music clip of the day


Wednesday, April 26th


Han Bennink (drums, 4/17/1942-), live, Amsterdam, 4/15/17

With Ab Barrs (tenor saxophone), Terrie Ex (guitar)


With ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra and friends



art beat

William Klein (1928-), New York, 1950s

Tuesday, April 25th

Is any alto player more eloquent?

Joe McPhee (alto saxophone), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), live, New York, 2014



art beat

Paul Strand (1890-1976), Abandoned Window, 1944


Monday, April 24th

sounds of Amsterdam

Turning seventy-five, some folks get gloomy; others celebrate.

Han Bennink (drums, 4/17/1942-) & All-Star Band
Live (TV show), Amsterdam, 4/13/17



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.


Tuesday, April 18th

sounds of Russia

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands, 2010



random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Monday, April 17th

sounds of Ukraine

The only thing better than one cello is two.

Valentin Silvestrov (1937-), Hiéroglyphes de la nuit; Anja Lechner (cello),  Agnès Vesterman (cello), Valentin Silvestrov (piano), live, Paris, 2015


Sunday, April 16th

back to church

“He Set Me Free,” Mt. Do-Well Baptist Church, McConnells, S.C., 1991



random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Monadnock Building)


Saturday, April 15th

sounds of Russia

One-word review: mesmerizing.

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), Fachwerk for bayan, percussion, and string orchestra (2009); Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, live, 2013

Friday, April 14th

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Constellation.

Peter Evans Sextet, live, New York, 2017

Thursday, April 13th

old school

Tommy Jarrell (fiddle, vocals), “Cripple Creek,” live, Mt. Airy, N.C., 1983

Wednesday, April 12th


Old recordings, where everyone involved is long dead, don’t just appeal to the ears—they’re springboards for the imagination. Here’s one made in Memphis nearly 90 years ago.

Close your eyes.

Open your imagination.

They’re just about ready to record.

What’s the room look like?

What’s the last thing said before they start?

Tommy Johnson (1896-1956), “Cool Drink of Water Blues” (1928)



art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955/56

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