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Wednesday, March 24th

sounds of New York

Jon Irabagon and Outright! (JI, [soprano saxophone, compositions], Ray Anderson [trombone], Matt Mitchell [piano], Chris Lightcap [bass], Dan Weiss [drums]), “Recharge the Blade,” live, New York, 3/22/21

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other day, Chicago

Monday, March 22nd

alone

Why not begin the week with something not only beautiful but healing?

Amina Claudine Myers (1942-, piano), live, New York, 2020

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, March 20th

spring!

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009; vocals, piano), “They Say It’s Spring” (M. Clark, B. Haymes), 1958

 

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Bob Dorough (1923-2018; vocals, piano), “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” (T. Wolf, F. Landesman), 1997

 

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Sun Ra Arkestra (SR, 1914-1993, piano, composition; June Tyson, vocals; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone, et al.), “Springtime Again,” live, Rome, 1980

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, March 18th

alone

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982, piano), “‘Round Midnight” (T. Monk), 1954

 

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Tuesday, March 16th

Another take on piano and strings.

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands (Utrecht), 2010

 

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Saturday, February 27th

These tiny pieces I tire of never.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (1835-1839); Vladimir Ashkenazy (1937-, piano), live, England (Essex), 1980

(Note: After posting this clip, I found that it cannot be viewed here; however, it can be at YouTube.)

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Not much more than being,
Thoughts of isolate, beautiful

—Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978), from “2”

Monday, February 22nd

never enough

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano, compositions; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, France (Amiens), 1966*

 

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*0:00: Blue Monk
02:10​: Crepuscule With Nellie
14:44: Rhythm-A-Ning
25:31: Hackensack
36:08: Epistrophy
38:20: Evidence
51:51​: I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (G. Bassman, N. Washington)
1:08:18: Round Midnight
1:13:45Epistrophy

Wednesday, February 17th

two takes

“Evidence” (T. Monk)

Joel Ross Quartet (JR, vibraphone; Immanuel Wilkins, alto saxophone; Rashaan Carter, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), live, New York, 1/17/21

 

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Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, Japan, 1963

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Boy and Dog in Johnnypump, 1982 (detail)

Thursday, February 11th

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1931); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Susanna Mälkki, direction), live, Paris, 2012

 

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In the mountain’s shadow
my grass hut’s
so cold
I’ll be up burning firewood
all night long

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Tuesday, February 9th

two takes

“Manhattan” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart)

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), 1959

 

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Sonny Rollins Trio (SR, tenor saxophone; Henry Grimes, bass; Charles Wright, drums), 1958

 

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How did you wriggle
your way
into my dream path
through such deep snow
on the night mountain?

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

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