drums, vocals) & Band, live, Luxembourg, 2011

 

Friday, March 31st

what’s new

Oumou Sangaré  (feat. Tony Allen, drums), “Yere Faga,” 3/30/17


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lagniappe

reading table

First cherry blossoms
just came out
pretty good day!

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

 

Thursday, June 30th

No matter how I’m feeling—up, down, whatever—he makes me feel better.

Tony Allen (1940-), drummer

Live, Paris, 2015

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Live (with Oghene Kologbo & World Squad), Brussels, 2014


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Interview, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill. (Roscoe, my granddog)

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Monday, June 20th

what’s new

Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (Tony Allen, drums, et al.)
“Bade Zile,” 2016


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We don’t want him thinking too much.

Cubs pitcher John Lackey on rookie catcher Wilson Contreras’s first start tonight, following last night’s home run in his first big-league plate appearance—on the first pitch

Wednesday, September 23rd

drum fest
day three

Perhaps the greatest drummer ever.

Brian Eno

Tony Allen—three takes.

Recording studio, 2009


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Paris, 2015


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Istanbul, 2015

 

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lagniappe

reading table

opening the window
I see the butterfly off . . .
into the field

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

Monday, March 3rd

what you simply cannot do 

Listen to this drummer without feeling lighter, livelier.

Tony Allen (drums, vocals) & Band, live, Luxembourg, 2011

Saturday, 9/22/12

Questlove (:10-) & Tony Allen (1:25-), live, Paris, 2011

What a contrast. Questlove, focusing on power and momentum, pushes the beat. Tony lies behind it, skips ahead, lies back again, favoring suppleness and elasticity.

Monday, 4/18/11

can’t wait
(an occasional series)

Group Doueh, Chicago (Old Town School of Folk Music), 6/26/11

Live, Europe, 2009

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Doueh (guitar), Tony Allen (drums)
Live, rehearsal, Western Sahara (Dakhla), 2010

Vodpod videos no longer available.

More Group Doueh? Here. More Tony Allen? Here.

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I live in Dakhla [in Western Sahara]. There are other groups in the area, but Group Doueh is the main group for this area. We are the most in demand group for weddings and parties.

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The power of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar is something that is inspirational on so many levels.

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The main group is myself on guitar and tinidit. My wife Halima and friend Bashiri are the vocalists. My son Jamal is the keyboardist. There are also many percussionists that play with us from time to time. Also other singers will perform with us depending on who is available for certain weddings or parties.

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For many years, most of our material was recorded on cassette. I have had many cassette recorders, some two-track, four-track and eight-track models. Now I am able to record digitally to a 16-track model. I am always experimenting to get the best situation. We always record at home and we record all of our performances.

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[T]here really is no [music] industry [in Western Sahara]. I am an industry unto myself. I record music and have two shops that sell music to the community. Most of the recordings are done at home in makeshift studios, and cassettes or CDs are sold throughout the region.

Doueh (AKA Baamar Salmou)

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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Cezanne, The Bay of Marselleilles, Seen From L’Estaque, c. 1885

The greatest jazz musicians—Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Von Freeman, et al.—can be identified by just one note. Cezanne’s that way, too. His blues are all his own.

Monday, 1/3/11

Perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived . . .

—Brian Eno

Tony Allen

Live, “New Morning”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Secret Agent, 2010

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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When I sit down there [at the drums], that’s what I’ve been waiting for . . .

—Tony Allen

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reading table

The time to make up your mind about people is never!

—Tracy Lord, The Philadelphia Story

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You get to decide what to worship.

David Foster Wallace

Zadie Smith, Changing My Mind (2009), epigraphs

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