music clip of the day


Month: September, 2014

Tuesday, September 30th

never enough

Miles Davis Septet,* “What I Say,” live, Norway (Oslo), 1971



art beat

Lee Friedlander (1934-), Japan (Kyoto), 1981


*MD (trumpet), Gary Bartz (soprano saxophone), Keith Jarrett (keyboards), Michael Henderson (bass), Leon Chandler (drums), Don Alias (percussion), James “Mtume” Forman (percussion).

Monday, September 29th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893); New England Conservatory Student Quartet (Minchae Kim & Harry Chang, violins; Heejin Chang, viola; Hsiao-Hsuan Huang, cello), live, Boston, 2014


A big birthday shout-out to my son Alex (now twenty-seven), who’s enriched my life, musically and otherwise, more than he could ever know.

Sunday, September 28th

two takes

“I Know I’ve Been Changed”

St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Canton, Miss., 1978


Tom Waits, c. 2006


Friday, September 26th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Savages, live, Italy (Milan), 2013

Monday, September 22nd

sounds of Chicago

Ornette and Denardo Coleman. Ry and Joachim Cooder. One way to make a place for yourself is to play something dad doesn’t—like drums.

Tweedy (feat. Jeff [guitar, vocals] & Spencer [drums] Tweedy), “Low Key,” live, Chicago, 2014


taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Sunday, September 21st

back to church

Mt. Do-Well Baptist Church Hymn Choir, “You’re Gonna Need a Friend,” live, McConnells, S.C., 1991



art beat: more from Monday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Slovakia, 1963 (from Gypsies)
Nationality Doubtful, closes today


Saturday, September 20th

never enough

I could live happily inside a cello.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 3 in C major for Unaccompanied Cello; Nathan Chan (1993-), live, San Francisco, 8/17/14



art beat: more from Monday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Slovakia, 1966 (from Gypsies)
Nationality Doubtful, through tomorrow


Friday, September 19th

only rock ’n’ roll

Cloud Nothings, “I’m Not Part of Me,” live, Chicago, 2014




art beat: more from Monday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Spain, 1975
Nationality Doubtful, through September 21st


Thursday, September 18th

Passed over, again, for a MacArthur “genius” grant? Me, too. This guy, though, has reason—625,000 reasons—to celebrate.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements,* live, Switzerland (Cully Jazz Festival), 2013

Steve Coleman took up the alto saxophone when he was a freshman at South Shore High School and within a few years inevitably was drawn into the orbit of one of Chicago’s greatest jazzmen: Von Freeman.

It was Freeman, a tenor saxophone giant who died two years ago at age 88, who welcomed Coleman into the rigors of the jazz life, setting him on a course that has led to Coleman winning one of America’s most prestigious and lucrative arts awards, a MacArthur Fellowship. Like each recipient, Coleman will receive a total of $625,000, dispensed quarterly over the next five years, from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

“I realized that (Freeman) is a major player, and he’s right here in the neighborhood,” recalls Coleman, who lives in Allentown, Pa., but always has considered himself a product of musical Chicago.

“He’s somebody I consider one of my mentors, but the rest of the city too. There were a lot of local players I was into,” adds Coleman, citing especially altoist Bunky Green. “Even the blues scene. I’d go to Theresa’s and the Checkerboard — everything about the city influenced me, but mainly the South Side.”

Chicago Tribune, 9/16/14

*SC (1957-), alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Anthony Tidd, bass; Sean Rickman, drums.

Wednesday, September 17th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be at the Hideout, as will I.

Survival Unit III (Joe McPhee, tenor saxophone, pocket trumpet; Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello; Michael Zerang, drums), live, Denmark (Copenhagen), 2013

I could live a thousand years and never tire of going out in the dark to hear music.



art beat: Monday at the Art Institute of Chicago (brief stop after lunch)

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Slovakia, 1963 (from Gypsies)
Nationality Doubtful, through September 21st


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