music clip of the day


Month: February, 2017

Tuesday, February 28th

basement jukebox

Little Johnny Jones (vocals, piano; 1924-1964), “Big Town Playboy,” 1950



art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Diane Arbus (1923-1971), A young man and his pregnant wife in Washington Square Park, NYC, 1965



Monday, February 27th

basement jukebox

J.B. Lenoir (vocals, guitar; 1929-1967), “Mama Talk to Your Daughter,” 1954


Sunday, February 26th

back to church

Choir Rehearsal, “Walk Through the Streets,” White Hill AME Zion Church, Rock Hill, S.C., 2007



reading table

Picasso would be incomprehensible to Rembrandt, but Nijinsky would understand Michael Jackson.

—Zadie Smith, Swing Time

Saturday, February 25th

A handful of pieces I never tire of, no matter how many times I hear them. This is one.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Bunita Marcus (1985); Stephen Drury (piano), live, Boston, 2016



art beat: other day, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Jasper Johns (1930-), In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961



Friday, February 24th

sounds of New York

Jim Campilongo Trio (JC, guitar; Chris Morrisey, bass; Josh Dion, drums, vocals) with Nels Cline (guitar), live, New York, 12/5/16*



art beat: yesterday, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Merce Cunningham: Common Time (through April 30th)


*Set list (courtesy of YouTube):

Hot ‘Lanta 00:00
Heaven Is Creepy 08:20
Politician 18:06
Cock and Bull Story 26:12

Thursday, February 23rd


Walter “Junie” Morrison, keyboard player, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, etc., 1954-January 21, 2017

Keyboards and vocals, with Parliament-Funkadelic, “Into You,” live, Passaic, New Jersey, 1978


Questlove, Instagram post:

The Great Junie Morrison. So inspirational. All the #OhioPlayers westbound era funk that birthed #Voodoo & #BlackMessiah: #Junie. Those adlibs on Hov’s “#BrooklynsFinest & #Tribe‘s #ScenarioRemix is Junie. All the Warner Era #Funkadelic songwriting wizzardry #OneNationUnderAGroove & #UncleJamWantsYou (he co-wrote #NotJustKneeDeep) even #Parliament‘s #MotorBootyAffair & #Gloryhallastoopid. His ideas birthed and ushered in the G-Funk era (all that synthy #FunkyWorm synth yall associate w gangsta rap/Dre’s sound? That’s #JunieMorrison. Even his #SuzieThundertussy in its tales of “Lost Angeles” were the backdrop on Ye’s bright light for #TLOP‘s #NoMorePartiesInLA. Solange even gave him props on #Junie (“jump on it” for those that call it the “Jump on it song Dre3000 sings on)—this man was an uncelebrated unsung unchampioned whose ideas we just took and took and took. I regret so much not having a “proper” conversation about his journey. His songwriting. His technology innovations. Man. This STINGS. Rip #Junie.

Wednesday, February 22nd


Miranda Cuckson, violin; Michael Hersch (1971-), Fourteen Pieces for unaccompanied violin, excerpt; live, 2009


Tuesday, February 21st


Clyde Stubblefield, drummer, April 18, 1943-February 18, 2017

“Funk Thing” (with Fred Wesley, trombone; John Scofield, guitar; John Medeski, organ; Fred Thomas, bass), 1999


“Funky James Brown” (with John “Jabo” Starks, drums)


Monday, February 20th

Yesterday, in Chicago, at the Art Institute, I heard this woman play the violin. She played for well over an hour, by herself, without intermission. She performed seven pieces: the earliest, by Pierre Boulez (Anthèmes 1), was composed in 1992; the latest, by Steve Lehman (En Soi), this year. When a performer surrenders to the music wholeheartedly, she invites you, the listener, to do the same. And I did, gratefully.

Miranda Cuckson, violin

Ralph Shapey (1921-2002), Etchings (1945; excerpt), 2009


Playing and talking, 2015




Monday, February 13th


Al Jarreau (aka Alwin Lopez Jarreau), March 12, 1940-February 12, 2017, singer

“Take Five” (P. Desmond), live (TV performance), Germany, 1976

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

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