Evening View

“Evenin',” Jimmy Rushing sang with Basie and Prez in 1936, “every night you come and you find me….” I could hear Rushing in my mind’s ear as we looked out across the deck, the garden shed roof and the neighborhood trees to Ahtanum Ridge reflecting the sun still blazing at 7:30. What could follow that? Thelonious Monk could, with the other great evening song in jazz. Here’s Monk alone playing "Crepuscule With Nellie" in Berlin in 1969. I hope that you had a nice evening, too. … [Read more...]

Evening: Compatible Quotes

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. ——Lord Byron Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose. ——Henry Wadsworth Longfellow When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table. ——T.S. Eliot What a nice night for an evening. … [Read more...]

Recent Listening: Shipp, Crow, Chamorro


Matthew Shipp, The Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear). This album will not show up on the soft jazz and easy listening charts. Shipp is strong medicine. The first disc of the two-CD set has the audacious avant garde pianist with his trio, the second playing alone. They capture concert performances in 2010. In each, Shipp blends separate pieces of music in an uninterrupted flow so that the audience doesn’t realize for a moment or two that he has melded the end of his “Circular Temple” with … [Read more...]