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Month: February, 2014

Tuesday, February 18th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005

This piece, even after decades of listening, never fails to sweep me away: its second (11:30-) and third (15:45-) movements are as intimate, as panoramic, as thrilling as anything I know.

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reading table

Lorrie Moore, reading from her new story collection (Bark):

Monday, February 17th

sounds of Chicago

Baby Huey (AKA James Ramey, 1944-1970), “Listen To Me,” 1971 (Curtom)


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lagniappe

art beat: more from Thursday’s stop at the Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), City Landscape, 1955

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Sunday, February 16th

No stage. No microphone. Just heart.

Evangelist Mary Brown and the Spiritual Singers, “I’ll Fly Away,” live, North Carolina (Plymouth, pop. ~4,000), 2011

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art beat: Thursday at the Art Institute of Chicago (after meeting with a client at the nearby federal jail)

Paul Cezanne, The Bay of Marseilles, Seen From L’Estaque, c. 1885

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If a stranger, standing next to me in front of this painting, leaned over and whispered, “There’s no better place to be on the planet,” I wouldn’t disagree.

Saturday, February 15th

only rock ’n’ roll

Roky Erickson & The Black Angels, live, Los Angeles, 2008

“Bo Diddley’s A Headhunter,” “Two Headed Dog”


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“You’re Gonna Miss Me”

Friday, February 14th

What could be more romantic?

Bo Diddley (1928-2008), live, 1981

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Thursday, February 13th

never enough

Monk, that is.

“Rhythm-a-Ning,” (T. Monk)

Art Pepper Quartet (AP, alto saxophone; Milcho Leview, piano; Tony Dumas, bass; Carl Burnett, drums), live


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Tom Harrell Quintet (TH, trumpet, flugelhorn; Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone; Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums), live, Paris, 2008

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lagniappe

random thoughts

Given the number of lives that end in death, the odds of avoiding it seem slim.

Wednesday, February 12th

only rock ’n’ roll

Del Shannon (1934-1990), “Runaway,” live (with Tom Petty, guitar; Phil Seymour, tambourine, et al.), 1978

Tuesday, February 11th

alone

Ran Blake (1935-), pianist, composer, teacher, MacArthur “genius” grant winner

Above the Sadness (trailer), 2011


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Live, “Over the Rainbow,” Portugal (Lisbon), 2010


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Live (at home), 2001


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reading table

‘[L]ife holds thee; not thou it.’

—Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby Dick

Monday, February 10th

passings

Bunny Rugs (AKA Bunny Clarke, William Clarke), singer
February 6, 1948-February 2, 2014

Live (with Sly & Robbie), “Revolution,” “Love Is Blind,” New York, 2013

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Live (with Third World), “Now That We Found Love,” Los Angeles, 2013

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Recording (Lee Perry, prod.), “Be Thankful,” 1975

Sunday, February 9th

Silver Quintette, “Sinner’s Crossroads” (1956)


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Bessemer Sunset Four, “I Feel Like My Time Ain’t Long” (1930)


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Dixie Hummingbirds, “Every Knee Surely Must Bow” (1946)


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Famous Davis Sisters, “I Want To Be More Like Jesus” (1957)


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What do these tracks have in common? All were featured the other night on Sinner’s Crossroads, arguably (to these ears, anyway) the best show on radio. It airs Thursday night, from 8 to 9 p.m. (EST), on mighty WFMU-FM. Not only can you hear it live; every show is archived and remains available on-line. To my mind there’s no better gateway to gospel music.

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