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Monday, 6/21/10

My favorite alto sax player?

There are days when I’d say this is the guy.

Art Pepper, September 1, 1925-June 15, 1982

“Red Car” (excerpt), live (Art Pepper: Notes From A Jazz Survivor [1982])


“Mambo Koyama,” live, Italy, 1981


“What’s New?” (1956)


“Over the Rainbow” (1982)



The epigraph to Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art and Laurie Pepper (1979):

What is the use of talking and there is no end of talking,
There is no end of things in the heart.

—Ezra Pound [“Exile’s Letter,” from the Chinese poet Li Po; as punctuated in SL]

Sunday, 6/20/10

Decades have passed since the performances featured a couple weeks ago. The voice has lost some of its strength—the heart none.

Inez Andrews (April 3, 1929-)

Live, Arizona (Tucson, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church), 2007

“The Lord Will Make A Way”


“Mary Don’t You Weep”


listening room

The other night, in the wake of posting Artur Schnabel’s recording of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata, I listened to pianist Andras Schiff’s lecture-recital on this piece, which is wonderful and revelatory and can be heard here.


punctuating with pizzazz

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