Details in Obscurantism

Thanks to the generous William Wirt Winchester Endowment (Yale School of Architecture) and the 2009 SOM Traveling Fellowship (SOM Foundation) I will be undertaking a prolonged leave of absence from work (unfortunately however, not from crippling student loans) to undertake a number of independently motivated research projects.

As such, in exactly one week I will fly into Bogotá, Colombia and kick off what will be a long and lonely trip through 28 cities across 4 continents (estimated 35,687 miles across 36 flights).

Aside from the very minimum in garb, I am traveling light both in reading:

The Rebel, Albert Camus

Adorno, Willem van Reijen

Marx’s Capital, Geoffrey Pilling

and in music:

Undeniable, AZ

Live at Carnegie Hall, Bill Withers

Below the Heavens, Blu & Exile

Blues Singer, Buddy Guy

Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Chick Corea

Like Water for Chocolate, Common

Voodoo, D’Angelo

Doin’ Alright, Dexter Gordon

Royal Flush, Donald Byrd

Ellington at Newport, Duke Ellington

Don’t GoTo Strangers, Etta Jones

Based on a True Story, Fat Freddy’s Drop

The Body & The Soul, Freddie Hubbard

Urbanity, Hank Jones

Hi Voltage, Hank Mobley

The Fox, Harold Land

Takin’ Off, Herbie Hancock

Capuchin Swing, Jackie McLean

The Black Album, Jay-Z

On the Trail, Jimmy Heath

Mood Muzik, Joe Budden

Inner Urge, Joe Henderson

Coltrane Jazz, John Coltrane

A Whole Lot of Soul, Johnson & Jonson

God Knows I Tried, Junior Kimbrough

The College Dropout, Kanye West

Black August, Killah Priest

Heist of the Century, La the Darkman

Sonic boom, Lee Morgan

Food and Liquor, Lupe Fiasco

Aura, Miles Davis

Sketches of Spain, Miles Davis/Gil Evans

Murda Muzik, Mobb Deep

The N, Nas

The Best of Nina Simone, Nina Simone

Life After Death, The Notorious BIG

We Get Requests, Oscar Peterson

Vienna Blues, Oscar Perriford

A Love Song, Percy Heath

Harlem Blues, Phineas Newborn

H.N.I.C., Prodigy

Red Garland, Red Garland

Seven Minds, Sam Jones

Saul Williams, Saul Williams

Travelin’ Light, Shirely Horn

Leapin’ and Lopin’, Sonny Clark

It’s Monk’s Time, Thelonious Monk

The above was largely un-needed information, but then again, what exactly do people blog about? Until next time…


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