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.
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.
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.”