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Month: December, 2020

Thursday, December 31st

string quartet festival
day three

Mivos Quartet, Bronx Community College Online Concert Series, 11/30/20: Michaela Catranis, Luminous Animal (2020); Linda Caitlin Smith, String Quartet No. 6 (2013); George Lewis, String Quartet 2.5: “Playing with Seeds” (2017)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Old age is
a flight of small
cheeping birds
skimming
bare trees
above a snow glaze.

—William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), from “To Waken an Old Lady”

Wednesday, December 30th

string quartet festival
day two

JACK Quartet (with Conrad Tao, piano), Library of Congress Virtual Event, 12/3/2020*

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*Program:

1. Rodericus (fl. late 14th century)/Christopher Otto, Angelorum psalat (c. 1390s).

2. Elliott Carter (1908-2012), Duo for Violin and Piano (1973-4).

3. Tyshawn Sorey, Everything Changes, Nothing Changes (2018).

4. Ruth Crawford [Seeger] (1901-1953), String Quartet 1931 (1931).

5. Tyshawn Sorey, For Conrad Tao (2020).

6. Elliott Carter (1908-2012), String Quartet no. 3 (1971).

Tuesday, December 29th

string quartet festival
day one

Thomas Adès (1971-), Arcadiana (1994); Danish String Quartet, live, New York, 2015

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, December 28th

Why not begin the last week of a dark year with sounds of joy?

Paul Motian Trio (PM, drums; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone; Bill Frisell, guitar), “Misterioso” (T. Monk), live, New York (Village Vanguard), 2005

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, December 27th

sounds of Chicago

Pastor DeAndre Patterson, “To God Be the Glory,” live (Rev. Clay Evans’ funeral), Chicago, 12/7/19

 

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Saturday, December 26th

alone

Need more air?

Mitsuko Uchida (piano), live, London, 12/16/20: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Sonatas in C major (“Reliquie,” 3:40-) and G major (“Fantasy,” 42:00-)

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Listening deeply,
sometimes—in another—you can hear
the sound of a hermit, sighing
as he climbs a mountain trail to reach
a waterfall
or a Buddhist nun reciting prayers
while moonlight falls through the window
onto an old clay floor,
and once in a while, a child
rolling a hoop through the alleyways of Tokyo,
laughing,
or a farmer pausing in a rice field to watch
geese fly,
the thoughts on his lips he doesn’t think to say.

—Dick Allen (1939-2017), “Listening Deeply”

Friday, December 25th

How about some blues for Christmas?

Bessie Smith (1894-1937) with Joe Smith (cornet), Charlie Green (trombone), Fletcher Henderson (piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925

 

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Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929), “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (1906-1976) with Lonnie Johnson (guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Leroy Carr (1905-1935), “Christmas in Jail—Ain’t That a Pain,” 1929


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Sonny Boy Williamson I (1914-1948), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1938

 

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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers with Charles Brown (1922-1999, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson (1921-1999), “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Alex or Aleck Miller, 1912-1965), “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), “Blues for Christmas,” 1959

 

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Hop Wilson (1921-1975), “Merry Christmas Darling,” 1961

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 24th

sounds of Chicago

Saturday I posted the first of these two (wonderful) performances; here’s the second.

Mars Williams presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4 (Night 2) (Mars Williams, tenor saxophone, toy instruments; Josh Berman, cornet; Jim Baker, piano, viola, ARP synthesizer; Krzysztof Pabian, bass; Brian Sandstrom, bass, guitar, trumpet; Steve Hunt, drums; Peter Maunu, violin), live (performance begins at 5:15), Chicago (Constellation), 12/19/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

An empty day without events.
And that is why
it grew immense
as space. And suddenly
happiness of being
entered me.

I heard
in my heartbeat
the birth of time
and each instant of life
one after the other
came rushing in
like priceless gifts.

—Anna Swir (1909-1984), “Priceless Gifts” (translated from Polish by Czesław Miłosz and Leonard Nathan)

Wednesday, December 23rd

sounds of New Orleans

The Meters (with Lowell George, slide guitar), “Just Kissed My Baby” (Z. Modeliste, A. Neville, L. Nocentelli, G. Porter Jr.), 1974

 

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, December 22nd

more

Hamid Drake (drums, percussion; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Michael Zerang (drums, percussion), Joshua Abrams (bass, gumbri), Ayako Kato (movement), live, Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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Don’t say my hut has nothing to offer:
come and I will share with you
the cool breeze that fills my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by John Stevens

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