It's a foggy, cool morning here in Portland on October 11, which happens to be Billy Higgins's and Art Blakey's birthday, as well as trumpeter Lester Bowie's. Since the 10th was the birthday of Thelonious Monk and Ed Blackwell, I think we're going to have to lobby for making some kind of President's Day-style compound holiday out of this weekend— until we can ram that through congress, here are some great tracks by our Oct. 11 birthdays.
Lester Bowie: Dreaming of the Master, Art Ensemble of Chicago / Nice Guys
Continued after the break:
Billy Higgins: Rejoicing, Pat Metheny / Rejoicing
Art Blakey: concert appearance with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, et al