Sonny & Linda Sharrock – Miss Doris [1975]

 

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Kamasi Washington: The Georgia Theater [Athens, Georgia]

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Athens, Georgia – Last night was a self-date night. I took myself out for cocktails at The Manhattan and then sauntered up the street to catch Los Angeles based jazz phenom, Kamasi Washington at the Georgia Theatre.

Washington and his band performed several cuts of his 2015 album, The Epic. The set was gentle and ferocious. He and his band are fire. Not merely “on fire”, just straight up “fire”. [Shout out to the female vocalist. I was near the front and wanted to psychically converse with you to see if you would get all Linda Sharrock on the mic but [sadly] I do not have those abilities.] Vocalist: Fire. The duel drummers: Fire. That keyboard chemist: Fire. The horn section and bassist: Fire.

Last night’s outfit consisted of dressing for warmth as well as style. I call it: Run D.M.C. meets Grey Gardens. What made the cut: A boldly printed 3/4 length sack dress, burnt orange velvet embroidered jacket, a wide forest green belt and a late 1950s vintage black wool oversized coat with mink collar. Footwear worn was simple as I relied on walking [with the aid of a cane]. No car or Lyft. No feral cats.

By chance I saw Washington and his cohorts were coming to town. This was months ago, online. I locked the details into my mind. I am a huge fan of straight ahead jazz/ modern jazz/ experimental jazz. Applause to whoever booked this show.

 

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Athens, Georgia – Easy-breezy, all-black outfit, accented with gold chunky heeled boots. The outfit at its’ base level consists of a structured [meaning ‘boxy”] black minidress and black opaque tights. I’m all about comfort and simplicity. Posting a few shots [taken last week] when I was out of town for Thanksgiving festivities which illustrate “The Look”.

Oh! Here are a few hand-selected records I’m listening to today:

Spirit of Ecstasy/ The Way to Nepal [1980, 2012/ Caprice] – Åke Hodell

TP [1980/ Philadelphia International Records] – Teddy Pendergrass

More Than Little [1971/ Dot Records] – Little Peggy

 

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – Here I am. Outdoors. In a vehicle. Standing in a field. Slouching on your couch. Flipping through vinyl. Donning a favorite casual outfit.

This look consists of a black round neck tee, black high waisted skinny jeans, a pair of Chelsea boots and a black oversized blazer. I wear a fat black digital wristwatch. The blazer’s lapel spruced up, sparingly, with simple decorative pins. It’s easy. Old school artsy: All-black [or, close to it], tailored and a touch slept in.

Hand-selected vinyl for solo listening:

Organ Favorites [1957/ Top Records] – Beverly Laine + Eddie Truman

Street Songs [1981/ Gordy] – Rick James

The Sound of Philadelphia ’73 [1973/ Philadelphia International] – Various Artists 

Note: More platters were played on this day. Today’s main goal was to secure the Christmas tree and gussy it up.

Done.

Lastly…Would someone, give me a hand and please answer the red courtesy phone?!