music clip of the day


Thursday, November 26th

two takes

Lee Morgan (trumpet) with Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Harold Mabern (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Billy Higgins (drums), “Yes I Can, No You Can’t,” 1966


S. Mos, mash-up (Tupac Shakur, “Holler If Ya Hear Me” [1993]), 2011



reading table

And everything turns and turns
and the unknown turns into the song
that is the known, but what in turn
becomes of the song is not for us to say

—Mark Strand (1934-2014), “The Webern Variations,” excerpt

Wednesday, November 25th

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Palais de Mari (1986); Aki Takahashi, piano

Today Feldman enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Lester Bowie, poets John Berryman and William Bronk and Wislawa Szymborska, photographer Helen Levitt, and gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates.

Tuesday, November 24th

More Sergio.

Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998), live (master class), Italy (Bertinoro)



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This morning I breakfasted sumptuously and with delight, but one ought not to utter statements like this so loudly in an era when delicate persons have the most indelicate heaps of cares piled upon their shoulders.

—Robert Walser (1878-1956), “Hodler’s Beech Forest,” translated from German by Susan Bernofsky (Looking at Pictures, 2015)

Monday, November 23rd

I never tire of these tiny, gemlike pieces.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (1835-1839); Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998), piano, 1959



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Awake at night—
the sound of the water jar
cracking in the cold.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass


Sunday, November 22nd

old school

Jackson Southernaires, “Walk Around Heaven,” live, Jackson, Miss., 1990s



random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill. (son’s dog, Roscoe)

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Saturday, November 21st

sounds of Mali and France

Amadou & Mariam with guest Bertrand Cantat, live, France (near Belfort), 2012



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We dream – it is good we are dreaming –
It would hurt us – were we awake –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #584 (Franklin), excerpt

Friday, November 20th

Milford Graves (drums, vocals) with Amiri Baraka (words), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Charles Gayle (tenor saxophone, piano), William Parker (bass), live, New York, 2013


As you get older, you ain’t afraid to say something.

—Milford Graves



art beat: yesterday, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago)

Douglas Ewart, George Lewis, Douglas Repetto, Rio Negro II, 2015 (The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now [through Sunday])

Thursday, November 19th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Johnny Gandelsman, live, East Lansing, Michigan, 2015



musical thoughts



Why not both?

Wednesday, November 18th

More from the composer we heard Monday.

Georg Friedrich Haas (1953-), I Can’t Breathe (In Memoriam Eric Garner) (2014); Marco Blaauw (trumpet), live, Germany (Cologne), 2015



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), Two Towers (New York), 1907 (Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century, through 3/27/16)



Tuesday, November 17th

Where would we be without the tenor saxophone?

David S. Ware Quartet (DSW [1949-2012], tenor saxophone; Matthew Shipp, piano; William Parker, bass; Guillermo Brown, drums), live


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