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Monday, November 12th

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Tyshawn Sorey Double Trio (TS, composition, conducting, drums; Cory Smythe, piano; Chris Tordini, bass; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Kyle Amburst, viola; Rubin Kodheli, cello), “The Inner Spectrum of Variables” (T. Sorey), live, Ojai, Calif., 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat

other day, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Nicolas de Jesus (1960-), La ofrenda (The Offering), 2009 (Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy, through December 9th)

Sunday, November 11th

timeless

Five Soul Stirrers (feat. R. H. Harris), “Walk Around” (R. H. Harris), 1939

 

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art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009, MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

871

Saturday, November 10th

Here’s more of the only drummer-composer-trombonist-pianist-professor-MacArthur-“genius”-grant-recipient I know.

Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and Vijay Iyer (piano), live (studio), New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, November 9th

timeless

Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers, “Jumpin’ Jive” (Stormy Weather, 1943)

 

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lagniappe

art beat

other day, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Altar for Raquel M. Ontiveros by Victoria Tapia, Monica Cisneros, and Estella Cruz (Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy, through December 9th)

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Thursday, November 8th

More sounds of Europe.

Enno Poppe (1969-), Fleisch (2017); Ensemble Nikel, live, Austria (Bludenz), 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, November 7th

sounds of Amsterdam

Suffering from TMP (too much politics)?

Try this.

Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (ICP), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), 2018

 

Tuesday, November 6th

spellbinding

Tyshawn Sorey Trio (TS, compositions, drums [2017 MacArthur Fellow]), Cory Smythe (piano), Chris Tordini (bass), live, New York, 2015

This I could listen to—I could lose myself in—for a long, long time.

 

They’re playing Thursday night at the University of Chicago.

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, November 5th

what’s new

Hot 8 Brass Band, “Love Will Tear Us Apart, 10/24/18

 

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Here’s the original (remastered).

Joy Division, 1980, 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Deep autumn—
my neighbor,
how does he live, I wonder?

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

Sunday, November 4th

two takes

“When the Gates Swing Open” (T. A. Dorsey)

Otis Clay (1942-2016), live, Chicago, c. 2007

 

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Al Green (1946-), live, Memphis, 1983

 

Saturday, November 3rd

basement jukebox

“The Only Way Is Up” (G. Jackson, J. Henderson)

Otis Clay (1942-2016), 1980

 

A few years after Otis Clay recorded this song for his small Chicago label, another version was released in England, where it topped the charts for several weeks.

Yazz (1960-), 1988

 

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lagniappe

reading table

It is Spring in the mountains.
I come alone seeking you.
The sound of chopping wood echoes
Between the silent peaks.
The streams are still icy.
There is snow on the trail.
At sunset I reach your grove
In the stony mountain pass.
You want nothing, although at night
You can see the aura of gold
And silver ore all around you.
You have learned to be gentle
As the mountain deer you have tamed.
The way back forgotten, hidden
Away, I become like you,
An empty boat, floating, adrift.

—Tu Fu (aka Du Fu, 712-729), “Written on the Wall of Chang’s Hermitage” (translated from Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth)

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