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Monday, April 22nd

One of my favorite musicians of all time died over seventy-five years ago at the age of twenty-five.

Charlie Christian (1916-1942, guitar) with Cootie Williams (trumpet), Johnny Guarnieri (piano), Dave Tough (drums), et al., “Waitin’ for Benny” (full session), live (studio), New York, 1941

 

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art beat: yesterday, Intuit (Chicago)

Robert Johnson, City, 2018

Wednesday, April 17

what’s new

Joanna Mattrey (viola, stroh violin), live, New York, 4/8/19

 

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reading table

I made my way to the sofa, where I battled against cancer once more by lying there staring straight ahead. I had such great resistance to thought that I didn’t even worry.

—Colm Toibin, “‘It’s curable,’ he said,” London Review of Books, 4/18/19

Saturday, April 13th

sounds of Ecuador and all over

Nicola Cruz, live (The Lot Radio), New York, 2018

 

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along the mountain road
somehow it tugs at my heart—
a wild violet

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Makoto Ueda)

Friday, April 12th

sounds of New York

Lake Street Dive, “Musta Been Something,” live, New York (Retrofret Vintage Guitars, Brooklyn), 2018

 

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it is spring!
a hill without a name
in thin haze

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Makoto Ueda)

Wednesday, April 10th

sounds of New York

Lily Maase and the Suite Unraveling (LM, guitar, compositions; Jeff Tobias, tenor saxophone, keyboards; Nick Millevoi, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; with guests Val Jeanty, electronics, and Chelsea Baratz, tenor saxophone), live, New York (The Stone), 3/12/19

“Made to Be Broken”

 

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“Life at Stylus Point”

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, April 9th

sounds of New York

Tyshawn Sorey (drums), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Brandon Ross (guitar), Val-Inc (AKA Val Jeanty, electronics, percussion, turntables), live (studio), New York, 2018

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Sunday, March 24th

sounds of Chicago

Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999), “People Get Ready” (C. Mayfield), with Taylor Dane (vocals), David Lindley (steel guitar), David Sanborn (alto saxophone), et al.,  live (TV show), New York, 1989

 

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random sights

yesterday, Bellwood, Ill.

Thursday, March 21st

sounds of New York

Right now, in the midst of a noisy criminal trial, nothing seems more appealing than something peaceful, something quiet.

Jürg Frey (1953-), Extended Circular Music No. 7; Singularity, live, New York, 2018

 

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I don’t know anything about consciousness. I just try to teach my students how to hear the birds sing.

Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971)

Tuesday, March 19th

sounds of New York

We Free Strings,* live New York, 1/18/19

 

*Melanie Dyer, viola; Charles Burnham, violin; Gwen Laster, violin; Alex Waterman, cello; Ken Filiano, bass; Michael Wimberly, percussion.

Thursday, March 14th

sounds of New York

Tim Berne (alto saxophone, composition) with Herb Robertson (trumpet), Marc Ducret (guitar), Joey Baron (drums), et al., live, New York (TV show), c. 1990

 

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