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Sunday, February 26th

back to church

Choir Rehearsal, “Walk Through the Streets,” White Hill AME Zion Church, Rock Hill, S.C., 2007


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lagniappe

reading table

Picasso would be incomprehensible to Rembrandt, but Nijinsky would understand Michael Jackson.

—Zadie Smith, Swing Time

Saturday, February 25th

A handful of pieces I never tire of, no matter how many times I hear them. This is one.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Bunita Marcus (1985); Stephen Drury (piano), live, Boston, 2016


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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Jasper Johns (1930-), In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961

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Friday, February 24th

sounds of New York

Jim Campilongo Trio (JC, guitar; Chris Morrisey, bass; Josh Dion, drums, vocals) with Nels Cline (guitar), live, New York, 12/5/16*


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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Merce Cunningham: Common Time (through April 30th)


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*Set list (courtesy of YouTube):

Hot ‘Lanta 00:00
Heaven Is Creepy 08:20
Politician 18:06
Cock and Bull Story 26:12

Thursday, February 23rd

passings

Walter “Junie” Morrison, keyboard player, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, etc., 1954-January 21, 2017

Keyboards and vocals, with Parliament-Funkadelic, “Into You,” live, Passaic, New Jersey, 1978


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Questlove, Instagram post:

The Great Junie Morrison. So inspirational. All the #OhioPlayers westbound era funk that birthed #Voodoo & #BlackMessiah: #Junie. Those adlibs on Hov’s “#BrooklynsFinest & #Tribe‘s #ScenarioRemix is Junie. All the Warner Era #Funkadelic songwriting wizzardry #OneNationUnderAGroove & #UncleJamWantsYou (he co-wrote #NotJustKneeDeep) even #Parliament‘s #MotorBootyAffair & #Gloryhallastoopid. His ideas birthed and ushered in the G-Funk era (all that synthy #FunkyWorm synth yall associate w gangsta rap/Dre’s sound? That’s #JunieMorrison. Even his #SuzieThundertussy in its tales of “Lost Angeles” were the backdrop on Ye’s bright light for #TLOP‘s #NoMorePartiesInLA. Solange even gave him props on #Junie (“jump on it” for those that call it the “Jump on it song Dre3000 sings on)—this man was an uncelebrated unsung unchampioned whose ideas we just took and took and took. I regret so much not having a “proper” conversation about his journey. His songwriting. His technology innovations. Man. This STINGS. Rip #Junie.

Wednesday, February 22nd

more

Miranda Cuckson, violin; Michael Hersch (1971-), Fourteen Pieces for unaccompanied violin, excerpt; live, 2009

 

Tuesday, February 21st

passings

Clyde Stubblefield, drummer, April 18, 1943-February 18, 2017

“Funk Thing” (with Fred Wesley, trombone; John Scofield, guitar; John Medeski, organ; Fred Thomas, bass), 1999


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“Funky James Brown” (with John “Jabo” Starks, drums)

 

Monday, February 20th

Yesterday, in Chicago, at the Art Institute, I heard this woman play the violin. She played for well over an hour, by herself, without intermission. She performed seven pieces: the earliest, by Pierre Boulez (Anthèmes 1), was composed in 1992; the latest, by Steve Lehman (En Soi), this year. When a performer surrenders to the music wholeheartedly, she invites you, the listener, to do the same. And I did, gratefully.

Miranda Cuckson, violin

Ralph Shapey (1921-2002), Etchings (1945; excerpt), 2009


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Playing and talking, 2015

 

 

 

Monday, February 13th

 passings

Al Jarreau (aka Alwin Lopez Jarreau), March 12, 1940-February 12, 2017, singer

“Take Five” (P. Desmond), live (TV performance), Germany, 1976


(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Sunday, February 12th

sounds of Lake City*

Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, “Use Me,” live, 2016


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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*South Carolina.

Saturday, February 11th

If I knew I had a week to live, this is one of the recordings I would want to hear.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes
Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), piano, 1933/34


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langiappe

reading table

dizzying, adj. making you feel dizzy. E.g., reading a John Ashbery poem.

Listen to it the way everybody
here was naughty today,
of how broad it is.

Foreign man with an affluent cigar,
he used to live on top of this bed
on the local rails he was so proud of
among the recyclables, this morning,
spouting words that I thought were other.
Yes, and they became addictive. Oh,

make me a boy again! Do something!
But the little candle just stood there,
reflected in its lozenge-shaped mirror.
Maybe that was “something,”
a lithe sentence.

He’s only going to do it for the first time.
It’s snowing hard.

Hand me the orange.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Just So You’ll Know,” New Yorker, 2/13 & 20/17

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