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Thursday, November 3rd

never enough

When it comes to sparkling clarity—something that, these days, seems to be in painfully short supply—no one outdoes Mozart.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K. 466): Leif Ove Andsnes (piano, direction) and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, live, London, 8/7/22

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, July 19th

sounds of London

BBC Radio 1: Essential Mix, Kieran Hebden (AKA Four Tet, KH, 1977-; musician, producer, DJ), 7/9/22

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other day, Copper Harbor, Michigan (Lake Superior)

Friday, July 8th

sounds of London

Sons of Kemet (Shabaka Hutchings, tenor saxophone; Theon Cross, tuba; Tom Skinner, drums; Eddie Hick, drums), live (“Pick Up Your Burning Cross,” “Think of Home,” “In Remembrance of Those Fallen,” “Throughout the Madness, Stay Strong”), London, 2022

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other day, Chicago

Tuesday, June 14th

more

Miles Davis (1926-1991, trumpet), Gary Bartz (1940-, saxophones), Chick Corea (1941-2021, keyboards), Keith Jarrett (1945-, keyboards), Dave Holland (1946-, bass), Jack DeJohnette (1942-, drums), Airto Moreira (1941-, percussion), live, England (Isle of Wight Festival), 1970

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, April 28th

His sound-world I tire of never.

Tristan Murail (1947-), Le Lac (2001); Chimera Ensemble (John Stringer, cond.), live, England (York), 2013

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 15th

passings

Stephen Sondheim, composer, March 22, 1930–November 26, 2021

Terry Teachout, critic (among other things), February 6, 1956–January 13, 2022 (this was his “favorite Sondheim,” according to Scott Simon on this morning’s Weekend Edition Saturday [NPR])

Bernadette Peters, “Not a Day Goes By” (Merrily We Roll Along), live, London, 1998

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, October 19th

like nobody else

Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987, cello) with New Philharmonia Orchestra (Daniel Barenboim, cond.), live (studio), London, 1967: Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Cello Concerto in E minor (Op. 85, 1919)

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, October 16th

like nobody else

Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Quartet (Op. 28, 1937-38); Psappha Ensemble (Benedict Holland and Sophie Rosa, violins; Vicci Wardman, viola; Jennifer Langridge, cello), live, England (Manchester), 2019

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Whenever I sleep
with my socks on
I have bad dreams

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from the Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento

Friday, October 1st

only rock ‘n’ roll

Kinks, live (“Victoria,” “Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues,” “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” “Lola,” “Holiday,” “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” “Waterloo Sunset,” “Village Green Preservation Society”), London, early 1970s

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Friday, September 3rd

sounds of England

These three sisters, it seems, could sing the phone book (remember the “phone book”?), and it would sound wonderful.

The Staves, live (“Nothing’s Gonna Happen,” “Good Woman,” “Satisfied,” “Waiting on Me to Change”), England (Watford), published 9/1/21

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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What, in this moment, is lacking?

Zen master Rinzai (aka Linji Yixuan), unknown – 866

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