Acros returns, kids! There *is* a Santa Claus!

Read the fine print.

The Art Institute of Chicago’s Holiday Hours

Go, man, go.

East Street, 1974

Dig these pages from Henry Wilhelm’s thorough and information-packed pamphlet from the early 1970s.


“… an idea is just the beginning. It’s not the work itself. The work begins with a rigorous process of making and engaging that, hopefully, leads to something more than what one might have expected. Otherwise, what results, other than a resonant object, idea, or experience is merely the illustration of an idea.”

Mr. Bey traces his beginnings as an artist to one specific Saturday morning in his teen years. Many of us can relate to that.

Glad Tidings

…of great joy. This news is one month after the official announcement — but it’s also one more month until the biggest gift-giving day in the States of America so, to quote Alfred S. once again, “A word to the wise is sufficient.”

John McLaughlin vis-a-vis Chuck Close

“The only instructions Miles Davis ever gave me were, ‘play it like you don’t know how to play the guitar.’ It’s not something you can logically understand. To me Miles was a very advanced human being—a Zen Master. I’m standing with this piece of music, and he totally threw me out of my normal state of mind. I had no idea what I was doing when I was playing after that request. And yet Miles loved it. That was the ‘In A Silent Way’ recording. I can tell you that I had no idea what I was doing until I heard the playback.

“Which is the way you should be when you play music. You cannot be in an ordinary state of mind.
You have to be kind of inspired. You have to have some kind of joy—some kind of exultation. You need basically what’s inside everybody, but in music we have to be able to bring it out.

“I remember we were in the middle of a session and he wasn’t happy. He stops the band and walks over to Jack DeJohnette. He said, ‘Jack: ba……..Ba…….boom…..Ba….Ba…ok?’ Now what do you make of that? Jack says, ‘OK, Miles,’ and his playing changed dramatically from that point. He just cut right loose; he freed right up. That’s the genius of Miles. Never ever would he speak about reading or guiding—you had to watch him, and see what he was doing, and how he was doing it. It’s as important to know what you don’t want as it is what you do. I learned just being with him as a sideman.

“‘Bitches Brew’ is a classic example, in my candid opinion. Miles didn’t know what he wanted. All of BB he didn’t know what he wanted. But he knew very well what he did not want. So that left the door open for all kinds of opportunity.”

“Ease is the enemy of the artist. When things get too easy, you’re in trouble.”

“All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”

“Get yourself in trouble. If you get yourself in trouble, you don’t have the answers. And if you don’t have the answers, your solution will more likely be personal because no one else’s solutions will seem appropriate. You’ll have to come up with your own.”