music clip of the day


Month: January, 2016

Thursday, January 21st

Ashley Fure (1982-), Soma (2012)
Curious Chamber Players, live, Germany (Darmstadt), 2012



musical thoughts

Why shouldn’t our music be as mysterious as our life?

Wednesday, January 20th

More of the late Otis Clay.

“That’s How It Is (When You’re In Love),” 1967


“Trying to Live My Life Without You,” 1972


“Precious, Precious,” 1972


“The Woman Don’t Live Here No More,” 1974


“I Can’t Take It,” 1977



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. . . life, that storm before the calm.

—Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “Negative” (translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh)

Tuesday, January 19th

sounds of Chicago, and Germany, and Norway – in Japan

Peter Brotzmann (Germany, alto saxophone), Fred Lonberg-Holm (Chicago, cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway, drums), live, Japan (Chiba), 2011

Monday, January 18th


Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano (1978); Natalia Gutman (cello), Vassily Lobanov (piano)



musical thoughts

How sad that some miss out, put off by an unfortunate label – “classical.”

Sunday, January 17th

More of Otis Clay, who died the other day.

The Gospel Songbirds (Otis Clay [right]; Maurice Dollison, aka Cash McCall [left], 1941-), “I Believe,” live (Jubilee Showcase), 1964, Chicago



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There was very little time for small talk, so I said, ‘Does God exist?’

—James Tate (1943-2015), “The Wrong Wedding” (Dome of the Hidden Pavilion, 2015)

Saturday, January 16th


Salim Washington/Darius Jones Quintet (SW, tenor saxophone; DJ, alto saxophone; Yayoi Ikawa, piano; Mark Helias, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums), live, New York, 2012

Friday, January 15th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Tenement, “Rock Eating People,” live, Milwaukee, 2014

Thursday, January 14th

sounds of Chicago

Still fresh after seventy years.

John Cage (1912-1992), Credo in Us (1942)
Third Coast Percussion, live, Chicago, 2011

Wednesday, January 13th

sounds of New York

More from the drummer on the new David Bowie album.

Mark Guiliana Beat Music (MG, drums; Stu Brooks, bass; Yuki Hirano, keyboards; with guests Steve Wall [tape recorder], Jeff Taylor [vocals]), live, New York, 2014




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Unknown –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #778 (Franklin), last line

Tuesday, January 12th


Pierre Boulez, composer, conductor, March 16, 1925-January 5, 2016

Dérive 2 (P. Boulez), Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pierre Boulez, cond.), live


Pierre Boulez, who has died aged 90, was arguably the single dominant figure of the classical musical world through the second half of the 20th century and beyond.

The Guardian obituary, 1/6/16

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