Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wind Machine, by Sammy Nestico


drum solo butch miles


drum solo buddy rich


drum solo buddy rich classic tonight show band




Count Basie and I share a birthday 8/21


Default to Count Basie.
Sonny Payne!

The Count Basie Orchestra at Kongresshaus Zurich, Switzerland, February 6, 1959. With Wendell Culley, Thad Jones, Snooky Young, Joe Newman (tp); Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb); Marshal Royal (as,cl); Frank Wess (as,ts,fl); Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bar); Count Basie (p); Freddie Green (g); Eddie Jones (b); Sonny Payne (dr). Count Basie just kills it.


going to Count Basie school




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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Toni Morrison


Toni Morrison could write. I knew of her almost exclusively through her novels, but in her honor here is a link to an essay she wrote about another writer’s astonishing novel, The Radiance of the King.



Sunday, August 4, 2019

A tough weekend


But I opened my inbox this morning and found a poem by Harryette Mullen and two stories by Diane Williams. And I finished reading A Tale of Two Cities (it was referenced in Out Stealing Horses, which I read late last week). And I threw on some French vanilla coffee, some Gustav Mahler (symphony 5, then symphony 6), and started writing. Flannery O’Connor: “I do what I have to with what I can.”