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Monday, February 15th

Why not begin the week with one of the most beautiful—and moving—pieces I know?

Morton Feldman (1927-1986, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Mark Rothko (1903-1970), No. 2 (Blue, Red and Green) (Yellow, Red, Blue on Blue), 1953 (detail)

Sunday, February 14th

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Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed” (trad.), 1928

 

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yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Mingling with the wind
the snow comes falling;
mingling with the snow
the wind comes blowing;
by banked coals
I stretch my legs,
idle, idle,
in this grass hut
a shut-in,
and counting, find
that the second month too
like a dream
has come and gone

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Saturday, February 13th

timeless

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Five Pieces for Orchestra (1909, revised 1949); Vienna Philharmonic (Bernard Haitink, cond.), live, Tokyo, 1997

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), City Landscape, 1955 (detail)

Monday, February 8th

Why not start the week with something small, quiet, beautiful?

Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), “Solar” (P. Brennan), live (studio), New York, 2018

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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Only thing
the thief left behind—
moon in my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Sunday, January 31st

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Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame) and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, “Come and Go With Me” (D. Coates), live (TV show [Jubilee Showcase]), Chicago (with commentary from DLC and others)

 

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this morning, Chicago

Wednesday, January 27th

sounds of Chicago

Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell, 1940-, saxophones; Joseph Jarman, 1937-2019, saxophones, flute; Lester Bowie, 1941-1999, trumpet, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Malachi Favors, 1927-2004, bass, percussion; Don Moye, 1946-, drums, percussion) with guests,* live (performance begins at 8:20), Switzerland (Lugano), 1993

 

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

*Amina Claudine Myers (organ, vocals), Frank Lacy (trombone), James Carter (tenor saxophone), Chicago Beau (harmonica, vocals), Herb Walker (guitar, vocals).

Sunday, January 24th

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Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame) and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, “They Won’t Believe” (D. Coates), live (TV show)

 

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, January 23rd

sounds of Chicago

Artifacts Trio (Nicole Mitchell, flute; Tomeka Reid, cello; Mike Reed, drums, percussion), live, Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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other day, Chicago

Friday, January 22nd

sounds of Chicago

“Impressions” (J. Coltrane), Isaiah Collier (tenor saxophone), Ernest Dawkins (alto saxophone), James Carter (tenor saxophone), Greg Murphy (piano), Junius Paul (bass), Jeremiah Collier (drums), live, Chicago (Englewood Jazz Festival), 2019

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-four years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Tenor saxophonist Von Freeman and pianist John Young, both now gone, provided music. All of what they played that night—before the ceremony (“Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More”), during (“In a Sentimental Mood” [as Suzanne walked down the aisle]), and after (“My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father”)—can be heard here (0:15-).

Monday, January 18th

sounds of Chicago

Larry Gray (bass), live (improvisations), Chicago, 2020

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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timeless

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), “I Have a Dream,” Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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