music clip of the day


Month: April, 2015

Thursday, April 30th

tonight in Chicago

These folks—three reed players and a cellist from Chicago, along with a drummer from Norway—will be playing (and recording a live album) at a performing-arts center on the city’s northwest side (Elastic Arts).

Dave Rempis (saxophones), Keefe Jackson (reeds), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Tomeka Reid (cello), Tollef Østvang (drums), live, Lafayette, Ind., 4/25/15

Wednesday, April 29th

If this is the answer, what’s the question?

Bernhard Leitner (1938-), Serpentinata, Austria (Vienna), 2011

Tuesday, April 28th

This I could listen to all day.

Brian Eno (1948-), sound installation (“Music for the Great Gallery”), Palace of Venaria, Italy (near Turin)

Monday, April 27th

Of sounds there is no end.

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), sound sculptures, Bally, Pennsylvania



reading table

I found a bird this morning, down—down—on a little bush at the foot of the garden, and wherefore sing, I said, since nobody hears?

One sob in the throat, one flutter of bosom—’My business is to sing‘—and away she rose!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), letter to Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Holland, c. 1862

Sunday, April 26th

More of Vernard Johnson.

Live, Roanoke, Tx.


“What Is This,” live (Something’s Got a Hold on Me), Little Rock, Ark., 1981


“I’ve Decided To Make Jesus My Choice,” The Gospel Saxophone of Vernard Johnson, 1974

Saturday, April 25th

Sometimes nothing is more enlivening than to hear something that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Rebecca Saunders (1967-), Fury II (2009); Remix Ensemble (Emilio Pomarico, cond.; Antonio Augusto Aguiar, bass), live, Portugal (Porto), 2011




reading table

after the dance
right away, cutting
the morning grass

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Friday, April 24th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Metz, “Get Off,” live, Seattle, 2014

Thursday, April 23rd

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Mingus!

Charles Mingus, composer, bandleader, bassist
April 22, 1922-January 5, 1979

Better late than never for someone who, like Miles and Monk, Bach and Beethoven, I couldn’t live without.

Charles Mingus (bass) with Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute), Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), live, Belgium, Norway, and Sweden, 1964*



musical thoughts

There’s something about listening to Eric Dolphy that makes you feel glad to be alive.

—Cliff Preiss, DJ, WKCR (Columbia University), yesterday (Mingus birthday broadcast)


*Set lists (courtesy of YouTube):

00:00-00:45 Intro
00:46-05:33 So Long Eric
05:35-11:20 Peggy’s Blue Skylight
11:23-32:03 Meditations On Integration

32:30-54:46 So Long Eric
56:30-1:11:40 Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
1:13:53-1:16:20 Parkeriana
1:16:22-1:29:05 Take The “A” Train

1:30:05-1:33:55 So Long Eric
1:34:02-1:52:35 Meditations On Integration
1:52:40- 1:59:50 So Long Eric

Wednesday, April 22nd

sounds of South Africa

Fantasma, “Basbizile,” live, London, 2015


Another take (Free Love, 2015)

Tuesday, April 21st

sounds of Malawi

The Very Best with Mafalika, “Let’s Go,” live, Malawi (Kumbali Village), 2/15


Another take (Makes a King, 4/15)

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