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Thursday, April 14th

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Thelonious Monk (1917-1982, piano) with Philly Joe Jones (1923-1985, drums), et al., “Nutty,” (T. Monk) live, Paris, 1969

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, March 5th

alone

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations for piano, op. 27 (1936); Maurizio Pollini (1942-, piano), live, Paris, 2002

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, February 17th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 2015: Helmut Lachenmann (1935-), Mouvement (-Vor der Erstarrung), 1984

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lagniappe

reading table

A dry riverbed
glimpsed
by lightning.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Robert Hass

Saturday, January 1st

like nobody else

James Brown (1933-2006), live, Paris, 1968

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

You shout from the other room
You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie
And instantly I think what luck
no war has been declared
no fire has consumed
our city’s monuments
our bodies our dwellings

The river didn’t flood
no friends
have been arrested
It’s only boogie-woogie
I sigh relieved
and say it’s spelled just like it sounds
boogie-woogie

—Adam Zagajewski (1945–2021), “Boogie-Woogie” (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)

Wednesday, December 22nd

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Intégrales (1923); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Tito Ceccherini, direction), live, Paris, 2015

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Friday, December 10th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Kinks, live, Paris, 1965

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Sunday, September 19th

two takes

“Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (trad.)

Sonja Maneri (1937-2021, voice), Mat Maneri (1969-, viola), live, published 2020

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Mat Maneri (viola), live, Paris, 2020

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Thursday, August 19th

sounds of Paris

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, voice, compositions; Lester St. Louis, cello, voice; Anton Hatwich, bass, voice; Chad Taylor, drums, mbira), live, Paris, 7/12/21

first set

*****

second set

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, August 11th

sounds of Paris

Yusef Lateef Quartet (YL, 1920-2013, flute; Kenny Barron, piano; Bob Cunningham, bass; Albert Heath, drums), “Yesterdays” (J. Kern), live, Paris, 1972

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

This is a world of books gone flat.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “Visits to St. Elizabeths”

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