W. o’ W.: Mark Turner


“It takes longer for us to become great now because there’s so much more to learn.” 


Happy Birthday, Ornette Coleman!

Ornette Coleman Jazz

Born in 1930.




W. o’ W.: Matt Shipp



W. o’ W.: Kermit Lynch

Change a noun or a verb or two in the following quote and we have excellent advice for listening to music or, more to the point, collecting photographs.


“Find a good merchant and let her pick out four or five bottles and then give the wines a chance. Try to be open-minded when you taste. A lot of people say, ‘I don’t know much about wine, but I know what I like.’ Maybe you don’t know what you like, because you just keep drinking the same style. The wine world is pretty vast and diverse, and it’s not marriage. You don’t have to be faithful to one style. So don’t impose your comparatively limited experience on every wine you encounter. Try to understand wine styles you’re not familiar with.”

W. o’ W.: Wynton


“I believe that there’s a lot of what I call root American music, and root American musics are all joined together. Those are the blues, gospel, the American popular song, what we call country and western, and bluegrass. Sometimes bluegrass and country western are lumped together, but the two are different. They come out of two kind of different feelings of the same tradition, so I feel that all of those root tributaries feed into jazz. You find jazz musicians collaborating with all musicians. Louis Armstrong inspired Hoagy Carmichael when he was a kid in Chicago, and he gave great readings of the American popular song. Willie Nelson made a great recording singing songs like “Stardust,” and “Stardust” is written by Hoagy Carmichael, who Louis Armstrong spent his birthday party [with at] the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. So we could go on through the bloodlines. Eric Clapton comes from that whole kind of Anglo-Celtic relationship that all Afro-Americans have, that when people use to hear spirituals in the 19th century they’d say it sounded like Irish music to them. When August Wilson, who’s the preeminent Afro-American playwright, passed away, I played at his funeral. He requested that I play “Danny Boy” and that I learn the words. It’s all of these interesting relationships we all have. Our bloodlines are all tied into roots, but when the music becomes a product then all of the segregation and ignorance comes into it, because what it takes to make something is very different than what it takes to sell it. Many times you’re selling an image and other things that have absolutely nothing to do with what it took to make. That’s what I strive for with every collaboration I do; we meet each other on a very human level. We’re not coming together just to make products, we coming together just to make music.”


Vito 5000



Could this be any more of a loving caress? It’s reminiscent of camera videos for gear geeks. It also serves as a reminder that Rabbit (Mr. Hodges) and all of his contemporaries were young men when their reputations were made. If one needs comparisons, look at early pictures of the Stones, or Dylan; Ansel, or Aaron.



The Republic of Synesthesia

Fascinating stuff.


elveen 2

Technologies Never Die






Again With The Repetition


“Show, don’t tell. Avoid clichés. Be specific. Try not to repeat yourself.”



W. o’ W.: Stacy Dillard

“Our purpose is to inform you that there’s the possibility that your mind could be closing! Music will show you, clearly, an open mind. If you accept that, it’ll show you that, it will give you that, it will open you up more.


“I’m not saying music is the only way to salvation; it’s just one of the many highways that gets you where you need to go. But it’s definitely a way… We might not lead the way, but we’ll definitely make the way visible.”

From an interview here: http://revivalist.okayplayer.com/2012/10/29/smallslive-stacy-dillard/