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Saturday, October 13th

Last night, at the University of Chicago (Mandel Hall), they opened with this piece, which was followed by Shostakovich (String Quartet No. 4 in D Major), Brahms (String Quartet in A Minor) and, in an encore, Webern (Langsamer Satz). One-word review: spellbinding.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4 (excerpt); Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2018

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, October 12th

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Otis Rush (vocals, guitar) with Little Brother Montgomery (piano), Jack Myers (bass), Fred Below (drums), live, Berlin, 1966

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving)”

 

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“Sweet Little Angel”

 

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reading table

The silence will be sudden then last.

—Deborah Landau, from “The Silence Will Be Sudden Then Last” (Poetry, 10/18)

Thursday, October 11th

this weekend in Chicago

They’re also playing at the University of Chicago—tomorrow night.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903), 1st Mvt.
Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2017

 

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, October 10th

this weekend in Chicago

Saturday night they’re playing at the University of Chicago.

Thomas Meadowcroft (1972-), Walkman Antiquarian (2013); Yarn/Wire, live, New York, 2013

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, October 8th

passings

Otis Rush, guitarist, singer, April 29, 1935-September 29, 2018 

Today, remembering him, we revisit a couple of posts.

1/21/10

Otis Rush (with Fred Below [drums], et al.), “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” live, Germany, 1966

 

I was staying with my sister and messing around with the guitar every day for my own amusement. Then she took me around and introduced me to Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and the first time I saw that onstage, it inspired me to play. I thought that was the world.

—Otis Rush

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9/15/18

basement jukebox

Otis Rush (1934-)

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving),” 1958

 

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“I Can’t Quit You Baby,” 1956

 

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“Double Trouble,” 1958

 

Monday, October 1st

Need a break from the incessant noise?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Canones Incerti (2010), Jürg Frey (clarinet), et al., live

 

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baseball

Baseball is such a perfect game in some ways that it takes 162 to decide nothing.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs/Brewers tie

Wednesday, September 26th

sounds of Chicago

Muhal Richard Abrams (1930-2017), piano, “Young at Heart” (Young at Heart/Wise in Time, 1974)

 

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I’m finite – I cant see –

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This timid life of Evidence
Keeps pleading – “I don’t know” –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 725 (Franklin)

Tuesday, September 25th

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John Cage (1912-1992), Sonatas and Interludes, for prepared piano (1946-48), excerpts; James Tenney (piano), live, West Hollywood, Calif., 2002

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last month, Chicago (Columbus Park)

 

Sunday, September 23rd

sounds of Chicago

Chicago Community Choir with Jessy Dixon (vocals, organ), Rev. Milton Brunson (vocals, choir direction), et al., 1960s

 

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other night, Chicago (West Armitage)

Saturday, September 22nd

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Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, composition) and Spektral Quartet, “Viejo” (Yo Soy La Tradición)2018

 

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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