music clip of the day


Month: September, 2013

Monday, September 30th

never enough

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano, compositions; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Larry Gales, bass; Ben Riley, drums), “Epistrophy,” “Straight, No Chaser,” “Hackensack,” “Rhythm-a-Ning,” “Epistrophy,” live (TV show, Jazz 625 [BBC]), England, mid-’60s

Sunday, September 29th

back to church

Rev. Al Green, “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow,” live, Memphis (Full Gospel Tabernacle Church), 1984


A big birthday shout-out to my son Alex: where would I be without my guys?

Saturday, September 28th

good news, bad news

24 Recipients of MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Named

New York Times, 9/24/13

First the bad news: MCOTD was passed over, again. The good news? This guy, often featured here, wasn’t.

Vijay Iyer (1971-), pianist, composer, soon-to-be Harvard professor

“Imagine” (J. Lennon), live, Germany (Leverkusen), 2011


“Actions Speak” (V. Iyer), live (Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), New York, 2012


“Somewhere” (L. Bernstein), recording (Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), Historicity, 2009



musical thoughts

the stillness of the valley
is itself a kind of music

—Du Fu (AKA Tu Fu; 712-770; “Visting the Fengxian Monastery” [excerpt]; translated from Chinese by David Young)

Friday, September 27th

what’s new

Chvrches, “Gun,” 2013

Thursday, September 26th

sounds of Chicago

This is a track I coproduced. It was the last thing recorded that night, an afterthought. The lights had just been turned down. The room was nearly dark.

Carey Bell’s Blues Harp Band,* “Woman In Trouble” (Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1; Grammy Nominee), Alligator, 1978

*CB, vocals, harmonica; Lurrie Bell, guitar; Bob Riedy, piano; Aron Burton, bass; Odie Payne, Jr., drums.

Wednesday, September 25th

love it or hate it

Weasel Walter (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Peter Evans (trumpet), live, New York (Death By Audio, Brooklyn), 2012

Tuesday, September 24th

Some folks are intimidated by this stuff. Part of the problem is the label: “classical” music. That sounds like something for graduate students. Nonsense. You don’t need to know anything—anything at all—to connect with this. All you need are two ears, a mind, and a heart.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903), first movement; Chiara String Quartet, live, University of Nebraska, 2013

Monday, September 23rd

only rock ’n’ roll

Here’s something from the show I saw the other night.

Savages, “She Will,” live, Chicago (Metro), 9/16/13

In the hope-I-die-before-I-get-old department, it occurred to me, as I was driving home from this show, that I’ve been doing variations on this particular theme—going out into the dark night to hear live music—for at least, uh, let’s see, yeah, it must be at least forty-five years, since it was 1968, when I was fifteen, that my brother Don and I, after seeing the Velvet Underground at Chicago’s Kinetic Playground, were arrested and taken to the police station. The charge? Curfew.



musical thoughts

The best music, you can seek some shelter in it momentarily, but it’s essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

—Bruce Springsteen

Sunday, September 22nd

Kuumba Singers, “Ride On,” “Hold On” (with Bobby McFerrin), live, Germany (Leipzig), 2002



musical thoughts

Imagine a United States as great, in every way, as its music.

Saturday, September 21st

two takes

More from the Motor City.

“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” (W. Weatherspoon, P. Riser, J. Dean)

Jimmy Ruffin (1939-; David’s brother), 1965


Mitch Ryder (with Don Was, bass, et al.), live, Detroit, 2008

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