Hello, 2023

Just landed in Germany for a trio tour with Eva Klesse and Andreas Lang 

Wednesday, January 4th: Fat-Jazz Urban-Exchange, Hamburg 
Thursday: LOFT Köln 
Friday: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, München 
Saturday: Internationales Jazzfestival Münster

Last week in Orvieto was great! Sarah was along for the trip, which was an unusual treat. 

With Dianne Reeves, Dan Weiss, and Peter Washington:

I learned a lot from the great Ms. Reeves and her long-term associate Romero Lubambo. Amazing!!!! Thanks also to Peter and Dan for nailing the music. 

In addition to arrangements of the Bacharach music sung by Dianne, I wrote a pocket suite for big band, “Fanfare, Fable, and Fugue,” about 9 minutes in length. It’s not too hard and very fun to play. If anyone wants to consider programming it, drop a line and I’ll send the score (and audio when it arrives).

My scribblings from 2022 include these longer, edited essays:

On Knives Out and Glass Onion 

All-Star Television: Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Ralph Ellison, Martin Williams

For Peter Straub

Moritz Moszkowski (and de Schlözer)

How to be “Original” 

Three Albums by Abdul Wadud

Interview with Anthony Cox

The Genius of Jaki Byard

A “New” (meaning “Old”) Approach to Jazz Education

50 ECM tracks for ECM at 50 (2018)

Doodlin’ (for Ron Miles)

And the following quick pieces:

Get Carter by Mike Hodges, Ted Lewis, and Michael Caine

Argerich for Beethoven

Various tweets from a decade of tweeting (4 parts)

Mick Herron and Charles Cumming at Mysterious

Roger Dickerson, New Orleans Concerto

George Russell’s First Three Records as a Leader

Steve Lacy and Don Cherry, “Evidence”

Max Roach, “Members Don’t Git Weary,” Gary Bartz, “Another Earth,” and Charles Tolliver, “Paper Man”

Book of Kenny Wheeler

Vicissitudes: John Heard, Leroy Williams, and Grachan Moncur III RIP

The Second Piano Sonata of Poul Ruders

Lou Harrison’s octave bar

Andrew Hill: Shades and Strange Serenade

Lupu plays Brahms, Angelich plays Rachmaninoff

Birtwistle and Lupu, RIP

Charnett Moffett, RIP

photos of old cars

Ellen Raskin, Lee Server, Andrew Vachss

RIP Terry Teachout (with a guest contribution from Heather Sessler)

RIP Charles Brackeen and Mtume

Barry Altschul, You Can’t Name Your Own Tune

George Crumb, Ancient Voices of Children

Steve Lacy, The Window

Don Pullen, The Sixth Sense

Morton Gould in 1968

Also! guest posts:

James P. Johnson Gets Dressed by Matthew Guerrieri

New Cecil and the Old Crew in ’70s NYC: A Remembrance by Richard Scheinin

Stanley Crouch on Classic Cinema by Paul Devlin