music clip of the day


Month: August, 2016

Sunday, August 21st

back to church

“Who Will Be a Witness,” live, St. Paul Baptist Church, Lowrys, S.C., 2002



art beat

Aaron Siskind (1903-1991), Harlem Document (Father Divine Movement), c. 1935

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Saturday, August 20th

Close your eyes.

Listen—just listen.

If you don’t have time for this, what do you have time for?

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), From me flows what you call Time (1990); La Jolla Symphony (Steven Schick, cond.), live, San Diego, 2008




reading table

Come, see
real flowers
of this painful world.

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

Friday, August 19th

what’s new

A Tribe Called Red with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Narcy, Black Bear
“R.E.D.,” 8/17/16


the beat goes on

2,401 posts—and counting.

Thursday, August 18th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be playing at Elastic.

Dave Rempis (saxophones) & Tim Daisy (percussion), live, Copenhagen, 2014



random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Wednesday, August 17th


Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist, January 27, 1941-August 15, 2016

“Herzog” (R. Hutcherson), live, France (Antibes), 1969*



musical thoughts

Speaking in recent years, Mr. Hutcherson was fond of citing a bit of insight from an old friend. “Eric Dolphy said music is like the wind,” he told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2012. “You don’t know where it came from, and you don’t know where it went. You can’t control it. All you can do is get inside the sphere of it and be swept away.”

—New York Times obituary, 8/17/16


WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is featuring his music until 3 p.m. (EST).


*With Harold Land (tenor saxophone), Stanley Cowell (piano), Reggie Johnson (bass), Joe Chambers (drums).

Tuesday, August 16th

If I could dance like this, I’d never sit down.

Jimmy Slyde (1927-2008) and Bob Moses, dancing, playing, talking



reading table

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), “One Art”

Monday, August 15th

What better way to begin the week?

Nicholas Brothers, “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” (Orchestra Wives), 1942

Sunday, August 14th

three takes

“The Storm Is Passing Over” (C. Tindley, D. Vails)

Gospel Challengers, “The Storm Is Passing Over,” live (TV show), 1960s


Detroit Mass Choir, live, Detroit, 2001


DeLois Barrett Campbell and The Barrett Sisters, 1982 (Say Amen, Somebody)

Saturday, August 13th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Philip Guston (1984), excerpt; Claire Chase (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (piano, celesta), live, Houston (Rothko Chapel), 2014

Friday, August 12th

wake up!

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog (MR, guitar, vocals; Ches Smith, drums; Shahzad Ismaily, bass), live (studio performance), Seattle, 6/22/16

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