Late jazz pianist/ songstress/ television personality Hazel Scott looking so lovely in this series of Kodachrome shots snapped in the 1940s. So fresh. So gay.
I am breathing in her liveliness on this cloudy winter’s day with a round of her peppy composition, the Brown Bee Boogie.
Result? Almost immediate.
And, you? Please, do enjoy your day.
Athens, Georgia – Having a gentle morning with jam on toast and black coffee. The skies are sunny and clear. And, my heart is full.
My outfit? The ‘Edie Sedgwick/Liza with an Z’ smash pack with oversized jet black, sequin t-shirt dress [Alessandro Michele knock-off? Probz.], coal black opaque tights, a pair of almond toe, black granny boots and sparse gems and sunshades complete today’s look. Add the 1940s vintage fur from Bergdorf-Goodman and it means business with a B.
To map out this morning’s soundscape – a few picks from my vinyl collection:
Ravedeath, 1972 [Kranky/ 2011] – Tim Hecker
Capricorn Princess [CTI/ 1976] – Esther Phillips
Beyond the Black Crack [Paradigm/ 1975] – Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell
Woman Talk [Mainstream/ 1965] – Carmen McRae
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 fan of straight ahead and experimental jazz. Applause to whoever booked this show.
Athens, Georgia – Hand selected vinyl for listening enjoyment on this first day of Fall. Really, there is nothing finer. Desolation Boulevard and On The Rise are old faves. Twins is an Ornette Coleman compilation of works from the 1960s and outtakes. The Fela Kuti/ Ginger Baker collaboration is new to me. Baker is featured on two tracks. I cannot wait to hear this cornucopia of sound.
Twins [Atlantic/ 1971] – Ornette Coleman
Desolation Boulevard [RCA/ 1974] – The Sweet
Live! [Regal Zonophone/ 1971] – Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker
On The Rise [Tabu/ 1983] – The S.O.S. Band
Athens, Georgia – All hail the vinyl. I’ve got a few solid titles for listening to today. Please, let me share.
Rick James’ “High on Your Love Suite/One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)” is glorious. Know this. Rickie Lee Jones’ debut album was selected for no particular reason. Cecil Taylor. If you follow me here [or, on Instagram], you know I am a major fan of the eighty-eight year old avant-garde jazz pianist/composer. Taylor’s work is not for the faint at heart. Dark To Themselves is perfection.
evergreen + baby blue colorblocked “Ski Chalet Moto ’74” sunglasses
bamboo eyewear hardshell case
Bustin’ Out of L Seven [Gordy/ 1979] – Rick James
Rickie Lee Jones [Warner Bros./ 1978] – Rickie Lee Jones
Dark To Themselves [Onja/ 1976] – Cecil Taylor Unit
Yesterday, all of this was on my porch. A sealed and addressed box, sent through time and space. Not so freaky, my friend. New chapter. Different book. But, there’s that one passage which runs throughout regarding love and friendship. Smooshy, you are the best.
assorted goodies + goods
Over-nite Sensation [DiscReet/ 1973] Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
June 1, 1974 [Island/ 1974] – Kevin Ayers/ John Cale/ Eno/ Nico
On your eighty-third birthday, I salute you.
“Today, a historic solar eclipse – with soundtrack brought to you by Farmer and Gryce. How’s that for something crisp and refreshing?”
Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
Red + White + Blue paper drinking straws [Jonathan Adler]
When Farmer Met Gryce [Prestige Records/ 1955] – Art Farmer + Gigi Gryce