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Category: Japan

Thursday, October 6th

timeless

This clip, which I bumped into the other day, may be the best I have ever seen of an artist whose music means as much to me as anyone’s.

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982, piano, compositions) with Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), Butch Warren (b), Frankie Dunlop (drums), live (TV show: “Evidence,” “Blue Monk,” Just a Gigolo” [L. Casucci, J. Brammer, I. Caesar], “Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues,” “Epistrophy”), Tokyo (Japan), 1963

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, September 28th

sounds of Japan

Ko Ishikawa (sho), Kohsetsu Imanishi (koto), Peter Evans (trumpet), live, Yugawara, Japan, 2018

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Thursday, August 4th

another take

“Body and Soul” (J. Green, E. Heyman, R. Sour, F. Eyton), 1930: Art Pepper (1925-1982, alto saxophone), live, Japan (Hokkaido), 1981

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), The Bay at L’Estaque (1878-82) (Cezanne—The Artist’s Artist, through 9/5/22)

Tuesday, July 12th

another take

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations, excerpt (Aria); Peter Serkin (1947-2020, piano), live, Japan (Hiroshima), 2017

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reading table

A butterfly
flutters past—my body feels
the dust of ages

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Thursday, December 2nd

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, excerpt (third movt.); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Japan, 1993

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

[M]usic is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

—Ludwig van Beethoven (J. W. N. Sullivan, Beethoven: His Spiritual Development, p. 3 [1927])

Tuesday, November 30th

more

Paul Motian Trio (PM [1931-2011], drums; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone; Bill Frisell, guitar), “Last Call” (P. Motian), live, Tokyo, 1991

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, November 9th

voices I miss

Paul Motian Trio (PM [1931-2011], drums; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone; Bill Frisell, guitar), “Mumbo Jumbo” (P. Motian), live, Japan, 1991

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, June 17th

alone

Steve Lacy (1934-2004; soprano saxophone, compositions), live (“Staples,” “Zeal,” “The Oil,” “The Owl,” “Torments”), Kyoto, Japan, 1975

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Robert Hass

Sunday, January 10th

more

Rev. Al Green, “Jesus Will Fix It,” live, Tokyo, 1987

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, August 6th

wake up!

Peter Brötzmann (alto saxophone), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), live, Japan (Chiba), 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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