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Month: December, 2011

Saturday, 12/31/11

more favorites from the past year

I sometimes feel as if I’m making my way, page by page, through a book titled The 10,000 Musical Performances You Must Hear Before You Die. Rarely does a week go by that I’m not astonished, at least once, by something I’ve never heard before. Yesterday it was this tiny gem.*

Sergei Prokofiev, Vision Fugitive No. 18, Con una dolce lentezza
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), piano

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*S. Richter, Richter Rediscovered: Carnegie Hall Recital 1960 (RCA)

(Originally posted 5/5/11.)

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Classical music would be better off if folks quit calling it “classical music.”

Arnold Schoenberg, Op. 19, Six Little Piano Pieces
Michel Beroff, piano, live

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(Originally posted 6/23/11.)

Friday, 12/30/11

more favorites from the past year

Only in a city where cooking, like music, is considered an art would music be considered, like food, a necessity.

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Rainy?

It doesn’t matter.

Any day’s a perfect day for a parade.

The Black Men of Labor 2009 Second Line Parade, New Orleans

(Originally posted 11/18/11.)

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Mardi Gras Indians

Young Wild Magnolias, St. Joseph’s Night, New Orleans, 3/19/09

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United Indian Practice, Handa Wanda, New Orleans, 1/2/11

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Indian Practice, 7th Ward, New Orleans, 11/22/10

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Spy Boy Demond, Seminoles, New Orleans, c. 2010

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(Originally posted 9/30/11.)

Thursday, 12/29/11

more favorites from the past year

Dub shows aren’t an everyday thing in Chicago, so last night, despite the weather (rain) and weariness (from traveling to see a client in prison), I ventured out to a club to catch this guy. A show like this isn’t just an aural experience: each beat of the bass vibrates your ribcage.

Mad Professor (AKA Neil Fraser, born 1955, Guyana)  

Live, London, 2011

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Live remix, Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Lively Up Yourself,” c. 2008

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(Originally posted 9/19/11.)

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Life thickens as you get older, becoming more layered. The other night, for instance, listening to Mad Professor dub Bob Marley at a club on Chicago’s south side (Reggie’s, State near Cermak), I found it hard not to think of another night over thirty years ago, of another club on the other side of town (Quiet Knight, Belmont near Clark, now gone), of hearing Bob Marley not dubbed but live.

Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Trenchtown Rock”
Live, Chicago (Quiet Knight), 1975

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(Originally posted 9/20/11.)

Wednesday, 12/28/11

more favorites from the past year

passings

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Is any drummer more lyrical?

Paul Motian, drummer, composer, collaborator, bandleader
March 25, 1931-November 22, 2011

Paul Motian Trio (PM, drums; Joe Lovano, saxophone; Bill Frisell, guitar), “It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago” (P. Motian), live, New York (Village Vanguard), 2005

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Sometimes he would strip a beat to absolute basics, the sound of brushes on a dark-toned ride cymbal and the abrupt thump of his low-tuned kick drum. Generally, a listener could locate the form, even when Mr. Motian didn’t state it explicitly.

“With Paul, there was always that ground rhythm, that ancient jazz beat lurking in the background,” said the pianist Ethan Iverson, one of the younger bandleaders who played with and learned from him toward the end.

Mr. Motian’s final week at the [Village] Vanguard was with Mr. Osby and Mr. Kikuchi, in September. “He was an economist: every note and phrase and utterance counted,” Mr. Osby said on Tuesday. “There was nothing disposable.”

—Ben Ratliff, New York Times11/22/11

(Originally posted 11/23/11.)

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You’re never too young to die.

 Amy Winehouse, September 14, 1983-July 23, 2011

“Tears Dry On Their Own”

Take 1: original recording and video (2006)

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Take 2: remix by Organized Noize Dungeon Family (Big Boi)
(released 7/24/11)

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(Originally posted 7/26/11.)

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Today we remember him with a mix of new clips and old favorites.

Gil Scott-Heron, April 1, 1949-May 27, 2011

“The Bottle,” live, Jamaica (Montego Bay, Reggae Sunsplash), 1983
Cool Runnings: The Reggae Movie (1983)

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I’m New Here (2010)

“Where Did The Night Go”

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“Me And The Devil” (Robert Johnson)

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It’s a remix world.

“New York Is Killing Me” (2010), Chris Cunningham remix

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Here’s the original track, followed by a couple more remixes.

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With Nas

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With Mos Def

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musical thoughts

In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes, there will be singing. About the dark times.

—Bertolt Brecht

(Originally posted 5/30/11.)

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Lloyd Knibb, drummer (Skatalites, et al.)
March 8, 1931-May 12, 2011

Lloyd Knibb’s importance to Jamaican music can’t be overstated. The inventor of the ska beat at Coxson Dodd’s Studio One, Knibb created a sound that spread like wildfire the world over.

—Carter Van Pelt, host, Eastern Standard Time, WKCR-FM

“Freedom Sound,” live, Belgium (Lokerse Festival), 1997

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Live, Los Angeles, 2007

#1

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#2

(Originally posted 5/18/11.)

Tuesday, 12/27/11

more favorites from the past year

Wild Flag, live, SXSW (Austin, Texas), 3/11

“Romance” (Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop)

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“Future Crimes” (IFC Crossroads House)

Someday an all-female band will seem no more remarkable than an all-male one.

(Originally posted 10/24/11.)

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She’s going to be a big star someday.

Nneka, live

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(Originally posted 2/15/11.)

Monday, 12/26/11

This week we revisit a few favorites from the past year.

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[D]ance first and think afterwards . . . . It’s the natural order.

—Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1953, 1955 [English-language premiere])

Al Minns & Leon James, New York (Savoy Ballroom, Harlem), 1950s

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art beat

Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1940

(Originally posted 1/11/11.)

Sunday, 12/25/11

Let’s go to church.

Solomon Burke, “Silent Night” (Savoy, 1982)

Saturday, 12/24/11

When I was little, I would go into Chicago to hear live music—Peter, Paul & Mary, Kingston Trio, Beach Boys—with my father. Then, as a teenager, I’d go into the city with my brother Don to hear the Velvet Underground and the MC5, the Who, Tim Hardin and Tim Buckley, Muddy Waters. Now I make these trips with my sons. The other night, for instance, my older son Alex (now 24 and home for the holidays) and I went to the Hideout, a small club on Chicago’s north side, not far from where I once went with my father (now gone) and my brother (now hundreds of miles away), to hear this guy.

Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown (JA, vibraphone; Josh Berman, cornet; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Jason Roebke, bass; Frank Rosaly, drums), “Hide,” live, c. 2008

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reading table

No, the human heart
Is unknowable.
But in my birthplace
The flowers still smell
The same as always.

—Ki no Tsurayuki (872-945; trans. Kenneth Rexroth)

Friday, 12/23/11

where I’d like to be tonight

Po’ Monkey’s, Merigold, Mississippi, 2010

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lagniappe

reading table

Charles Simic, “1938”

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random thoughts

Life’s often said to be too short.

Too short for what?

Thursday, 12/22/11

John Coltrane, Dorothy Love Coates, this guy: the genre makes no difference; some folks play like (as Buddhists put it) their hair is on fire.

Bach, Partita No. 4 in D Major, BMV 828
Glenn Gould, live, Canada, 1981

1: Ouverture

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2: Allemande

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3: Courante

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4: Aria

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5: Sarabande

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6: Menuet

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7: Gigue

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lagniappe

heaven, n. a condition or place of great happiness, delight, or pleasure. E.g., WKCR-FM’s annual Bach Festival, which begins today, at 3 p.m., and runs until midnight New Year’s Eve.

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