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Category: miscellaneous percussion

Monday, April 2nd

tonight in Chicago

They’ll be playing at Corbett v. Dempsey.

Peter Evans (trumpet), Levy Lorenzo (electronics, percussion), live, New York, 2016



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Xu Longsen (1956-), from Light of Heaven (through June 24th)

Monday, February 19th

In a country that continues to coarsen, delicacy grows ever more precious.

John Luther Adams (1953-), there is no one, not even the wind (2017); Emerald City Music, live (world premiere), Seattle, 9/15/17




random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, January 26th

what’s new

Amadou & Mariam, “Bofou Safou,” “Dimanche à Bamako,” “Filaou Bessame,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/19/2018


Wednesday, December 6th

Think you’ve heard it all?

How about a septet with six string players and a drummer?

Tomeka Reid Septet,* “Tokens” (T. Reid), New York, 2017


*TR, cello, composition; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Mazz Swift, violin; Sarah Bernstein, violin; Jason Kao Hwang, viola; Adam Hopkins, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums, percussion.

Friday, November 24th

trumpet festival
day four

Miles Davis (with Bob Berg, saxophones; John Scofield, guitar; Robert Irving III, keyboards; Darryl Jones, bass; Al Foster, drums; Steve Thornton, percussion), live, Switzerland (Montreux), 1984


Thursday, October 12th


John Luther Adams (1953-), Four Thousand Holes (2010)
Taka Kigawa (piano), Chris Graham (percussion), live, New York, 2017




reading table

This road—
no one goes down it,
autumn evening.

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

Monday, June 26th

what’s new

Here’s something from Roscoe Mitchell’s new album, Bells for the South Side (ECM), a 2-CD set recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

“Spatial Aspects of the Sound,” Roscoe Mitchell (composition, piccolo), Craig Taborn (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (piano), William Winant (percussion), Kikanju Baku (wrist bells, ankle bells)




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Thursday, June 15th

like nobody else

Anthony Braxton Accelerator Ghost Trance Septet (AB, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet, flugelhorn; Jessica Pavone, viola; Chris Dahlberg, bass, cello; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jay Rozen, tuba; Aaron Siegel, drums, percussion, vibraphone), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2008




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)


random thoughts

Aging criminal-defense lawyer’s retirement plan: drop dead at my desk.

Thursday, January 26th

What we need—now more than ever.

Clickety Clack! Clickety Clack!
What is this madness that Nixon has put upon us?
Clickety Clack! Clickety Clack!
Won’t someone bring the spirit back?

—Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977), 1973

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bright Moments, recorded live (San Francisco), 1973*


*Track list (courtesy of YouTube):
A1. Introduction
2. Pedal Up
3. You’ll Never Get To Heaven
4. Clickety Clack
5. Prelude To A Kiss
6. Talk (Electric Nose)
7. Fly Town Nose Blues
B1. Talk (Bright Moments)
2. Bright Moments Song
3. Dem Red Beans And Rice
4. If I Loved You
5. Talk (Fats Waller)
6. Jitterbug Waltz
7. Second Line Jump

Tuesday, January 17th

How about a trip to Prague?

Cesare Tedesco (handpan), live, Prague (Charles Bridge), 2016




art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Woman and Bicycle, 1952-53


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