music clip of the day


Category: New York

Wednesday, January 24th

sounds of New York

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, compositions; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, New York (Rye Bar, Brooklyn), 2016




musical thoughts

Improvised music is like basketball: a great player makes everybody better.


random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, December 13th


Joe Morris (guitar) and Daniel Levin (cello), live, New York, 12/8/17


(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Tuesday, December 12th

sounds of New York

Daniel Levin (cello) and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass), live, New York, 2015


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.

Wednesday, November 22nd

trumpet festival
day two

Peter Evans (trumpet) & Cory Smythe (piano), International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2014








Thursday, November 9th

sounds of New York

I’ve been down with flu since Sunday. Encountering this last night, serendipitously, lifted me in ways only music can.

Retrograde (Matt LaVelle, trumpet, alto clarinet; Reggie Sylvester, drums), live, New York (First St. Green), 9/30/17



random thoughts

This world—the world one lives in, daily—is the most beautiful world one will live in, ever.

Wednesday, October 25th

thank God (or Whatever) for radio

Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) with guest Tyondai Braxton, live, New York (The Lot Radio, Brooklyn), 2017


Monday, October 23rd

sounds of New York

Blue Turf (Nels Cline, guitar; Jim Campilongo, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass; Jim Black, drums), live, New York, 2016

Friday, October 20th

what’s new

Magically Inclined (Sean Sonderegger, tenor saxophone, compositions; Curtis Fowlkes, trombone; Kamala Sankaram, voice; Harvey Valdes, guitar; Shawn Lovato, bass; Joe Hertenstein, drums), “anyone lived in a pretty how town” (words by E.E. Cummings), live, New York, 10/15/17


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)

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