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Month: December, 2016

Saturday, December 31st

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita in A minor for Solo Flute; Sandra Miller (flute), live, New York, 2013


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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Nine (alas, the last).

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The only response
to a child’s grave is
to lie down before it and play dead

—Bill Knott (1940-2014)

Friday, December 30th

only rock ‘n’ roll

What a way to close out a life—with some of the strongest work of your career.

David Bowie (January 8, 1947–January 10, 2016), Blackstar (January 8, 2016)

“Lazarus”


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“Blackstar”

 

Thursday, December 29th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, excerpt (Sarabande); Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba


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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Seven.

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Wednesday, December 28th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations (excerpt); Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano, live (studio performance), 1981

 

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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Six.

Tuesday, December 27th

After all the holiday bustle, how about something that begins slowly, quietly?

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), sitar (with Zakir Hussain [1951-; tabla], et al.), Raag Shyam Kedar, Raag Pilu, live, San Francisco, 1985


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Agnes Martin (1912-2004), Untitled #12 (detail), 1977

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Monday, December 26th

old white men

Rolling Stones, live, England (Glastonbury Festival), 2013


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Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Number 17A (1948)

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The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.

—Jackson Pollock

Sunday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959


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Helen Levitt (MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, early 1940s

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Saturday, December 24th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Hasil Adkins, “She Said” (H. Adkins), live, Westwood, Calif., mid-1990s


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Another take.

Cramps, live, Boston, 1983


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Interchanged, 1955

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Friday, December 23rd

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007), cello


If I had to list a dozen recordings I couldn’t live without, surely a set of Bach’s cello suites would be among them. I first heard them in the early ’70s, when I was in college—and I’ve been living with them ever since.

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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see yesterday’s post): Day One.

Thursday, December 22nd

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), violin


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One of the year’s truly great musical events begins Friday at 1 a.m. (EST)—the annual Bach Festival on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. If, after the last few months, you just can’t take any more clarity and light, you might want to skip it.

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