music clip of the day


Month: April, 2017

Saturday, April 15th

sounds of Russia

One-word review: mesmerizing.

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), Fachwerk for bayan, percussion, and string orchestra (2009); Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, live, 2013

Friday, April 14th

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Constellation.

Peter Evans Sextet, live, New York, 2017

Thursday, April 13th

old school

Tommy Jarrell (fiddle, vocals), “Cripple Creek,” live, Mt. Airy, N.C., 1983

Wednesday, April 12th


Old recordings, where everyone involved is long dead, don’t just appeal to the ears—they’re springboards for the imagination. Here’s one made in Memphis nearly 90 years ago.

Close your eyes.

Open your imagination.

They’re just about ready to record.

What’s the room look like?

What’s the last thing said before they start?

Tommy Johnson (1896-1956), “Cool Drink of Water Blues” (1928)



art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955/56

Tuesday, April 11th


John Coltrane Quartet (JC, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums), “Vigil,” “Naima,” “My Favorite Things,” live, Belgium (Comblain-La-Tour), 1965



art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Cafe – Beaufort, South Carolina, 1955



Monday, April 10th

musical movements

Urban Bush Women, “Walking with ‘Trane” (fragments, commentary), Rockville, Md., 2015



random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Sunday, April 9th

another take

Rev. Al Green, “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” (T.A. Dorsey), live, Memphis (Full Gospel Tabernacle Church), 1983




art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Santa Fe, 1955


Saturday, April 8th

Sounds so soft they might, it seems, be emanating from your mind.

Jürg Frey (1953-), Floating Categories (2015), live, England (Bristol), 2016


Friday, April 7th

This, I just found, has more than 21 million views. (Where have I been?)

Florence and the Machine, “Cosmic Love”
Live (studio performance), Seattle, 2010



reading table

I had been happy, happy enough, but now I often found myself uttering a spontaneous prayer that went, simply: She is here, still here.

—George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

Thursday, April 6th

Think you know what a trumpet sounds like?

Nate Wooley (trumpet), live, New York, 4/3/17





reading table

lights have entered
us it is a music more powerful

than music

—George Oppen (1908-1984), “Till Other Voices Wake Us,” fragment

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