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Wednesday, August 20th

Let’s return to New York for another take on piano and string quartet.

Vijay Iyer (piano) and the Brentano String Quartet, from “Time, Place, Action” (V. Iyer), live, New York, 2014


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Happy (88th) birthday to my mother, who’s been dead almost two decades. When it comes to longevity, my genes are lousy. But, always, there’s today.

Tuesday, August 19th

alone

Terry Riley (piano), live (sound: 0:16-), Moscow, 2000

Monday, August 18th

two takes

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. 10, 3rd movt.

Fabian Almazan Trio with String Quartet, live, New York, 2012


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Borodin Quartet, recording


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lagniappe

random thoughts

If life weren’t so sad, it wouldn’t be life.

Sunday, August 17th

two takes

“Touch the Hem of His Garment” (S. Cooke)

Jabar, live, Atlanta, 2009


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Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke), 1956

Saturday, August 16th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be playing at Constellation, a performing-arts center owned by the drummer.

Roscoe Mitchell (reeds) & Mike Reed (drums, electronics), live, Poland (Poznan), 2013

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Friday, August 15th

only rock ’n’ roll

Sinead O’Connor, “Take Me To Church,” 2014

Thursday, August 14th

soundtrack to a dream

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), The Viola in My Life; João Pedro Delgado (viola), et al., live, Portugal, 2014

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lagniappe

reading table

The Suicide’s Room
by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012; MCOTD Hall-of-Famer), translated from Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

I’ll bet you think the room was empty.
Wrong. There were three chairs with sturdy backs.
A lamp, good for fighting the dark.
A desk, and on the desk a wallet, some newspapers.
A carefree Buddha and a worried Christ.
Seven lucky elephants, a notebook in a drawer.
You think our addresses weren’t in it?

No books, no pictures, no records, you guess?
Wrong. A comforting trumpet poised in black hands.
Saskia and her cordial little flower.
Joy the spark of gods.
Odysseus stretched on the shelf in life-giving sleep
after the labors of Book Five.
The moralists
with the golden syllables of their names
inscribed on finely tanned spines.
Next to them, the politicians braced their backs.

No way out? But what about the door?
No prospects? The window had other views.
His glasses
lay on the windowsill.
And one fly buzzed—that is, was still alive.

You think at least the note could tell us something.
But what if I say there was no note—
and he had so many friends, but all of us fit neatly
inside the empty envelope propped up against a cup.

Wednesday, August 13th

sounds of Chicago

Trio WAZ (Edward Wilkerson Jr., tenor saxophone; Tatsu Aoki, bass; Michael Zerang, percussion), live, Chicago, 2009


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lagniappe

art beat

Lee Friedlander (1980-), Detroit, 1963

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Tuesday, August 12th

sounds of Chicago

8 Bold Souls,* live, Poland (Poznan), 2009

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*Edward Wilkerson Jr., reeds; Mwata Bowden, reeds; Tomeka Reid, cello; Isaiah Jackson, trombone; Gerald Powell, tuba; Robert Griffin, trumpet; Harrison Bankhead, bass; Dushun Mosley, drums.

Monday, August 11th

yesterday

I heard this guy at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase.

Charles McPherson (alto saxophone) with son Chuck McPherson (drums), live, La Jolla, California, 1997

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