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Month: May, 2016

Tuesday, May 31st

Need a lift?

Angelika Niescier (alto saxophone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Florian Weber (piano), Chris Tordini (bass), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), “The Barn Thing” (A. Niescier), live, Germany (Krefeld), 2013


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago 

Aaron Siskind (1903-1991), Martha’s Vineyard Rocks 127B 1954 (Abstractions, through 8/14/16)

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Monday, May 30th

Vancouver folkie + iconic Memphis rhythm section.

This should never have worked.

But it does, wonderfully.

Frazey Ford, “September Fields” (Indian Ocean), 2014


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lagniappe

reading table

The climate is pretty.
I wrote everything on it.
That’s the activity where it
gets relatively inauspicious.

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And you were sitting there
in the night of life. It sure was good.
My favorite desserts were there.
And when they invite you, it’s like an important document
goes missing. I’ll give you an example:
a twelve-year struggle upstate, in
the slick atmosphere of the breakfast room.
It might have gotten stuck in her farthingale.

Otherwise no reply.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “As Someone Who Likes Travel,” fragments (New Yorker, 5/30/16)

To read Ashbery is to read English as a foreign language—which I mean as a compliment.

Sunday, May 29th

sounds of Chicago

Windy City Spiritualaires with Willie Clayton, “Prove It,” live, Birmingham, Ala., 2000


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Aaron Siskind (1903-1991), Glouchester 1H 1944 (Abstractions, through 8/14/16)

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Saturday, May 28th

three takes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor

Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), live

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Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), 1939

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Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), live, France (Besancon), 1950


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The A minor sonata is the first of only two Mozart piano sonatas in a minor key . . . It was written in one of the most tragic times of his life: his mother had just died.

Wikipedia

Friday, May 27th

what’s new

Filastine, “The Cleaner,” released yesterday

Thursday, May 26th

sounds of Sweden

Klara Lewis, live, England (Gateshead), 2015

Wednesday, May 25th

Unfailing clarity, lyricism—how apt to hear him shortly after Mozart.

Sonny Rollins, live (“On Green Dolphin Street,” “St. Thomas,” “Four”), Denmark, 1968*


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reading table

dripping from the flower vendor’s
display
morning dew

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1828 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

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

Tuesday, May 24th

sounds of Morocco

Mourad Belouadi, “Mawama,” live, Morocco (M’hamid), 2014


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random thoughts

Note to self: Let your mind be occupied, fully, by the Other.

Monday, May 23rd

I love his approach to Mozart. He’s never fussy or mannered. He plays simply, directly—like a bird flying from tree to tree.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major (:07-), Fantasia in C major (22:42-), Sonata No. 14 in C minor (39:54-); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Germany (Munich), 1990


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musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

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reading table

If, instead of the words ‘good’ or ‘right’ (or ‘sacred’) we use the words ‘beautiful’ or ‘pleasurable’ or ‘enlivening,’ . . . how would our lives be different?

—Adam Phillips, Unforbidden Pleasures (quoted in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review)

Sunday, May 22nd

old school

Tommy Ellison & The Singing Stars, “I’m Not the Same Person,” live, Hempstead, N.Y., 2007


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reading table

I hear a river thro’ the valley wander
Whose water runs, the song alone remaining.

—Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904), “Dramatic Fragments,” excerpt

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random sights

yesterday morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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