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Thursday, May 28th

How about something new?

PRISM Quartet and Steve Lehman (alto saxophone), excerpts from “15 Places at the Same Time” (S. Lehman), live, Philadelphia, 2014


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There’s a reason it’s called the nervous / system.

—Karen Solie, “Ode” (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out)

 

Wednesday, May 27th

Sit back. Close your eyes. Listen—just listen.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”); Emil Gilels (1916-1985), live


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My boys.

I don’t have them to hold. What do I do with my arms?

—Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave

Monday, May 18th

sounds of Brazil

Gilberto Gil, live (TV show), Brazil, 1994


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random thoughts

Of us they are sublimely oblivious—birds.

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taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Sunday, May 17th

More of The Consolers (Sullivan & Iola Pugh).

Live (TV Gospel Time), early 1960s

 

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Helen Levitt (1913-2009), New York, c. 1938

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

Saturday, May 16th

There are a handful of pianists whose every note I’m hungry to hear—he’s one.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata No. 8 in A Minor; Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), recording, 1950

 

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Bruce Davidson (1933-), Palisades, New Jersey, 1958

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Friday, May 15th

passings

B.B. King, singer, guitarist, September 16, 1925-May 14, 2015

“The Thrill Is Gone” (R. Hawkins, R. Darnell), live

Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), 1974


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Montreux Jazz Festival, 1993

 

Thursday, May 14th

Whether you live for 50 years, 500 years, or 5,000 years, it makes no difference: always there are new things to hear.

Dieter Ammann (1962-), Violation (1999); Lemanic Modern Ensemble (William Blank, cond.) with Karolina Öhman, cello; live, Russia (St. Petersburg), 2014


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The old pond—
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.

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

Wednesday, May 13th

ten strings, twenty fingers

Stephan Crump (bass) & Mary Halvorson (guitar), “Erie” (S. Crump), live, New York, 4/17/15


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random thoughts

Life consists of driving a vehicle you didn’t design, one that came without an owner’s manual, until one day it runs off the road and winds up in a ditch.

Tuesday, May 12th

sounds of Amsterdam

More of the Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra.*

Live, Chicago (Elastic Arts), 5/3/15


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Bruce Davidson (1933-), Palisades, New Jersey, 1958

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*Ab Baars, tenor saxophone; Tobias Delius, tenor saxophone; Michael Moore, alto saxophone; Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Walter Wierbos, trombone; Tristan Honsiger, cello; Mary Oliver, violin; Ernst Glerum, bass; Han Bennink, drums; with guest Guus Janssen (piano).

Monday, May 11th

career plans for the next life

Maybe, instead of those other things (tap dancer, rubboard player in a zydeco band, bass player in a reggae band, guitar player in a Malian band, cellist in a string quartet), I’ll be a bird.

John Luther Adams (1953-), songbirdsongs (1974-80), Callithumpian Consort (Stephen Drury, dir.), recording (2012)


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Tony Fitzpatrick (1958-), Lunch Drawing #48: A Bird for Bruce Lee

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