music clip of the day


Month: August, 2015

Monday, August 31st

tenor fest
day one

Dexter Gordon (1923-1990), “Blues Up and Down” (G. Ammons, S. Stitt), live, Denmark, 1967*




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Withered grass,
under piling
heat waves.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

*With Kenny Drew, piano; Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, bass; Albert “Tootie” Heath, drums.

Sunday, August 30th

back to church

St. Paul Baptist Church Hymn Choir (Lowrys, S.C.), “All I Do,” live, McConnells, S.C. (Mt. Do-Well Baptist Church), c. 2009



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In the name of the Bee –
And of the Butterfly –
And of the Breeze – Amen!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #23 (Franklin)

Saturday, August 29th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 6 in D major for Unaccompanied Cello, 4th Mvt. (Sarabande); Yo-Yo Ma, live



random thoughts

Better one day awake—one moment, even—than ten years asleep.

Friday, August 28th

summer in the city

Chvrches, live, Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival), 7/17/15

“Clearest Blue”


“Leave a Trace”

Thursday, August 27th

tonight in Chicago

These folks will be at Constellation.

Tomeka Reid (cello) with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Jason Roebke (bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), “Glass Light,” live, Chicago, 2014


And these guys will be Elastic.

Dave Rempis (saxophone), Joshua Abrams (bass), Avreeayl Ra (drums), live, Chicago, 2013




Celebrating the birthdays of saxophonists Lester Young (August 27, 1909) and Charlie Parker (August 29, 1920), WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is featuring their music all day today (Young), all day tomorrow (Young and Parker), all day Saturday (Parker), and into Sunday morning (Parker).

Wednesday, August 26th

Ligeti fest
day three

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006), Requiem: Kyrie; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond.), live

Tuesday, August 25th

Ligeti fest
day two

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006), Cello Concerto; Ensemble C Barré (Sebastien Boin, cond.) with Alexis Descharmes (cello), live, France (Marseille), 2013

Monday, August 24th

Ligeti fest
day one

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006), Piano Etude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable” (“The Devil’s Staircase”); Claudio Martinez Mehner, live, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 2012



random sights

last night, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Sunday, August 23rd

She sounded so good last week—let’s hear some more.

Jessie Mae Renfro, “He’s So Wonderful,” live (TV Gospel Time), 1960s



art beat: more from Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center 

Archibald Motley (1891-1981), Gettin’ Religion, 1948


Saturday, August 22nd

sounds of Iceland

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Aura
NorthArc Percussion Group, live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2012




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Even the crow
has a grove
to grow old in

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

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