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Saturday, February 10th

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Does any pianist play Mozart with more verve?

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000) playing Mozart (Sonata in D major [K 311], Sonata in F major [K 332]), Germany (Munich), 1991

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Fruits of the Midi, 1881

Thursday, February 1st

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Four Tet, “Morning Side,” live, Australia (Sydney), 2016

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Georges Braque (1882-1963), Landscape at L’Estaque, 1906

 

Wednesday, January 31st

what’s new

Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, “Black Hole” (feat. Anderson .Paak), 1/18/18

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Albert Bloch (1882-1961), Harlequin and Three Pierrots, 1914

Saturday, January 27th

Last night, like many other nights, this kept me company, on repeat, as I slept.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Kronos Quartet with Aki Takahashi (piano)

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Head of Sorrow, 1882 (Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller, through March 4th)

Tuesday, January 23rd

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No one plays ballads more tenderly—or tartly.

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame, 1923-2012), “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (E. Maschwitz & M. Sherwin) with Jodie Christian (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), live, Harrisburg, Penn., 1994

 

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“I Can’t Get Started” (V. Duke, I. Gershwin), live, Belgium, 1992

 

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“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart) with Mike Allemena (guitar), Matt Ferguson (bass), Michael Raynor (drums), live, Chicago (Mandel Hall, University of Chicago), 2011

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 22nd

voices I miss

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame), tenor saxophonist, 1923-2012

“Oleo” (S. Rollins) with Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Willie Pickens (piano), Dan Shapera (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 1988

 

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“Take the ‘A’ Train” (B. Strayhorn) with Joanie Pallatto (vocals), Bettye Reynolds (vocals), Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone), Billy Brimfield (trumpet), John Young (piano), George Freeman (guitar), Larry Gray (bass), Michael Adams (drums), live, Chicago, 1999

 

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my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-one years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, Von Freeman and John Young played at our—Suzanne’s and my—wedding. All of what they played that night—”Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (as Suzanne walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after)—can be heard here (0:15-). Years later, John told me: “When I marry ’em, they stay married.”

Thursday, January 18th

timeless

Gregory Porter, “You Send Me” (S. Cooke), live, London, 2014

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), Moonlit Scene with Hut and Flowers, 1909/10 (from the series Worlds of Things)

Friday, December 22nd

what’s new

Sufjan Stevens, “Tonya Harding” (S. Stevens), 12/6/17

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Tarsila do Amaral, Logoa Santa, 1925 (Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil, through January 7th)

Thursday, December 21st

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Constellation.

Trio WAZ (Edward Wilkerson Jr., tenor saxophone; Tatsu Aoki, bass; Michael Zerang, drums), live, Lakeside, Mich., 2010

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950), Kagurazaka Street After a Night Rain, 1929

 

Wednesday, December 20th

passings

Best minute of music you’ll hear all month?

Willie Pickens, April 18, 1931-December 13, 2017, pianist, educator

“Giant Steps” (J. Coltrane), live, Chicago, 2012

 

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