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Category: New York

Sunday, May 14th

like nobody else

Rev. Utah Smith (1906-1965), “Two Wings,” 1953


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art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009, MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

 

Wednesday, May 10th

what’s new

Happy Place,* live, New York (Threes Brewing, Brooklyn), 5/3/17


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Sudden Shower over Shin Ohashi Bridge and Atake (from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo), 1857 


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*Will Mason, drums, compositions; Kate Gentile, drums; Will Chapin, guitar; Andrew Smiley, guitar.

Saturday, April 29th

voices I miss

He played drums with the spareness and delicacy of a haiku poet.

Anat Fort (piano), Gary Wang (bass), Paul Motian (drums, 1931-2011), “Just Now,” live, New York, 2008

 

Tuesday, April 25th

Is any alto player more eloquent?

Joe McPhee (alto saxophone), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums), live, New York, 2014


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art beat

Paul Strand (1890-1976), Abandoned Window, 1944

 

Saturday, March 11th

more

William Parker’s In Order To Survive (WP, bass; Hamid Drake, drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Cooper-Moore, piano, vocals; Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone), “Hymn,” live, New York, 2013


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reading table

He isn’t doing that right—that was a very important one. It was what Astaire claimed he was thinking whenever he watched himself onscreen, and I noted that third-person pronoun. This is what I understood by it: that for Astaire the person in the film was not especially connected with him. And I took this to heart, or rather, it echoed a feeling I already had, mainly that it was important to treat oneself as a kind of stranger, to remain unattached and unprejudiced in your own case. I thought you needed to think like that to achieve anything in this world. Yes, I thought that was a very elegant attitude.

—Zadie Smith, Swing Time

Thursday, March 9th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

William Parker’s In Order To Survive (WP, bass, composition; Hamid Drake, drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame;* Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Cooper-Moore, piano), “Criminals in the White House,” live, New York, 2013

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radio

Today—his birthday—it’s all Ornette Coleman all day on WKCR-FM (Columbia University).

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*With saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; trumpeter Lester Bowie; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; composer Morton Feldman; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.

Tuesday, February 28th

basement jukebox

Little Johnny Jones (vocals, piano; 1924-1964), “Big Town Playboy,” 1950


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

Diane Arbus (1923-1971), A young man and his pregnant wife in Washington Square Park, NYC, 1965

vogel-jumbo

 

Friday, February 24th

sounds of New York

Jim Campilongo Trio (JC, guitar; Chris Morrisey, bass; Josh Dion, drums, vocals) with Nels Cline (guitar), live, New York, 12/5/16*


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art beat: yesterday, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Merce Cunningham: Common Time (through April 30th)


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*Set list (courtesy of YouTube):

Hot ‘Lanta 00:00
Heaven Is Creepy 08:20
Politician 18:06
Cock and Bull Story 26:12

Thursday, February 9th

what’s new

Craig Taborn, Daylight Ghosts, 2017


The other day I bumped into this guy in New York, at The Guggenheim, where we were both seeing the Agnes Martin exhibit. We talked for a moment—I told him how much I like his music. Then our eyes went back to the paintings.

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art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Agnes Martin (1912-2004), Happy Holiday, 1999

Agnes Martin Happy Holiday, 1999 Acrylic and graphite on canvas 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm) Pace#31903 AM Catalogue #1999.025 Date of photography: Format of original photography: 8x10 transparency

Wednesday, February 1st

more

Wet Ink Ensemble, Pendulum V (Alex Mincek), live, New York, 2009

 

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reading table

in such an ugly time the true protest is beauty

Phil Ochs (1940-1976), Pleasures of the Harbor (1967), liner notes

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