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Monday, March 30th

like nobody else 

How about time-traveling to 1961 Paris?

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), “C’est le Printemps” (“It Might as Well Be Spring,” R. Rodgers, O. Hammerstein II; adaptation, J. Sablon), “Plus je t’embrasse” (“Heart of My Heart,” B. Ryan; adaptation, Max François), live, Paris, 1961

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Isa Genzken (1948-), Rose II (2007)

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reading table

The youth walks up to the white horse, to put its halter on
and the horse looks at him in silence.
They are so silent they are in another world.

—D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), “The White Horse.”

Sunday, March 29th

sounds of New York

Reverend Gary Davis (1896-1972), “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” live

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Clear skies ring with the honk of wild geese
On deserted hills, leaves whirl in the wind
Twilight on a smoky village road
Carrying an empty begging bowl and walking home alone

—Ryōkan (1758-1831), translated from classical Chinese by Ryūichi Abé and Peter Haskel

Tuesday, March 17th

passings

Charles Wuorinen, composer, June 9, 1938-March 11, 2020

Flying to Kahani (2005); Orchestra of the League of Composers (C. Wuorinen, cond.), live, New York, 2016

 

In 2011, jazz composer Carla Bley called Mr. Wuorinen ‘the greatest composer working.’ And the proudly poly-stylistic composer John Zorn, who has worked in forms ranging from klezmer to punk rock, recently called Mr. Wuorinen ‘a true artist whose intense and uncompromising vision produced work of remarkable beauty and drama.’ ‘He never wrote an insincere note in his life,’ Zorn continued. ‘He was a powerful role model and I loved him dearly.’

—Tim Page, obituaryWashington Post, 3/14/20

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lagniappe

random sights

early yesterday morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 10th

more

John Coltrane Quartet (JC, 1926-1967, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, 1938-2020, piano; Jimmy Garrison, 1934-1976, bass; Elvin Jones, 1927-2004, drums), live (“Vigil,” Naima,” “My Favorite Things”), Belgium (Comblain-la-Tour), 1965

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, New York

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radio

Today WKCR (Columbia University) celebrates the birthday of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931)—all Bix, all day.

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reading table

In the dark we disappear, pure being.

—Stanley Plumly (1939-2019), from”Wight”

Monday, March 9th

passings

McCoy Tyner, pianist, December 11, 1938-March 6, 2020

John Coltrane Quartet (JC, 1926-1967, tenor saxophone; MC, piano; Jimmy Garrison, 1934-1976, bass; Elvin Jones, 1927-2004, drums), “Impressions” (J. Coltrane), live (TV show), San Francisco, 1963

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Dance (I), 1909; Jeannette, c. 1910

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radio

Today, Ornette Coleman’s birthday (b. 1930), it’s all Ornette all day on WKCR (Columbia University).

Saturday, March 7th

what’s new

Greentea Peng (aka Aria Wells), “Ghost Town” (A. Wells), 3/4/20

 

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), One: Number 31, 1950 (detail)

Wednesday, March 4th

sounds of New York

Robert Dick (bass flute), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Gamin (piri), live, New York, 2/29/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Now spring has arrived
on a mountain with no name
in early morning haze

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, February 24th

more

This I could listen to all day.

Steve Reich (1936-), Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ (1973); Alarm Will Sound, live, New York, 2004

 

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random sights

yesterday morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Wednesday, February 19th

sounds of New York

Herbie Nichols Trio (HN, 1919-1963, piano; Al McKibbon, bass; Art Blakey, drums), “The Third World” (H. Nichols), 1955

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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musical thoughts

Thank you all for listening. Your open ears, open minds, and open hearts are essential to resisting the gathering darkness of our times.

—composer John Luther Adams, 2/18/20 email

Monday, February 17th

sounds of New York

Why not begin the week with sounds that are enlivening?

Steve Reich (1936-), Double Sextet (2007), Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76); Ensemble Signal (Brad Lubman, cond.), live, New York, 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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